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nightrider954
12/26/2010

Shih Tzu 2

have 2 for my kids. Dummer than a box of rocks. A GOLDFISH IS SMARTER... Xtremely wimpy to boot.

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ally1010
10/02/2010

Shih Tzu 5

I've had my Shih Tzu for 5 years now and got her when she was 8 weeks old. She is by far the best dog and I would highly recommend this breed although finding a responsible breeder is just as important. The pros: She was very easy to house break using piddle pads for the first few months. This was convenient as I didn't always have someone home to take her out. She is a loyal dog, protective and affectionate. I barely ever use a leash. She stays close to me when outside and comes when I call her if she gets too far away from me. Not really cons but more like an fyi. Training to go outside was a bit more challenging as she does not like rain or even wet morning/evening grass. She is protective and has bitten. This is usually the response of someone coming in late at night and startling her. I try not to yell at her as I see this as somewhat desirable behavior. (although my husband didn't..lol) She usually sleeps at the bottom of my bed or my kids beds. If someone checks on the kids at an odd time of night, we now know to talk to the dog first so she knows who it is. Although socialized with kids and other pets, she doesn't care to be surrounded by kids, especially those that rough house. When the boys wrestle or run around, she barks almost like she's telling them to quit. We housesat a puppy once and she took it in like a little mom for the week. I had Great Danes though and she was the boss of those big boys. If they ran around the house, she barked at them until they sat down. She tolerates the cat but even he knows who the boss is and it isn't him! Grooming can be a pain. I used to use clippers in between professional groomings to offset the cost but as she grew out of puupyhood her adult coat is much too thick for my clippers. She is also on the larger side weighing in at 20 lb's so my kitchen sink and counter don't work as well at being a "grooming table" as they used to. Professional grooming is necessary regularly and can be costly. Monthly flea treatment is also necessary as the double coat catches and retains fleas pretty easily. We had a skin allergy early on which we think was linked to wheat. Switching to a high grade food fixed that. We used Eagle pack small breed for the first few years. They sold they're company last year and although they indicate they use the same manufacturer and formula, she got sick after using a new bag so we switched to Ultramix made by Organix. Sound like alot on the FYI. The grooming thing is in my opinion is the only true con but her temperment and the ease of care far outweigh that. side note: Even at 5 she hasn't slowed down. As I type, she is sitting under the chair the cat is on waiting for him to jump down so she can chase him. She also has her stuffed toy in case someone shows desire in playing fetch :)

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irishgit
09/04/2010

Shih Tzu 1

A mop without the stick. About as useful and about as pretty.

They're stupid and mean. And those are the good qualities.

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onefinalkiss
09/03/2010

Shih Tzu 1

I hate this breed of dog. Aesthetically unappealing, exceedingly stupid, hyperactive freaks, useless, with the superiority complex of a shit-eating monkey. I've known people who've owned this breed of dog, and I often wondered, why? It's such a waste of time. I would never own one, even if you paid me.

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nadabug
07/09/2010

Shih Tzu 5

we had purchased a black and white shih tzu when he was 9 weeks old. we have had him for about 4 weeks now and he is potty trained and he is very noble. were are getting a second one that is white and, dark liver (brown) nose,mouth,paws and some hair. i strongly recomened shih tzu's. We had a shih tzu named Tiara she by all means was the best dog ever she is the reason we just love shih tzu's the reason also we got the black and white shih tzu and were gettin teh whit and liver is because she decided to just run away when we were at the beach she was getting took very good care of by our grandfather and she jerked the leash out of his hand and her collar came off and we havent seen her in about 1 month. we got the black and white shih tzu from http://bonnersshihtzus.blogspot.com/ they will have another litter in early september check the page out ours is the first black and white one

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peace4mey
03/09/2010

Shih Tzu 5

I recently purchased my Shih Tzu when she was 8 weeks old. I drove to the middle of nowhere to purchase her from a reputable breeder that I had researched. She was more expensive than most of the pups I saw in the newspaper, but she was exactly what I was looking for when I first laid my eyes on her. She is a pretty chocolate color. Potty training has been challenging. She knows to go outside and she does. She is starting to let me see she needs to go--however, there are times she will pee right in front of me in the house. She loves tearing apart toilet paper, paper towels and kleenex. If it is made of paper, she wants it. I told my children not to leave any homework laying around. She follows me everywhere and I love her to death. I have never seen a dog who has so much love to give everyone. She loves licking me. She loves other dogs and cats. She is not afraid of anything. She attacks my cat. She loves playing in leaves. She loves children. She does not bite or act aggressive. She does not like being in her crate. She would rather sleep with me. So I put puppy diapers on her when she is in the bed with me. She poops and pees in her crate sometimes. In fact, she pees and poops a lot in general. She loves walking and I take her everywhere. I take her shopping and on frequent car rides. I brush her hair and put pretty little bows in it. I bought her some clothes and I bought some scissors to keep her hair trimmed around her eyes. I taught her to be still while I do it. I bathe her every other day. At first, she was afraid of the blow dryer, but now she bears it. She loves sitting in my lap while I read her a story and she loves music..She goes crazy barking and playing with us. I do all these things for her because I love her. I have a lot of love to give and so shih Tzu is the perfect pet for me.

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Jester002
03/04/2010

Shih Tzu 3

Ok as a companion and strickly a house pet. They are friendly, out going, and trust everyone so they make an ideal pet for families and inner city people. However, if you don't like grooming and maintenance this may not be the dog for you. I doubt that the insurance company will mind if you have a Shih Tzu on guard duty.

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ayarberry2009
01/24/2010

Shih Tzu 5

Stupid, mean, horrible dog REALLY??? I don't thinks so. I've owned several breeds over the years but my little Shih Tzu is the best of them all. My daughter brought him home as a Mother's Day gift last year and I am totally in love with him. He did become a bit distracted during the potty training phase but we crate trained which worked great. He is almost a year old now and he stays out 12 hours a day in the house and never has an accident or destroys anything (well as long as it's not laying around in the floor). He has a lot of toys so he thinks anything lying around on the floor in the living room belongs to him. He is sweet and loving and makes friends easily with any human or animal. He rarely ever barks unless someone new comes to the house. The only challenge I've had with him is he is terrified of water. It has taken me several months to get him to the point that he will let me bathe and dry him without him totally freaking out. He starts shaking as soon as you tell him he has to have a bath. I isn't aggressive in the least except if someone strange tries to bathe him. Otherwise he is absolutely the perfect pet.

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boyne
01/21/2010

Shih Tzu 4

I got my Shih Tzu without really knowing much about the breed. I went to the pound with a friend to collect their runaway dog and saw the Shih Tzu who locked eyes with me and that was it! So I got her and now would hate to be without her. It took a while to accept that she was always going to be at my side, I used to think go away get a life!! but now if she is not there I have to go and find her. Luckily I work mainly from home so she is rarely alone and we take her with us when ever we can, loves car trips. We even go away on holidays with her. Luckily we have found a small dog friendly kennel that we can leave her there when we have to go away on business or overseas trips. She loves to go swimming every day at the beach, chasing balls and running up to 5 ks a day - but in the real heat of summer I do not run long distances with her. Need to be clipped every 6 weeks or so (we live in the tropics). Tends to scratch a lot - no reason, tried lotions and potions but she still does it. I think she was about 2 or 3 yrs old when we got her, we trained her and it was not too difficult, basically she just wants to please and loves you to smile and talk to her in a happy tone. Sniffs a bit and gets excited if you sniff at her. Not too keen about the cat but they eventually got used to each other (took about 6 months) Quiet dog, does not yap, just occasionally barks when defending territory. Basically I think she trained me rather than I trained her! Clever dog

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bebepuppy
01/01/2010

Shih Tzu 5

i have a shih tzu for 6 months and i love him to bits!! such a sweet little dog. He wakes me up every morning and just lives to bask in your attention. he is not one of those barking mean little dogs that ppl hate yet still makes a good watch dog. he will bark a bit when someone new comes through the door but will make fast friends with anyone willing to play. Is definitely intelligent. Learned a variety of tricks and can put away his toys when told to. He has a sneaky side though, he tries to sneak up the stairs like a ninja (not supposed to go up) even when i told him to stay if he know you are upstairs. Cannot bear being lonely. He also sniffs your hand to check for signs of treats before performing tricks which i find funny but i guess none of us would go to work for free either right? Good first time dog due to a sweet and peaceful nature but will require your presence and lotsa love also plenty of hair cuts. It was a harder to potty train but has got the hang of it now. someone below said its a sorry excuse for a dog but if he has made my life that much happier then he has more than fulfilled his purpose. i just wish we could give them the same in happiness

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LillianLorrain e
12/15/2009

Shih Tzu 5

Shih Tzu's are great dogs and most people would realize this if they only give them a chance. My husband always talked bad about small "stupid" dogs and told me to get a dog that has a purpose, but once I got my Shih Tzu, he has completely changed his mind and loves that little dog like no other.
My Shih Tzu Lilly is 1 and half years old and is the most loyal and loving creature. She does require a lot of attention and always has to be right near me, so make sure you have time for your Shih Tzu before you get one. Growing up my family had a male Shih Tzu and my sister has a male Shih Tzu now, and from personal experience my little girl did take a little longer to potty train than the boys, but she was completely potty trained at 6 months and never has accidents in the house.
My Shih Tzu loves to play outside, go on walks, and loves water (our past shih tzus werent too fond of water). These breeds are awesome dogs and if you are nice to them, give them affection and play they will do the same for you!

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Lacrosseguy83
11/30/2009

Shih Tzu 4

MY Shih-Tzu should wear a helmet. He is borderline retarded. I love him and I think he is a great dog, but he is an absolute idiot. If you throw his bone and hide in a closet he will look all over the house and then break down in tears because he misses you. He sleeps EIGHTEEN hours a day. It's hilarious when we are playing catch or he is eating and he suddenly just falls over and goes to sleep. He snores very loudly. He loves to cuddle. It takes FOREVER to get him to poop. We just walk and walk and walk. And he struggles against the leash because he is lazy and hates being outside in the elements. He loves playing in piles of leaves, which is extremely cute to watch. Every time I think he is house trained, he pees on my floor again. He is so dependent he will follow you everywhere. He will cry if you go into another room and close the door. I can't take a shower without him trying to jump in the shower to be near me. Mostly, he just sleeps. Again, I really love my dog, but he is an idiot. He is so docile, I wrestle around with him and try to get him to play and he will just roll over on his back and whimper. He is such a wuss. I used to have a terrier that was just a ball of energy. This dog acts like he is in the last throes of death, sleeping all the time and afraid of dying alone. I wouldn't trade him for the world!
:)

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benlikeswhat
11/26/2009

Shih Tzu 5

Shih Tzu's are furry little flat nosed geniuses. I like them and they like me.

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PrincessJ
09/27/2009

Shih Tzu 5

Wow, some harsh reviews here. I have to say I love the breed and have had my Shih Tzu for seven years. Like some have mentioned, any dog can be hit or miss, regardless of breeding. The personality traits of any breed can often be emphasized or de-emphasized with good training and patience. Many of the negative comments on this site appear to be posted by impatient individuals, and possibly those who have no business owning a pet if a bit of work is too much for them. A pet becomes a member of the family, as much as any human child or relative is. As an owner, the dog is dependent on you for its welfare, that having been said, if you're serious about owning a dog and researching one, don't dismiss a breed if you aren't honest enough with yourself about the care and commitment you are prepared to give. Half-baked commitment on your part will be met with the same attitude from this breed. It is independent, but very affectionate when treated right. This dog is intelligent, and stubborn, hence it is the job of the owner to be patient and train their dog. Dismissing the Shih Tzu as a "stupid" or "terrible" animal is just lazy. Granted there will be the odd few that are somewhat troublesome, but consistency and patience are the key to discipline, just as you would a human child. What makes a puppy so different? They come into the world needing instruction, just as humans do. Personally, I love my Shih Tzu, and have found her to be the best of any of the dogs I'ver had and acted as dogsitter to, of which the list is LONG. I've had a labrador/golden retriever mix, a German shepard, a toy poodle, a bordercollie/ labrador mix, dogsat a st. bernard, several different types of sheep dogs, akitas, labs, boxers, and more. Out of them all, the most loving and loyal dogs I have ever been blessed to own are my Shih Tzu, bordercollie/lab and my retriever/lab. They all rank beautifully. Focusing on the Shih Tzu, she's intelligent, quirky, full of antics, loyal, sweet, absolutely beautiful (that rare cinnamon colour with brandy colored eyes) and playful. I won't say there aren't health risks that this breed are more prone to. Definately be sure to look out for the eye problems. In general, as with any dogs, yeast infections in the ears due to water, and in older female dogs who have not been fixed, lumps on the mammary chain. These are some of the issues my dog has had, but we've taken good care of her and done regular vet visits. Overall, a wonderful and loving dog for those patient enough to have one, and commited enough to be a dog owner.

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jodolo
09/08/2009

Shih Tzu 1

very stupid breed. sorry excuse for a dog.

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donsherr629
09/01/2009

Shih Tzu 5

Gentle, sweet and fairly easy to train. Cuddly. Not so easy to potty train, but worth it. Great dog for older people.

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kcinbagct
07/18/2009

Shih Tzu 5

my shih tzu is the best dog i ever had, i've had a lab, rottweiler, st bernard, poodle, basset hound and none of them can compare to the temperament of my shih tzu. she's so gentle, NEVER biting, never angry. she hates cats, though, but towards other people and dogs, she's well behaved, always expecting to be loved.

when your shih tzu is being hostile towards you, then either: 1) you are a bad dog owner, or 2) you bought from a disreputable breeder. take your pick. but blaming your shih tzu for hurting you is so lame. i could expect those comments from pitbulls but shih tzus?

to all dog owners who think your shih tzus are bad pets, consider that the problem may actually be due to your irresponsibility! they're dogs, they live only to be good companions to us humans, not scapegoats for our ineptitude.

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caper001
07/14/2009

Shih Tzu 5

Bailey is part of the family. He was so easy to train. He rubs the door with his paw when he needs to use the washroom and will not do #2 in our yard at all. He goes down the road when we walk him...Unreal. I had doubts at first because he liked to bite on my fingers but he was only teething and his mouth was sore.

I cannot imagine our lives without him.

