The Shih Tzu along with three other dogs from Asia including the Japanese Chin, the Pekingese, and the Pug are all members of the Toy Group (AKC classification Group V). Captivatingly, the Shih Tzu was originally exhibited with the Lhasa apso, which belongs to the Non-Sporting group that includes the Tibetan terrier, and the Tibetan spaniel.
Is a Shih Tzu the right dog for you?
This delightful, mystifying, and charismatic dog immediately mesmerizes most people that she meets for the first time. The Shih Tzu’s charm and buoyancy, endearing facade, convenient size, and alert expression have an alluring appeal that sets it apart from other breeds. With an outgoing personality, intelligence, and friendly character, there is little wonder as to why people fall for this attractive little dog. Can you think of anything warmer than a Shih Tzu’s large eyes and warm trusting expression? Is there anything else out there that can be more loving and affectionate than a Shih Tzu? Your heart begins to melt. Immediately you want to take this little bundle of joy home. However, you come to your senses and you realize that buying spontaneously is not wise. Most people forget that pet ownership comes with lofty responsibilities. You must first do your homework so that you can make an educated decision as to whether a Shih Tzu is right for you.
The Shih Tzu – a constant companion
When it comes to Shih Tzu’s and their care – there is a lot to learn. The first thing you should know is that Shih Tzu’s love to be around people and cannot be left alone for extended periods. They’ve been bred for centuries to be the perfect companion. These little dogs will always be at your side, in your presence, and craving your love and affection without end. Are you prepared to put up with such a demanding personality? Upon walking, your companion will want to be carried. When you sit down to rest your weary feet, your Shih Tzu will demand to be petted, snuggled, coddled, or held in your lap. Whenever you are eating, she will beg for scraps, however, you should never give in.
The Shih Tzu is the right dog for you if you don’t mind having a little canine shadow and you have ample time to stay at home and play with your dog. Every day, time must be put aside for socializing, grooming, and exercising her. This must be done regularly throughout her life. Shih Tzu’s have long life spans, which range from 11 to 15 years and sometimes more. Therefore, you must decide whether your lifestyle and personality are compatible with that of the Shih Tzu.
No matter how wonderful Shih Tzu’s are, they’re not for everyone.