The Shih Tzu, also known as the Chinese Lion Dog or the Chrysanthemum Dog, is an ancient Asian breed whose ancestors were sent to China as gifts from Byzantium during the Tang Dynasty. Breeders bred these dogs for centuries in the Imperial Kennels. They were the royal family’s favorite dogs during the Ming Dynasty, which lasted from 1368 to 1644.
Almost all the Shih Tzus disappeared during the Chinese Revolution of 1911; fortunately, a few left the country. Thankfully, the breed finally made a comeback thanks to breeding programs established in Britain, Scandinavia, and Australia.
It wasn’t until the 1930s that the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso ceased being one breed. Today, the Shih Tzu is one of the most popular breeds in the world.
The Shih Tzu is a solid, compact, short-coupled toy dog, covered with a long, elegant double coat. Also, it possesses a high head carriage, a level back; a broad chest; straight, strong legs, and an abundantly coated tail curved over the back.
This breed possesses a broad, round head; a short square nose; large; round, wide-set eyes; and large, dropped heavily coated ears. We know the Shih Tzu for its regal and arrogant Temperament.
Shih Tzu Breed Facts
Temperament: The Shih Tzu is the ultimate companion breed. It is happy, affectionate, lively, and outgoing. Additionally, It is a dog that will demand your attention. This breed’s bold and alert nature endorses it as a watchdog. However, stubborn as hell, this dog can be a handful to train. It’s difficult, but owners must not overlook bad behavior because of the dog’s sweetness and irresistibility.
Grooming: we recommend A daily to weekly brushing depending on the coat texture. With this breed, it is crucial to get puppies accustomed to the grooming process as early as possible.
Activity level: Modest. These dogs are the ultimate companion for those that live in apartments. For instance, a Shih Tzu can get all the exercise it needs just running around the house. However, abstain from letting them climb furniture because a good fall can cause head injury or broken bones. This breed is susceptible to heat stroke; therefore, do not exercise outdoors during hot weather.
Coat: The Shih Tzu is very popular thanks to its long, dense double coat that is luxurious and flowing.
Color: All colors
Size: 9-10 inches, 9-16 pounds
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
Getting a Shih Tzu is a long-term commitment. Be prepared for the responsibility of a companion that’ll be with you for almost two decades. Educate yourself about this breed’s care, training, and grooming. Find a trustworthy breeder. Be wary of breeders that try to push terms like “Imperial” and “Teacup”.
These are labels that describe undersized Shih Tzus and they do not signify valuable rarities. Reputable breeders do not produce dogs that do not follow the breed’s standard.