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The Chinese characters for Shih Tzu actually mean “lion dog”. It is not surprising that the Shih Tzu is a big dog in a small package; they are an alert, solid and sturdy little toy breed with a lot of heart. Shih Tzu were bred to be companions and being true to that nature, nothing makes a Tzu happier than to be with their owners or around people! The Shih Tzu breed is lively, affectionate, loyal, and trusting so they win fans and new friends where ever they go! A cute nickname we heard for the Shih Tzu is “Chrysanthemum Dog”, it seems a fitting way to describe the hair on a Shih Tzu face growing out in all directions like a blooming flower. Historically Shih Tzu were bred to be a companion dog and that is what they do best! Shih Tzu are lively, charming, affectionate, people loving dogs! The Shih Tzu breed has earned its fabulous reputation as a good natured, adaptable toy dog with many loyal breed fans.

Shih Tzu have gained popularity for their adaptable, trusting nature and happy, affectionate reputation as wonderful companions. The Shih Tzu breed is well known for being cuddly and getting along with other pets, kids and adults because most Tzu view everyone as a friend! Shih Tzu are intelligent and can be spoiled easily when their people can’t resist those big, round eyes, playful bows and Tzu kisses! Did you know that “Shih Tzu” is both singular and plural?