The Shih Tzu breed has imperial origins in ancient China, being favored by Chinese royals and considered a sacred dog.
The name "Shih Tzu" translates to "Lion Dog," reflecting the breed's appearance resembling a lion, especially when their fur is left long around the face.
Shih Tzus are known for their friendly and affectionate nature. They thrive on companionship and make excellent family pets.
Unlike many other dog breeds, Shih Tzus have hair instead of fur, making them a low-shedding breed. Regular grooming is necessary to maintain their coat.
Shih Tzus come in various colors and color combinations, including gold and white, black and white, and a range of solid colors.
Despite their small size, Shih Tzus have a sturdy build. They are well-muscled and possess a surprisingly robust physique.
Shih Tzus have a distinctive pushed-in face, and their large, round eyes contribute to their charming and expressive facial features.
Historical records suggest that Shih Tzus were highly valued as companion animals and were often given as gifts to Chinese emperors.
Crossbreeds that combine Shih Tzu with other dog breeds. Examples include Shih-Poo (Shih Tzu and Poodle mix) or Shih Tzu and Maltese mix. Possess a mix of traits from both parent breeds.