Shih Tzu versus Border Collie. Final Verdict on Which one is a Better Pet. - Shih Tzu Society (2023)

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Quick Links: Table of Contents Shih Tzu Versus Border Collie: Introduction Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Overview Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Comparison Table The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie The Similarities Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie Size Comparison of the Shih Tzu versus Border Collie Appearance (Colors) of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie Shih Tzu Colors Border Collie Colors Lifespan of Shih Tzu versus Border Collie Temperament of the Shih Tzu Versus the Border Collie Price of Shih Tzu versus Price of Border Collie Adopting the Shih Tzu versus Adopting the Border Collie The Intelligence of the Shih Tzu versus the Intelligence of the Border Collie The Popularity of Shih Tzu versus Popularity of Border Collie Tolerates Being Alone: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie Do Shih Tzus shed more than Border Collies? Which is Easier to Groom, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie? Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie? Are Shih Tzus good family dogs? What about Border Collies? Is the Shih Tzu Easier to Train than the Border Collie? Which one drools more, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie How Kid-friendly are Shih Tzus and Border Collies? Does the Shih Tzu Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Border Collie? Do Shih Tzus Bark and Howl? What about Border Collies? Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Border Collies Tolerate Cold Weather? Wanderlust Potential: Shih Tzu vs. Border Collie Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Border Collies Tolerate Hot Weather? Is the Shih Tzu Better for Apartment Owners than the Border Collie? Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie? Shih Tzu Versus Other Dog Breeds Conclusion: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie. Which One is a Better Pet? FAQs Videos

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Quick Links: Table of Contents

  • Shih Tzu Versus Border Collie: Introduction
  • Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Overview
  • Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Comparison Table
  • The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie
  • The Similarities Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie
  • Size Comparison of the Shih Tzu versus Border Collie
  • Appearance (Colors) of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie
  • Lifespan of Shih Tzu versus Border Collie
  • Temperament of the Shih Tzu Versus the Border Collie
  • Price of Shih Tzu versus Price of Border Collie
  • Adopting the Shih Tzu versus Adopting the Border Collie
  • The Intelligence of the Shih Tzu versus the Intelligence of the Border Collie
  • The Popularity of Shih Tzu versus Popularity of Border Collie
  • Tolerates Being Alone: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie
  • Do Shih Tzus shed more than Border Collies?
  • Which is Easier to Groom, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie?
  • Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie?
  • Are Shih Tzus good family dogs? What about Border Collies?
  • Is the Shih Tzu Easier to Train than the Border Collie?
  • Which one drools more, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie
  • How Kid-friendly are Shih Tzus and Border Collies?
  • Does the Shih Tzu Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Border Collie?
  • Do Shih Tzus Bark and Howl? What about Border Collies?
  • Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Border Collies Tolerate Cold Weather?
  • Wanderlust Potential: Shih Tzu vs. Border Collie
  • Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Border Collies Tolerate Hot Weather?
  • Shih Tzu Versus Other Dog Breeds
  • Conclusion: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie. Which One is a Better Pet?

Shih Tzu Versus Border Collie: Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie? Well, you have come to the right place. Because in this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison of these two dog breeds to help you decide which of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie better suits you.

We will provide you a detailed discussion and comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie.

Furthermore, we will let you know which one of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie is better suited for new dog owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.

Importantly, we did some analysis and calculation and we obtained a number that we call the Better-Pet Score™ for both the Shih Tzu and for the Border Collie. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope that these Better-Pet Scores will provide you with more insight into deciding which pet to get between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie.

Our only goal here is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term companion, be it the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie.

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Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Overview

A very important difference between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie is the size difference between the two dog breeds. The Shih Tzu is a tiny-sized dog while the Border Collie is a medium-sized dog.

Furthermore, the Shih Tzu belongs to the Companion Dogs group. Companion Dogs were bred to be companions for humans. Their main goal in life is to be with people, and they will be very sad if left to themselves for long hours day after day.

On the other hand, the Border Collie belongs to the Herding Dogs group. Herding Dogs were bred for moving livestock, including sheep, cattle, and even reindeer. Herding dogs work closely with their human shepherds, and their natural intelligence and responsiveness make them highly trainable. They have high levels of energy, which needs to be channeled properly to prevent destructive behavior. Herding breeds are protective of their people and property and make excellent watchdogs. Their intelligence, agility, and activity level make them well suited to dog sports.

Shih Tzu versus Border Collie: Comparison Table

The table below compares the Shih Tzu to the Border Collie based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.

When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green and the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor then the box is shaded gray for both pets. Also, when the factor is not important in picking a pet, or when the factor cannot be compared between two pets, the box for the factor is shaded gray for both pets

Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. “1” means “worst”, and “5” means “best”.

However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan”, etc. cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.

Later in this article, we will further explain each factor as it applies to the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie

FactorShih TzuBorder Collie
Tolerates Hot Weather1/54/5
Does NOT Drool5/55/5
Easy To Groom1/53/5
Life Span10 to 16 years12 to 15 years
Does NOT Bark or Howl4/54/5
Tendency NOT to Wander4/53/5
NOT Rambunctious4/51/5
Minimal Exercise Needs4/51/5
Easygoing3/51/5
Tolerates Being Alone3/51/5
Tolerates Cold Weather3/54/5
Does NOT Shed3/53/5
General Health3/52/5
Easy To Train3/55/5
Calmness/ Low Vigor3/53/5
Kid-Friendly4/54/5
Dog Friendly4/53/5
Potential NOT to Gain Weight2/53/5
Intelligence4/55/5
Does NOT chew on things2/53/5
Low Prey Drive2/53/5
Potential For Playfulness4/55/5
Adapts Well To Apartment Living5/52/5
Good For Novice Owners5/52/5
Affectionate With Family5/55/5
Friendly Toward Strangers5/55/5
Height9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight9 to 16 pounds30 to 45 pounds
Average Lifespan13.0 years13.5 years
Average Price$1820$1000
Price Range$1200 – $2300$600 – $1250
Temperament Score77.6 percent82.4 percent
Common Health Problems and Recommended Health TestsNo Data
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis
  • Cardiac Evaluation
  • Clear By Parentage
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Congenital Deafness
  • DNA Repository
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Eye Examination, recommended annually until age 7
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis
  • Shoulders
  • TNS Info
  • Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome
  • Popularity out of 200 Dog Breeds1936
    Intelligence Rank (out of 130 Dog Breeds)701

    Next, we added the scores of the factors that can be added together for the Shih Tzu in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Border Collie. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. We called this score the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score. This is because the pet will the higher score will have minimal needs and be easier to have as a pet.

    The Better-Pet score for the Shih Tzu is 86 out of 125 while the Better-Pet score for the Border Collie is 80 out of 125.

    Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Shih Tzu is a better pet than the Border Collie. So, you should get a Shih Tzu!

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    The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie

    Below is a list of where the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are most different:

  • Shih Tzus cannot tolerate hot weather. They are not suited for hot environments. However, Border Collies can tolerate hot weather.
  • Shih Tzus have low energy levels. They do not require a lot exercise time. However, Border Collies have very high energy levels. They need a lot of exercise time to release their high energy.
  • Shih Tzus have low exercise needs. However, Border Collies require a lot of exercise. They are good for owners who like to exercise.
  • Shih Tzus adapt well to apartment living. However, Border Collies do not adapt well to apartment living.
  • Shih Tzus are good for new dog owners. However, Border Collies are not the best dogs for new dog owners.
  • The Similarities Between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie

    The Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are most similar:

  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie do not have the tendency to drool.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are not very vocal. They have very low tendency to bark and howl.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie do not have the potential to wander after things that capture their attention. They tend to stay around where you leave them.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie get along well with other dogs.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie gain weight easily. You need to pay careful attention to what you feed them.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are highly intelligent.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are prone to nip and chew at things.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie have a high prey drive. They do not get along well with other pets.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are very playful.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
  • Both the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie are very friendly towards strangers.
  • Size Comparison of the Shih Tzu versus Border Collie

    Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie.

    The Shih Tzu weighs 9 to 16 pounds when fully grown. The Shih Tzu is 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder when fully grown.

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    On the other hand, the Border Collie weighs 30 to 45 pounds when fully grown. The Border Collie is 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder when fully grown.

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    Appearance (Colors) of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie

    Shih Tzu Colors

    The Shih Tzu comes in the following beautiful primary colors:

    • Apricot / Beige
    • Black
    • Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn
    • Golden
    • White / Cream
    • Bicolor
    • Gray / Blue / Silver
    • Sable
    • Tricolor (Brown, Black, & White)
    • Brown / Chocolate
    • Red / Chestnut / Orange

    The Shih Tzu comes in the following lovely secondary colors in addition to its primary colors:

    • Brindle
    • White / Cream
    • Gray / Blue / Silver
    • Golden
    • Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn
    • Black
    • Apricot / Beige
    • Brown / Chocolate
    • Red / Chestnut / Orange
    • Sable

    Border Collie Colors

    The Border Collie comes in the following beautiful primary colors:

    • Black
    • Tricolor (Brown, Black, & White)
    • Bicolor
    • White / Cream
    • Brown / Chocolate
    • Merle (Blue)
    • Gray / Blue / Silver
    • Red / Chestnut / Orange

    The Border Collie comes in the following lovely secondary colors in addition to its primary colors:

    • White / Cream
    • Black
    • Brown / Chocolate
    • Yellow / Tan / Blond / Fawn

    Lifespan of Shih Tzu versus Border Collie

    The lifespan of the Shih Tzu is between 10 to 16 years. The average lifespan of the Shih Tzu is 13.0 years.

    The lifespan of the Border Collie is between 12 to 15 years. The average lifespan of the Border Collie is 13.5 years.

    The Border Collie live longer than the Shih Tzu.

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    Temperament of the Shih Tzu Versus the Border Collie

    The Border Collie has a better temperament than the Shih Tzu.

    This is because the temperament score for the Border Collie is 82.4 percent while the temperament score for the Shih Tzu is 77.6 percent, according to the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS).

    The American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide fair and objective evaluations of the temperaments of dog breeds.

    Dog breeds with low temperament scores tend to show unprovoked aggression, they easily panic without quickly recovering from the panic, and they tend to avoid people. However, dog breeds with high temperament scores are not aggressive and are not shy. Also, these dogs are generally friendly and are protective of their owners.

    The average temperament score across all dog breeds (over 250 breeds) is 83.7 percent.

    With its temperament score of 77.6 percent, the Shih Tzu has a below-average temperament compared to other dog breeds.

    With its temperament score of 82.4 percent, the Border Collie has a below-average temperament compared to other dog breeds.

    The ATTS obtained the temperament scores of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie by measuring the temperaments of 49 Shih Tzus and 312 Border Collies.

    Price of Shih Tzu versus Price of Border Collie

    The average price of the Shih Tzu puppy is $1820. The price of the Shih Tzu typically ranges from $1200 – $2300. However, the price of a Shih Tzu can be as low as $200 and as high as $5850. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 806 Shih Tzu puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    The average price of the Border Collie puppy is $1000. The price of the Border Collie typically ranges from $600 – $1250. However, the price of the Border Collie can be as low as $100 and as high as $5500. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 1009 Border Collie puppies listed for sale from various sources.

    The Shih Tzu is more expensive than the Border Collie.

