8 Reasons Why Shih Tzus Are The Best Dog Breed

There are approximately 340 dog breeds as recognized by World Canine Organization (FCI) which is the world governing body of dog breeds. Among all the small dog breeds, Shih Tzus is one of the most popular dog breed.

Ever wonder why? Or do you get stumped when people asked you why Shih Tzus is your favorite dog breed? Check out these 8 reasons below!


Since the early 20th century, Shih Tzus were gifted as companion animals to royalties. Being people-friendly, affectionate and loyal by nature, they are perfect family dogs in modern days as they love to follow you everywhere you go and curl up on your lap or snuggle close to you whenever possible.

Shih Tzus crave for attention and companion more than freedom and they are also not adventure seekers, as such, they will stay around you as much as you want them to.


If you hate finding dog hair on your clothes, bed, everywhere in your house and even inside your food, you will definitely love Shih Tzus. They are among the few dog breeds whose coat is made up of hair instead of fur.

Similar to us humans, Shih Tzus do shed their hair daily but constant lint rolling is not required.


Shih Tzus are generally small in size and they do not require huge spaces to roam around. In addition, they are normally not big barkers as compared to other toy breeds which is why they are perfect to keep them in apartments no matter how compact is.

Besides being one of the best dog candidates for apartments, their small size and docile nature allows you to bring them everywhere, including parks, malls or even carrying them around in your bag.


No matter how you are feeling, looking at their cute and adorable face will definitely cheer you up. As they tend to be high energy, they love to play and can sometimes be mischievous in their attempts to bait you to join in the fun with them.


Unlike other dog breeds which typically have one color or a variety of a few colors, Shih Tzus are a very colourful dog breed. According to American Kennel Club (AKC), Shih Tzu comes in 14 different colors and three different markings. What’s even more fascinating is the coat color of a Shih Tzu can change over time. Shih Tzus pups can be born with a solid color hair, a combination of two colors or even a mixture of three colors.

Besides their rainbow color coat, Shih Tzu’s long and straight coat also allow dog owners to create very versatile look for their fur baby each time.


Being high energy by nature, these little fur balls enjoy both indoor and outdoor sports such as splashing in the pool, playing fetch, going for long walks or even just chasing after their own tails. One bonus point is that since they do not have high prey drives, they can go for long walks without being distracted by small animals.

In addition, try dressing them up in costumes and you will definitely be pleasantly surprised as Shih Tzus can pull off almost any look in different costumes.


Shih Tzus are generally people-friendly breed and they get along very well with other dogs, animals and their gentle nature make them perfect companions for children as well. They are also chosen as therapy dogs or service dogs.

Being outgoing, Shih Tzus bond very quickly with humans – hence whenever you have any friends or family visiting you, fret not that they will bark at them. Just give him/her a little treat, play fetch with him/her and they will become best friends.


Similar to most small dog breeds, Shih Tzus typically have a long life expectancy of between 12-15 years. In fact, Smokey from Florida had lived up to 23 years old and was believed to be the oldest living Shih Tzu.

Despite suffering from most of the health issues that small dog breeds face, they are in overall, a pretty healthy dog breed. However, it is important to understand the potential health issues and look out for them to prolong their expectancy.

The Top 10 Shih Tzu Owner Mistakes

A puppy or a dog will make mistakes and so would you. Even trained dogs make mistakes and people who have had pets for years are likely to err. The only way you can avoid committing errors is by being aware. Here are the top 10 dog owner mistakes that you can proactively avoid.

  • Getting A Dog Without Knowing Much About It

Dog lovers or aspiring pet owners often make instinctive or spontaneous decisions. Don’t be overly passionate about anything. You can have a preference but don’t get yourself a dog or a puppy without knowing everything about the breed and what you are expected to do.

  • Not Investing Time & Effort In Holistic Training

Potty training, obedience training, house rules, discouraging the puppy or dog from chewing or biting and instilling healthy dietary and pleasant behavioral habits, are imperative.

