Suitability as a family pet
The Shih Tzu is a very friendly dog breed and likes children. Their comical personality makes them suitable for family. They are also well suited for both country and town life. If left alone for extended periods the dog will develop tendencies that are antisocial including defecating and barking in the house. They learn to accept other dogs and pets if you introduce them early enough. Their loyalty to family is assured but is wary of strangers. It lives for about 10 to 15 years making a perfect dog for a family since they grow up with the children. They love to be cuddled and petted by children.