Dog Breeds > Shih Tzu
|Alternate Names||Chrysanthemum Dog|
|Group||Pet / Companion Dog|
Shih Tzu Profile
The Shih Tzu is a small, arrogant looking dog, with a rather long but compact body. The head is broad and round, with a large space between the eyes. The Shih Tzu sports tousled hair that falls over the eyes, a beard and a mustache. The hair from the nose is pointed up and forms a curious chrysanthemum-shaped design. The snout is square and short but not wrinkled. The dentition is prognathous. The eyes are large, dark and round, but not prominent. The ears are large, carried drooping and are covered with hair so that it blends with the body. The paws are short, strong and muscular, with strong bones. The tail is heavily feathered, decidedly curled over the back, set high and carried happily.
Fur: long and dense – but not curly – with a good undercoat.
Color: all colors are permitted, but a whitelist is particularly appreciated, as is the white tail tip.
Size: 22 to 26 cm for the males and 20 to 25 cm for the females.
Weight: 4 to 8 kg.
Origins and History
The Shih Tzu’s origins are very old: it resulted from the breeding of a dog living in the Chinese Imperial Palace, about whom we have very little information, and the Lhasa Apso. Its name means “Lion dog”, as it used to be shaved to look like a small lion, a sacred animal in Buddhism.
Character and Abilities
It is a rather quiet dog, but it is marvelous – as much due to its appearance as its joyful character. The Shih Tzu is always happy, very clever and courageous. It can do many foolish things, but its almost human expression immediately begs forgiveness. It is exclusively a companion dog, ideal for children old enough to treat it with respect. Despite its small size and its sweet character, this is a dog who knows how to be respected and who does not like to be the butt of any joke. It can be grumpy for hours if it thinks it was made fun of or unfairly reprimanded.