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Great stuff for Shih Tzus!

Updated on February 9, 2015
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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products

Heart of a lion in a Shih Tzu package!

The American Kennel Club's standard for the Shih Tzu says: "A compact and solid dog, the Shih Tzu's long, flowing double coat is its most distinctive feature. The word Shih Tzu means "lion" and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself! One of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC Registration Statistics, this portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back."

Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur, so may be a good breed for people who have allergies to some dogs. Every person is different, so there's really no such thing as a "hypoallergenic dog" - but if you have allergies and wish to get a dog, you should try to spend some time around the breed and see whether or not they trigger your allergies.

Here at Golly Gear we specialize in small dogs - just the right stuff for the Shih Tzu in your life!

Choke-Free Shoulder Collar Harness

The braided nylon Choke-Free Shoulder Collar Harness will prevent choking, gagging and avoid the issue of "collapsing trachea" so prevalent among small dogs! Made of buttery-soft leather, the Choke-Free circles the dog at the shoulders. Available in four colors.

Ultrasuede Hair Bow

This soft, washable, Ultrasuede Hair Bow comes in a variety of colors for any occasion - and features just a little "bling" - rhinestones in the center. The barrette-style bow will help keep your Shih Tzus fur out of her eyes, and look pretty cute doing the job!

Unstuffies toys

Is your Shih Tzu happiest after he's pulled the stuffing out of a plush toy - running around the house with the toy flopping in his mouth! Unstuffies Toys are already floppy! Small and light weight for the smallest dog to enjoy - available in Fox, Skunk, or Raccoon styles.

Water Rover

Dogs with shorter noses, like Shih Tzus, can become overheated quickly. For our flat-faced furkids, we always carry cool water. The Water Rover is the one of the most ingenious inventions we've seen to carry your little dog's water supply! The Water Rover even has a patent in the U.S. The cap has a built-in belt clip, so no hands are needed to carry the Water Rover! When your pup needs water, just pull out the stopper and put the Water Rover down. You can store the stopper behind the belt clip.

Water flows into the bowl instantly. The flow will stop automatically - the bowl will not overflow! When your little one is finished drinking, tilt the bowl back so that the extra water flows back into the bottle - no waste!

Lexi (Miniatue Poodle) in the Pink Rolled Microfiber Step-in Harness
Lexi (Miniatue Poodle) in the Pink Rolled Microfiber Step-in Harness

Rolled Microfiber Step-in Harness & Leash Set

For soft-coated dogs, rolled styles can really help with matting. Adjusting a harness properly is helpful, too - the better the fit, the less the harness moves and mats the dog's fur. Every time you use the Rolled Microfiber Step-in Harness you adjust it perfectly just by moving the sliders down to the dog's back. Available in four colors: Green, Purple, Pink, and Black.

Need some help?

With so many choices available - it's hard to know which is the "perfect" harness for your Shih Tzu. We carry over 30 different styles of harness, each with its own unique strengths and addressing particular concerns. With that in mind, we've developed the "Do It Yourself Harness Selector," available anytime, to help you find the right harness for your dog.

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      6 years ago

      I ADORE shih tzus! I got Olivia when she was 7 from a shut down puppy mill. Three weeks later we were blessed with Sophia, Grace and Tia! We had no idea she was pregnant! Then on a recent delivery of mats to a shelter, I found Tucker! He spoke to my soul and I had to bring him home. He is a shih poo. I adore my Fab Five!

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      7 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      @anonymous: Hi, Liz! Congratulations on your puppy! It's always wonderful/stressful/nerve-wracking/joyful when a new family member arrives. You can find many terrific, helpful people in online forums - including some especially for Shih Tzu people! Try Shih Tzu Chatter Two:

      or Holy Shih Tzu:

      or even the Shih Tzu forum on Dogster:

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      7 years ago

      My first Shih Tzu was 3 years old when I came into her life. She passed and my husband bought me my first puppy shih Tzu. I'm very nervous because I never had a puppy before therefore I need all the advise I could obtain from experience shih Tzu puppy owner.

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      7 years ago

      I know what you'll mean; I had previously had a pom who of course I loved but he was a yappy lil fufu and our relationship was pretty much me giving and him taking....I always thought you had to have a large breed to get the loving, loyal personality til I adopted a shih tzu from rescue agency...(for all we know it seems she has spent 5 yrs of her life in puppy mill, being constantly bred for puppies-heartbreaking) But then I found my Julie who is the sweetest most precious thing...she's very feminine and I'm a girly girl so we're a good match..but more importantly I want every day of the rest of her life to be as happy as possible....she has made an amazing adjustment from her happy rescue family (6 dogs) to just me...Her rescue mom said she had an old soul and it seems to fit...we bonded from first mtg....but she officially became her mama's girl by day three of being in new home...she seemed to somehow know she belonged w/me...she was not house broken, but has not gone potty inside one time...she didn't know bout steps, but learned in couple of days, same w/leash; She didn't know about heights (common w/mill dogs) so my and her bed is surrounded on the floor with big overstuffed euros, and 3 times I've heard little thump in night and got up to put a stunned lil girl back to bed...but I think she's catching on now. Since I spend great deal of time and patience as she finds exact right place to go potty outside, she seems to think it her job to return favor as she sits patiently at my feet when I go.....I love seeing her play w/toys and wagging her tail and bouncing up steps and laying w/total trust for belly rubs...b/c I know she's happy. I've always loved all dogs, but I never would have thought I could love a dog this much. People that see us together always comment about how we belong together as we're both kinda gaga over each other.

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      9 years ago

      I have had a Shih Tzu for about 9 months now and I don't know how I ever made it without her. She is so precious!

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      10 years ago

      I recently received my little Chyna from a co-worker. She is the most darling little doggie I've ever had. She is very playful and loving. She loves to go for walks. She is allergic to beef and chicken though so I have to be careful what she eats. I just love her to pieces.


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