Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted November 6, 2014
I heard somewhere once that Shih Tzus were deliberately bred as a lap dog, with long coats and small size being the perfect accompanient in the cold halls of ancient eastern aristocracy. I'm not sure if this is true, but if I were to go back in time and sit on a cold throne somewhere in China, I would want a Shih Tzu on my lap!
As you would expect from a nice little lap dog, the Shih Tzu's temperament is very relaxed and open. These are not crazy yappers like you find in Chihuahuas or the like. I've found Shih Tzu's to be super calm and collected. That is unless they want food or attention, in which case they can be fairly demanding.
Grooming can be an issue with this dog as well. They have a tendency to build up gunk in the fur around their eyes, and things get stuck in the rest of their fur pretty easily. Hopefully if you pick one of these up you have the correct grooming equipment, because you're probably going to need it!
I remember being around my Uncle's Shih Tzu a lot when I was a kid too. It was always a lovely little dog to play with as a wee one, and I was pretty impressed with its intelligence even then. He used to sit and watch TV with us sometimes, and I remember specifically him barking back at Milo and Otis.
In the end, I would recommend the Shih Tzu for anyone with a lap that needs warming or is looking for a specky little dog that lacks the attitude so many others give out.