Things to Know | How Long Do Shih Tzus Live?


This little lion mane dog lives longer than your average dog. But when we’re talking about the Shih Tzus’ health, things can get a little complicated.

But the good news is there are things you can do that will help keep your four-legged friend healthy and happy for years to come.

How Long do Shih Tzus Live?

The average Shih Tzu lifespan is a little over 13 years. The average purebred lives around 11 years. However, small dogs like the Shih Tzu generally live longer than larger ones.

The Body Shape of a Shih Tzu

The shape of a dog’s body can be an indication of potential health problems known as Conformational Defects.

Tracheal Collapse

Tracheal collapse is a potentially fatal disease in Shih Tzus. When the windpipe (trachea) gets weak, the organ can flatten and prevent air from entering your pups’ lungs.

How to Encourage a Longer Life for a Shih Tzu

Diet A high-quality and well-balanced diet is the very foundation of a healthy pup.


Never give your Shih Tzu water from unchecked sources. This also includes unfiltered tap water. Their sensitive kidneys can suffer a lot of damage even from a small number of toxins.

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