When it comes to choosing a Shih Tzu bed you night be surprised by how much choice there is. Your Shih Tzus bed will have an impact on things like their mood and their health. Like humans, they need rest and a good bed can make all the difference.

Choosing the right small dog bed for your Shih Tzu is important and puppy dog beds are different to adult dog beds especially when you are looking for beds for small dogs like your Tzu. So be prepared if you have a puppy for a dog bed change when they begin to grow!

In this article, we’ll look at why choosing the best Shih Tzu bed is so important to your dogs health and wellness. We’ll also be giving some suggestions and tips on the best dog beds to choose to make sure your Shih Tzu is comfy, cosy and happy.

Shih Tzu Bed


Just like a human, choosing a good bed helps us to rest well and it’s no different for your Shih Tzu, so here are some things to look out for.

Small Dog Beds & Back Support

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a dog Shih Tzu bed is the type of back support it will provide. Smaller breeds like the Shih Tzu can be prone to back pains. While it might seem that your Shih Tzu is resting just fine on their dog bed, it might actually be causing them some aches and pains. It can also lead to possible issues with their posture.

You can alleviate this risk by choosing a small dog bed with a mattress as that can help to distribute pressure and adjust to the curves of your Shih Tzu’s body. This will impact the level of relief and rest that your dog is getting.

When your dog rests on his / her bed, their body should be as relaxed as possible. Their muscles should be loose, their joints shouldn’t feel any pressure, and their whole body should be able to completely relax. Its this time when the dogs body can repair and your dog can feel amazing when they wake!

A Shih Tzu Bed To Improve Breathing

Since a Shih Tzu is considered a Brachycephalic breed, they have a very compressed breathing pattern. This  is why they need to have a bed of the appropriate size so they can be properly positioned and be able to breathe properly. Also, some Shih Tzus have something called “an elongated soft palate”. All that means is that the soft tissue inside your dogs mouth an throat are a little compressed because of their face shape. It just doesn’t fit as well as it might.  That’s what can cause them some breathing issues and that’s why a Shih Tzu snoring is very common.

The proper small dog bed size will give your Shih Tzu enough space to stretch out their body. Some Shih Tzus are more comfortable if the dog bed have raised bumpers which can serve as a pillow-like support to their necks as that will open up their breathing passages for them and make them more comfortable.

Talking of comfort…….

Your Shih Tzu likes it when they have their own place in the house and they will consider it one of their most treasured possessions. A dog bed serves as a special place for your Shih Tzu. This is where they know no one will invade their territory and that he/she has a place where they can feel safe and rest.

Even if your Shih Tzu favors sleeping on your bed, still have their own bed for them. As they like to nap during the day, they will often use their bed then. Sometimes having more than one bed can be an idea. Like humans, there may be one they prefer more and also if you have a few rooms, one for the kitchen or your bedroom and one for the living room can really help your dog feel at home.

Keep the areas where your Tzu’s bed(s) are warm and comfortable. Tucking the small dog bed under a desk or in a corner can create a safe place where they can relax. With a new dog, experiment in different locations or pay attention to where they naturally lay.

Shih Tzu Bed Health

There are 3 things that accumulate in your Shih Tzu’s bed—skin flakes, body oils, and allergen. This is the same for human beds too except that instead of body oil, sweat is excreted.

All of this can go in and onto the cushions, cushion cases, and sheets. Because of this, you should get your dog a bed with washable covers to make sure that you can wash them anytime to give your Shih Tzu a clean sleeping area. Yes, just like humans you can even buy dog bed sheets to cover the cushions if that’s easier.

Shih Tzu Beds


When choosing Shih Tzu dog bed, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Consider the size of your Shih Tzu to make sure that you pick the appropriate dog bed size. A puppy has different needs to an adult. Make sure to choose a size that suits your dog.
  • Shih Tzus are usually short-legged so they need a bed that they can climb in and get out of easily.
  • Your Shih Tzu has hair instead of fur like other dogs, with regular grooming you’ll find he/she sheds a lot less than some other breeds. It’s why many people think the Shih Tzu is Hypoallergenic. They tend to be a far better pet choice for those of us with allergies.
  • Think about the preference of your dog. Maybe he likes to sleep or rest on your bed, any piece of furniture at your home, or the flooring. Select a bed with a material that’s closest to his or her favourite spot in the house but make sure that the bed filling cannot be easily destroyed even after being pushed down lots of times. A Shih Tzu does tend to like to scrabble at their bed before they get comfy.


