A Shih-Ton is a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Coton de Tulear. They will be a no shed pup; they are not considered hypo-allergenic but are considered very good for most allergy sufferers. They are a scale three on our allergy scale. They are a happy and spirited little pup with an upbeat and playful personality. They are social, a little sensitive and loyal. They will be intelligent with a good sense of humor which will make play time fun. They are good with children and other pets. They will be very loving with their family. They have a sturdy little body and can handle most play activities; however the children need to be taught how to handle a smaller dog. Most of their exercise needs will be met running the house but will still love some sunshine and short walks. Walk time is a fun time to meet the neighbors, the four legged kind. Training should be consistent but gentle, always keep it positive with praise and a few treats. Like us, do it over and over again, they will catch on. They will take offense to a harsh approach and you may encounter some obstinance, you can thank the Shih Tzu for that. Their coat is very soft and straight but will be prone to mats and tangling; they will require combing out several times a week to keep the mats out. Use a pin brush or a hard comb to accomplish this, a good job for the kids to help with the chores. In between grooming you can clip around their face and back end with a good pair of scissors. You will need to go to the groomers about every 8 weeks, she will wash and clip them as well as trim their nails and will pluck the hair out of their ears. This is a fun pup that will fit in nicely for your first or second dog and will be good for the first time owner.