Is Shih Tzu the right breed for you?

You should never choose a dog without thinking it through. Don’t make spontaneous decisions. Don’t let a random preference get priority. Always do your homework and read as much as you can. Consider what you like and dislike; what you can do for your dog and what you cannot. Other considerations include whether or not the breed would be suitable given where you live, what you have to offer and the pros and cons of the particular breed, which shall include everything from health to grooming. You should consider every aspect before bringing a dog into your home.

The Shih Tzu is one of the cutest and sweetest dog breeds out there. Many families consider bringing this dog into their homes because of how it looks. You may even be considering adding a Shih Tzu to your family now. But before you do, consider this: Is a Shih Tzu really the right breed for you? Let us find out.

Yes: Shih Tzu is the right breed for you if you like a small dog that is strong, needs very little exercise or outdoor activity, doesn’t yap much about toys, is quite polite and friendly with strangers and is relatively peaceful when there are other pets around.

No: A Shih Tzu is not for you if you can't deal with a stubborn attitude. The Shih Tzu is notoriously difficult to housebreak, which can be frustrating. They require frequent bathing for their heavy and fast-growing coats. They may also have health issues due to their abnormally short faces, which can lead to expensive vet visits and medications.

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