Shih Tzu

Often confused with the Tibetan Lhasa Apso, the Chinese Shih Tzu has a denser, slightly wavy coat and a face that has been described as similar to a chrysanthemum. This impression is given by the tendency of the hair on the bridge of the dog’s nose to grow upwards. Generally, this facial hair is tied up on the top of its head.

History of Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu was developed in Beijing, China, by crossing miniature Chinese breeds with Tibetan breeds.


For many years this breed was a great favourite of the Emperors of China.

Other Names of Shih Tzu: Chrysanthemum Dog.

Identification keys of Shih Tzu

  • well-spaced eyes
  • long facial hair
  • tail held high and heavily plummed
  • long dense outercoat with good undercoat

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