Cheers,
Conrad

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kcmustangs08
06/20/2009

Shih Tzu 5

I purchased my Shih Tzu about a year ago at 6 weeks of age from a friend of the family. We've realized that when you get the pups at about 6 weeks the dog turns out to have a much better personality when its older. However, it is difficult to get a pup this young because its still a baby, but with the right feedings and attention the pup will be fine. I, atm own 6 dogs (A Labrador, an English Springer Spaniel, a German Shepherd mix, a Boxer, a Rat Terrier and my Shih Tzu.) Out of all of them, my Shih Tzu is my number one baby. He's the sweetest thing ever, completely spoiled and bratty. He's a dork and very funny. He was a little difficult to potty train but he finally got the hang of it at 12 weeks of age - since then we've never had an accident! He's an inside and outside dog who demands attention. I cannot go to the restroom to take a shower without him pawing under the door wanting to get it or barking at the back door demanding that you let him in. These might be habits that some people consider bad but they don't bother me so I let them go. One thing I did find interesting is that we recently bought our 6th dog...my 9 week old Boxer named Casey about 3 weeks ago and we did notice him get a little depressed at first but a couple of weeks later he got over it and has now become a puppysitter. He has taken over that title and we can literally say "Gizmo, I want you to lay down with Casey and go to sleep" and he will right there and then do it. Its very funny and he seems to enjoy having an important job of taking care of our pup. This breed is not for everyone! They demand attention and would probably die without it! My Shih Tzu cannot spend 2 minutes without being in someone elses arms or too far away from me! He seems to be a one owner dog or it might be because he spent most of his puppyhood only with me....I'm not really sure. He will play with my 10 year old sister on the trampoline but if I walk too far away he'll stop playing. They're great dogs for anyone who leads a calm life but is at home most of the time!!!

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seiker0808
06/16/2009

Shih Tzu 4

I have 4 dogs and I am a dog walker and I also board people's dogs when they go out of town, etc. so I am familiar with a wide range of dogs. I own 2 Bichons, a shih poo, and a shih tzu. They are all different and of course dogs differ even within the breed standard.

But in general I LOVE my shih tzu so much. I have had and continue to have house training problems so I gave 4 stars. But I have a real connection with her that I have seldom had with a dog. OK< I did have it with a deceased Bichon and a deceased Sheltie, but it's rare and she is highly intelligent and just senses my moods, or it seems that way. She can be asleep and I'll stare at her and she'll wake up and look at me.

She would never bite anyone. I do think that for my 4 dogs they keep each other from being bored, to that's important. We also have a huge backyard so they can get all of the exercise they want.

We had 2 Labs before this and they were awesome, also, but I just love the companion dogs.

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tktktk
05/11/2009

Shih Tzu 5

My mom got a Shih Tzu last April and I was like, "Why are we getting one of those ugly ankle biters?" Well, we got him, he's pure bred and I love him so much. He was the runt of the litter, luckily he looks more like his mom than his dad. I'm not gonna lie, he looks like an Ewok from Star Wars (look it up and you'll agree). He's super nonchalant, if he does bite someone it's only playfully and we tell him kisses only and he licks us instead. He isn't mean to anyone and is a lot more active than some of the other people said theirs were. I dunno, maybe he's just special. You have to remember though, it really matters how you raise them and train them. Even though he's a pure bred, he isn't a jerk like the 'normal' personality would be.

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CarrollCountyK id
05/07/2009

Shih Tzu 3

I think that the dog that the Obama entourage ran over during the New Hampshire Primary was one of these dogs. I will admit that the little bastards bite so maybe Obama was just getting even.

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brn2ovrcm
04/02/2009

Shih Tzu 5

If someone had told me years ago that I would be an owner of a Shih-Tzu I would have thought....
"yeah right"!!!! The pup that my wife and I purchased is very loyal,was easy to house-train , loves to play but he knows how to rest when we do . This breed is very intelligent . We bought a male at 4 months old because we wanted a companion dog for my wife . She has Fibromyalgia and deals with a high level of pain and we heard that any dog is a good therapy dog , but if a dog is going to want to sit on my lap it better not be a St. Bernard ( We had one many years ago ,she was beautiful,but real dumb and real klutzy).
The Shih-Tzu breeders say that if you want a companion dog for a woman , the male dog would be the best choice , and female for a male . We have had "Buttons" for 10 months now and we liked him so well we purchased another male Shih-Tzu and even at 11 weeks old we were able to paper train him so we wouldn't have to make "potty runs" outside when it is cold . He is an incredible little pup and answers to "Logan" . Having purchased him for a playmate for "Buttons" we are never short a laugh with these two. They make us smile all day long and are always worth a laugh . If laughter is good for the heart as they say , we might even outlast these little guys . They live to be 20 years old , so who knows they might out last us . We have owned other dogs , but none even come close to these pups . A positive note : we neutered the first pup at 8 months and never learned to hike his back leg and will always squat . We have a male Snauser and he will hike in the house , now he stays outside full time because of it .

