Shih Tzu is a little, long coat dog breed. The origin of this breed is in Asia. It is commonly thought that this breed has come from in Japan (because of the very Japanese name). However, Shin Tzu firstly appeared in China, then in Japan and has became popular in both of countries. Nowadays, Shih Tzu price range is commonly $500 – $800 per puppy. However, cost of raising a Shih Tzu is quite high. In below article, we will list all Shih Tzu price levels and annual costs for one Shih Tzu dog.
Shih Tzu dog price range
Price range of Shih Tzu dogs raised as pets only
Limited registered Shih Tzu puppies that could be raised as pets only, have a common price range about $500 – $700. This is the price level for registered puppies. Of course there are puppies offered at lower prices, yet their number is just a few. Some with no registration and no healthcares are sold at very low price, only around $200 – $300. Be not attracted by these low priced puppies because these will have very high health risks.
You could find a pet Shih Tzu puppy at following websites:
Purebred and fully registered Shih Tzu dog price
Purebred puppies with normal genealogy, standard size, standard color and full registration are popularly priced from $700 to $1200. Those could be raised for both pet and breeding purposes.
If you just look for a small family friend, the puppy at $500 – $1200 price level seems reasonable for your need. Only with about $700, you could get for yourself a beautiful puppy with bright coat color and cute little body.
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You can find purebred and fully registered Shih Tzu here:
High quality and good genealogy Shih Tzu dog price
This is premium and nearly purebred Shih Tzu dog breed. He or she has perfect appearance and good genealogy (many generations have nice appearance and high quality). The price range of such puppies is about $1200 – $2500, or more depending on their genealogy and features.
Because of the high price, those puppies are seldom raised as pets. They are popularly propagated or trained to perform in dog shows.
You could find top-quality Shih Tzu from AKC breeders, at here – http://marketplace.akc.org/puppies/shih-tzu
Shih Tzu appearance and personalities
Shih Tzu is a small size dog breed with common height of 20 – 25 centimeters and common weight of 3 – 8 kilograms. Therefore, they are classified as toy size dog (dog breeds with sizes less than 25 centimeters). There are a few puppies that are tiny and weigh no more than 2 kilograms when mature, hence, these are called teacup. Teacup puppies have prices double than other normal toy Shih Tzu ones.
Shih Tzu coat is very long. Most of puppies will have a long coat touching the ground when they are mature. Their coats normally have bright colors, including white, gold, cream, brown cream, gold cream or black. Normally, bright color Shin Tzu puppies cost $100 – $200 more than dark color puppies.
Of course, coat was short and naturally wavy when he or she was still young. And, when they grow up, coat has become long and straight. Shih Tzu dogs that you often see in photos could have straight and silky coat because their coats have been carefully straightened at quite high cost.
Shih Tzu dog breed is gentle, affectionate and close to their owners however they are unapproachable to strangers due to the shyness. Shih Tzu puppies are also mischievous children when staying home alone. He or she is interested in scuttling and gnowing soft things.
Shih Tzu dogs have abilities to easily adapt to live in narrow apartments. They do not need so much exercise or playing activities. With only some rubber toys, your caress and embrace, those children could feel happy the whole day.
Shih Tzu annual cost
Shih Tzu prices are not too high but costs for raising them are quite expensive. The most expensive cost is expenses of hair care activities, including regular hair pruning and hair straightening activities to keep the coat long, straight and smooth. When your puppy is over 4 months old, you should take your Shih Tzu to Spa the first time to have his or her hair straightened. The cost per session is around $70- $80. Hair care of other breeds usually cost about $40, but that of Shih Tzu will cost higher since their hairs are long and requires much more car. Every year, grooming expense for a Shih Tzu baby is about $500.
Besides, there are other regular costs such as food, physical examination, bath etc. These totally cost around $500 – $800. Therefore, total annual expenses for one Shih Tzu are around $1000 – $1300.
Particularly, in the first year, you have to buy many items such as dog cage, mattress, toys, bowls etc, so the cost for first year will be higher. Those items cost $500 to $700 in total. You can save money by buying these at secondhand shops on the internet. With only $300, you can get all these essential items.