ancestry of the Shih Tzu dates back to 1000 B.C. descending fron
Tibetan origin. The history of the Tibetan "Lion Dogs" is
interwoven with the tenets of Buddhism, which originated in India. The
lion was closely associated with Buddhism, but the lion was not
indigenous to China, so the Chinese and the Tibetan Lamas bred their
dogs to resemble lions. The Shih Tzu (whose name means
"lion") is reputed to have been the oldest and smallest
variety of the Tibetan "holy dogs" and bears some similarity
to other Tibetan breeds. For much of the long and illustrious history
of China, the breeding of the small "Lion Dog" was a
favorite pastime of succeeding imperial rulers.
to 624 A.D., documents show that small dogs were exported from Malta,
Turkey, Greece and Persia, as gifts to the ruling Chinese emperors. It
is likely that the first small Tibetan Lion Dogs from which the Shih
Tzu is probably descended, came to China during the Qing (Ch'ing)
dynasty as tributes from the Grand Lamas to the Chinese Imperial
the 1920's the first pair of Shih Tzu (pronounced Shid Zoo), was
brought to England. More imports followed, and the breed became well
established there. Its popularity spread to Continental Europe and to
North America, where it now enjoys a tremendous following.
as a Toy breed in the United State, is an elegant, long-coated breed.
All colours are acceptable, black, black and white, gray and white,
gold and white, etc. A white blaze on the forehead and a white tip to
the tail are prized. Daily brushing is essencial, this does require
care and attention.
strongest characteristic of the Shi Tzu is it's personality. They are
a non-aggressive fun-loving dog that is a good companion for both
little children and adults. The dog is
alert, lively, enjoys a good walk. They can play for hours and not a
day goes by that these guys won't make you laugh. They love nothing
more than the love and affection of people. The breed is happy to
entertain any stranger and bestow their affection upon the nearest
dogs are great with kids. They will play with them for hours, the
question is who will tire out first, the kids or the dog?
botton line is that these dogs make a great pet. So if you are looking
for that special friend, don't hesitate, just go to a breeder an pick
out your pet Shih Tzu.-