Tell me about Shih Tzu

lindsay1993

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My neighbour has one.
The only thing I have really picked up on is that he spends an awful lot of money on grooming and clipping! Every couple of weeks she is at the clip place and she always looks dirty again after a few days.
She is very needy and can't be left alone at all or screams the place down, but I think this is more down to the owner than the breed!
 

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Have a little speyed girl, 9 inches at the shoulder, so a tiny one, had her just 3 months, was a rescue (dumped in v poor (dreadful) condition.
Thrives on sofa surfing or sleeping in soft basket behind my desk at work.
Walks sweetly on a lead, has got over bouncing at the cat. Gets on with just about every dog.
Terrible recall, except at home when dinner is served :biggrin3:
Hardly ever barks (only when startled)
Likes a good yomp but equally happy to stay in if raining all day....
Prefers to be with me, even if sitting in car or stable.
Now catches mice :)
 

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To add, doesn't really shed at all.
Does need to visit groomer which could be every month at £30 a pop but she says mine is best every 2.5 to 3 months.
I prefer the mid way growth best :)
Obviously I haven't had her long so lots to find out yet but overall a cheerful dog who adores playing with toys when it's time out :)
 

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My other half has had 4 now, he had 2 together, then one on her own and now another solo. The last one was ace, confident, everybody's mate never really barked much, loved a brushing and pamper, played with other dogs etc. Never ever really cracked toilet training though. The current one is a noisy little monkey, barks at people and dogs, not quite dog aggressive but not nice with other dogs, bit timid, hates being brushed but really really clean. I never knew the other two

As a breed they are companions, they don't do well alone. They are very loving devoted little things but they don't like to be left. The previous one would be ok left with my dogs, the current one is better about being left when mine are there too.
They do need a reasonable amount of care from you - regular brushing etc helps keep the trips to the groomers down.
They both love to play with toys, both been very cuddly dogs too and they enjoy comfort - they will find the best bed in the house and make it their own!
Both my OH's dogs have come to him as adults so I think the current one's issues are down to a lack of socialisation etc as a puppy.
They are quite sweet though, they enjoy a good walk but don't need loads the way my springer does.

Be wary as they can be prone to eye problems, I would be very fussy about choosing a breeder if I was getting one
 
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