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The Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is a lively, alert, friendly little breed with a certain dignity. It has a proud carriage with bounding strides. Today, the breed is one of the most popular amongst the Toy dogs even though its extensive coat demands a great deal of devoted attention from its owner.

Bite:
A broad jaw with a level bite or slightly under bite with closed lips.

Body:
The distance between the withers and root of the tail should be longer than the height of the withers. A broad and a deep chest with well laid back shoulders and a level back.

Legs:
Short front legs with a good frame and well developed muscles. Hind legs should be short, well boned and muscular, parallel with round muscular thighs.

Neck:
A well proportioned neck that is beautifully arched with enough length to carry the head proudly.

General appearance:
Well developed physique with an abundant coat. A proud demeanour with a face like a chrysanthemum. An intelligent, lively and independent dog.

Head:
A broad and round head with eyes set wide apart. The fur on the head is long and falling over the eyes, well developed moustache and hairy cheeks. The hair should grow upwards from the nose. The nose should be black but dark liver for liver pigmented dogs and blue on blue pigmented dogs.

Height at withers/body mass:
The height at withers should not exceed 26,7 cm. The ideal body mass is between 4,5 to 7,3 Kg.

Tail:
The tail should be set on high, gaily carried in an arch over the back and heavily plumed. It should be carried in more or less the same height as the level of the skull in order to give a balanced outline.

Paws:
Round and firm paws with well padded pads and due to the wealth of hair they give the impression to be larger than what they really are.

Eyes:
The eyes should be large, dark, round and well apart but not prominent. Lighter eyes are permissible in liver or liver-marked dogs. Eye white should not be seen.

Ears:
The ears should be large, long and worn hanging. They should be heavily coated and flow together with the hair on the neck.

Colours:
All colours are permissible.

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