The Shih Tzu has a long silky hair but they are considered non-shedders. However, their soft long double coats need to be regularly groomed to avoid tangles. Often, many Shih Tzu owners choose to clip the coats very close to the body particularly if they don’t have the time and patience to do daily brushing. This energy-packed little dog can be a good watch dog. With early training, socialization and consistency they can be successfully toilet-trained. Without a recognized pack leader, they can develop the so-called “small dog syndrome” which can make them behave as if they are the boss of the household.
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