You don’t need to go to extremes in pampering your dog to make them feel comfortable. You can still provide them with the perfect dog bed without spending too much. Here are some of the best dog beds to select for your Shih Tzu no matter their age:

Dog Beds With Extra Bumpers

If you want a risk-free and safe sleeping bed for your Shih Tzu, we recommend getting a bed with extra head and neck support to open up and improve their breathing flows. It’s ideal to choose a bed with sides that are raised. Choose one that has a washable covering and is made with a good quality fabric like microfibre. Also, make it sure that the bed does not absorb any moisture from the surrounding areas. They don’t need to be waterproof but some materials are more absorbent than others.

Luxury Dog Beds

If you want to spoil your fur baby, an artificial feather dog bed might be your best choice. With this type of dog bed, he or she will rest like their ancestors- royally! You Shih Tzu will enjoy sinking into the soft surface. It’s also washable and has a material that lasts for a long time. NOTE – not great for seniors as while cosy these tend to have less support for ageing joints.

Cooling Beds (Elevated dog beds)

A raised dog bed might be something you want if your Shih Tzu doesn’t cope or enjoy warm conditions as they are designed to be quite cool. These elevated dog beds can also work well if your Tzu doesn’t settle at floor level.  Raised dog beds are breathable beds that allow the air to flow easily and removes any stress from your Shih Tzu’s joints. You can also make the bed more comfortable with a mattress (recommended).

This type of dog bed might be something you would consider if you’re looking for a bed that can be brought outdoors or for your Shih Tzu to use when he wants to spend some time with you outside.

Tent Dog Beds

Tent dog beds will give your Shih Tzu a place they can crawl up into and can act as a little fort. If you want him or her to have their very own place, provide your Tzu with a comfortable location that they can really call their own, tent beds might be a hit. Bed tents are enclosed and this gives your dog a sense of privacy. This can also be easily washed and folded so great for travelling!

Orthopaedic Small Dog Beds

Orthopaedic dog beds are perfect for your Shih Tzu’s joint, hip, and back support. These are great for adult dogs and senior dogs, a dog is usually considered senior after 9 years of age.

While a dog may have had their bed all their life, like humans, it’s a good idea to change them. Typically every 5-7 years is recommended.

These orthopedic dog beds that are perfect for senior Shih Tzus and dogs of any age that needs special orthopaedic support. This type of bed is also comfortable and warm. Add in a memory foam mattress for ultimate Shih Tzu comfort!

For a senior Shih Tzu with joint pains, a memory foam bed is the best option. The bed is sturdy, water-resistant, and has a washable cover for easy cleaning. There’s also a built-in headrest that will give even more comfort to your Shih Tzu.

Cosy Shih Tzu Beds

If you notice that your Shih Tzu often becomes cold at night, this is the best type of dog bed for them. The fabric used in this type of bed uses your Shih Tzu’s body heat to create a long-term heat source that’s perfect especially for winter and cold nights.

Also as Shih Tzu’s are know to be a breed that likes to “snuggle” you might find this is a good overall choice for their bed or definitely if you opt for two beds in your home!

Shih Tzu Bed Ramps

If your Shih Tzu usually sleeps on your bed, that’s perfectly fine as long as you know that your bed provides enough support for your dog. It’s hard to train your dog to sleep in their own place when they got used to sleeping in your bed.

As a Shih Tzu is a companion dog, it’s not unusual that they want to be near (or on) you. They are agile little dogs and even high beds sometimes will not defeat their determination but if they are using your bed with you, we highly recommend dog bed ramps.

These ramps are unobtrusive, easily stored and are perfect for allowing your Shih Tzu to get on and off the bed safely. An awkward fall could lead to severe pain and avoidable veterinary bills. Safety first and this small investment will keep your fur baby safe.


When choosing the perfect type of Shih Tzu bed it’s important to consider comfort and preference. Choose a small dog bed that your boy or girl would be comfortable sleeping in at any condition or weather so that resting won’t be too much of a struggle for them.

If you know your Shih Tzu very well, also consider the bed texture that they like most when changing or buying additional dog beds. That will help to ensure a smooth transition from the place that they got used to sleeping to their new dog bed.

Above all, make sure that the dog bed that you choose for your Shih Tzu will benefit their health in a positive way. Because Shih Tzus can be prone to different kinds of illness, even the smallest things (like choosing the right dog bed) will help them have a happy and healthy life with you.