Proper daily exercise is, along with other elements such as hygiene or nutrition, one of the main requirements to keep pets healthy. In collaboration with Nicolás Herrero from the Freakshow kennel, we have prepared a guide with exercise recommendations for Shih Tzus.
Shih Tzus need little physical activity and so, 2 or 3 short walks of 15 minutes could perfectly be enough. These dogs can stand long walks, of up to 30 or 40 minutes but it is not recommendable to be more than that.
Shih Tzu is not a breed that like doing sports. It is better to avoid intense physical activities like going for long runs. As for playing “fetch” with a ball, it could enjoy short sessions of up to 5 minutes but not longer than that. With respect to walks on the beach and in the mountain, it is better to avoid them if possible.
It is better to always avoid high temperatures. If you have the opportunity, better avoid very low temperatures as well.
What is the best way to care for my Shih Tzu?
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More information from experts about your Shih Tzu
The care needs for your Shih Tzu
Care guide for the hygiene of your Shih Tzu
In our blog you can also find a care guide for the hygiene of your Shih Tzu developed by a group of experts. It explains how often you should bath your dog, trim its nails, clear its ears etc. and which are the most adequate tools.
Shih Tzu Weight Chart
By analyzing thousands of datapoints, we have created the real-life weight distribution chart for Shih Tzu which includes the typical range for males and females. In the same post, you will also find a tutorial that explains how to properly track its weight and identify problems using the 11pets: Pet Care app.