First Favored by Chinese Royals
Long before Shih Tzus grew to be a companion pup in the United States they were highly prized house pets of Chinese royalty. Today the brisk, friendly, doting Shih Tzu is the twentieth most registered breed according to American Kennel Club registration statistics for 2017.
In addition, although juvenile renal dysplasia, chronic hepatitis and juvenile cataracts may occur, they are not common as the incidence of these conditions is low. Keep in mind, while Shih Tzus may develop particular medical conditions, your dog will not necessarily develop any of those listed above. As with any pet, be sure to regularly consult a veterinarian for routine care and medical advice for your particular four-legged friend.