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The Shih Tzu originated in China, and the name Shih Tzu comes from the Chinese word shizi. The Shih Tzu names translates, 'lion', whom many think Shih Tzus resemble. The Shih Tzu is a small dog with a short muzzle and big brown eyes. Shih Tzus have a soft and long coat. The Shih Tzu is up to 10.5 inches at the shoulder, and ideal weight is 10-16 lbs, with some Imperial bloodlines being smaller. Shih-Tzus have drop ears covered with long hair.
The Shih Tzu tail is carried curled over the back. Shih-Tzu coat may be any color, and it is common for Shih Tzus to have a white blaze or markings. A Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall. Shih Tzus often have an under bite, which is considered normal and thought to be cute:) Shih Tzus have a long, silky coat that will grow to the floor very quickly, so significant grooming is required for a Shih Tzu. Shih Tzus can be expensive to own unless kept in a puppy cut. it is expensive to keep a Shih Tzu in show conformation daily. There are many theories of the origins Shih Tzus. Some think Shih Tzus came from the Lhasa Apso. Shih Tzus are seen in ancient Chinese paintings. The first Shih Tzus were imported into Europe in the 1920's, and Shih-Tzus were imported into the U. S. after WW II. The Shih Tzu comes in a many colors, including shades of gold, white and brown. Shih Tzu dogs also have black mask, gold, black and white, solid black, solid liver, liver and white, brindle and white and grey and white. Shih Tzus also can be blue in color. Shih Tzu puppies are a popular pet with pet owners who want non shedding. Shih Tzus are considered hypo-allergenic for this reason.