When we are ready, our next dog will be a Shih Tzu. We plan on getting a pup. We already have a number of "puppy/dog" things, since we were (key word "were) going to get one before leaving Florida. Fortunately, I thought twice about driving from Florida to Colorado with a pup and we decided against it. We can no longer handle a dog like our last one, which was 1/2 Malamute and 1/2 Siberian (Husky). She was three years old and, somewhat, a hand-full. Had her when we lived here in Colorado before and she absolutely loved the snow. So, does anyone on the forum have a Shih Tzu and, would you recommend that breed to a Senior couple in their early 70's?