A compact and solid dog, the Shih Tzus long, flowing double coat 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! One of the most popular dogs in the United States according toAKC Registration Statistics, this portable pooch has a distinctively arrogant carriage with his head well up and tail curved over the back.
Cherished by Chinese royals as prized house pets for over a thousand years, it is believed to have descended from crossing the Lhasa Apso or Tibetan mountain dog and Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and was discovered by soldiers in England during World War II.
As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.
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I’ve been in a couple puppy stores this past week looking for a puppy and this one really surprised me. The customer service was great and the owner really took the time to get to know me and my family to help us find the right fit. Other stores I went in wouldn’t even let my children pet the puppies! …I highly recommend this store.
~ Mary Yogan