One of the most loyal, affectionate, and outgoing toy dog breeds, the Shih Tzu is a long-haired breed that require frequent grooming and clipping to keep their hair and skin healthy.
Many apartment dwelling dog lovers tend to steer clear of dog ownership, feeling as though they don’t have the correct facilities to offer a canine, however; the Shih Tzu is a breed that doesn’t require much exercise and is more than happy hanging out indoors!
Making their indoor space more comfortable is easy, a good quality food and water bowls, one of the best dog bred for Shih Tzu’s and a few toys should do the trick!
Little is known about the origins of the breed although many experts hypothesize that this tiny hairy pooch hails from Tibet, and while they can be prone to genetic conditions, generally they are a healthy breed with a lifespan of ten to sixteen years!
1. JOYELF Memory Foam Dog Bed
The JOYELF Orthopedic Dog Bed is a firm bed that is especially suited to pooches with joint conditions, or at risk of developing them further down the line.
The bed itself is not soft and squishy but more supportive, so it’s worth figuring out whether your pooch prefers the feel of very pillowy beds or firmer beds before purchasing.
The bolster cushion provides three sides of neck support for your pooch, and along with the lip of the bed – it helps to keep your dog warm on a cold day!
The outer fabric surrounding the bed is water and tear-resistant, so even if you have a house full of playful Shih Tzu’s it should be somewhat safe from their escapades, and if an accident should occur near the bed, the waterproof base can simply be wiped clean.
If a more thorough wash is required, it’s important to note that when removing the cover to throw it into the washing machine be sure to handle with care, the zipper tends to wear pretty quickly and can break if not treated with care.
- Memory foam base
- Non-slip rubber waterproof base
- Removable cover is machine washable
- Comes with a free squeaky toy
- Bolster cushion for neck support and comfort
- Sizing runs small
- A thinner base that expected
- Bolster cushions aren’t as big as expected
- Weak zipper
- Not suitable for dogs that like to chew at all
buy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734Y6KQS
2. AmazonBasics Padded Pet Bolster Bed
I think that the Amazon Basics Padded Pet Bolster Bed is the ideal additional bed for a dog owner to keep as a travel bed.
Weighing just over one and a half pounds, this bed is small, lightweight, but also very fluffy to keep your Shih Tzu happy in his crate when on the road!
For a very basic bed, it has a good bolster cushion that most basic beds don’t provide, and it’s a great size to fit into almost all regular sized dog crates.
The only downside to using it in a crate is the fact that it doesn’t come with anti-slip rubber spots on the base so it can move around during transit.
Great for molting pets, the cream color of this bed tends to hide any Shih Tzu hair, meaning that it doesn’t look a mess as soon as your pup sets foot onto the bed!
Then, when it is time to give it a wash, simply unzip the fleece cover and throw it into the washing machine on a gentle cycle.
- Cream color helps to hide shedding
- Fits most crates
- Bolster cushion for added comfort
- Soft fleece cover for easy cleaning
- Ideal as a travel bed for your pet
- Very thin base
- Tempting for dogs to chew
- Moves around easily in crates
- Not at all dryer safe – will melt all over your tumble dryer
- Doesn’t last long with use
buy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FW76BG9
3. Aspen Pet Oval Cuddler Pet Bed
This cute oval bed from Aspen with an adorable bone applique is one of the best beds for Shih Tzu’s as it promotes nesting and leaves your dog looking like the coziest pooch in the whole wide world!
With raised bolstered sides, your dog has the option of nesting in the middle of the bed or having his very own little pillow to provide neck support.
Filled with high-loft, recycled polyester filling – your pooch will feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud – but do note that the bed isn’t quite as fluffy and poofy as it looks in the product photos.
It also runs one size smaller than expected so for the best outcome I would recommend always purchasing this product in one size larger than you require.
The dog bed is impressively tough against active and playful dogs, and even though it’s not indestructible, it’s better than most at putting up with a bit of chewing and a bit of clawing.
But as with anything, if your dog wants to destroy this bed, he will!
- Raised sides for added support
- Machine washable cover
- Super cute bone applique
- Designed to encourage nesting
- Very tough bed for active dogs
- Way smaller than expected
- Collects static electricity
- Thinner than it looks in the photos
- Fabric isn’t as thick as expected
- Washing equals wear and tear
buy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093Z7L78
4. Plush Pet Bed
This super swirly not only looks great, but it provides unparalleled coziness to your little dog.
With the swirl pattern, the bed does a great job of keeping any hair that your dog has lost – on the bed – and not all over your home.
When it comes time to wash the bed, either give it a quick brush to remove hair or you can put the entire bed into the washing machine on a low setting.
Choose from three colors, a classic gray, decadent mocha, or warm coco chic depending on yours, and your little fluff balls preference!
Not only a great bed for your own dog, but this bed also makes an ideal gift for your fellow dog-owning friends.
While the bed is machine washable, it does have a tendency to lose its shape, and weaken at the seams with each wash – you might be better off hand washing and hanging up to dry as that will help this great bed to last for years of comfy use!
- Plush ombre swirl cover
- Perfect size for crate use
- Entire bed is 100% machine washable
- Non-skid base
- Seams tend to weaken when washed
- Not ideal for a Shih Tzu more than 10lb
- Isn’t as fluffy as it looks in the photos
- Stitching isn’t good quality
- Becomes misshapen when washed
buy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003D7LCRW
5. Best Pet Supplies Corduroy Tent Bed
If you happen to be the owner of a nervous dog that like to hide out of the way when you have visitors over to the house, this could be the ideal solution to make them feel safe, secure, and comfortable all at the same time.
This tent dog bed stands up for your dog to get inside of and make his very own little secret nest but is easy to throw in the wash and keep it clean.
A reasonably strong fabric, the bed comes in either a faux suede, linen, or corduroy style in a variety of colors, including brown, beige, grey, dark brown and tan.
The tent bed assembles and disassembles with ease so that you can take the bed with you when you travel, and as it’s incredibly lightweight you won’t even notice your additional pet luggage!
The sizing of this bed runs small so consider buying you bed one, or even two sizes larger than your dog needs, after all – it’s better to have a bed that’s too big rather than too small.
- Stays upright
- Removable cushion
- Machine washable
- Polyfoam lining
- Strong fabric
- Not as padded as expected
- Sizing runs small
- As it ages it stands up less
- Fabric isn’t very thick
- Doesn’t look the same as the picture
buy here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OGPSW4G
I bet that you can probably guess our top pick for this one… that’s right; our favorite Shih Tzu worthy dog bed is the Joyelf Dog Bed!
This basic bed doesn’t come with too many bells and whistles; it’s simply put just a great dog bed that will be soft, comfortable and sturdy enough for your toy dog.
A brilliantly lightweight bed, it’s easy to throw in the car and take with you anywhere.
Is a friend hosting a tea party?
Bring your pooch and his bed along to keep him comfy while you mingle!