A White Shih Tzu can live up to 13 years on average.
These canines have a longer lifespan as compared to that of other purebred dogs. The factors that can affect the life of White Shih Tzus are their genes and the lifetime care they receive from their owners.
Do White Shih Tzus Go Deaf?
Hearing loss is one of the most common problems for White Shih Tzus in two ways.
Firstly, their hearing ability tends to fade as they grow older. It is an indicator that your canine pooch is aging and now he needs more care and affection.
Secondly, White Shih Tzus have a higher risk of being born deaf either on one ear or both, due to its white coat color. AKC highlighted this as cochleo-saccular deafness.
Other common health issues that your beloved pooch may suffer from are:
Retinal dysplasia is one of the many eye problems White Shih Tzus may suffer from in which the retinal tissues of the eye get affected and it leads to slight impairment or complete blindness.
In addition, there are other eye problems which include epiphora, corneal ulcers, eye infections, entropians, and eye irritations.
Luxating Patella is a condition in which the kneecap of a canine is dislocated. It occurs in one or both of the hind legs which ultimately causes the development of arthritis and orthopedic conditions.
White Shih Tzus are encountered with many dental problems due to their very small mouth. The most common is malocclusion, crowding of the teeth and unhealthy roots and gums.
As White Shih Tzus have floppy ears with hair-filled ear canals, bacteria tend to thrive well in these moist environments fairly quickly. Due to this, they are mostly exposed to ear infections if their ears do not get cleaned at all.