My name is Barney!

Shih Tzu Dog for adoption in Eden Prairie, Minnesota - Barney
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Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota

Facts about Barney

  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Color: White - With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Age: Senior
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
In addition to the following profile for this dog, please first read the Adoption Information at to understand the process, requirements and timeline for adoption. An adoption application can also be found in the Adoption Info section. If, after reading that information, you have any questions, please submit your question via e-mail and it will be answered. Please do not request a phone call. A personal phone call will only be made when an adoption application has been submitted and the foster parent wishes to consider the application. Thank you!

Barney is a ten year old, 13 pound, cream and white Shih Tzu. He had one loving owner for all of his life until she recently had to move to a nursing home, and Barney could not go with her. He transitioned through several homes in a short period of time before coming into our rescue. He grew anxious and fear aggressive during that time, probably from missing his owner, being in strange surroundings, and there being no stability in his life. He is becoming less fearful in his foster home, but he is not entirely comfortable with being unexpectedly touched, or he may bite. He is getting less anxious and the best approach is to allow him to settle and wait for him to come to you for attention. Barney is NOT a cuddly dog. He's so cute that it is hard to resist wanting to hold and cuddle him, but he is not comfortable with that, and will probably never be. His anxiety is often not obvious, so his adopter(s) will need to be intuitive and observant about the subtle ways he demonstrates that he's anxious with being touched and held.

When he came into rescue, he was suffering from allergies, bacterial and yeast infections on his face, and ear infections, which also contributed to his not wanting to be touched. His allergies are now under control by medication and the infections have cleared with treatment, and he is quite healthy now. He is currently taking one pill a day for his skin allergies, and will need to take the medication for the rest of his life.

Barney loves to play outside and go for walks with his foster mom and two Shih Tzu foster siblings. He isn't bothered by people or other dogs on the walks, and if someone approaches to pet him he often allows it without any trouble. But his foster mom always advises strangers to proceed slowly and with caution to allow Barney to be comfortable with being touched. His adopter(s) will need to understand fear aggression in dogs and continue reinforcing his training for his anxiety with being touched. In spite of some of his fears, Barney is a joy to have, and he sleeps in bed with his foster family and travels well. He is a sweet, fun-loving boy who wants to always be close by and is a constant shadow to his foster mom, who he will not allow out of his sight for a moment.

The ideal home for Barney would be a quiet home where someone is home most of the day and one without a lot of people coming and going. His new family must understand how to calm an anxious dog like Barney by letting him be and allowing him to adjust to them at his pace.

Barney is neutered, current on vaccinations, microchipped, and on heartworm and flea/tick preventive. His adoption fee is $170.00 plus $12.37 sales tax for a total of $182.37. His foster family would like his adopters to live within the Twin Cities and hope that they will come to the Shih Tzu Rescue Reunion held in September every year.

To meet Barney, please complete an adoption application. Or you can also see him and the other dogs available for adoption from Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota by visiting with us from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Minnetonka Petco near Ridgedale the first Saturday of every month.

About Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota

About Our Rescue Group...

Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota (STRMN) is an all volunteer organization with a mission to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Re-Home Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixes who are in need of loving homes. We believe every dog should have a second chance, and should be treated as a living creature with respect, dignity and compassion. While our volunteers are located in Minnesota, we are committed to rescuing Shih Tzus from other states as well. As long as we have an available foster home, we will rescue and care for another Shih Tzu. STRMN is a 501c3 charitable, non profit organization. All donations to STRMN are tax deductable and 100% of donations go toward the care and comfort of our rescued dogs.

Donate to Our Rescue Group...

You may make a tax deductable donation to STRMN at P.O. Box 46562, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 or through our secure Paypal account. (You do not have to have a Paypal account to make a donation.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Meet and Greet
our Available Dogs
Minnetonka Petco
The first Saturday
of every Month
10:00 am to 1:00 pm


Our Adoption Process...

The first part of the adoption process is to submit an APPLICATION FOR ADOPTION online at

Once you have completed and submitted the application, it will be reviewed by an application committee who will decide if it is an appropriate application for one of our Shih Tzus or for a particular dog in which you are interested.

The application gives us an idea of your living situation, your family, your lifestyle, and what you are really looking for in a companion. As everyone knows, the requirements and expectations for dogs all vary, and like humans, each one has its own character and personality. With regards to dogs, some are mellow and just need a place where they can be a companion to people and relax and live out their lives. Others are more active or like the companionship of another dog. But they all need to be in homes where they are understood and loved unconditionally.

After reviewing the adoption application, an adoption coordinator will call for a phone interview to chat further about the dog and you. Upon completion of the phone interview we check your references to make sure that you are, in fact, who you represent yourself to be as both a person and prospective dog parent.

The next step is to verify your living situation. Once again, all dogs have different requirements, an example being that some dogs really need to go to homes where a fenced yard is available, whereas others are fine without a fenced yard. We also need to make sure that you are the owner of the home that you reside in, and if you are not, then we need to get consent from your landlord that the dog you are looking to adopt will be allowed in your home.

Finally, we will do a visit to your home, where all family members must be present, and you will get to meet the dog you are considering. Hopefully the visit will tell us that this is the match we hope it will be! At that point, if it is true love, then you may welcome your fantastic new Shih Tzu into your home for the beginning of what we are certain will be a wonderful, loving forever relationship. Please understand that it is the decision of the foster parent as to whether the family, home and dog are an appropriate match.

We require that you sign our adoption agreement and pay the adoption fee for the dog. All dogs adopted from us are fully vetted (vaccinated, heartworm tested, dewormed (if necessary), and spayed/neutered). The adoption fee is based on the age of the dog and ranges from $100 to $400.