The Shih Tzu is an Asian toy dog breed originating from Tibet. This breed is well-known for their short snout and large round eyes, as well as their ever growing coat, floppy ears, and short and stout posture. They are well known for their fun and playful personalities, and calm and friendly temperament. They are highly independent dogs, and are able to adapt well in different situations. The name comes from the Chinese word for "lion". The breed was developed to resemble the portrayal of lions in traditional Chinese art.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy little dog with a small muzzle and normally has large dark brown eyes. They have a soft, long double coat. Their floppy ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back. The coat may be of any color, though white and with blazes of grey are frequently seen. The traditional long silky coat, which tends to reach the floor, requires daily brushing to avoid tangles.