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jesikuhh
03/19/2009

Shih Tzu 5

People with all the negative comments..Shih tzu are definitely not the worst dog in the world. It's either the dog was judged quickly before you actually go to know them or you did get a shih tzu but the dog was badly bred. From my experience, I've always wanted a dog since I was a child, I wanted big dogs like a German Shepard or a Husky, but my friend arrived one day with a tiny little dog in a cute little red bag my first thoughts were "Oh great...a shih tzu" I always thought they were ugly, useless, and pathetic. But now I had mine for 4 years and she's great, she actually makes a wonderful watchdog and they are actually not as dumb as some people say, if you actually have the time and the patience to train these dogs you will get wonderful results, best way to train these animals are in a crate, it only took her 2 months to finally understand and she rings the bell to tell me she has to use the potty. They do make great companion dogs, she loves being at my grandmothers side. Basically from my opinion I think these dogs are being judged harshly...you never know until you actually try.

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Bill Blackmon
03/14/2009

Shih Tzu 5

After reading the reviews here I'd have to say that very few conservative, F-150 driving Southern males own a Shihtzu. Fine - I imagine all of these men have small penises. They can have their pit-bulls and rotweilers and german sheppards and other dogs that spend their days chasing cattle and sheep and frisbees around to the endless delight of their proud, real-Amercan owners.

I'm a straight male from the Great State of Texas and I've been the proud owner of 3 Shihtzus. The have all of the traits of 'real dogs' except pointless aggression, a willingness to perform inane tasks on command, slobbering on everything and everyone in sight, assaulting women's crotches during their periods, destroying large pieces of furniture, producing ten pounds of poop everyday that has to be periodically removed with a bulldozer, a compulsion to kill rabbits, cats, sheep, goats and quail, a seemingly endless ability to hallucinate non-existent threats and bark at them until muzzled or kicked in the head, the ability to eat entire sections of fences to get to the dog next door or are bred to plunge their teeth into other dogs or children or the aged until their their heads have to be sawed off after they've been shot. Yep, Shihtzus aren't real dogs. They aren't manly dogs. They're just loyal, sweet-natured little dogs with big hearts, big personalities, a great sense of humor, that exist to make you happy. If you want a dog that is fascinated with wrestling or NASCAR a Shitzu won't do.

Sure, a lot of people question the size of my testicles. Everytime some macho nitwit like the illiterate anti-Shihtzu dolts that post here make my balls just a little bigger. Funny thing - evertime George Bush talked on TV one of my Shihtzus howled at the TV until I changed the station. Who says they aren't smart?

I'll never have a different breed. They make me smile. They make me happy. They are cute. Girls love them. My mother loves them. My deer-hunting dad sleeps with them. They are good with kids, they are good with other dogs, they are good to everyone they've met.

Sure, there are bad ones. Sure, they are small and can appear silly or snappy or undignified at times. But I can guarantee you that for every bad one there are a hundred good ones that do nothing but make their owners feel loved and appreciated. Isn' t that what a good dog does?

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shimmie
02/02/2009

Shih Tzu 1

I know that the shih tzu got bad reviews, but I am going to be as honest and helpful as I can. I own a shih tzu and a rat terrier. I got them both as babies. The shih tzu is not very bright and seems to be on her own agenda. I researched the breed and spoke to breeders, I read and was told what a great companion breed they are. I can tell you this, she is very hyper and it takes about 15-20 minutes for her to calm down, she doesn't listen even though she has had training, she is a year old and still doesn't get that we go potty outside (the rat terrier is younger and tells me when she needs to potty). She attacks the rat terrier if she gets a toy or any attention. I'm not impressed with this breed at all. If you are considering a shih tzu make sure you research the breed lines. The rat terrier learns things in a matter of minutes and she loves being a part of the family. Most people are surprised when I tell them that the shih tzu is 10x more hyper than the rat terrier. What really kills me, it that when you give our shih tzu a command (that she knows) she looks at you like she is flipping you off and runs in the other direction.

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E2003
01/22/2009

Shih Tzu 1

I am a passionate dog lover, but lately I am doubting the generalizability of my love for dogs as I got married and my husband has a Shih Tzu. That is the devils dog. My husband adviced me that the animal was kind of different but not the extent of it, and I treated it like my own until.... that animal bit me one day and since then he bit off three of my nails, I had many infected and very painful bites in the past (too much blood). The dog is a growler and a bitter and then shakes his tail as nothing happened. That dog is useless, he just lays on the floor or whereever and seems like if it was dead. I have seen other dogs from the same breed and they are not very happy animals. That does not even look like a dog it is just deformed with a very uggly mouth that has caused a lot of damage and mental trauma. I just hope that the animal will leaves my home soon. I also have to say that I have seen very pretty and not common Shih Tzus they just have a weird personality.

