The Shih Tzu is a small canine that all dog lovers tend to fall in love with because of its funny appearance and good character. This dog is named after the Chinese words ‘lion dog’ , since it was bred from its origin in order to resemble the king of the jungle, although of course, its size is far from approaching a lion. Although they do resemble something, their characteristic fur. Here you will discover all kinds of curiosities to know in depth what this canine breed is like.
A dog that has existed for thousands of years
Many have related the passing of the years to this canine with the Empress Tzu Hsi, who ruled in China from 1861 to 1908, considering it a sacred dog, The Shih Tzu appears in ancient tapestries that are dated back more than 2000 years. In addition, this breed has a lot of past in common with the Pekingese dog. Both breeds are originally from Buddhist monasteries, considering them as sacred dogs and which were given by Tibetan monks to the emperors of China when they visited the temple.
During the Ming and Manchu dynasties, these dogs were bred by palace eunuchs and were considered the exclusive property of the Chinese Royal Court. So it was very rare for this breed of dog to be seen behind palace walls. And it is rumored that Shih Tzu were worn by noble women inside suits and were even used as foot warmers for emperors, placing them on the end of the bed for warmth. And in the 1930s, Shih Tzu dogs came to England. Even back then, these two races were treated as one. They also came to the United States, but it was not until the 1960s that they began to gain popularity.
A small, furry dog
The Shih Tzu is a small dog, but do not be fooled by its size, as it is robust and strong for its height. And as it usually happens in canines of this characteristic height, it has a longer body than it is high, having a straight back and a broad and deep chest. And because it is so small, it does not need a lot of exercise outdoors and prefers to play in small spaces and take short daily walks, especially in the seasons in which the temperatures are high.
One of the main characteristics of this pet is how its head, which is round and wide, is covered by its long fur, gives a feeling of having a real ‘big head’. And it is that this breed is characteristic for its hair, although care must be taken, since its long coat requires daily brushing and cleaning of the eyes in order to avoid infections, since the hair covers the canine’s eyes. And despite having a dense, double-layered coat, which is generally straight, this breed sheds much less hair than other breeds that do not have such a long and abundant coat. One of the many curiosities of its hair is that the hair of the Shih Tzu is considered be any color.