Highly active, vigilant, and extremely intelligent, Shih Tzus are renowned for their majestic, refined, and courageous qualities, which make them an excellent family pet and a good watchdog. The Shih Tzu is clever and adamant and turns grumpy if irritated or surprised. Basically, they are most at home doing indoor activities and love to be in the company of other people and pets. Although playful and gentle, the Shih Tzu barks excessively and can sometimes turn snappish with toddlers and babies. The Shih Tzu is extremely confident, obedient, curious, lovable, and gentle and is a good companion for older children.
Shih Tzus come in a somewhat diverse range of colors, from white to brown and black. For show dogs, it is considered better for the Shih Tzu to have highlights of white on their forehead and on their tail.