    Shih Tzu Border Collie
    Average Price $1820 $1000
    Price Range $1200 to $2300 $600 to $1250

    The charts below show the price distribution for the Shih Tzu and Border Collie. For different price points, the charts show how many Shih Tzu puppies or how many Border Collie puppies are listed for sale at those price points.

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    A breakdown of the prices of Shih Tzus. The typical price range is shaded Green.

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    A breakdown of the prices of Border Collies

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    Note that a lot of factors determine how much you can expect to pay for the Shih Tzu puppy or the Border Collie puppy. This includes if health screening tests have been performed on the puppy, if the puppy is from a famous pedigree, the US State where the puppy is bred, etc.

    Nevertheless, when looking to buy a puppy, look at buying a puppy only from well-established breeders that breed puppies primarily for the love of dogs, and secondarily for profit. Do not buy a puppy from a puppy mill. Puppy mills mass-produce puppies in bad living conditions for maximum profit.

    You may also consider adopting a dog instead of buying a dog.

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    Adopting the Shih Tzu versus Adopting the Border Collie

    You may consider adopting a dog instead of buying a puppy. Many Shih Tzus and many Border Collies are currently available for adoption.

    These adorable and cute dogs are waiting in dog shelters hoping that someday someone will rescue them. Furthermore, adoption costs are lesser than the cost of a new puppy. Dog adoption costs are usually around $300. In addition to your local dog shelter, a good place online to see dogs that are available for adoption is petfinder.com.

    Below is an adorable Male Shih Tzu named Franz that is currently available for adoption on Petfinder.com. You can find other lovely adoptable Shih Tzus like Franz on pefinder.com.

    Also, like Shih Tzus, Border Collies are also available for adoption. For example, Mac- Oti is a Male Border Collie that is currently available for adoption on petfinder.com. You can find more Border Collies like Mac- Oti that are up for adoption on petfinder.com.

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    Duncan is the name of another Shih Tzu (Male) on petfinder.com that is looking for a new home.

    Also, A562928 is an adorable Male Border Collie on petfinder.com that you can adopt.

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    You can find more Shih Tzus and Border Collies that are available for adoption on petfinder.

    The Intelligence of the Shih Tzu versus the Intelligence of the Border Collie

    Shih Tzu Border Collie
    Intelligence Rank 70 out of 130 dog breeds 1 out of 130 dog breeds
    Trainability Tend To Learn New Commands After 80 To 100 Repetitions Or More! Tend To Learn New Commands After Fewer Than 5 Repetitions

    Professor Stanley Coren, the famous psychology/neuropsychological professor and, dog lover/trainer measured and ranked the intelligence of about 130 different dog breeds.

    According to Prof. Stanley Coren, the total intelligence that a dog demonstrates is the addition of three types of intelligence. These intelligence types are:

  • Instinctive Intelligence: This is the natural intelligence a dog has because of what the dog was bred for. This type of intelligence comes from instinct. For example, dog breeds that were bred for guarding will have high `guarding` instinctive intelligence, while dog breeds that were bred for hunting will what high `hunting` instinctive intelligence. However, you cannot compare the intelligence of dog breeds based on instinctive intelligence because such a comparison will not make sense.
  • Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability): This indicates what a dog can learn to do for himself or herself. It includes learning and benefiting from experience with his environment, solving new problems, and so forth. Adaptive intelligence is specific to each dog, and not breed specific. Thus, two dogs can have remarkably different levels of adaptive intelligence even if they are of the same breed.
  • Working/Obedience Intelligence: This intelligence is the closest to what we might call school-learning ability and it is based upon what the dog can learn to do when instructed by humans. Importantly, different dog breeds have different learning abilities. Also, science has shown that some dog breeds can learn faster than some other breeds. This means certain dog breeds tend to have higher working/obedience intelligence than some other breeds. Dogs with high Working/Obedience Intelligence are smart and easy to train.
  • Prof. Coren showed that the Working/Obedience Intelligence of different dog breeds can be measured reliably. Thus, he was able to rank different dog breeds based on their Working/Obedience Intelligence.

    This is important because according to Prof. Coren, 51 percent of a dog`s intelligence comes from its genes while 49 percent of a dog`s intelligence comes from the dog`s environmental circumstances.

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    To rank the intelligence of dog breeds, Prof. Coren employed the help of 208 dog obedience judges in North America to fill out a detailed survey on dog obedience. This number represented more than half of all of these judges in North America at the time. He also employed 63 veterinarians and 14 guard dog experts to collect data on the personality of different dog breeds.

    Prof. Coren found that the Shih Tzu has an obedience intelligence rank of 70 out of 130 dog breeds. The Shih Tzu belongs to the `Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence Dogs` category. This means that Shih Tzus tend to learn new commands after 80 to 100 repetitions or more!.

    The Border Collie has an obedience intelligence rank of 1 out of 130 dog breeds. The Border Collie belongs to the `Brightest Dogs` category. This means that Border Collies tend to learn new commands after fewer than 5 repetitions.

    The Border Collie is more intelligent than the Shih Tzu.

    However, Prof. Coren noted that a dog should not be judged based on its intelligence alone, that other factors such as sociability, adorability, and compatibility with the owner are other very important factors that new dog owners need to consider when deciding on a new dog.

    The Popularity of Shih Tzu versus Popularity of Border Collie

    Every year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) publishes information on how popular a dog breed is in that particular year. The AKC gets the popularity information of a breed from how many dogs of that breed the owners register with the AKC every year. The AKC collects this data for about 200 dog breeds. The AKC collects this data for purebred dogs only(no mixed or hybrid dogs).

    The graphs and the table below show the popularity of the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie over the years.

    Based on the AKC popularity data over the years, the Shih Tzu is more popular with dog owners than the Border Collie. This is because, over the years, the average popularity of the Shih Tzu is 19 out of about 200 dog breeds while the average popularity of the Border Collie is 36 out of about 200 dog breeds.

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    Popularity of Shih Tzu

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    Popularity of Border Collie

    Year Shih Tzu Popularity Rank Border Collie Popularity Rank
    2013 15 44
    2014 17 40
    2015 19 38
    2016 20 38
    2017 20 38
    2018 20 35
    2019 20 33
    2020 20 32
    2021 22 31

    Tolerates Being Alone: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie

    Shih Tzus can be left alone only for a short time.

    Border Collies do not like to be left alone.

    Do Shih Tzus shed more than Border Collies?

    Shih Tzus shed moderately.

    Border Collies shed moderately.

    Which is Easier to Groom, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.

    Border Collies are moderately easy to groom.

    Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus get along very well with other dogs.

    Border Collies get along fairly well with other dogs.

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    Are Shih Tzus good family dogs? What about Border Collies?

    Shih Tzus are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Border Collies are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.

    Is the Shih Tzu Easier to Train than the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus are fairly easy to train.

    Border Collies are very easy to train.

    Which one drools more, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie

    Shih Tzus do have a very low tendency to drool.

    Border Collies do have a very low tendency to drool.

    How Kid-friendly are Shih Tzus and Border Collies?

    Shih Tzus get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Border Collies get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.

    Does the Shih Tzu Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus have a high prey drive. They have the tendency to chase after smaller animals and pets. They do not get along well with other pets.

    Border Collies have a moderate prey drive. They can sometimes chase after smaller animals and pets.

    Do Shih Tzus Bark and Howl? What about Border Collies?

    Shih Tzus are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Border Collies are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.

    Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Border Collies Tolerate Cold Weather?

    Shih Tzus can moderately tolerate cold weather.

    Border Collies can very well tolerate cold weather.

    Wanderlust Potential: Shih Tzu vs. Border Collie

    Shih Tzus do not have the potential to wander after things that capture their attention. They tend to stay around where you leave them.

