The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Which can be styled in a short
summer cut, or kept long as is customery. This breed sheds little to no hair and is good for
Befitting its noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the
Shih Tzu is proud of bearing, has a distinctive proud carriage with head held high and tail curved
over the back. An overall pleasant expression supersedes the individual parts. Although there
has always been considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid, carrying good
weight and substance.
The sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is that of a companion and house pet, it is essential that its
temperament be outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting towards all. The shih tzu is a
friendly dog that adapts to any family situation but is definitely an indoor dog. They can easily
withstand the rough treatment and even the occasional dress-up of children and make excellent
children's companionsm, so long as they are understanding to the needs of this regal lion.
The breed is also loyal and gentle enough to be a great choice for a companion for the elderly.