Books And Videos

There is a good grooming video and a number of good books available on Shih Tzu. The titles below can all be found online but many of them are also sold on our club stall at Crufts and at our own shows. Contact our Hon Secretary for details of which books we might have in stock to post.

Other resources in this section:

The History of the Shih Tzu

by Gay Widdrington

historyofst.jpgThe History Of The Shih Tzu is Gay Widdrington's legacy to the breed. Written by a lady whose Lhakang kennel was involved with and had a significant influence on Shih Tzu almost from the time of their arrival in the West, it explores how Shih Tzu developed in China & Tibet and subsequently in the West since their arrival in the 1930's up to the 1980's. Anyone with an interest in breed history will enjoy this. Copies can be ordered online via Amazon or by post directly from us through the Hon Secretary. Price £9.00 + £2.75 P&P

The World of Dogs - Shih Tzu

by Audrey Dadds

worldofdogsst.jpgWidely known amongst exhibitors as the Shih Tzu 'Bible', this is a wonderful reference resource for pet and show owners and considered by many to be the most complete Shih Tzu text. Written by our late Club President. This book is currently out of print although limited copies can be found online or can be ordered through the Hon Secretary. 

The Shih Tzu - DVD

by Canine Coat Care

shihtzudvd.jpgThis is a lovely video presented by a long-standing, successful breeder, exhibitor and judge, Sue Crossley, who has bred many quality champions. In the first part of the video Sue shows you the best way to bath, condition and dry the Shih Tzu coat to conserve it and keep it in peak condition. No trimming required here except for the feet. Sue then goes on to demonstrate a neat way of finishing the top knot for show. The final part of the video shows how to clipper a pet or retired kennel dog so that he/she retains the breed's unique character.

Shih Tzu - Best of Breed

by Juliet Cunliffe

stbestofbreed.jpgThis beautiful hard-backed, cloth-bound book gives detailed information on the dog's character and behaviour, puppy care, training and socialisation, with a special chapter on breed health written by a leading veterinary surgeon. It is illustrated by a stunning collection of more than 110 specially commissioned full-colour photographs and would make the perfect gift for any lover of the breed. A must-read for any 1st time owner of these wonderful dogs.

Living With A Shih Tzu

by Josephine Johnson

livingwithast.jpgWant to find out what it's really like to own a Shih Tzu? It's all here in Living With A Shih Tzu, a dog book with a difference. As well as providing the latest practical advice on all aspects of Shih Tzu care and training, owners tell their own special stories of the love and companionship that has come from living with this wonderful breed. Illustrated throughout with stunning photography. Out of print but still available on Amazon.

Training Your Shih Tzu

by Joan Walker

trainingyourst.jpgThis book speaks exclusively to the task of dog training, telling new dog owners what they need to know about Shih Tzu, while instructing them in humane but effective methods of housetraining, basic obedience training, walking on a leash, teaching a dog to obey verbal commands and hand signals, and much more. This book focuses on the distinctive traits and temperament of Shih Tzu. Special behavioural problems are also covered, with advice on eliminating bad habits that include begging, jumping on visitors, unnecessary barking, and aggressive behaviour.

The Perfect Puppy

by Gwen Bailey

perfectpuppy.jpgAlthough not Shih Tzu specific, Gwen Bailey's bestselling puppy care guide has helped hundreds of thousands of owners throughout the world raise a problem-free dog. Now, updated with the latest findings in canine behaviour and a completely new user-friendly design, this revised edition will teach you how to raise a problem-free dog. From housetraining to playing games, it will show you how to teach your dog good manners and build his confidence with the world around him. There are step-by-step training and socialization plans as well as a guide to understanding and preventing biting, chewing and other problems.

The Essential Shih Tzu

by Ian Dunbar (USA)


Pet owners will enjoy this attractively priced, full colour series of books that are filled with useful information in an attractive design.The Essential Guides have all of the information that the new or experienced pet owner needs for a successful relationship with his or her pet. Packed with interesting sidebars, the books discuss bringing your new pet home; the optimal way to feed your pet; and how to properly groom your pet. Also included are comprehensive chapters on health care and how to train your pet like an expert; as well as a special chapter filled with fun facts about your specific pet.The many fun and descriptive photos in the Essential Guides are taken by a professional photographer, and each book contains perforated fact cards with lots of helpful pet care tips for your convenience.

Shih Tzu A Complete Pet Owners Manual 3rd edition

by J'aime Sucher (USA)

stacompletepetownersmanual.jpgShih Tzu is a book in Barron's series of Complete Pet Owner's Manuals . The small and friendly Shih Tzu is a breed of Chinese origin. The dog's beautiful long hair requires frequent grooming. Written especially to introduce inexperienced and prospective pet owners to the pleasures and duties of pet care, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals also make fine guides to pet care for older children. These heavily illustrated books are filled with helpful information on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care--and where applicable, grooming and training pets. Each book is individually written by an expert--a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. All books have 70 or more colour photos, and most also have instructive line illustrations.

Shih Tzu on YouTube

youtube.jpgYouTube has a large library of Shih Tzu grooming and care videos, some great, some not so much - but all freely available.