Shih Tzushih tzu
nounpl. Shih Tzus or Shih Tzu
any of a breed of toy dog, developed in China, with long, silky hair, short legs, a short, square muzzle, and a plumed tail curved over the back
Origin of Shih TzuMandarin shihtzu, lion
A dog of a breed developed in China, probably from a Tibetan breed, having a long flowing coat, short legs, a square muzzle, and a tail that curls over the back.
Origin of shih tzuMandarin shīzi (g&ocaron;u) lion (dog), shih tzu from Middle Chinese &shookr;&rsyll; ts&zsyll;´ lion from earlier srij-tsə&qnodot; probably from Tocharian B &slowdot;ecake lion ( with the second syllable of the Tocharian word reanalyzed as the Old Chinese noun formative suffix tsə&qnodot; ; see gyoza . ) akin to Tocharian A śiśäk lion of unknown origin
(plural Shih Tzus or Shih Tzu)