The Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu breed, once the prized lap dog of Chinese emperors, is considered a spunky loving loyal companion. They are great family pets because they are wonderful company for people of all ages including children and seniors and are relatively calm compared to most toy breeds.
They are terrific apartment dogs who do equally well in large homes. Shih Tzus will adapt to whatever living arrangement you provide but they are primarily an indoor dog as they cannot handle lots of heat or humidity. They have silky coats that can either be left long or clipped short.