Is shih tzu snoring normal?

Shih tzu snoring

Snoring is the sound of your dog’s breathing at night. It may seem like a harmless snort or muffled grumble, but it’s important to keep an eye on your pup’s snoring habits in case they’re a sign of a serious health issue. When you hear your dog snore loudly and consistently throughout the night, it could mean something more serious than just sleep apnea—it could be an indication that your dog has a respiratory problem that needs immediate attention from his veterinarian. If you’re curious about whether or not shih tzu snoring is normal, read on for more information about this common canine behavior!

Shih tzu snoring

Shih tzu snoring is one of the most common issues faced by owners of this breed.

It’s estimated that about 50% of shih tzus snore, and it can start as early as six months old. The reason why some dogs are more prone to snoring than others isn’t fully understood, but some factors that may contribute include anatomical issues and airway contractions that vibrate soft tissues in the airway, leading to vibration sounds known as “rales.”

Weight management

If your dog is overweight, they may have trouble breathing properly while they sleep. Excess weight can cause snoring and snorting in dogs.

Exercise can help your dog lose weight and decrease the amount of snoring he does. Exercise also helps improve sleep quality and breathing patterns, which means that your dog will be able to breathe better while sleeping. And because exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, it’s good for overall health as well!

Breathing Issues

Snoring may also indicate that your pup has an anatomical issue, such as an elongated soft palate or narrowed windpipe. In some cases these issues will require surgery in order to correct them. If left untreated, this type snoring can lead to more serious health problems like respiratory infections and sleep apnea which is a serious condition that can lead to heart and lung problems. If you notice your shih tzu snoring excessively, it’s important to get him checked out by a vet. Sleep apnea can be treated with surgery or medication (depending on the cause) and will require regular follow-up visits with your vet in order to keep your dog healthy.

Tongue sticking out?

Shih Tzus may also sleep with their tongue hanging out of their mouth, which can contribute to snoring if it’s too long for them to rest comfortably without it dangling out of their mouth. A dog’s tongue can become dry and cracked, or even infected if it gets pulled out by the dog while he/she sleeps.


If you think your shih tzu is snoring, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian. Snoring in dogs can be caused by many different factors and may require treatment.

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