The breed is over a thousand years old
This oriental breed, country of origin Tibet, is a cross between the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. The dog was worshiped as a saint. These dogs came to Europe because they were offered as gifts to European travelers at the time. The popularity is still there, despite the time-consuming grooming.
Often confused with the Lhasa Apso
The resemblance of the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso is great. However, the Shih Tzu has a flattened face and is a lot more compliant. A small but brave dog that is friendly but not obtrusive
A short character sketch is: intelligent, independent, balanced, friendly, social, not wound up (even hard on himself), dedicated and affectionate to the boss. Great adaptability. Not everyone’s friend. Watch if necessary.
14 dogs saved the breed
Due to the looting of palaces by the British, the number of this breed decreased drastically at the time, only 14 dogs remained. These have been able to maintain the breed.
It is a striking small and very cheerful dog that likes attention and company
Very suitable as a companion and family dog. A calm, balanced boss and education is preferred, harsh commands will not work and slavish obedience is not in the nature of the animal. This quirky little dog benefits greatly from a clear and consistent upbringing.
A very popular breed also famous people have or had this dog
The dog has been or has been seen infamous persons, for example, Beyoncé, Mariah Carry, Bill Gates, Queen Elisabeth.
This little dog has won many awards
The beauty of this breed provided and won many prizes. The coat had to be groomed to perfection. Tangles develop quickly, to prevent the coat should be brushed every day. To free the eyes from hair, the hair is tied with an elastic band. In addition to the eyes, the ear canal must also be kept clean. In short: you spend a lot of time on proper care of this breed, even if you are not going to participate in an exhibition.
In addition to many prizes, this little furry dog also drags in a lot of mud, grass, and leaves
Because of the long furry coat, this little rascal brings a lot of dirt into the house. That can be a problem for you, in addition, the coat requires intensive care.
The flattened snout can cause breathing problems
Keep the dog indoors in very hot weather, it does not tolerate it well.
The name Shih Tzu means little lion
Yet it is certainly not a hunter and comparisons with a lion are hard to find. However, you could associate the heavy hair with the crown of a lion. The correct explanation, however, is that Shih Tzu literally means a translated lion dog.