This is a bit of a disclaimer that I had in my previous article about another breed I have experience with.
I know how sensitive people can get about their dog and trust me when I say that I am totally with you. I would quite easily "rage-kill" anyone who harmed my doge, so I understand this notion. When I make this list I want people to understand that I am not a veterinarian nor have I owned a great many dogs in my life (just one at a time.) However, these breeds are the best breeds that I have experienced in my life.
I never really thought I would have one of these dogs because for the most part I am a guy who likes having bigger dogs... until I accidentally ended up having a Shih-Tzu.
I acquired this dog when a Korean friend was moving back to Korea and because of how difficult it is to move a dog from one country to another, she sought to find someone to look after it rather than take it with her (NOTE: I don't agree with this process - i would never abandon my doggie, no matter how difficult it was to move them... However, since I now have this wonderful creature in my own life, I am glad this woman did this)
I did not approve this acquisition of this dog but my Korean girlfriend at the time didn't ask my permission and while I was upset at first, it ended up being one of the greatest accidents of the last 20 years of my life.
celebrating her 2nd birthday
Anyway, this wasn't meant to be specifically about me.
Shih-Tzus have to be one of the easiest dog breeds to own. I know several people that have them and no one has any horror stories about them chewing up everything they can get their hands on or crapping all over the house. They are quite easily house trained and it doesn't seem to take very long for them to understand what items actually are for their use (to chew on) and which ones are not for chewing.
There has been only ONE instance of my dog chewing up something she wasn't supposed to and I still blame myself for putting the discarded chicken wings in low lying waste basket. Some temptations are just too difficult to suppress. I was actually a bit impressed that she was able to eat them all.
playing with one of her favorite pals, "Doo-Lee" which is apparently a Korean cartoon of sorts
The breed doesn't fare so well in official intelligence rankings... and this actually surprised me. Of all dogs the Shih-Tzu is in the category of “Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence."
Although it is likely true that teaching a Shih-Tzu tricks is likely more difficult than with other dogs, my own Shih-Tzu knows quite a few commands and ALWAYS listens to me in public.
I believe that Shih-Tzus are one of the easiest breeds in existence. I have had a lot of dogs in my life and I can leave this one alone with confidence that she isn't going to do anything she shouldn't.