The Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed developed in Tibet. They were bred from the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso in China. This breed is well-known for their short snout and large round eyes, as well as their ever growing coat and floppy ears.
Shih Tzu (pronounced in the West “sheed-zoo” or “sheet-su”; the Chinese say “sher-zer”), weighing between 9 to 16 pounds, and standing between 8 and 11 inches, are surprisingly solid for dogs their size. The coat, which comes in many colors, is worth the time you will put into it—few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu.