Shih tzu means "little lion," and this small, hairy dog was solely bred to be a pampered pet for the royal Chinese families during the Ming dynasty. Readers will delight in learning these fun facts and more through simple text and adorable full-color photographs. Furthermore, students will learn how to take care of a shih tzu, from housing and exercise to diet and play, encouraging readers to become responsible dog owners. A Note to Parents addresses the importance of neutering and spaying, microchipping, checking to see if a dog license is required, and adopting from a shelter or rescue group. This book has been vetted and approved by the American Canine Association.