In most cases, whether you choose a male or female does not matter. Many experienced people will tell you that they’re slight differences between a male Shih Tzu and female Shih Tzu. However, the most important thing is the individual health and personality of the dog.
Above all, before selecting a Shih Tzu based on whether they’re male or female, talk to the breeder about what to expect when it comes to individual personalities of the puppies.
When it comes to dogs, personality outweighs gender at any time of the day. However, there are some differences. Not all Shih Tzus will fit into every stereotype.
Here Are Some Differences Between A Male Shih Tzu and Female Shih Tzu
Female Shih Tzu
- Very independent and is very strong-willed
- Demands attention and wants to run things, you’ll probably end up worshiping her
- Needs to be socialized, or she may get too protective over her favorite person
- Most likely will be very difficult to house-train
- Will have more spunk and likes to do things and is more likely to pick up tricks
- Will love to be around you all day, every day
- Both the male Shih Tzu and female Shih Tzu are incredibly affectionate and loyal to their families, and they’re not aggressive.
- Females love to exercise their dominance, and they love to get away with doing their own thing.
- Females are very successful in trying to outsmart you.
- Female Shih Tzus will try to own you, and you will love every minute of it.
- The female Shih Tzu will follow you and demand cuddles until she tires of you; she will then go her separate way to her favorite part of the house. It is almost as if she is saying that she is too distinguished for this continuous adulation of her owner.
Male Shih Tzu
- Very sweet and is more likely to want to stay in your lap all-day
- Can’t help giving him all of your attention because he’s so charming
- Will love you with all his heart no matter who you are
- More sensitive; do not raise your voice at him
- Loves to sit on your lap, eat treats, stare at you, potty break, and sit on your lap again
- The number one reason for living is to worship you
- The male Shih Tzu tends to exhibit secondary sexual behavior. However, if neutered at a young age, most males tend not to return to the action of “humping” because of a decline in testosterone levels. Females are also prone to this behavior, as well.
- When urinating, male Shih Tzus lift their legs to mark territory, which can ruin furniture. However, if neutered at a young age, as mentioned above, many males will not raise their legs to urinate, nor will they need to mark territory.
- Regardless of gender, adequately trained and socialized dogs will rarely exhibit nuisance tendencies when urinating and eliminating in the home. Shih Tzu owners need to be consistent and patient with this breed; the best way is to make a schedule and stick to it.
- Male Shih Tzus are more massive than female Shih Tzus. The males are approximately, but not always two to three pounds larger than their female counterparts, also a little taller as well.
Keep in mind that these points are nothing more than just generalities! However, the differences between a male Shih Tzu and Female Shih Tzu can also be more pronounced in spayed and neutered dogs.
And in most cases, you’re probably going to spay and neuter them. It is totally up to you whether you pick a male or female Shih Tzu. Hopefully, this article will help you make up your mind.