What Are Shih Tzus Really Like?

Shih Tzus are as cute as they look. In fact as far as looks go, dogs don’t come much cuter than the Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzu is a loveable, affectionate, playful little dog who simply loves the company of people. Few dogs that can match the Shih Tzu as a companion dog, which perhaps explains why, with an ageing UK population, their popularity is on the increase.

Shitzus are sociable little dogs. They are excellent with other animals and children but also sensitive so they should never be treated harshly or shouted at. Their somewhat stern appearance belies their true cheerful personality. They are not a dog best suited to a noisy environment.

While they may have the reputation for being a little wilful, they are not a disobedient dog – it’s simply their aristocratic upbringing. The Shitzu is an intelligent breed, and properly and correctly taught right from wrong they will happily fit in with their owner’s needs.

While they are a tough little dog which enjoys a rough and tumble as much as any dog, the Shitzu’s prominent eyes make them highly susceptible to injury. So while they love to play, care must be not to cause inury to their eyes.

The Shitzu makes an excellent companion dog. Like any dog they will bark when necessary, but they will not continue to bark without good reason. And having alerted their owner to the presence of a stranger or an unusual noise, any such stranger is ensured a friendly welcome.

In summary, there are few more ideal companion dogs than the Shitzu. The Shitzu is particularly suited to the quieter, older owner, although likely to be just as happy with a family mindful of the Shitzu’s more gentile side. They love people and crave nothing more from their owner than their companionship. They are definitely not a dog to be left outside. They need the company of people.

If you would like to read more about owning a Shitzu, please read some of these excellent, highly recommended books:

* Shih Tzu for Dummies by: Eve Adamson
* A New Owners Guide to Shih Tzu by: JoAnn Regelman
* Shih Tzu by: Juliette Cunliffe
* The Pet Owner’s Guide to the Shih Tzu by: Dorothy Gurney
* Guide to Owning a Shih Tzu by: Teri Soy
* Shih Tzu: An Owner’s Companion by: Wendy M Brown

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