A sweet and affectionate dog that is wonderful with both strangers and other dogs, the Shih Tzu makes an excellent family pet. They’re a gentle lapdog with an upbeat attitude. They love to romp and play and are wonderful with children. They’re also sometimes tough and can have a stubborn streak.
Shih Tzus need daily exercise, but since they’re so small, they usually do fine with indoor play or short leash walks. This makes them ideal pets for those who live in apartments or small homes. It should be noted that they don’t do well in hot, humid weather.
Since they have such long, silky coats, these dogs may need professional grooming in addition to a good brushing at least every other day.