If you are considering buying a Shih Tzu puppy for the first time and are not sure whether or not bringing a pet into the house will be a positive experience, just ask around and I can guarantee that you will never find a Shih Tzu dog owner who was not happy. Shih Tzu puppies are a great addition to any household, regardless if you have children, whether you are retired, and even if you are a busy young adult going to school or just getting started in life.
1) They’re not as yappy as other small dogs.
Although they do like to “speak” it’s nowhere near as annoying as some other small dog breeds which love the sound of their own voices a bit too much.

2) They’re friendly - both towards people and other dogs.
It’s great to have a dog who greets everyone at the park with happy enthusiasm rather then growls. Friends don’t have to think twice before bringing their own dogs with them when visiting you.

3) They don’t need much exercise
They can take it or leave it. They’ll join in the fun and run around like mad if there’s anything interesting happening but they’re quiet happy to just sit around the house all day with you as well. The best of both worlds really.

4) They’re sturdy
You don’t have to be as afraid of your kids (or grandma) accidentally stepping on them or hurting them as they are a bit bigger then other toy breeds and quiet sturdy for their size.

5) They are great companions
You can never be lonely with a Shih Tzu around. If you are in need of some company you can definitely count on them.
Top 5 things about the Shih Tzu
A New Shih Tzu Puppy Can Enhance Your Life
Everyone loves to have his or her own pet. Pets that could take away their stress after work and whom they can play with.

A couple of the most common characteristics a person likes to see in his or her pet is to be cute and cuddly. Characteristics that you can find at one look on a Shih Tzu dog breed.

It is said that this breed of dog came from the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso dog breeds. Shih Tzu's originated in Tibet where they were kept as a sacred dog on temples, guarded and well taken care of by court eunuchs. They were given to the Emperors of China as a tribute of great honor during the Manchu dynasty (17th century). During this century, pairs of Shih Tzu's were presented to eminent visitors as a symbol of good will and good luck.

Shih Tzu's are a short-legged dog breed. They stand up to10 inches tall and weigh up to 18 lbs. They normally have hanging ears, short muzzle, and heavily haired tail.

These breed of toy dogs have several colors on their coat, some of which forms like a beard as it fall over their eyes. DNA analysis confirm that Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds of dog, it is also known as Chinese/Tibetan Lion Dog or Chrysanthemum dog because of its face that looks like a flower. After spreading from China and Tibet, these "little temple dogs" found their way towards Ireland, Scandinavia, England and then to America in the late 1930's and are now all over the world.

Those who plan to have a low maintenance pet should choose another breed because this breed needs more care than other breeds. The most delicate part of a Shih Tzu's body is the area around their eyes that needs gentle cleaning every day with cotton and warm water.

Their faces should always be clean as well as their ears. Shih Tzus fit well in cold climates, which you can easily figure out because of their thick coat. They are sensitive to high temperature and could easily die. Their coats need daily brushing to avoid tangles, though you can also cut their hair short for less maintenance.

Personality is the strongest characteristic of this dog breed. They are friendly and non-aggressive, which makes them a perfect friend not only for adults but for children as well. Most Shih Tzus have plenty of stamina and love outdoors where they could exercise and play. The outgoing personality of Shih Tzus also makes them a good companion to other breeds of dog.

As a people oriented dog, Shih Tzus love being loved by the people around them. They are not the type of dog that hunts, protects, pulls, tracks or attacks others because they are more into loving their masters, playing, sleeping and eating.

Though there are times Shih Tzus act like clowns, this dog breed is very intelligent. You can train them alone, or with the help of a dog trainer, basic commands such as sit, stay, down, heel and how to respond to the word "no" could save you from tons of trouble later. Shih Tzu's are adaptable. The people around them and the environment they live in molds their personality and that makes your pet a mirror of you or your family's character as well.

Knowing Shih Tzu Dogs
Shih Tzus have many admirable qualities, one of the strongest being their personality. They are generally happy, affectionate, outgoing, friendly, well mannered, dignified and trusting towards everyone.Having been bred as companion dogs Shih Tzus love people. They make friends easily and are very adaptable, they are happy to sit patiently and watch you while you rest, play with you when you are willing and even don’t mind travelling. This is not to say that they don’t require attention as there is nothing they love more than their owners love and attention.

Due to their trusting, friendly and affectionate nature they easily accept strangers as long as they are accepted by the family and also make wonderful companions to children, although they do at times have a jealous streak. Shih Tzus also get along with other pets and generally love to meet and greet and play. This can at times be dangerous for them as they are so trusting and fail to see immediate threats from other dogs.

Shih Tzus are predominantly an indoor pet and are suitable to any style of living whether it be in the country, or city, living in an apartment. It is important to remember that they do at times like to wander, mainly due to the fact that they love to meet new people and animals, therefore they should always be walked on a leash and live somewhere with an enclosed yard.

Exercise wise, Shih Tzus do enjoy occasional walks but they do not require a lot of exercise as they tend to tire easily. They are however active and alert and can make good watchdogs. They like to bark but not excessively like other small dog breeds.

Shih Tzus are very intelligent and can be trained for obedience and agility ring competitions. However they can be stubborn at times and therefore training requires patience and perseverance. This also applies to house training them. They do not like punishment so training needs to be gentle and motivational.
Temperament of the breed

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