We love our Russell. I'm a retired dog trainer and when people would ask me the best small dog for children, I would always tell them the Shih Tzu. A little hard to housebreak but most even-tempered toy dogs in the world. Trying to talk my husband into another boy (he's plain silly about Russell who he calls "****ee"...big laugh!). I think I'm wearing him down.
I have 5 budgies, 2 bettas, leopard gecko, and a Shih Tzu.