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10. It’s all in the name. The full name of this adorable dog breed is Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou which literally means Tibetan Lion Dog. It was named “lion dog” because of its resemblance to the lion. Straight to the point, just like “Animal Facts”. The Shih Tzu is also often known as the “Xi Shi Quan” which was based on the name of one of the most beautiful woman of ancient China – Xi Shi.
9. This lovely-looking dog comes in different colors, such as shades of gold and white, solid silver, brown, solid black, black mask gold, black and white, liver and white, brindle and white and silver and white and the rare solid blue. The American Kennel Club says all colors are acceptable. The breed standard states that the normal Shih Tzu dog should weigh between 9 and 16 pounds.
8. Shih Tzu is one of the 14 ancient breeds of dog according to DNA studies which indicate that it has a close genetic relationship to wolves. Other Asian breeds include the Chow Chow, Tibetan Terrier, Lhasa Apso and Shar Pei.
7. On average, a Shih Tzu lives up to 13 years and can attain a lifespan of up to 20 years. While we’re talking about time, why not take a minute to like and subscribe.
6. Famous celebrity Shih Tzu owners include Beyonce, Bill Gates, Mariah Carey, Colin Farell, Nicole Richie and Queen Elizabeth.
Fun Facts About Shih Tzu
5. The Shih Tzu’s exact origins remain mysterious because the breed has been around for thousands of years, and the details of its development are lost. There are Chinese paintings dating back to around the year 500 C.E. that depict dogs believed to be Shih Tzus. There are also documents describing the dogs as gifts to China from the Byzantine Empire.
4. Shih Tzus and similar breeds were present in Tibetan Buddhist temples, where Tibetan monks revered the dogs as holy. More than just companion animals, these Shih Tzus worked beside the monks, acting as guard dogs or alarm dogs, and even turning prayer wheels during daily Buddhist prayer rituals.
3. The breed was almost completely destroyed by the Communist Party after 1949. All surviving Shih Tzu today descended from 14 dogs, one of which was a Pekingese.
2. The Shih Tzu breed is a very smart breed but can be stubborn, so gentle training methods work best. Socialization and training should begin the minute you bring your puppy home.
1. Shih Tzu was bred as companion dogs but they do need exercise, and they love doing things with their owners. In North America, they have been competing and winning titles in Agility since the 1990s.
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Shih Tzu Facts and Information
A Shih Tzu, also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a toy dog breed, weighing 10–19 pounds (4.5–8.6kg) when fully grown. The exact origins of the history of the breed are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in Tibet and then been developed in China.
The Imperial Shih Tzu is a sturdy little dog with a short muzzle and large dark eyes. They have a soft and long double coat. A Shih Tzu should stand no more than 28 cm (11 in.) at the withers and with an ideal weight of 4.5 to 8.6 kg (10 to 19 lbs). Drop ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back. The coat may be of any color, though white and with blazes of grey are frequently seen. The Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall, and bigger dogs ideally should carry themselves “with distinctly arrogant carriage”. A very noticeable feature is the underbite, which is required in the breed standard.The traditional long silky coat, which reaches the floor, requires daily brushing to avoid tangles. Because of their long coat and fast-growing hair, regular grooming is necessary, which may be expensive and should be taken into account when considering adopting one of this breed. Often the coat is clipped short to simplify care. For conformation showing, the coat must be left in its natural state, though trimming for neatness around the feet and anus is allowed. The shorter cut is typically called a “puppy cut” or a “teddy bear cut” when the puppy cut is accompanied by a fuller, rounder face, resembling a stuffed animal.