Shih Tzu is often slightly longer in length than in height, with a sturdy body and a proportional head. The muzzle is rather short and undershot. The head is round, the eyes are noticeably protruding. The tail is slightly curved over the back. The gait is fast enough for such a small dog.
Thick hair requires a lot of attention, especially if left long, that is, dragging along the ground. The color varies, but there are usually darker spots around the eyes and nose.
Shih Tzu is known for their cheerful, joyous temperament. They are lively and friendly.
It is very rare to meet an evil Shih Tzu, most of them are very cute.