Information on Shih Tzu Dogs

You can gather all the Information on Shih Tzu Dogs by learning the History of the dog.

In the following I hope you will find some interesting and valuable information about the history of the Shih Tzu and how it is linked to the present day behavior characteristics.

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The Shih Tzu is one of the oldest dog breeds and originated in China. It is a result of mixing a Lhasa Apso and Pekingese.

It is also known as the “Holy Dog”, “Chinese-Lion Dog” and “Chrysanthemum Dog“. Shih Tzu in Chinese means “lion.”

The way they got the name “chrysanthemum dog” is because their hair grows in all directions on their face.

If you see the Shih Tzu groomed in the Chinese way you can tell why. They comb the beard and mustache away from the face, on top of the head they puff up the hair so that it resembles the flower aforementioned.

If you review the information on Shih Tzu Dogs in the Imperial Dog Book of the Manchu Dynasty, you will see several pictures of a small, lion-faced dog, and records indicate that these dogs were selected for court breeding with great care. We know today that the Shih Tzu was one of them.

If a dog caught the eye of the Emperor’s, then a picture of the dog was put into the court record book. In the event that this happened it was considered to be a ”great honor.” Many of the dogs during the Revolution were destroyed because they were viewed as a symbol of imperial rue. There were only a few of the dogs that escaped.

For many years the Chinese would not trade or sell these dogs with the Western World. The Shih Tzu was imported into England in the 1930s.

In 1930, Lady Browning imported the dog into England. Later on in the 1930s there were more of the Shih Tzu’s that were saved in China by an English officer. Today the Shih Tzu is a descendant of these dogs.

The Shih Tzu club was formed in 1934 in England and gave out the first championship awards. In 1946 it was recognized in Britain.

In the 1950s the Shih Tzu was imported into the United States. Philip Price and Maureen Murdock have received credit for being the first ones to bring the Shih Tzu into the United States.

The American Kennel Club recognizes the Shih Tzu in 1955. You can find out more information on Shih Tzu Dogs at the AKC website. Their website is American Kennel Club.

In 1969 the US recognized the breed and the Shih Tzu has become very popular for a show dog of the high classes breed.

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