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Long, Flowing Coat
A compact and solid dog, the shih tzu has a long, flowing double coat, which is its most distinctive feature.
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A "Lion" Dog
The word shih tzu means "lion" and although this dog is sweet and playful, he is not afraid to stand up for himself.
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This portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back.
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Lively and Friendly
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.
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Minimal Expercise Requirements
Shih tzus require minimal exercise, but their long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
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