The Shih Tzu puppy

The Shih Tzu, or "Lion Dog" as it is known in China, was bred to be a companion dog for the Chinese royal families and nobility. 

They're affectionate, outgoing, and playful little dogs that thrive when they have someone to look up to. 

Shih Tzu makes a great watchdog because he is alert, vigilant, and vocal when necessary.

They are a good choice for an apartment dweller or someone who doesn't have the time or desire to take their dog on long walks every day. 

They do best with early socialization and training so they don't become protective or territorial. 

The Shih Tzu is generally healthy and has a lifespan of 11-14 years.

They shed very little and are considered hypoallergenic dogs, an excellent choice for those with pet-related allergies.

Retirees, families, couples, and single people who are new to dog ownership should consider owning one of these adorable pups.