Well, I had a Shih Tzu for 15 years and she was the lime of my light. She was a great dog that never did any harm to anyone. The problem with Shih Tzus is that the are hard to maintain. When it comes to other dog breeds, I must say Beagles, Basset Hounds, German Shepherds and muts are fantastic dogs. They always seem like they are laid back, quiet, smart, polite and respectful. If we decide to get a dog, it will either be one of the aforementioned or a rescue.