Many Shih Tzu fans have notice the resemblance between their favorite breed and the characters known as Ewoks from the Star Wars franchise, which made their appearance in Return of the Jedi.
According to George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, the design of the Ewoks was inspired by a dog breed, but not Shih Tzus. Lucas’s own dog was a toy breed known as a Griffon Bruxellois, and his designers used the breed as a basis for the Ewoks. This is according to court testimony from George Lucas in a 1990 case where a writer sued Lucas, claiming that the Ewoks were copyright infringement. Lucas defended by saying that he came up with the Ewoks independently, and used his family dog as inspiration. As you can see, this breed shares some resemblance to both Ewoks and to the Shih Tzu breed:
Now check out these images of cute Shih Tzus dressing up as their favorite fantasy characters:
Finally, a very funny video of a Shih Tzu in full Ewok costume running towards the camera: