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10 Things ONLY Shih Tzu Dog Owners will Understand


Everyone will agree if someone says Shih Tzu is one of the most in-demand and cutest dog breeds for a long time.

Most USA families own at least one Shih Tzu as their number one pet companion.

Shih Tzu is popular in the United States, but it is also known in other Asian and European countries. 

Some people called this dog breed as a lion dog. IT is a famous breed of dog because it does not shed, making it a hypoallergenic pet.

Aside from that, it is also available in different shades. According to some researches, it is believed that this dog breed was originated way back in the 17th century, assuming that it is almost 10,000 years old. 

This dog is also known to be one of the popular breeds of dog that has taken care of the royal families residing in China.

If you are suffering from any type of allergy, Shih Tzu is the perfect breed for you.

Considering their size, this is a perfect dog for those with small living areas or apartment. 

Besides having a cute set of physical features and a hypoallergenic coat, Shih Tzu is also known for its affectionate and playful nature.

According to researchers, it is initially existed in China’s land and is the offspring of breeding Lha Apso, Pekingese, and Tibetan breeds.

There are some characteristics of Shih Tzu that only their owners know. These are the following. Read on to know more about it.

1. Amazing and Weird Sleeping Positions


As a Shih Tzu owner, you probably have seen your pet with a weird sleeping position.

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This is because they show how vulnerable and submissive they are. They usually sleep with their legs positioned upwards, exposing their stomach.

Sleeping with this weird position shows that they are both independent and laidback.

No matter what sleeping position they show, they notify you that they are in a comfortable and 100 percent safe position.

2. You Can’t Refuse to Their Begging Eyes.


You can’t deny how melting and begging your Shih Tzu’s eyes are. It is the real definition of puffy eyes.

You can’t refuse to their beautiful eyes, especially when you are eating something.

When they see foods that make them crave, they will never stop showing those begging eyes until you give them what they want.

3. They are Sleepyhead


Every Shih Tzu owner will agree if someone says that this dog breed has a sleepyhead.

No matter the time is, when they feel tired, they will go to bed and rest. You may usually see them sleeping while playing.

4. They are a Great Swimmer


Shih Tzus are fond of the pool just like you. They would love paddling their legs with you.

This is their special skill in saving themselves if an accidental fall in the water or pool. 

5. Love Gnawing

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Massive chewing is not a big problem for Shih Tzus, and you don’t need to worry about it.

When their teeth start to grow, they will probably chew anything that catches their gaze.

But, it would help if you do not allow them to do this all the time. If you leave home, consider placing them in a confined place and give them some teething toys.

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6. Very Active and Energetic


Besides being a sleepyhead, Shih Tzu is also a dog breed that is very active and has a high level of energy.

They tend to sleep for some time. After waking up, get ready for their playing and roughhousing.

7. Share Bed with You

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One of the facts about Shih Tzus is that they always want to share a bed with you.

As mentioned, they are known for being adorable and affectionate. They always want to be with you and catch your attention.

Being affectionate and adorable is a good sign saying that they love and feel safe being with you. Besides, they also love the cozy, warm, and soft feel of your bed.

8. They Love to Explore

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Another known fact about the Shih Tzus is that they love to explore. Most Shih Tzus owner cannot deny how explorative their dogs are.

You probably see them chewing their toys, and after some time, he placed their attention to playing on the couch.

9. You Cannot Eat without Their Presence.

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As we mentioned earlier, Shih Tzu is a dog breed that is fond of eating. This means that they are always at your side during eating time.

As a dog owner with a soft heart, you can’t help yourself, giving them some of your foods.

But, it is important to be mindful of their diet to prevent issues, such as obesity.

10. Shih Tzus can Make You Feel Guilty Just By Turning Their Head.


Compared to the other breeds, Shih Tzu is the only one that can make you feel guilty just by simply turning their head.

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This is always true when you are going to the office or somewhere without them.

You tend not to leave your house when they start turning their head and showing you their begging eyes.

This will eventually melt your heart, choosing to take them rather than leaving them alone.

So, if you cannot prevent yourself from tripping alone, make sure that another family member can guide him when in the house.


Shih Tzus are known to be an affectionate and elegant breed of dog that catches millions of hearts of dog lovers.

Whether they are walking on the Westminster’s green carpet or Hollywood’s red carpet, they will surely stand out to be the cutest and most adorable dog for all time. 

No one can’t resist this bouncy, portable, and glamorous dog breed. There are many business moguls and entertainers around the world who loved the charms of this dog breed.

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