Definition of Shih Tzu in US English:

Shih Tzu


  • A dog of a breed with long silky erect hair and short legs.

    • ‘Why, only the other day she decided she would buy two shih-tzu puppies.’
    • ‘Various breeds of pedigree dogs, including miniatures shih-tzus and Lhasa apsos, dachshunds, bearded collies and a corgi were recovered.’
    • ‘Instead, a shih-tzu pokes his bow-topped head in.’
    • ‘She is embarrassed by everything and accordingly cursed in her ownership of Theo, a tricky little shih-tzu.’
    • ‘The dogs included shih-tzus, dachshunds, Lhasa apsos, bearded collies, corgis, chihuahuas, poodles, Pekinese and Yorkshire terriers.’


1920s: from Chinese shīzi ‘lion’.


Shih Tzu

/ˈSHi tso͞o/