    Border Collies have a moderate tendency to wander. This means that they sometimes get distracted by other animals or objects.

    Can Shih Tzus Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Border Collies Tolerate Hot Weather?

    Shih Tzus cannot tolerate hot weather. They are not suited for hot environments.

    Border Collies can tolerate hot weather.

    Is the Shih Tzu Better for Apartment Owners than the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus adapt very well to apartment living.

    Border Collies do not adapt well to apartment living.

    Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Shih Tzu or the Border Collie?

    Shih Tzus are very good for new dog owners.

    Border Collies are not the best dogs for new dog owners.

    Shih Tzu Versus Other Dog Breeds

    You may also be interested in how the Shih Tzu compares to other breeds aside from the Border Collie. So, see below the links to the comparison of the Shih Tzu to other breeds:

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    Shih Tzu versus English Springer Spaniel Shih Tzu versus Rottweiler Shih Tzu versus Australian Kelpie Shih Tzu versus Peek A Poo Shih Tzu versus Aussiedoodle Shih Tzu versus Staffordshire Bull Terrier Shih Tzu versus Chinook Shih Tzu versus Japanese Spitz Shih Tzu versus Bernese Mountain Dog Shih Tzu versus Irish Water Spaniel Shih Tzu versus Korean Jindo Dog Shih Tzu versus Plott Shih Tzu versus Maltese Shih Tzu versus Golden Retriever Shih Tzu versus Yorkshire Terrier Shih Tzu versus Kuvasz Shih Tzu versus Portuguese Pointer

    Conclusion: Shih Tzu versus Border Collie. Which One is a Better Pet?

    In summary, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Shih Tzu and the Border Collie better suits you and your family.

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    Is Shih Tzu the best dog? ›

    Shih tzu are renowned for their perky, happy temperaments. They are lively and friendly. Shih tzu tend to get along well with people of all ages and with other dogs as well as other pets of different species. Rarely you will find a snippy shih tzu, but most are very sweet.

    Is a Shih Tzu one of the smartest dogs? ›

    Shih Tzus are not the smartest dogs. According to pHD Stanley Coren, the Shih Tzu has the lowest degree of obedience & working intelligence. And out of 138 dogs, they're ranked the 128th smartest dog breed.

    Are male or female Shih Tzu better? ›

    But as it turns out, they share an average height, weight, and lifespan. Additionally, male and female Shih Tzus are affectionate and loyal. However, males have proved to be more affectionate, attentive, and accepting than females. On the other hand, females are confident, dominant, assertive, and stubborn.

    Do Shih Tzus bark a lot? ›

    Barking. As we have said, the Shih Tzu does not have many behavioral issues like other breeds, but their barking can seem out-of-control. The Shih Tzu is a breed prone to barking. They tend to bark at people and dogs passing the window, or off in the distance when walking.

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    2. Boston Terrier. ...
    3. French Bulldog. ...
    4. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. ...
    5. Maltese. ...
    6. Short-coat chihuahua.
    22 Jun 2022

    Is it better to have 2 Shih Tzus? ›

    Having a pair of Shih Tzu can boost their mental and physical health, and enhance their quality of life. Being a social breed, not only do they love to be around humans, but enjoys the company of other dogs too. There are plenty of good reasons in having a pair of Shih Tzu.

    Can you leave a Shih Tzu home alone? ›

    As you know, Shih Tzu should never be left outside – the dog is an indoor breed. But whether you allow them to wander around the house or be left in a single room is up to you. Just be sure each room the dog has access to it adequately prepared. Make sure the room you leave the dog is never used for punishment.

    Are Shih Tzus aggressive? ›

    Shih Tzu is growling - This breed is considered very happy-go-lucky and is typically not an aggressive dog. However, some Shih Tzu may show unwanted behavior including growling.

