Interview with a Shih Tzu

Good evening! Tonight we wanted to get Lucky’s opinion on Animal Planet’s 5 Shih Tzu Personality Traits. Does he agree with their assessment of the almighty Tzu? Let’s find out:

The first trait is playfulness. Would you consider yourself always up for a game?
By “game” do you mean “let’s see how many treats Lucky can eat” or “who can find the most comfortable spot on the bed”, then yes. Otherwise, I’m not really into toys anymore. I’m a more mature pup. My ideal playtime would probably be a short walk with my Scottie friends, where we exchange pee mail along the way, followed by some cuddling in bed with my Shih Tzu parents while watching a movie.

Ah, you are more mellow and set in your ways then. Could we go as far as say you have the second trait of stubbornness?
That might be a little too far. I wouldn’t say I am stubborn. I just know what I want and don’t have a problem trying to convince others that my opinion is the best one. Do I think Shih Tzu Mom and Dad should go to work? No. So I hide under the bed. Is it time to go inside now? No. So I sit down and get comfortable in the yard.

I see. So would you say that makes Tzus hard to train?
Some of us may need a little more patience than others I suppose but we get the hang of it eventually and will only act out when we don’t think we are getting enough attention. My Mom calls it “being dramatic”. One thing most fur parents won’t have to worry about with us though is the noise. I can definitely say I possess the quiet trait. I don’t need to bark to get your attention when I have a face like this! Although, I will always let you know when someone is at the door. I’m not a fan of knowing people are around and not being able to see them. But once your visitors come in and I know they are here to give me belly wubs, all is good.

That leads me right into the fourth trait: friendly.
That one I completely agree with. I’m not one to turn away anyone who wants to give me attention! My breed was developed to be a companion dog and we love to spend time with humans and be the center of attention.

Will just anyone do?
Even though most humans have the capacity to give a decent belly wub, I am definitely a model specimen of the last trait, loyalty. I may wander from human to human when a group is around but ultimately I want to be with my parents! I follow them around constantly and don’t know what to do when they are in separate rooms of the house. So I try to be fair and divide my time between them.

Well, thank you for spending some of that time with our readers.

My pleasure, it’s important to keep my fans happy too!