We were given a 5 month old shih tzu last year. We didn't any registration. We think he was not a shih - Cairn terrier cross. It didn't matter. We loved him. He was so funny and sweet, but he did shed. We don't want a dog in the house that sheds. We ended up giving him to our son. For Father's day my wife gave me a purebred shih tzu pup. We visited the home where he was born. We saw his parents and grand parents. They were beautiful looking shis tzus. They were happy, playful, no bad undershot, the right size and weight. They were clean and well taken care of, no puppy mill. (The house didn't smell like dog!)We received a AKC registration and a United. I had never heard of an United dog breed registry. I believe somewhere in the dogs blood line someone wasn't AKC registered. For me this is OK. I don't plan to breed or show the dog. I plan to have him neutered/spayed at 3 month. As long as he doesn't shed all over the house I am happy. I have researched Shih Tzu on the Internet and I can't seem to get a straght answer to the question, Do Shih Tzus shed? No evidence of shedding in the home where he was born and I had on black pants. We had a westie and now have a Malti-poo that we are crazy about. Smart, handy size, potties out side always, no shedding or smell. We have no papers on our malti-poo, but we also knew the breeded. You just couldn't ask for a better dog. I am just hoping our new little Shih Tzu will be as good of a house dog as he is and will be a good little brother for our Malti-poo. lol We just love the little Shih Tzu. He is too sweet and funny. Any help or advise on raising him will be appreciated. Bob and Melissa now living in the beautiful Mat-Su vally of Alaska and loving it.
Most dogs do shed some more than others,as i have three pugs and they shed so i have to vacuum a little more i would never change a thing as i love them dearly i rescue these little angels i have one that is blind and deaf but,he does well and they all know how much i love them.I have a close friend who has a shih tzu and he sheds also but,she loves him dearly as a few others we have met that own them,when you truly love your animal,it shouldn't matter if they shed,or if their blind or deaf or have three legs instead of four,you love unconditionally as they love you.Hope you find the answers your looking for and i do hope things go well for you.
sometimes it depends on how often you have them groomed. If they are on a regular 6 or 8wk schedule, you usually won't see any shedding at all. If you wait several months, or try to have them natural coated, then yes you will possibly see a couple of hairs. They shouldn't shed much, but alot of it depends on time of year. Alaska doesn't exactly get hot, so I am sure you wont have to much of an issue
All dogs shed to some extent. If you brush her and have her groomed when she needs it, your Shih Tzu shouldn't shed any more than you or you wife do. (We all leave a bit of hair in our brush, right?) I'm a bit concerned that you seem so willing to give up your dogs, though. This is something you should've looked into before you brought a puppy home. Especially b/c you've already rehomed one Shih Tzu mix. It's not fair to bring them home and then ditch them b/c you didn't do your research. Dog ownership is a commitment.
I agree as most people give them up because their blind or they have gone deaf,you should always do your homework,and in reality all animals do some sort of shedding and like it was said so don't we,we do leave hair in our brushes.