All About the Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu originated in China where their sole purpose was to be a companion in the
Chinese Royal Court. Now many centuries later they are, our royal companions. In
Chinese Shih Tzu, literally means "lion dog", they are also referred to sometimes as
"chrysanthemum dog". During the Chinese Revalution when the Communists seized power
all the Shih Tzu were killed. Before this happened seven female Shih Tzu and seven male
Shih Tzu were taken to England and Scandinavia to be protected. It is believed that all
Shih Tzu to this day can be traced back to these original fourteen.
The American Kennel Club states that the Shih-Tzu is an intelligent, lively, and
alert breed. It is also referred to as a "big dog in a small package". The ideal
Shih-Tzu weight is 9-16 pounds and is deceptively heavy for its size because of its
heavy bones. Their coat flows to the ground, but their long coat may be given a
"puppy cut" to keep it managable. AKC has also stated that, There is no such thing
as an AKC-recognized "imperial" or "teacup" Shih-Tzu. These terms are sometimes
used by unethical breeders to create a market for undersized and often unhealthy
Shih Tzu that do not conform to the AKC breed standard. While a reputable
breeder may occasionally produce an undersized Shih Tzu, such puppies should be
sold as pets and not used for breeding. AKC recognised the Shih Tzu in 1969 and
placed them in the toy group. Their life span is approximately 10-18 years.
The information on this page is based partly on information from AKC that
was accurate at the time this page was created and partly on my opinion
as a person and as a breeder. This page was updated June 2011.
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