30 Adorable Pictures of Shih Tzu Puppies
The shih tzu breed is adorable with its tiny stature, short snout, round eyes and floppy ears. This toy breed is a big personality packed in a small-dog frame, as it's incredibly affectionate and playful. Plus, it has a luxurious coat that can be considered hypoallergenic (even though it may require daily brushing).
Coming from China, shih tzus are believed to have been bred from two adorable dog breeds that were considered favorites among Chinese royalty: the Pekingese and Lhasa apso. Shih tzus are also very much associated with Buddhism — in fact, "shih tzu" translates to "little lion" in Mandarin. The lion is sacred in the Buddhist religion, symbolizing royalty, strength and bravery.
While they have quite a history, perhaps the shih tzu's biggest selling point is that it's extremely cute, especially as a puppy. Another bonus: It has a longer life span than most dogs, with some shih tzus living up to 16 years. Here's a round-up of adorable pictures of shih tzu puppies that are guaranteed to make you smile.