Friendly, loving, and good-natured, Shih Tzus are a great pet whether you live all alone or in a big family.With big, bright eyes and a tiny pink tongue poking out, Shih Tzus are undoubtedly a super cute dog breed—but they’re so much more than their precious looks. Although the name for the breed comes from the word “lion”, there’s absolutely nothing fierce about Shih Tzus. They’re equally happy in the heart of the city or out in the country, as long as they’re giving—and getting—plenty of snuggles.
All Love, BabyShih Tzus were bred to be loving companions—it is literally in their genes. Playful, cuddly, and oh-so-affectionate, the Shih Tzu has all the makings of a perfect family pet. Shih Tzus tend to be outgoing and are friendly towards just about everybody, including strangers, other dogs, and even cats. They love to romp around, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye out when they’re playing with kids to make sure they don’t get stomped on!
There’s Substance, Too!More than just good looks and big hearts, Shih Tzus are smart pups—but training them can be a bit tricky. The breed tends towards the stubborn side, so be persistent and consistent in teaching them obedience. Housebreaking Shih Tzus can take a little longer than with other breeds: patience is the name of the game. A little hard work in the training department early on will save you some headaches in the long run. If you skip the training, there’s a chance your Shih Tzu will become overly possessive—not a good look!
Keep ‘em Happy and HealthyWhile Shih Tzus are always down to play, they aren’t a highly active dog. They don’t need a ton of exercise and, accordingly, they should be fed relatively small meals. Shih Tzus are very sweet and it’s natural to want to spoil them with treats, but avoid this temptation or else they risk gaining too much weight, which can cause health issues. If you want to treat them, consider sprinkling our dry toppers on their food for a little special something.