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Shih Tzu Breed :
Interview with a
Long Time Shih Tzu Owner

Ever wonder what it is like to live day to day with the Shih Tzu Breed?  Find out with this revealing dog breed interview.

A very big thank you to  Elizabeth M. Kim From Texas who allowed me to interview her about her very special dog.

Can you tell me a little bit about your dog? Where did you get him/her?

Shih Tzu BreedCooper at Two-Days-Old

“I have a Shih Tzu breed named Cooper and he is a four-year-old neutered male.  We have had him his whole life because we bred his mother and father. 

Cooper was the runt of the litter and he almost didn’t make it due to complications with the pregnancy.

Cooper has always been a bit special and that is what makes him so lovable. It was incredible to raise a puppy from birth and to see where he is now and how he behaves.

He is my best friend and I would be very sad if I had to live without my furry friend.”

How easy was he to train?

Shih Tzu Breed

“Cooper is a little bit stubborn when it comes to training and the only commands that he confidently knows is ‘sit, down, and stay.’  This is probably because I never worked very hard with him when it comes to basic obedience training.  

He also was not the easiest to house train but with a little patience, he was successfully trained. It was a progression that took time and sometimes he will still lift his leg in the house.  

Luckily, he never goes to the bathroom in my room, where he sleeps every night.  If he needs to go out, then he will scratch at the door until I let him out.”

Shih Tzu Breed

How much exercise does he need?

“He is a very active little guy and he loves to run around and play. On a day-to-day basis, he does not need that much exercise. He plays with the other dogs and runs around in the yard and pretty much takes care of his daily exercise all by himself. He remains fit and doesn’t seem antsy or anxious for a lot of activity.”

Does he have a particular doggie smell?

“There is no doggy smell with Cooper. The only time that he has an odor is when he hasn’t been washed in a while, which makes sense. His hair does not grasp on to odor and outside smells. If Cooper were to go outside and pick up a scent, a simple brushing or bath takes care of it.”

Does he shed?

“Fortunately, Cooper does not shed their hair much if at all. Shih Tzu’s are hypoallergenic and since I have an allergy to dog hair, he is the perfect match for me. No dog is truly shed-free though and I will occasionally find a long white hair on my black pants. His coat does not agitate my allergies at all, even when he has long hair.”

Does he bark much?

Shih Tzu Breed

“Cooper is not a yappy dog at all. The only time he really lets you know something is not right is at night if he is not in my room. He will also bark if all the other dogs are barking, usually when someone enters the house or comes down the stairs. However, on his own, he is not a yappy dog.”

What is he like with other dogs?

“Cooper gets along really well with all of our other dogs. He can be a bit hesitant when meeting another dog, but he usually loves and is compatible or at least co-exists with any other dog.”

Do you have any other pets?

“Other than all the dogs we have, we also have two cats.”

Do they get along?

“Cooper never actually comes in direct contact with our cats, but when he does he tries to play or sniff them and the cats are not amused by doggie type behavior.  They generally just run away. However, he never tries to hurt them.”

Shih Tzu Breed

How is he around children?

Shih Tzu BreedCooper the Shih Tzu

“Cooper is open and friendly to everyone as long as they are friendly and gently back.”

Is he a fussy eater?

“Cooper is not really a fussy eater and will eat many different dog treats as well as human food too. He can be picky with certain treats and snacks, but in general he is okay with most foods.”

Tell me about grooming Cooper

“At the moment, Cooper is very easy to groom because he has short hair. All I have to do is brush his ears and his tail and then run a brush through his hair. It takes five minutes and is good for people who don’t have a lot of time to groom. With that being said, when Cooper has long hair, it takes hours to groom him simply because he is very fussy and anxious when he has to be groomed or cut.”

Any special quirks?

“Cooper always sneezes when he is really excited or when he tries to get someone’s attention. I think that’s really cute and every time he sees someone he’s familiar with or wants to be pet he with sneeze multiple times.”

"He also love to jump and I mean jump straight up in the air.  He can often get two feet of of the ground if you have a tasty treat in your hands."

Any further advice?

“If someone is interested in getting a Shih Tzu, I would recommend it. They are the type of dog for people who want a dog that will sleep in their lap and follow them around.

The only setback that I have found with Shih Tzu is their stubbornness often interferes with house training and learning basic skills.

Other than that if they have longer hair, they can be a hassle to groom.  It requires a considerable amount of time each day to keep their hair nice and tangle-free.

Beyond the grooming requirement, this is a great breed and I would recommend Shih Tzu to anyone who wants a loving friend who with be their lifelong friend.”

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