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Shih Tzu breed profile

Training and intelligence
You won't get far trying to bully this a Shih Tzu. They are intelligent, and gentle, reward based training will persuade this breed best. Although they are friendly, they can have a tendency to be stubborn.

Shih Tzu's are very people orientated dogs. They are generally affectionate and relaxed. They are cheerful and playful, and thirve on interaction with people.

Attitude towards strange dogs and people
Everyone is a friend to a Shih Tzu. They are sociable, happy dogs, and they love to meet people. They are not aggressive towards other dogs, and have no real guarding instincts.

Grooming and shedding
Unless the coat is clipped, it is high maintenance. Shih Tzus don't shed much.

Shih Tzus are very active and have considerable amounts of energy. Some of their energy can be used up by playing.

Need for company
Shih Tzus love to be with their people, and can be destructive if left alone too long.

Daily routine with a Shih Tzu should include cleaning the eyes. With the right care they should enjoy a long life.


That comment is exact about our baby Shitzu Princess

A very lovey breed of dog, very sweet and good temperment.I would recomend this breed to anyone who loves dogs

Well I have a nine month shih tzu turning ten month at the end of jan30 I would probably pick this breed over any other breed of dog Im a big dog lover I had a sheltie but he shed like crazy and the shih tzu doesn't shed a lot I love to play with her take her for long walks and to play with her boy friend winston well if anybody loves this breed of dog it is probaly the best thing to do her name is jasmine her nickname is jazzy:)

This is the best breed anyone could have. My Shih Tzu Lali never barks, unless she wants to go to the bathroom and you ignore her. I recomend this dog to all people. They don't shed, bite, or misbehave.

I own a seven month shih tzu and he is the best gift I've received, he is a beautiful,lovable dog. Playful and super smart. Romeo is the best!!!!!

I have a Shih Tzu dog. his name is booter and is 7 years old. I live in the State of AZ and gets really hot in the summer so i rarley leave him out side.. i

if shih tzus are left in the heat for a long time he/she can die :-(

a loverly breed intellgiant and good with people
espeially old people
a recommended breed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Episode 190 - What It's Like to be a Dog and Barking Mad Dog Holidays

Gregory Berns talks about his book What It's Like to be a Dog, which is a thought provoking and fascinating read. Sue Corfield tells us about the dog activity holidays she runs in the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Plus we've rounded up some happy stories for the DogCast Radio News.

Episode 189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

Episode 188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

Episode 187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

Episode 186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.

Episode 185 - Doggie Food Bank and Animal Naturopath Lyndall Pinchen

In this show you can hear naturopath Lyndall Pinchen describe her natural approach to helping your dog live healthily, and how you can deal with parasites and vaccinations. Listen to the inspiring story of how Julie Austin started Doggie Food Bank after a homeless woman asked for help feeding her dog. Plus the DogCast Radio News, and the latest developments with Buddy.

Episode 184 - Galen Myotherapy for dogs

Galen Myotherapy was founded by Julia Robertson in 2002, and in this show you can hear Julia talking about how the therapy works, how it allows dogs to choose to participate or not, and how letting the body heal itself is essential. You can also listen in to a therapy session.