5 Shih Tzu Personality Traits

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When it comes to learning basic commands -- such as sit, stay and down -- the shih tzu isn't quick to catch on. Breed enthusiasts blame it on the dog's independent streak. But in author Stanley Coren's book "The Intelligence of Dogs," more than 200 professional obedience judges ranked breeds based on their trainability as an indicator of IQ, and the shih tzu didn't fare so well.

According to the judges, the shih tzu and several other breeds required 80 to 100 repetitions of a command before finally obeying just 25 percent of the time. The border collie, on the other hand, mastered new commands lightening fast -- in less than five repetitions - and obeyed them at least 95 percent of the time.

Therefore, when training your shih tzu, consistency and patience are key. And be prepared for it to take longer than expected.

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