Post # 1
I have been browsing rescue website looking for our next dog to adopt. Today I found an adorable dog that is a Shih Tzu terrier mix. I don’t know what kind of terrier – could be Jack or maybe Border.
Does anyone own/have owned a Shih Tzu or ideally Shih Tzu mix and want to share their experience with temperament, etc? My ideal dog likes to cuddle a lot and is pretty quiet (since we live in an apartment for now) but can also go on walks and isn’t a total purse dog like a toy chihuahua or something.
Post # 3
I had a Shih Tzu, when I moved cross country for school my parents took her in. Let me tell you she is FEISTY! But she just loves to climb onto my lap or sleep at my feet. She’s a sweet little thing. I also had a male Shih Tzu mix and he was really really calm… usually. The only time he wasn’t was when anyone tried entering my room- even my dad! I love my Shih Tzus though, I think it would be a great match if that’s what you are going for.
Post # 4
Shih tzu(s) are territorial and feisty dogs. My shih tzu is a lap dog; he likes to sit/sleep beside us when he can. He doesn’t need to be walked much and is content with apartment living. My shih tzu is a barker but I think this is true with most small dogs. However, my coworker’s shih tzu does not bark at all. // The shih tzu mix is so cute!
Update: I just saw a PP wrote “feisty”, too. They are definitely feisty!
Post # 5
A friend of ours have one. He’s an adorable cuddly little thing. The only thing is he has a lot of eye and ear issues.
Post # 6
I’ve had two. I love themboth, and they had lots of energy, like to play, go for walks, but were not cuddly. They both prefer to sleep by themselves, mostly in their kennels.
pic of my current shih tzu. Note* they also hate being put in costumes.
Post # 7
I have a Cava-tzu (shih tzu/cavalier spaniel mix)
From his spaniel side he is very much like a lap dog in terms of cuddly and snuggly!
His shih tzu temperment though.. he isn’t yappy! Which, I’m so thankful for (my FMIL and FSIL both have shih tzus who drive me up the walls with their yapping).. he is a bit excitable though. not in the barky kind of way, but the loves people and other dogs and wants to play (when he isn’t cuddling) kind of way….
Post # 8
My furbaby is a full shih tzu. Shih tzu are GREAT. I recommend it for everyone, but from what I read during my research on dog breeds terriers can be terrors. So I’m not sure which personality you’ll get in that dog. But it all comes down to proper training.
Our shih tzu is pretty typical, he is stubborn when he wants to be. He is a great lap dog and very loyal. He was very easy to train and can do many tricks. He is a very well behaved dog (if I do say so myself). He doesn’t bark unless he means it. He’s great around kids of all ages as well. They don’t require to be walked a lot like larger dogs, which is what we liked. He is happiest when he’s sitting on someone’s lap.
Post # 9
@yellowshoe: We have a terrier mix (Fox/Chihuahua/Beagle) and it is true they are pretty energetic! Our guy is very dominant, which is a big reason we need a quieter more submissive dog for our 2nd so they mix better.
The biggest thing I’m concerned with from reading these responses is barking. Our pomeranian was a big barker and it was pretty stressful living in an apartment. I don’t want to go through that again. Do you think that trait will show up in a puppy? I do think it varies a lot even in breeds by personality, and I don’t know whether a puppy will show us if she’s a barker or not.
Post # 10
He did bark at all the normal things when he was a puppy and we just trained him not to. We are big Ceasar Milan followers so we used his methods of the shush and nudge/jab. My friend who dog sits our furbaby for us when we travel took him over to her mom’s house where there was another shih tzu and I guess her mom’s shih tzu barks a lot. Her mom asked what was wrong with my furbaby because he doesn’t bark. LOL.
Post # 11
My parents have a Shih Tzu, Chloe, she is extremely lovable and a lap dog—but that’s only with them and me/my husband. However with anyone else, she is extremely tempermental. She is also territorial. She will snap at a stranger if she feels threatened—even if they just come up and say “hello”/try to pet her. She is great with other dogs though. She is not good with kids.
(FYI my parents have raised dogs all their lives [german shepards and cocker spaniels] she is the only dog that has temper issues. So it’s not like they raised her any different from the rest)
I do want to add that my parents Shih Tzu is very smart, and shes cute and we all love her, temper and all! She is also quite mischievous.
Post # 12
My parents and DH’s parents both have a Shih Tzu and the two dogs couldn’t be more different.
My parent’s Shih Tzu is totally an Alpha dog towards their other two dogs and is constantly stealing toys from them and such. He thinks everything is his. He also isn’t huge on cuddling.
My in-laws Shih Tzu though is super calm and docile without a care in the world. He loves to curl up on your lap and sleep cuddled right up against you. He also loves going on 2 long walks a day.
I swear – the two Shih Tzus are like night and day.
Post # 13
@Mrs.KMM: Yeah, that is true, breed can play a part but it is really all about the individual dog.
We are going to go visit her on Saturday – please cross your fingers that no one else gets there first!
Post # 14
All of the shih-tzu lovers in one place!! I love it. I am the mom of three 2 males and one female and they are all completely differently. Brother Shamus and his twin sister Phoebe are biological siblings that are 11 yrs old and I’ve had them in my home since they were 9 weeks. Shamus is 16 pounds of snuggle bunny who loves kids and really just doesn’t care about what’s going on around him. He is a Canine good citizen and therapy dog.
His sister Phoebe is 11 pounds of whoop axx. She’s bossy, always on the go, only wants her brother to play with her and no one else. She’s been kicked out of day care….twice. But she’s the first one to sit with me on the couch and snuggle. She nearly always sleeps on my legs and is the first one in the morning to crawl up to my pillow to get belly rubs.
Dexter is my mill rescue who is blind. True age unknown but he’s probably in the 9-11 yr old range. It’s taken a couple of years but now he loves his toys and his butt rubs. When he’s initiated snuggle time he almost has a smile on his face. His backround makes him a very unique dog, but very much loved none the less.
I can’t imagine not having a Shih-Tzu in my life!!
Post # 15
@fivedogsrule: Do you really have five dogs? (Username.) Haha I would love to have five dogs someday.
Thanks for your input. Did you feel like you could sense the siblings’ different personalities when they were puppies?
Post # 16
@moonadea: Yes I seriously have 5 dogs. I never meant to have that many but they all just sort of showed up in my life with their own stories. I’ve been very fortunate that they all have blended VERY well as a pack! They were all put in front of me by the Universe to teach me something.
The two I got as puppies DEFINATELY had different personalities. Shamus really didn’t care that I was there to meet him and Phoebe was out in the back yard stalking a dandylion. And to this day their personalities hold true to our first meeting.
Remeber that with a rescue their past life in some way will influence how they act especially when they first meet you. I always sit on the floor at the dogs level and wait for them to come to me. Let them control the meet and greet and you’ll know quickly if they really want anything to do with you or not.
Please let us know how the visit goes! Good Luck.