- one of a Tibetan breed of toy dogs having a long luxurious coat of any color, formerly bred in imperial China as a pet of the nobility.
Origin of Shih Tzu
1945–50; < Chinese (Wade-Giles) shih1tzŭ (kou3), (pinyin) shīzi (gǒu) literally, lion (dog)
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- a small dog of a breed derived from crossing the Pekingese and the Tibetan apso. It has a long straight dense coat and carries its tail curled over its back
from Chinese, literally: lion
Word Origin and History for shih-tzu
also shih tzu, breed of small long-haired dog, 1921, from Chinese shizigou, from shi "lion" + zi "son" + gou "dog."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper