The Shih Tzu is a superb companion and household member. They are outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting towards all.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy, lively, alert toy dog with long flowing double coat. Befitting his noble Chinese ancestry as a highly valued, prized companion and palace pet, the Shih Tzu is proud of bearing, has a distinctively arrogant carriage with head well up and tail curved over the back. Although there has always been considerable size variation, the Shih Tzu must be compact, solid, carrying good weight and substance.
Recent DNA tests have verified that the Shih Tzu is the oldest breed known to man in China. Their breeding practices were kept a secret until 1930 when the first pair was brought to England.