Although a Shih Tzu’s temperament varies from dog to dog, the breed has a personality and temperament that is loyal, affectionate, outgoing, and alert. Training and proper socializing must start at a young age for the Shih Tzu to obey basic commands, for the Shih Tzu is prone to stubbornness when it comes to training. While the Shih Tzu is an excellent watch dog because of its alert and active nature, it was not specifically bred for this purpose. The Shih Tzu tends to interact well with other dogs and with children and adults. Shih Tzu dogs have been observed to get peevish if provoked, so an owner should be mindful when the dog is in the presence of children. Improper training can also result in nipping and biting. Shih Tzu can also become needy and cry if not properly disciplined at the correct age. Shih Tzu make excellent house pets especially if one lives in an apartment or does not have a large garden as they require minimal exercise. Over all, they are friendly and outgoing companions. The Shih Tzu is also a bit stubborn so be sure to train these dogs at a young age. These dogs are clever as well, so be sure to block out any open space ( holes under decks, fences etc.) they are flexible and once again clever and curious so will try to get under these sort of holes.

When looking for a puppy to purchase it is highly recommended to contact any of the Breed Clubs we have listed for this breed since it is they who should be able to put you in touch with members who have bred litters according to their Club’s Code of Ethics.

BUYER BEWARE; Some breeders listed here may not be members of an Shih Tzu Breed Club, there may be good reasons for this, but ask the question before you enter into any transaction.


ZAGREB ; Pia Bardo Shih Tzu, Ružica Šurmanovik +00385 (0) 1 3490677  WEBPAGE


PRAGUE; Kennel Paprsek Tibetu; Lenka Eschnerova, WEBPAGE
SVETICE ; Z TICHÉHO Erika Pekarova + 420 777 206 316  WEBPAGE


HELSINKI; Kennel “Jem-Gem”, Ritva Nissila, +358 9 444217. WEBPAGE 


PONCHIELLI; “Mekong Jiang” Shih Tzu, Maura Tuzza, +(39) 3354 74285  WEBPAGE


MANILA ; Artemis Shih Tzu, Alexander and Henson Tan +632 526 2626  WEBPAGE


CUMBRIA ;  Rosaril Shih Tzu, Mrs. E. Stephenson
NORTHUMBERLAND;  Sishouse Ms. Dorothy M. Taylor +01434 607 112
RHONDDA ;  Miracey Shih Tzu, Tracey & Michael Hitt +01443 440 870


CA, Manteca; “Stacey.B’s Shih Tzus”; Stacey Bingham, +(209) 814 5437  WEBPAGE