DOG BREED DESCRIPTION:
It is believed the Shih Tzu’s ancestry can be traced back to the temple dogs of Tibet, which were bred for over 2000 years. The breed was developed in Beijing, China by crossing Tibetan dogs with the resident Pekingese. The Shih Tzu was recognized by the AKC in 1969 but there is evidence of the breed in documents, paintings and artefacts dating back to AD 624.
Fun fact: The Shih Tzu (meaning “lion dog” in Chinese) was owned by Chinese royals as prized and pampered palace pets because of its association with the Buddha for thousands of years. The Shih Tzu was not seen outside the court nor sold or traded with the west. It wasn’t until the 1920s that this breed made its way to Britain, when General Sir Douglas and Lady Brownrigg brought a pair back with them.
Shih Tzus are characterized by their short stature and short muzzles. The Shih Tzu has a dense, slightly wavy coat that can be grown long and luxurious with proper grooming.
They are generally playful, friendly, affectionate and make great family pets. Training and proper socialization must begin at a young age.
Shih Tzu’s are usually medium energy and enjoy a good walk, however they do not require an excessive amount of exercise. This makes them excellent apartment dwellers!
More about Shih Tzu Dog Breed:
“Such a cute little ball of fur. Â You can’t help but love them.” -Â Jeanette
“This breed is one of the best all-around breeds and being a very proud owner of one makes me a qualified judge. They can live happily in any sized home, get along well with other pets, are excellent for families, single people and make ideal companions for the elderly. They are generally well behaved, very social ,fairly easy to train and are so cute even with their unique under bite.Their great personality and loving companionship clearly make this breed my favourite & One Proud Shih Tzu Mom!” -Â Siobhan