Country of Origin: Tibet.
Coat: 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. It is not as outgoing as most breeds. It seldom barks.
Temperament: This dog always behaves with dignity, and gets along with other household pets and children.
Care: A lot of grooming is required. To prevent tangles, the coat must be combed everyday. It is necessary to provide a hair bow or something similar to keep the hair out of the dog's eyes. Special eyedrops must be applied to keep the eyes clean. The ear passages must be cleaned regularly as well. To keep the coat in good condition, it is necessary to take the dog to a professional groomer every two months to be clipped.
Training: This breed'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,they are actually quite playful and gentle. Adapting well to any family situation, they enjoy a cuddle in your lap, doing tricks, or fetching a small ball.