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stacexxx
01/08/2009

Shih Tzu 2

i have a 10 week old shih tzu and when she wants she can be the loveliest dog ever but she has a problem with biting and is getting nasty with it it doenst matter how many times i tell her no and smack her nose it just makes her worse and everyone is telling me shes going to be a nasty dog, i have asn 8 yesr old son and hes getting scared to play with her, can anyone help!! i have a male shih tzu who is 18 months ande never had this problem he is so well behaved

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stevecunn
01/05/2009

Shih Tzu 5

I read the reviews below and I just can not imagine my Shih-tzu acting like some from the previous post. I have two and they have never growled, snapped or acted unfriendly to anyone. These dogs to require attention, they are not for people who are gone for long hours. I have several friends who have Shih-tzu's and they have never had any behavior problems. I do feel that some posters have given the dog a bad review, one person did not even own one, they were commenting on thier sisters dog(probably sensed the poster did not like them). I have two boys ages 12 and 7 and these dogs have never been aggressive, very playful. As for the not listening, they are stubborn you have to use a firm tone, they want to please thier owners. Housebreaking was time consuming, but did the crate training and it has paid off big time. Great dogs!

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bkap005
12/29/2008

Shih Tzu 4

Its sad to read negative comments about shih tzu's as i have 2 of my own and can't imagine living without them. I remember myself having some trouble with potty training and crying but with consistent regular training, followed by a healthy stable environment they both settled down and are the most loving and friendly dogs possible.
Besides from the usual training, i believe it is vital that these kind of dogs have another friendly furry companion to keep them occupied and avoid developing a neurosis commonly seen in lonely dogs. I have had them since pups, trained them to sit in cars, taken them to children's parties to get used to the noise and attention and they have NEVER bitten anybody, been destructive to our property or displayed the kind of behaviour that has been indicated below. What i'd like to know is whether these dogs have been spayed? Here in New Zealand it is strongly recommended and most responsible owners do so, not only for health reasons but also it dramatically changes their behaviour, mostly for the better!
Believe me, they have still a while to go but once you get a dog, they a member of the family and as such, you shouldn't give up on them. They really are worth the effort and there are so many unloved unwanted pets out there, don't add another to the statistics!

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nosila
12/25/2008

Shih Tzu 1

From a former pet sitter. I do not like this breed. Both of my sisters have them and I don't understand what they see in them. My sisters knew nothing about dogs. They just wanted a dog and thought Shitzus were cute. One of my sisters regrets getting hers. It bites her all the time. If they had to do it again, they probably wouldn't choose this breed. I am currently sitting one of my sisters dogs and he has snapped at me a few times. Once for trying to wipe his paws and once for trying to wipe his face (after vomiting). He won't stop barking until he gets what he wants. He is lazy, stupid, and aggressive. I do not recommend this breed around children, especially small ones.

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xfitchbby
12/25/2008

Shih Tzu 1

I HATE MY SHIH TZU SHE IS RETARDED .

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hotdog1234
11/22/2008

Shih Tzu 5

I have a two year old shih tzu and it's the best dog I've ever had (much less met). She is brilliant, understands literally a hundred commands and tricks. What amazes me most is her understanding of human language (not tone of voice). The mere mention of "leash, walk, car, store, let's go upstairs/downstairs, back door front door, and on and on. She heard the sentence and is ready to go. She did take awhile to housetrain, but was perfectly trained at 6 mos. She's a wonderful companion, fuzzy friend and deeply committed to her family and friends (both human and canine).

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peterc
10/25/2008

Shih Tzu 4

I  have a boy shi tzu named Ralphie. He is 2 and 1/2. I love him more than some of my family. I never thought I could love an animal this much, being its my first pet. My Shi tzu is very smart. We cant use certain words around him because he knows. The only thing I am not liking is the aggresive attitude. He will snap at almost anybody, includin myself. Another thing is my wife has to groom him, because of his snapping. Sometimes she cant even do it. Still I love my dog.

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wntbtrdg
10/07/2008

Shih Tzu 5

Shih Tzu's are pathetic pets! Very stupid, almost retarded, never listens to anything, very stuck-up, refuse to go potty outside in yard,only goes on a walk that's an hour long or in the house!, very NON-playful, lays around like it's dead, tries to bite if you groom it or trim its' nails, etc., horrible begger, never listens, thinks he's the boss.

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dawneubanks200 5
10/03/2008

Shih Tzu 5

Great dogs. My sister has one and it is so loving and fun to play with. These dogs have lots of energy and love to play. Sometimes alittle slow to figure somethings out, but all together wonderful dogs.

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shihtzulover70
09/28/2008

Shih Tzu 5

I have had my shih tzu for 3 months now & I am about to go nuts! If anyone can offer me any suggestions on how to make him listen...I'd be so greatful! I love this little dog to death but he is impossible! You can call his name & he just ignores you, he runs off...he doesn't tell you he has to potty in a way you can notice if your not directly staring at him because all he does is stand by the door! And he is constantly wanting to jump & greet everyone he sees which I find annoying! Any ideas pleaseeee ????