    Which dog breed is the cleanest? ›

    The Chow Chow combines many “clean” dog characteristics, and according to the AKC, owners report that Chow Chows “are the cleanest of dogs: they housebreak easily, have very little doggy odor, and generally are as fastidious as cats.” At certain times of the year, however, Chow Chows shed… a lot!

    What breed of dog is quiet and calm? ›

    Which dog breed is the quietest? The quietest dog breeds include the Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog, French Bulldog, Borzoi, Basenji, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Scottish Deerhound.

    What dog does not need a lot of exercise? ›

    Most greyhounds are couch potatoes that enjoy loafing around with their owners. They enjoy daily walks and the occasional chance to run, but they do not need a large amount of exercise. Most greyhounds have overall good health.

    Are Shih Tzus difficult dogs? ›

    Shih Tzus are friendly, social lapdogs who are less prone to excessive barking than other small dog breeds. They are also, however, notoriously stubborn and difficult to housebreak.

    Are Shih Tzus high maintenance? ›

    The Shih Tzu is an energetic, vibrant little dog with a surprisingly low-maintenance and easygoing temperament. The only thing they love more than following their humans around their house is being petted and pampered! They'll happily sit in your lap for hours, and can even be prone to laziness.

    What happens if a Shih Tzu bites you? ›

    One of the common questions many intending Shih Tzu owners have asked is whether or not Shih Tzus bite people. Do Shih Tzus bite? Yes, Shih Tzus can bite, especially in their puppy stage, but it is not painful or harmful before they develop their permanent teeth that can cause major harm.

    Do Shih Tzus growl a lot? ›

    Shih Tzu are typically happy dogs and don't tend to growl any more than other pups. However, growling can mean many things, and it isn't always a sign of aggression.

    Do Shih Tzus suffer separation anxiety? ›

    A Shih Tzu separation anxiety is because companion dogs not only want but also need to be with people, some get very distressed when their people go away, resulting in separation anxiety. Even though you may be flattered by your godlike status in your dog's life, separation anxiety isn't good for your Shih Tzu.

    What is the rarest color of Shih Tzu? ›

    What is the rarest color in a Shih Tzu? Although black is one of the most dominant genes, a completely black Shih Tzu, without any white markings, is arguably the least common. Similarly, a pure white Shih Tzu is only seen rarely and a white puppy with black markings is virtually unheard of.

    Are Shih Tzus big barkers? ›

    Shih Tzu Personality

    They are also not normally big barkers, unless you've failed to socialize them properly, very people friendly, and devotedly loyal to their own humans.

    Do Shih Tzus like to cuddle? ›

    Shih Tzus were (and are!) prized for their companionship, and these adorable, plush canines are deeply loyal, affectionate, and always down to cuddle, which is why they're widely loved across class lines today.

    Why are Shih Tzus so noisy? ›

    Shih Tzus are alert, lively watchdogs. Most of them believe their sworn duty is to protect the house from intruders. Typically, when your dog barks, they are alerting you to some perceived danger or threat. Barking is your pup's way of communicating with the world, so don't expect them to give it up overnight.

    What is the best small dog for first time owners? ›

    Here are 12 of the best dogs for first time owners, not necessarily in any order of importance.
    • Papillon.
    • Shih Tzu.
    • Italian Greyhound.
    • Bichon Frisé
    • Maltese.
    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
    • Pomeranian.
    • Pug.
    1 Feb 2020

    What dog breeds do vets recommend? ›

    1: Golden Retriever. The Golden Retriever is the No. 1 choice of veterinarians for new dog owners, and it's no wonder. His sweet, gentle, people-pleasing personality makes him a delightful addition to most families.

    Which is better a male or female dog? ›

    Some believe that the male dog is more affectionate and easier to train, while the female dog is more aggressive and protective of its owners and puppies. Well, the truth is that when it comes to dogs and puppies there is no superior sex.

