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The Shih Tzu, also affectionately known as the "Lion Dog," boasts a charming personality and a distinctive, flowing coat. With roots in Tibet and China, this compact and robust breed adapts well to indoor living. Shih Tzus feature a spectrum of coat colors, ranging from white and black to gray and gold, often mixed. Their hypoallergenic coat, while luxurious, demands consistent grooming to preserve its elegance. While sometimes referred to by various spellings such as Shitsu, Shitzu, Shi Tsu, or Shi Tzu, these dogs are anything but formal. They are renowned for their warm, sociable nature, making them ideal for families or individual companionship, getting along well with both children and pets. These affectionate dogs crave companionship and flourish with regular social interaction and moderate exercise, safeguarding their mental and physical health.
Read our Shih Tzu Buying Advice page for information on this dog breed.