These dogs are cute, playful,non-aggressive, intelligent and courageous. Bred as companion dogs, they crave their owners’ attention. These dogs are excellent play mates. Most of the time they love to lie all cuddled up in their owners’ laps. These happy, friendly dogs love kids and make excellent watch dogs. Moreover, these dogs do not have a habit of unabated barking. They are sensitive and can be snappy if teased. Shih Tzus are obstinate but because of their ability to learn quickly they can be trained easily with little patience. They should never be overfed as they might develop obesity. They often wheeze and snore.
They can often be found curled up in a corner and therefore owners should be careful lest they hurt them accidentally. They might even suffer from stress related disorders if they do not get enough attention from their owners for a considerable period of time.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
They are fairly active indoors and with proper exercise, are suitable for the apartments, without a yard.
They are sensitive to the sun and should never be taken on long walks in scorching heat.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
They are playful and enjoy the company of small children. So households with small kids may have a Shih Tzu but children often confuse them with stuffed toys and end up injuring them. Owners should thus, keep them under