In this guide, we list what might be some of the best dog toys for Shih Tzus.
On average, Shih Tzus are a small sized breed – so, consider your dog’s size (and life stage) in picking a size of dog toy.
As a second important consideration, may also want to consider whether your dog is a heavy chewer or not, and pick toys that are more durable if required.
Let’s jump into it and take a look!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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Best Dog Toys For Shih Tzu Dogs & Puppies
In the reviews section below – we’ve linked you to ‘Best Guides’ for each major category of dog toys.
So, you can view a specific guide if you’re interested in a specific type of toy.
But, a selection of some of the top dog toys overall, from some of the main categories might be:
- Chuckit! Ultra Rubber Ball Dog Toy, Large (on Chewy)
- Chuckit! Fetch Ball Dog Toy, Medium (on Chewy)
- Chuckit! Ultra Ball (on Amazon) (2.5 inch balls and bigger, for medium to bigger dogs)
- Chuckit! Ultra Ball (on Amazon) (2 inch ball, for smaller dogs)
Ball Thrower Toys
- Chuckit! Classic Launcher (on Chewy)
- Chuckit! Sport Launcher Dog Ball Thrower (on Amazon), or Chuckit! Pro Launcher (on Amazon)
- KONG Extreme Ball Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- KONG Extreme Ball Dog Toy (on Amazon) (small, and medium/large sizes available)
- Nylabone DuraChew Original Flavor Bone Dog Toy (on Chewy), or Nylabone DuraChew Peanut Butter Flavor Souper Dog Chew Toy (on Chewy)
- Nylabone Original Dura Chew Dog Chew Toy (on Amazon)
- West Paw Zogoflex Jive Tough Ball Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- West Paw Design Jive Zogoflex Durable Ball Dog Chew Toy (on Amazon)
- Nylabone Power Chew Wishbone Dog Chew Toy (on Chewy)
- Nylabone Power Chew Extreme Wishbone Dog Chew Toy (on Amazon) (for dogs 35 lbs and under)
- Deer and Elk Antlers
- Raw Bones (approved by a vet)
- ZippyPaws Burrow Squeaky Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- ZippyPaws Woodland Friends Burrow, Interactive Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy (on Amazon)
- Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- SmartPetLove Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy (on Amazon)
- Outward Hound Hide A Squirrel Puzzle Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- Outward Hound Interactive Puzzle Plush Hide and Seek Activity Dog Toy (on Amazon)
- Frisco Hide and Seek Plush Volcano Puzzle Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- Multipet Plush Dog Toys (on Amazon)
Treat Dispensing, & Stuffable Toys
- KONG Classic Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- KONG Classic Dog Toy (on Amazon)
- KONG Extreme Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- KONG Extreme Dog Toy (on Amazon)
- KONG Wobbler Dog Toy (on Chewy)
- KONG Wobbler Treat Dispensing Dog Toy (on Amazon)
Eco Friendly & Sustainable Toys
Wooden Sticks (made from safe wood, with sharp edges rounded off, and big enough that your dog won’t swallow it or choke on it)
Second hand or used toys from other dog owners, garage sales, and thrift/charity stores
Used Plastic Soda Bottles (unfilled, or filled with with food and treats. And, BPA, PVC & Phthalate free)
Used & Second Hand Balls (Tennis Balls, & Other Balls Like Soccer Balls and Footballs)
Toys Specifically For Large Dogs
Toys Specifically For Small Dogs, & Puppies
Best Overall Dog Toys
Best Dog Toys For Shih Tzus: Reviews
Everyone has different requirements and preferences when it comes to dog toys.
In the guides below, you can find a selection of some of the best toys from each major category of dog toys:
Best Dog Toys For Shih Tzus: Buyer’s Guide
Average Size Of A Shih Tzu
On average, a Shih Tzu might be up to 10 inches tall at the shoulder, and up to 16 lbs in weight.
What Size Dog Toys To Get For Shih Tzus? (KONGs, Nylabones, Etc.)
Good dog toy brands should specific in their product descriptions about what size of dog an individual toy is designed for.
For example, they might provide a toy in several different sizes, and specify the weight range for each size of toy e.g. small might be for dogs up to 35lbs, and large might be for dogs up to 50lbs.
But, in addition to size – you should also consider whether your dog is a heavy chewer or not, as well as whether they are an adult or puppy.
What Toys To Get For Shih Tzu Puppies? (Best Puppy Toys For Shih Tzus)
You may want to consult your puppy’s vet for suitable toys, especially if your puppy is teething.
Good dog brands should specific in the product description if an individual toy is designed for puppies.
Some brands have toys specifically for puppies – usually these toys are smaller (to suit a puppy’s mouth size) and might be made of softer rubber for the developing gums and teeth of puppies.
What Toys To Get For Senior/Older Shih Tzus?
You may want to consult your dog’s vet, especially if your dog has health conditions, or has limited movement.
Some toy brands have toys specifically for senior dogs.
These toys might be chew toys formulated with rubber that is softer for aging gums and teeth, just as an example.
Other suitable toys might be toys that a dog can play with without moving around too much.
What Toys To Get For Shih Tzus That Are Heavy Or Aggressive Chewers? (Best Chew Toys For Shih Tzus)
This guide outlines some of the dog toys that designed specifically for dogs that are power/heavy chewers:
What About Homemade & DIY Ideas For Dog Toys?
This guide outlines some ideas for homemade and DIY dog toys:
What About Eco Friendly & More Sustainable Dog Toys?
This guide outlines what some of the most eco friendly and sustainable dog toys might be:
Dog Toys Are Not A Direct Substitute For Regular Exercise, Interaction & Time Spent With An Owner
Dog toys are not a direct substitute for daily exercise, as well as interaction and time spent between a dog and it’s owner (as well as other dogs if the dog isn’t aggressive and can play safe with other dogs at a dog park for example).
Most dogs simply won’t be getting the required physical exercise, and social/mental requirements met, if they aren’t exercising and interacting.
Instead, dog toys might be used as a reward for a dog, on top of already receiving exercising, interaction and time with their owner (and sometimes other dogs and animals).
Safety & Dog Toys
If you are unsure about the safety of a dog toy – either don’t use it, or consult your dog’s vet first.
Manufacturers should also provide safety information and warnings on the materials/chemicals used in their toys, and the safe use of their toys.
Some may suggest supervision when using their toys.
We’ve written more extensively about safety and the use of dog toys in the FAQ guide below.
General Information & FAQs About Dog Toys
The substitution of interaction, attention and exercise for dog toys
Different types and styles of dog toys
Different materials commonly used in dog toys
New, secondhand, homemade and DIY, and sustainable/eco friendly and natural dog toys
What size dog toy to get
How you might maintain your dog’s interest in it’s toys
Safety considerations for dog toys
How you might find safe dog toys (and some further information on dog toy safety)
Other potential problems with some dog toys
Dog toys specifically for puppies
What to do with used dog toys
How to wash/clean dog toys safely
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