Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Posted September 25, 2013
Guenivere has been the absolute perfect pet for me. She is a purebred Shih-Tzu. While not particularly healthy, she is the most loving animal I have ever seen.
She has been a great watch dog, and rules our little pack of 4 with an iron fist, that would impress the most militant German on Earth. This is particularly hilarious given that one pack member is a Dane/Ridgeback mix that weighs about 150 lbs. Seeing her take orders from a 15 lb. Shih-Tzu is truly something for the ages.
Anyways, I digress. The animals temperament is just perfect for those who live in an urban environment, and want to have a small dog. One big benefit of the breed is that they have hair instead of fur, so they don't really shed at all. I've heard from other owners that the breed can be a bit barky, but my gal never was, she's actually a bit on the quiet side all things considered.
She's also very smart, and gets along with our cat as well.
My family has owned 3 Shih-Tzus now, and 1 Lhasa Apso (a very closely related breed). I believe that whenever circumstances permit us to have a small dog, that we will have one of these two breeds. Absolutely recommend them to everyone, except perhaps those looking for a really big, active, outdoor type of dog.