    What breed gets along best with Shih Tzu? ›

    If you are looking for a larger breed avoid breeds that can be rough, like Boxers, as they can accidently hurt Shih Tzu's during play. Choose a calmer breed like the deerhound or gray hound, Labradors are also a good choice but they can be quite boisterous up until the age of 3 before they calm down.

    Is a Shih Tzu easy to potty train? ›

    Potty training a Shih Tzu is no more and no less challenging, than it is to train any other dog. With consistency, positive reinforcement, and treat motivation, potty training your Shih Tzu is easy to accomplish.

    Do Shih Tzus have behavior problems? ›

    Separation anxiety is one of the most commonly discussed dog behavior problems. Shih Tzu and other small breed dogs are prone to separation anxiety because they were bred for one thing: to be a companion. When their human is not available, they cannot do the job they were meant to do.

    Can Shih Tzus be left alone for 8 hours? ›

    In a perfect world, it wouldn't be until the Tzu was 8 or 9 months old. However, since you most likely need to work/go to school/run errands, a puppy of any age can be left for the day... 7, 8 or 9 hours.

    How long can a Shih Tzu hold its pee? ›

    Timing. Your Shih Tzu puppy should be able to hold his bladder only about one hour for each month he is old. This means if your dog is three months old, he can hold it for about three hours.

    How often do you bathe a Shih Tzu? ›

    How often should you bathe a shih tzu? The thick, curled coat on a shih tzu is more high maintenance than what you'll find on many other breeds. Typically, a shih tzu should be bathed every three weeks to keep its skin and hair healthy and to avoid bad smells from developing.

    What is the least aggressive dog breed? ›

    Top 20 Least Aggressive Breeds
    • The Golden Retriever.
    • The Labrador Retriever.
    • Basset Hound.
    • Bernese Mountain Dog.
    • Beagle.
    • Bulldog.
    • Brittany (Spaniel)
    2 Dec 2021

    Why is my Shih Tzu so angry? ›

    While your shih tzu is under the spell of small dog syndrome he may react with aggression to any attempt, however benignly intended, to approach him or try and handle him or, worse still try to grab his toy or food, all of which he will see as an attempt to usurp his assumed position of pack leader.

    How smart is a Shih Tzu? ›

    Shih Tzus are not the smartest dogs. According to pHD Stanley Coren, the Shih Tzu has the lowest degree of obedience & working intelligence. And out of 138 dogs, they're ranked the 128th smartest dog breed.

    What breed of dog is quiet and calm? ›

    Which dog breed is the quietest? The quietest dog breeds include the Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog, French Bulldog, Borzoi, Basenji, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Scottish Deerhound.

    What is the friendliest non shedding dog? ›

    13 Friendly Dog Breeds That Don't Shed
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    • Poodle. ...
    • German Pointers. ...
    • Lagotto Romagnolo. ...
    • Bichon Frise. Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images. ...
    • Redbone Coonhound. Giphy. ...
    • Shar-Pei. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images News/Getty Images. ...
    • Papillon. Desiree Navarro/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images.
    27 Oct 2018

    What is the hardest puppy to train? ›

    So let's talk about the top 10 hardest dogs to train:
    • Rottweilers.
    • American Pit Bull Terriers.
    • Siberian Huskies.
    • Bullmastiffs.
    • Chinese Shar-Pei.
    • Afghan Hounds.
    • Basset Hounds.
    • Beagles.
    2 Mar 2022

    How do you pick a puppy from a litter? ›

    In order to select a healthy puppy, it is important to do your research:
    1. Talk to the owner. Ask about appetite and eliminations. ...
    2. Observe the litter mates in action. Do they all play together or is there a quiet one that retreats to a corner? ...
    3. Survey their overall appearance. Do the puppies' coats shine? ...
    4. Watch them move.

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    One of the easiest ways to train a dog to go only in one spot is to train it to go on command. Take your dog on a leash to the spot you want it to use, and say the cue word. Keep the dog in that spot until it goes, then offer a reward. Only reward the dog when it goes in that particular spot.

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