Country of Origin: Tibet.
Coat: The Shih Tzu is longhaired and can be a variety of colors including black, red, beige, and sometimes white.
Character: The Shih Tzu is an independent breed that is intelligent, lovable, affectionate, sociable, and cheerful. Shih Tzus are not as outgoing as most breeds. Shih Tzus seldom bark.
Temperament: The Shih Tzu always behaves with dignity, and gets along with other household pets and children.
Care: A lot of grooming is required for a Shih Tzu. To prevent tangles, the Shih Tzu's coat must be combed everyday. It may be necessary to provide a hair bow or something similar to keep the hair out of the Shih Tzu's eyes. Special eyedrops must be applied to keep the Shih Tzu's eyes clean. The Shih Tzu's ear passages must be cleaned regularly as well. To keep the coat in good condition, it is necessary to take the Shih Tzu to a professional groomer every two months to be clipped.
Training: The Shih Tzu's somewhat obstinate nature makes consistency essential in the training process.
Activity: Shih Tzus are happy with short walks.
Shih Tzu Description : "Shih Tzu" means lion dog in Chinese and are so named because of their long, flowing mane-like coats. Shih Tzus are sturdy, lively, toy-size dogs having a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. Though they might display an arrogant personality, Shih Tzus are actually quite playful and gentle. Adapting well to any family situation, Shih Tzus enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a small ball.