Its name means “a little lion”, but Shih Tzu is a lover, not a hunter. It is a great companion, as it is an affectionate, happy, outgoing housedog. It loves to follow its owners from room to room.

“Nobody knows how the ancient eunuchs managed to mix together: a dash of lion, several teaspoons of rabbit, a couple of ounces of domestic cat, one part court jester, a dash of ballerina, a pinch of old man, a bit of beggar, a tablespoon of monkey, one part baby seal, a dash of teddy bear, and, for the rest, dogs of Tibetan and Chinese origin.” – those were the words said once by James Mumsford.

They probably described Shih Tzu most accurately. The dog has a long abundant lock and a distinctive face. It has a friendly attitude as well. Originally the said breed was kept by royal Chinese families during the Ming Dynasty. They are difficult to housebreak. The shape of Shih Tzu’s face makes it susceptible to heat stroke. It coat mats easily, so its owner has to be prepared for brushing and combing it every day. The said dogs tend to wheeze and snore. What is more, their owners have to be prepared for dental problems of their puppies.