5 Shih Tzu Personality Traits

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5 Common Shih Tzu Personality Traits
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Shih tzus might be tiny in size, but they're big on personality. Wanting nothing more than to be your best friend, this pint-sized pooch is an affectionate, lively and sweet-tempered companion.

Most fanciers agree the shih tzu hails from ancient China, where for more than 1,000 years royalty regarded these lap dogs as cherished household pets.

In the 1940s, the shih tzu (whose name means "lion" in Mandarin Chinese), began appearing in the United States when World War II veterans brought them home from overseas.

Today the shih tzu consistently ranks as one of the top ten most popular dogs in the country, according to American Kennel Club registration statistics. Buts the shih tzu right for you? Read on to learn more about the toy breed's loveable -- and sometimes not-so-loveable -- characteristics.

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