  • Changing The Rules From Time To Time

Never confuse a dog with ever-changing house rules. Don’t relax the rules even once, unless there is a medical emergency.

  • Indulging In Free Treats

Indulging or overindulging a pet in any way is not wise. Offering too many free treats is certainly unwise.

  • Allowing Flexibility In Training / Exercises

Most dogs love their walks but some don’t. Regardless of their preference, don’t make it a habit of skipping exercises or training sessions. It is a downhill ride once you start being lenient.

  • Focusing Too Much On Physicality

A dog needs to be active physically and should be healthy. But that must not come at the cost of mental activity.

  • Thinking That The Dog Will Be Fine Alone

Dogs don’t enjoy me-time. They don’t want me-time. Cats can still manage on their own but dogs will start to become broody when they are left on their own frequently.

  • Not Making The Home Dog-Friendly

Just as your dog needs to be trained in accordance with the house rules, the house too has to be redone to suit the dog. Tiny changes such as placement of furniture and accessibility to potentially harmful objects can make a world of difference.

  • Punishing The Dog Too Often

Disciplining a dog or puppy is fine but you cannot keep on punishing your puppy. That never works and will have dire consequences.

  • Inhumane Punishments

Not feeding, physical torture, not providing access to water or not attending to the dog’s needs, which could be anything from medical to being attended to, are unacceptable actions.


1.  Learn Independent Daily Living Skills: What Will Happen When I Am Not Here Anymore?
I often wonder what will happen to Niam when I am not here anymore. Planning for my child’s future is one of my most important goals.  I do whatever I can to try to teach him to have independent skills. I want him to be as independent as possible.  I developed this program for my son, and for those of you who follow me on my Facebook page, know he went from eating 5 foods to eating almost everything – including some salads!

 2 . Be A Contributing Member Of Your Family – Learning To Cook For Others:
Secondly, It’s very important for any child to feel important and part of the family. My son may not like to eat salsa but he enjoys making salsa for his mother. I love Caesar Salad and as a vegetarian I make my own dressing (You can find my recipe here) . He makes the dressing and the salad – I love the salad even more because he made it.  As a mom, I cook for my family and sometimes my husband does too.  Although it’s natural to cook for loved ones, I don’t always like the food I cook for my other son; he likes olives and red chilies in everything, but I can accommodate.

3. Learn to Navigate Through the Kitchen:
What I like about cooking is my son is learning where everything belongs in the kitchen. This is an extremely important skill to learn for so many reasons. It will help in other areas such as unloading a dishwasher and knowing where things belong, and putting groceries away.  My son knows where to find tools and cooking ingredients, knows how to clean up and I say that with a grain of salt as he still runs away – but we are  working on it.

  1. Hands On Experience To Learn Fine Motor Skills that are Meaningful and Useful:
    I have often hated the traditional way of teaching fine motor skills in an ABA program where the child is just repeating cutting paper over and over again in multiple trials. I like cooking because so many different fine motor skills can be targeted in a single recipe. Additionally, recipes can be chosen to target specific skills for your child. For example, many recipes have cutting, whisking, scooping, and many others. It’s a great way to target skills in a fun way that will have meaning to your child.
  2. Learn a Leisurely Hobby:
    Did you know research shows that many of our children when they hit adulthood do not have a leisure activity? We all know how important it is to have hobbies that you love to do. Cooking can be a great hobby to learn. Recently, I have been following a lot of mommy pages on Facebook, and there are many children who love to cook and bake which I think is great! You never know when a hobby can turn into a job or a business, perhaps working in a pizza store? Food for thought.
  3. Develop Language In A Fun And Engaging Way:
    For those children who are non-verbal, or who have limited speech, cooking is a great and exciting way to create opportunities to learn speech and communication in a natural environment. I’ve noticed a lot of pressure is put on my son – he gets anxiety and can often shut down. But when the activity is fun and he WANTS to do it, his rate of learning increases exponentially. He loves cake, chocolate chip cookies, and anything sweet. Sometimes we spend time just decorating cupcakes and work on language, and other skills. So much fun!
  4. Fun Activity to Engage With Others and Develop Social Skills:
    We all know how important social skills are for our children. Social skills can be incorporated in the actual cooking of the recipe. For example tasting the cookie batter and asking if your child liked it, asking questions and engaging in conversation during eating time at the table.
  5. Learn Functional Skills Related to Cooking and Independent Living:
    There are many skills to learn that are associated with cooking. Some are making a grocery list, learning to navigate in a grocery store, putting away groceries, cleaning up and menu planning are just among a few. All of these skills we do naturally are very important for independence. You can check out some of our recipes on Able2learn, they include an easy to follow recipe, grocery planning list, menu planning and shopping tips.

