Shih Tzu is famous for its perky, happy temperaments. They are lively and friendly. Shih Tzu tends to get along well with people of all ages and other dogs as well as other pets of different species. You’ll rarely find a snippy Shih Tzu, but most of them are very sweet.
Shih Tzu is not a big chewer with their short muzzles, but they enjoy digging, and some indulge in nuisance barking. They have a great desire to be with people, whether they are sitting on your lap or walking through the park.
Shih Tzu is very easy to keep and quickly become obese when given too many treats. They do not need or want a mile of a hike every day, but they enjoy walking, and they should keep fit. Shih Tzu competes with some success in obedience and agility. Beware of practicing Shih Tzu in hot, humid weather with a short muzzle, the breed is prone to heatstroke.