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Perky and Happy, the Shih Tzu tends to require a large amount of personal attention. Because they thrive on human company, they can easily became spoiled.

Shih Tzus are renowned for their perky, happy temperaments. They are likely and friendly. Shih Tzus tend to get along well with people of all ages and with other dogs as well as other pets of different species. Rarely you will find a snippy Shih Tzu, but most are very sweet.

With their short muzzle, Shih Tzus are not big chewers, but they do enjoy digging and some indulge in nuisance barking. They have a big desire to be with people, whether that is sitting on your lap or taking a hike through a park.

Shih Tzus are very easy to keep and can quickly become obese if given too many treats. They do not need or want a mile hike every day, but they do enjoy walks  and should be kept fit. Shih Tzus do compete in obedience and agility with some success. Beware of exercising a Shih Tzu in hot, humid weather with the short muzzle, the breed is prone to heat stroke. 

Hair is a four-letter word when it comes to the Shih Tzu. Most pet owners resort to a short year-round body clip,  which looks quite nice and is very easy to care for. If you wish to keep the long flowing coat, you must be prepared for some serious grooming time. These dogs require baths often and daily grooming to keep foreign objects from catching in the coat. Dogs with the correct texture of coat do not mat nearly as much as those with a soft coat.

The Shih Tzu tend to require a large amount of personal attention each day. They thrive on human company and can easily become spoiled. They enjoy training and learning tricks, making them the center of attention. Shih Tzus should be socialized with children early on, but they do enjoy people of all ages. Do not count on your Shih Tzu to guard the house; He would probably welcome a burglar with open paws.