Shih Tzu is one of the small breed dogs, believed to be originated in china. Shih Tzu breed of dogs was officially recognized in 1969 by the American Kennel Club. The name of the breed is both singular and plural. Shih Tzu is also called Chinese Lion Dog and Chrysanthemum Dog. The height of the male Shih Tzu is somewhere around 20–28 centimeters (7.9–11 in) and that of the female dog is around 20–28 centimeters (7.9–11 in). The weight of the Male dogs ranges from 4–7.25 kilograms (8.8–16.0 lb) and that of the Female dog ranges from 4–7.25 kilograms (8.8–16.0 lb).
Shih Tzu is a small dog with large, deep and dark eyes and a small muzzle. It has a soft, silky and a long coat that requires daily brushing to avoid tangles. The coat may be of any colour like Gold Dark/Light Brown White Black or Brindle, a blaze of white on the forehead and tail-tip is frequently seen. The breed also has long silky hair. Drop ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back.
The Shih Tzu is highly sensitive to high temperature. The average life span of a Shih Tzu is 12 years 2 months with most living between 10-16 years.