A compact and solid dog, the shih tzu has a long, flowing double coat, which is its most distinctive feature.
The word shih tzu means "lion" and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself.
This portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back.
Because the sole purpose of the shih tzu is to be a companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly, and trusting toward all.
Shih tzus require minimal exercise, but their long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
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