Shih TzuShih· Tzu
pl. 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-ts&schwa;&qnodot;, probably from Tocharian B &slowdot;ecake, lion (with the second syllable of the Tocharian word reanalyzed as the Old Chinese noun formative suffix *ts&schwa;&qnodot;; see gyoza); akin to Tocharian A śiś&adie;k, lion, of unknown origin.
(plural Shih Tzus or Shih Tzu)