5 Shih Tzu Personality Traits

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The shih tzu wasn't bred as a watchdog so he's not suspicious or yappy, although he may bark to let you know the mailman is at the front door. Apart from that, you won't hear too much noise from him.

All dogs are individuals, of course, and some shih tzus might be slightly noisier than others. But lots of barking? Well, that's a different story, and it usually stems from dogs not being properly socialized.

Shih tzus purchased from backyard breeders and pet shops probably won't posses a quiet demeanor because they were carelessly bred for profit. Good breeding is as much a science as an art. Responsible shih tzu breeders work hard -- some dedicating their whole lives to produce puppies that not only look but act like they're supposed to.

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