The name Shih Tzu comes from the Chinese word meaning 'lion dog' and this breed carries the essence of the king of the jungle in a small package. Originally bred in Tibet, the Shih Tzu was a beloved pet of Chinese imperial courts for centuries before it gained worldwide popularity as the perfect lap dog. This versatile breed is very athletic and showy, being a favorite winner of dog shows where he seems to glide on air as he trots next to his master.

The Shih Tzu has long, beautiful, silky hair and an adorable flat face, perfect for snuggling and kisses. Because of their small stature they do well in any type of household, so whether you live in a condo or the countryside, the Shih Tzu can fit perfectly into your lifestyle. These imperial pets are known for being loyal, affectionate and outgoing and are wonderful travelers. Shih Tzu’s love children but it isn't advisable to leave this handsome dog unsupervised with children under the age of ten to prevent injury to child or pet.

How to care for your Shih Tzu puppy: The gorgeous coat of the Shih Tzu requires moderate grooming such as a daily brushing to prevent mats and tangles and professional grooming if recommended every 4-6 weeks. Shih Tzu’s love to be pampered and puppies steal the show when they can strut around with a dainty bow in their top knot. Keep your puppy's nails trimmed and a weekly teeth brushing is advisable to prevent dental issues. Feed your Shih Tzu puppy a high quality dry food in moderation. Shih Tzu’s need moderate exercise everyday such as a brisk walk or an hour of playtime with its' master.

What to look for when choosing a Shih Tzu puppy for sale: Look for a bright, happy puppy with dark, clear eyes and a sweet disposition. A healthy Shih Tzu puppy should be alert with a strong body and a nice, clean coat. Shih Tzu puppies are popular companions to a number of notable celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Nichole Ritchie, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé', and fashion designer Oleg Cassini and it can be promised that with one of these precious beauties by your side, you will feel like a celebrity as well!