Carrying himself with a proud, arrogant bearing, yet possessing a happy, sweet-natured temperament, the Shih Tzu is less demanding and less yappy than most other toy breeds.
Though he is solidly built and lively and loves to play in the yard, he doesn't need much more exercise than that.
A lover of comfort and attention, he enjoys cuddling on laps and snuggling into soft pillows. He makes a terrific pet for senior citizens.
Most Shih Tzus are friendly (or at least polite) with strangers, though socialization is necessary to develop this trusting temperament. Shih Tzus are also peaceful with other pets.
If you are considering to own a shih tzu, or you’ve just become a new shih tzu owner, there are some realities you do need to fully accept.
Check out the twelve realities new shih tzu owners must accept on the next page! …and if you already are a shih tzu owner, see if you can relate!