Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted August 23, 2015
We've had our Shih Tzu in our family for nearly a year now and we love her. She is playful, loving, and lot's of fun. On the negative side, she has been nearly impossible to house train, although we are slowly making headway. We will often find little "surprises" here and there in the house. Although we have crate trained her, she has been known to eat her mistakes which sort of makes the point of the crate a moot one. As she has grown this problem has improved.
She is very fun loving. My wife took her to a nearby lake and the moment she walked out onto the dock she jumped off into the water. Unfortunately, as we soon discovered, she cannot swim. Initially, she sank below the surface of the water, then rose just enough to keep one nostril at the surface. From this position she swam in what can only be described as "poor doggy style". Very poorly executed form, but effective enough to keep her swimming. When my wife was able to get hold of her she placed her back on the dock. Not one minute later she jumped in again.
This behavior describes her spirit; spunky, fearless and full of life. I would highly recommend this breed of dog. Just be sure to go to a reputable breeder and stay away from the puppy mills.