Top 10 Benefits Of Having A Shih Tzu Dog

Shih Tzu is a famous toy dog breed weighing between 10-19 pounds when mature. The origins of this dog are unknown, but it is believed to have come from Tibet before it was later developed in China.

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Shih Tzu has large dark eyes and a short muzzle with drop ears that are covered with long fur. This dog has a long silky coat and a tail that is heavily furred and is often curled over the back.

Shih Tzu is regarded as a good doctor due to its many physical and mental health benefits including stress relieving cuteness.

Health researchers recommend owning this furry companion due to his proven ability to lower cholesterol levels, blood pressure and reduction of stress levels. The following are the top 10 benefits of having a Shih Tzu dog.

1. A great companion

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Shih Tzus are known to be loyal, gentle and affectionate dogs that are cute and cuddly to their owners. They are friendly to kids and also get along well with strangers, but they require to be socialized early enough to be more tolerant with babies and younger kids.

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2. Require minimal exercise

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Shih Tzus belong to a small breed; hence they do not require a lot of exercises, unlike larger dog breeds. They need to be taken for a little walk around the yard since they get tired easily. This dog is a perfect choice for owners who do not like running but require a companion in a park or are apartment dwellers.

3. Good for new owners

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A Shih Tzu can easily blend and adapt to a new home making it an excellent family pet especially for new dog owners with little or no experience with dogs.

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4. Good temperament

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These dogs have an ideal temperament suitable for families with older kids. Shih Tzus are people dogs-confident, outgoing and always alert. They have a friendly and loving temperament. These dogs are irresistible and often enjoy royalty treatment from their owners.

5. Cardiovascular health benefits

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Shih Tzus have a calming and comforting effect that is specifically beneficial to people who suffer from hypertension. Walking around in the company of your dog can significantly lower your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. These dogs are good for your heart.

6. Keeping you active

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Walking regularly with your dog gives you the motivation to exercise thus improving your flexibility, bone health, lung capacity, and muscle tone. The fact that these dogs do not require many outdoor exercises does not mean they will not keep you active.

7. Lowers depression and loneliness

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Depression and loneliness are common especially among singles and the elderly. A Shih Tzu will offer the much-needed companionship including unconditional love and unwavering support.

8. Improves your social life

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The elderly family members often become socially withdrawn, but this dog will naturally start conversations. Studies have further shown that the presence of this dog leads to positive conversations and improved social interactions.

9. A good remedy for dementia patients

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Health research has found that the presence of a Tzus leads to fewer outbursts and aggressive behavior among Alzheimer’s patients as a result of playful interaction with this dog. Its presence has a soothing effect that eases the stress.

10. Life span

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A healthy Shih Tzu can live for 10 to 18 years giving you many years of companionship with this dog whose purpose in its entire life is to love its owner and be loved.

11 thoughts on “Top 10 Benefits Of Having A Shih Tzu Dog”

  1. Trying to get some research on the benefits of Shih Tzu’s with Anxiety and Dementia patients. In a court battle where step kids are trying to get the courts to make me get rid of my babies cause their father has Anxiety and Dementia. Our babies are 2 yrs old and only get excited the first 5 minutes a stranger shows up then they are very calm from then own. Any information would be extremely helpful. Thanks

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    • Absolutely ridiculous. My mother in law had vascular dementia and the pups brought happiness and smiles to her even when she didn’t know who we were.

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    • Shih Tzu’s are the best and preferred breed for people with anxiety, depression and dementia. I have four of them and I suffer from anxiety and depression and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I find them to be much better than any other breed out there.

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  2. I have two make Shih Tzu’s, they are both extremely loving and affectionate! They have their own individual personalities and speak with head and eye gestures! I would NOT get rid of them at ALL! They make great companions and will do a world of good with the help of dementia patients! They know and understand your moods! I try sitting down and having a nice talk your stepchildren, it’s NOT about them but what’s best for YOUR husband! Do your research before your court date and arm yourself with enough facts and resources about Shih Tzu’s and dementia patients!

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  3. It’s interesting to know that Shih Tzu will not require a lot of exercises. My husband and I are thinking about getting a dog, but we don’t have a lot of time to walk him. I believe that a Shih Tzu will be a great choice for our little companion.

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  4. I got my girl ten years ago from a lady who lived in an apartment. She was litter trained and still uses it at nights. (I just put a pee pad in instead of actual litter) Looking for some input on what to do for my now 12 year old’s hind legs. Very stiff, maybe also her hips are sore.

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  5. I take meds for depression and anxiety. Live alone get very lonesome this pup sounds like what I need how do you get one I’m on a fixed income but I live in a really nice apt I have had many pups thru my life and loved them all when I had my 16year old jack Russell to sleep in 2005. I didn’t think I would ever want another pup. But after reading this article the sh tzu sounds perfect. I’m 74 live in Mrytle Beach SC and my email is [email protected]

    Thanks. Janie bailey

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  6. We have one, Odie is the best thing that has ever happened to us.We have had him for 10 years and he still is the most lovable dog you could ever have.

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  7. This is very sad news, but we just lost our first after 12 1/2 years. My wife an I are both devastated. I want another one, but she refuses to go through this again. I also suffer from mild depression and anxiety. This dog was absolutely the greatest. I just hope my wife will change her mind.

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