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The Shih Tzu is also known as the “Chrysanthemum Dog”. It is called the Chrysanthemum Dog because it is believed that its face looks very much like the flower.
My little dog….a heart beat at my feet. – Edith Wharton
The ancestors of the Shih Tzu (pronounced “shid zoo”) include the temple dogs of Tibet and the Pekingese.
The Tibetan temple dogs were given to the Chinese emperors as tribute and were crossed with the Pekingese to produce the Shih Tzus we know today.
Because of their long, flowing coats, the Chinese called the little dogs Shih Tzus or “Lion Dogs”. As pampered palace dogs, they were never seen outside China until the early 1920s.
Photos displayed courtesy of James and Rhonda Gordon, Showlin Shih Tzu, British Columbia
Reputed to be the oldest and smallest of the Tibetan holy dogs, recent DNA testing has confirmed that Shih Tzus are one of the oldest breeds of dog.
Since their introduction to Europe and North America, Shih Tzus have become immensely popular.
The Shih Tzu stands about 11 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a long, straight, double coat that falls to the ground. It may be any colour or colour combination. Daily grooming is required.
The Shih Tzu has a proud, aristocratic posture that conceals a gentle and playful nature. An alert, lively little dog, he makes a good watchdog. He is also loyal, affectionate, and loves to play the lapdog! His size ensures that he fits into any accommodation. He gets along well with children and other household pets.
Shih Tzus can be obstinate but patient and consistent training is the key to controlling this tendency. Training should begin early. He requires minimal exercise but is a sturdy, active little dog who enjoys playing fetch or going for a walk outside.