Shih Tzus are widely considered to be lap dogs and with their temperament traits it is not so hard to understand why. Here’s what they are like once they get home and get comfortable.
Where these doggies lack in size they more than make up for in terms of loyalty. They form very strong bonds especially with humans that play with or feed them the most. And once you get on a Shih Tzu’s good side, there is no going back.
These doggies are also quite affectionate. They will not hesitate to initiate cuddles or play time when they get comfortable with you. They even demonstrate this same level of affection and clinginess to strangers who do not seem threatening.
Shih Tzu dogs tend to bark a lot.
This can be quite annoying to you and your neighbors especially if you live in a small apartment setting. The bright side is that this trait comes in handy if you want to keep the dog as a watchdog.
Shih Tzus are very friendly and outgoing dogs. Do not be surprised if your pooch is the life of the party at the doggy day care or the pooch park. They are particularly social if they have been exposed to new people and pets from an early age.
You should never leave a Shih Tzu for more than 4 to 6 hours maximum. They thrive on company and may develop separation anxiety when left alone for very long.
Mistrusting Of Strangers
While Shih Tzus can be very friendly with strangers, they are more often than not mistrusting. In fact they will bark at and even charge at humans they deem suspicious.
This is why Shih Tzus are sometimes thought of as being aggressive and mean. Fortunately, socialization is all you need to solve the issue.
It costs about $150 to $200 for about 2 to 4 weeks of professional training for a Shih Tzu. This is because they are not always easy to train due to their stubborn nature. You could save a lot by doing the training yourself in which case we recommend the Brain Training for Dogs program. It works wonders whether you want to generally housebreak or potty train your Shih Tzu.