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irak
09/20/2008

Shih Tzu 5

my wife finally agreed to a dog, but with stipulations= no shed, minimal drool, not big. well, there goes the bulldog, lab, or even pug (prolific shedders)...didn't know what to get and went looking at others dogs..and i met a shih tzu at a cousin's house.
well behaved- a blast outside- playing with everyone and everything, responding to commands, only barked when the doorbell rang and stopped when answered, followed them around and hung out for great companionship.

i got one and have found the same to be true with our boy. he is awesome. his only issues are...not super friendly (a bit more discriminating) with those who come right at him and expect the labrador jump up and greet (which i find annoying and non-dog folk find scary). its interesting b/c they think he is unfriendly- not the case, just not wanting you in his face till he trusts. additionally he can get defensive with dogs who jump and are in his face- fine with the old butt sniff and check out scene
in general..an amazing dog- loads of fun- learns tons of tricks- and no..he doesn't poop and pee all over- has only had a couple of accidents which were our fault for keeping him in too long after work without a business break outside.
lastly, we keep him in a slightly longer, but still a short cut for a shih tzu- we brush him rarely and he isn't overly in need all the time of hair care- an every 5 -6 weeks for bath and a brush afterward and sometimes one brush in between- not high maintenance at all....

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AleashaC
09/17/2008

Shih Tzu 1

More than most other breeds, Shih Tzus need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They tend to express their unhappiness through destructive chewing. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.

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karief16
09/02/2008

Shih Tzu 5

Amazing dogs. Mine is two years old. She is the most loyal, intelligent dog Ive ever had.

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Jimbothekid
09/01/2008

Shih Tzu 5

Shih-tzu's are a bad, bad breed of dog. My girlfriend has one and she is an absolute little monster. She whines and cries if she isn't being held or petted, and she is constantly begging for food whenever we are eating ( and will whine and sometimes bark if she doesn't get anything ). If we are out in the yard, she will cry and bark constantly because she can't stand being alone, then we let her out and she wants to go back in again to repeat the same process. And she is always trying to bite and attack my dogs ( I have two 90 pound Labs ). She is so insanely jealous of them that she is constantly trying to fight them and be aggressive. Luckily for her Labs are so docile that they haven't attacked back, but eventually one of them will because they are getting tired of it. Part of the problem is the way the dog was raised ( my girlfriend spoiled her to death and let her do anything ) but that is still no excuse for the dogs behavior. I hate the dog and cannot wait for one of my Labs to finally snap and break her little neck and end it. This is a bad, bad dog and they are not recommended to ANYONE, EVER.

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MikeVNY
08/23/2008

Shih Tzu 5

I've owned my male Shih Tzu, Sandy, for 6 years now and despite fighting the initial purchase of a dog in general, I seem to love this dog more than anyone in the family. I suffer from allergies to fur and because this dog has hair, I'm not at all allergic to him at all. He is a light beige with little areas of white hair (looking like sand...). He is protective of our family and is agressive to strangers, mostly men, and that can be annoying when they aren't robbing your house, but he really thinks he is a big dog and has no problem chasing much larger dogs off the property. The agressive behavior actually started in Sandy's first year. We didn't think the dog even knew how to bark until we had someone come over to measure the windows for blinds. He accidentally stepped back and stepped on Sandy's paw. Sandy started barking at him and pretty much treats all men like they will step on his paws. Sad. He is a loving dog and I've rewarded him with small pieces of american cheese in response to performing various tricks. He has a large repetoire? of tricks now and will even retrieve and 1 of 10 stuffed animals when I call them out - Lamb, Cat, Squeak (which he bites and squeaks), bear, snoorlax (a pokemon character - lol). He stands, jumps, rolls over, goes in his cage, lays down, gives paw (any of the 4), howls, barks, gives five, high five, gets the mail (takes it from my hand and brings it in the house), scratches to let us know he wants to come back in the house and makes a distinct woof sound to let us know when he wants to go out. He has a very large vocabulary and understands things like go to the front door, back door, where's the fly, get the bunny, etc I think he over thinks certain things and gets nervous about fireworks, thunder, lights that blow out, and other noises. Things that don't make sense to him get him nervous. Sandy is a member of the family and it will be sad to see him pass some day. We use a wireless collar to allow him to run aorund the entire front and back of the house and it took him only 1 or 2 mild shocks to learn the boundaries of the property. He learned that the beep means come back toward the house. He barely needs the collar and knows how far he can roam but we use it just in case he needs to be reminded with the beep. I tried the collar first and it doesn't hurt - just designed to get his attention. I love him too much to lose him or allow him to get hurt.

My advice would likely be, if I had to do it all over again, buy a Shih Tzu, but get a female so you have all of this fun and intelligence without the aggressive behavior. I'm assuming it females are less aggressive.

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twodoggzz
04/23/2008

Shih Tzu 5

My girlfriend has a 13 yr. old Shih tzu (dooty). She lets me babysit him and I fell madly in love with him...so much so I bought him a girlfrind (Bunny). She is playful, loyal, absolutely passionate about ALL people and other dogs. Shih tzu's are companion dogs, nothing else. They soak up love like a sponge. Provide no work and DEMAND to be treated like royalty (they are holy dogs). I have seen grown men shed huge tears telling me about losing their beloved Shih tzu. I hear stories constantly about losing them and never getting over it. Trust me. They are lovable. But, hard work, the care is constant, brushing, skin irritations, potty training, biting are hard to control for me. I am sure it is my lack of knowledge. But the love is unbelievable, totally worth it.

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Mr.Tuner
04/02/2008

Shih Tzu 4

I like them but they can get smelly if they don't get a bath like every other day lol.

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hersheyzkissez
03/31/2008

Shih Tzu 5

I have had my shitzu since she was seven weeks old, she is now 3 months old and I absolutely adore her. Her name is Diamond and she is the most caring, playful, loveable dog in the world. Before getting her, I researched many small breed dogs and found that I shitzu would best fit my needs and personality and so far this is true. I really do not understand how someone can not like this breed of dogs.

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Roxyyy
03/04/2008

Shih Tzu 5

I have had my shih tzu for 1 month now, and i was reading this thread and was amazed that some people think they are stupid. I think that the shih tzu is one of the smartest dogs, ever! It took my shih tzu one week, ONE WEEK to housetrain. She hasn't had an accident since and she quickly caught on and knows how to obey several commands.

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hadit
08/19/2007

Shih Tzu 1

We got our Shih Tzu from worse than a puppy mill, a neighbor with no business breeding puppies. Then the mother dog had nothing to do with the puppies. He came with that baggage. My husband a bigger problem, he has let the dog do as he pleases for over a year, now he's a horrible little ill mannered, disobedient spoiled monster. He won't train him, and he won't get rid of him. Fighting over the dog has caused me to hate both of them. I've had it!!!!

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wilda
08/04/2007

Shih Tzu 5

Shih Tzu is a breed which is considered a holy creature, existing longer than some civilizations. The fingers of Buddha reached out and created the small lion dog. The lines were created by the Buddhist priests, with the star and saddle marks of Buddha.To have a Shih Tzu as a family member is a privilege and honor. Behavior problems in a Shih Tzu are due to the family, not the Shih Tzu. The breed is high maintenance and requires an appreciation for the breed. When I read people referring to a Shih Tzu as having low intelligence, I was outraged. Research studies have shown a Shih Tzu has an IQ equivalent to a child of nine years-old, while the average dog compares to a 3-4 years-old child. The person who stated their family dog runs into walls was ignorant the Shih Tzu may have sight problems. DO NOT ADOPT A SHIH TZU - IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO SPEND THE MONEY, TIME AND ENERGY TO CARE FOR A SHIH TZU. Popularity in the breed has caused too many cases of abuse. I have rescued far too many to live with my pure breed Shih Tzus of U.S.champions. Choose a different breed or a gold fish with a short life span.

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zencottage
07/01/2007

Shih Tzu 5

Don't understand why these people hate Shih Tzu so much. They are the most affectionate, intelligent, fun and obedient pets we have ever owned! My husband had raised other dog breeds before, and so far he adores our 6 Shih Tzus the most. We spent a whole first year just to train them to the way we would like them to be. They have been cooperative and wonderful ever since. Of course, once in a while they would make mistake, but immediately they knew that they had screwed up. And never see them do it again. To our opinions, they try very hard to please us human! This breed was made to become human companion, so of course they always love to play with us as well as get lots of attention. Why? Because that's what they are supposed to be! We need to bring an important issue to you "Shih Tzu haters" is that the pet's temperament is greatly depending on where they come from. If you purchase your pet from a flea market, pet store, or backyard breeder then you deserve a bad dog which will be yappy, snappy, disobedient, stupid, and outright ugly!!! But if you are willing to spend some time and money to find a reputable Shih Tzu breeder, like the way we did it, to buy your Shih Tzu, you will not be disappointed. Good luck to those who are on a mission to find a life long pet. Be educated and practical. How can one expect to get good pet from a puppy mill? There's a saying:"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree". Pick a good healthy tree to harvest your sweet apple!

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juls828
03/06/2007

Shih Tzu 5

I got my first shih tzu in December from a rescue organiization. She was 8 weeks old at the time. In the past, I have had German Sheps., Rottweilers, and Amer. Staff. Terrier(pit bull). Sadie is just as intelligent and trainable as they were, plus she's more laid back, not hyper at all, hardly barks, is low shed, loves everyone, loves other animals, loves kids, I could go on and on. Not to mention, I can't even shop with her without getting mugged by people wanting to pet her............A five minute trip to the petstore turns into an hour.I find that a lot of the "training" problems people have is actually fault on their part, not the dogs. Instead of worrying about the intelligence of a specific dog breed, more people should worry about their own intelligence and knowlege of dogs.

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