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  • The Loyal and Friendly Shih Tzu Temperament

    People love the Shih Tzu because it is so friendly; there is nothing that a Shih Tzu likes better than making friends. These animals have a sunny disposition and behave mostly like young children. They love and thrive on affection and praise. On the opposite, if left by themselves for a long time they can become very destructive and grouchy. The Shih Tzu love company – though they prefer their owner, it does not matter whether the company is that of people or animals.

    Little Lions

    In spite of their miniature size, the Shih Tzu is tough – in fact, they are the toughest among all the toy breeds existing today. In China, they are referred to as little lions – not only because of their looks but also because of their personality. They carry themselves with utmost dignity and are exceptionally stubborn if not treated well. You cannot get anywhere with force and strict behavior. They have to be pampered, praised and loved for them to listen and love you.

    Many people compare the Shih Tzu with a child in their attitude. They can be as lovable and as exasperating as children can be. This is why these dogs make exceptional good choices for elder people. They are very affectionate and loyal. They hate to be separated from their masters and often fall sick if they are neglected. They make excellent watch-dogs as they are very alert and on the-go all the time.

    The Shih Tzu well deserves its name as ‘royal dog’. It loves everything of high quality, whether it is its sleeping place, its food, its surroundings, everything. It expects to be treated like royalty and often will not respond unless it gets what it wants. This attitude and its size make it extremely lovable and it also demands to be spoilt. It is very common to find the Shih Tzu dogs suffering from obesity because people love to indulge them.

    They are not compatible with small children or babies simply because they will not tolerate anyone else hogging the limelight. The Shih Tzu want everyone fawning on them and they become very snappy and excitable if they feel there is competition for attention. This is why it is not a good idea to have them around small children (who need constant attention). They also get exceedingly irritated if manhandled – as small children would – and can snap if they feel they are not respected.

    If they get what they want – and that is a lot of indulgence and love - they can be exceptionally well behaved and balanced. They train well if they are motivated with praises and positive reinforcement. Trainers know that punishment will totally alienate this dog and hence they use only encouragement as methods of training.

    Their temperament often belies the physical appearance of the Shih Tzu, which is that of an exquisite toy dog.

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