9. Learn Skills That Can Be Used On The Job in Culinary:
Learning safety in a kitchen, how to put away left over foods, slice , dice and navigate through the kitchen are all skills than can be used in a restaurant or other places where food is sold and cooked.

Potential Determinants of Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction is a common comorbidity of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and is associated with increased severity of characteristic autism-associated symptoms. However, the underlying biological mechanisms for GI dysfunction symptoms in children with ASD are unknown.

This review explores potential explanations for these symptoms including altered enteric microbiota, impaired intestinal permeability, changes in immune homeostasis, and genetic factors such as single nucleotide polymorphisms. It was shown that genetic factors not only influence the development of altered enteric microbiota and impaired intestinal permeability, but also are a strong, independent contributor to GI dysfunction in ASD patients.


Kobe Bryant observed a major car crash unfurl right beforehim in Newport Shoreline, CA on Friday — but didn’t take off the scene … he stuck around to consolation everybody involved. we’re told it was T-bone crash at an crossing point — and you’ll see Kobe in his new pink sweat suit taking control of the circumstance.

Within the film, you’ll be able see Kobe walk right into the destruction scene to talk with the individuals included — coordinating activity and calling the shots some time recently offer assistance arrived. Witness couldn’t accept their eyes when they saw the NBA legend get included … but he appeared to be making a genuine affect and truly helped. As for the individuals included, cops tell us the degree of the injuries are obscure right presently — it’s still unfolding. It’s not the primary time Kobe has played the part of Great Samaritan taking after a crash — he did the same back in Sept. 2018 … too in Newport Shoreline … making a difference individuals after the collision. And we’ve done stories around Kobe’s previous partner Shaquille O’Neal doing the same thing numerous times over the years. Something almost those ex-Lakers, huh?!

The world of humor in mourning, the famous comedian dies

Philadelphia-based comedian Chris Cotton passed away at the age of 32. The bitter news was confirmed by the “Comedy Center” on Wednesday.

“We are devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton, an amazing comedian, a respected member of the Comedy Center family and a joy to all of us. He will be missed,” the statement said.

The cause of the comedian’s death is still unknown. In addition to this work, Chris also tried to become a writer.

He published a book entitled What My Dad Did: My Theory On Joke Writing, in which he wrote about the time he worked with his father at one of the city schools in South Philly.

He was active on the Philadelphia scene as well as teaching at Comedy College. He has been married to the love of life since high school, Ericalynn, which will bring their first child to life next year.

Homeless Man with Multiple Sclerosis Lives in a Tent in Los Angeles

Yesterday it was raining in Los Angeles. Although he lives in a tent homeless, Todd says he loves the rain. He is originally from Seattle, which explains his fondness for damp weather. Todd has been homeless in Los Angeles for six years. Todd has multiple sclerosis (MS) and is in a wheelchair. Todd once lived in a retirement home, but he says it’s not the best environment. Todd says because he is not going to beat MS, he’s going to embrace it. Todd has decided to live his life instead of being in a board and care.