- This breed has hair instead of fur, which has a longer growth cycle than fur and leads to less shedding.
- Their hair has two layers: a long, fine, silky topcoat and a soft, feathery undercoat.
- It is thought that they were bred from the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso.
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History Of The Breed
The Shih Tzu, believed to be one of the oldest breeds, has origins that date back over 1000 years. While it is thought that this dog began in China, it got its start in Tibet, where it is believed to be a descendant of the lion-like Tibetan holy dogs. It is said that two Shih Tzus were gifted to China by the Tibetan Dalai Lama in the 1800s. Once in China, they were then bred with Pekingese and either Pugs or Llaso Apsas to create the modern-day Shih Tzu. They were considered dogs of royalty and were almost eradicated after the 1949 communist revolution due to their association with wealth. Thanks to the assistance of people who loved the breed, they were able to protect 14 dogs which led to saving the breed.
Interesting Shih Tzu Facts
This is a dog that goes by many names: lion dog, which their name roughly translates to; Chrysanthemum-faced dog, because of the way the hair on their face fans out like a flower; and fu dog because fu means means “Buddha” in Chinese, and foo dogs resembled the shih tzu who is associated with the lion.
- Based on genetic testing, they are found to be more closely related to wolves than many other breeds.
- They were loved by royalty and pampered in palaces.
- American soldiers stationed in Europe took this dog back to the U.S. with them in the late 1940s and 1950s.
- They are very athletic and many Shih Tzus have won agility competitions