Shih Tzu description, food, diseases.
Shih Tzus may have originated from a cross between the Tibetan
Mountain Dog, Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. They were a favored
dog of the Emperor and have been portrayed in Chinese paintings
and artwork for centuries. Thought to have been around since possibly
the 7th century, the Shih Tzu was probably descends from a Lhasa
type dog that came from Tibet, which then mixed with the Pekignese
or Tibetan Mountain Dog. All are similar in appearance and attitude,
although the Shih Tzu is more people oriented and less suspicious
than the Lhasa Apso. Shih Tzus lived a life of luxury in the palaces
of royal Emperors and the Dalai Lama. They were bred as pets and
companions, and commonly kept as so. They were called "Lion
Dogs" by the Chinese, in which the lion was a powerful symbol
of honor and strength. Chine became a republic in 1912, and afterward
a few of these animals made their way to Britain and other countries.
After this the communist takeover of China resulted in almost all
dogs being eliminated from the mainland, in which the Shih Tzu was
fortunate enough to have made its way to other countries ahead of
time. They were first imported to England in the 1930s. Then after
World War II they made their way to the United States via military
officers traveling home. The breed entered North America in the
1960s, and it wasn't until 1969 that the AKC recognized the breed.
One Shih Tzu, on its first entry into a dog show, obtained Best
in Show in the ring on its first try. The breed today has become
a popular in many countries.
Weight Height Range
Height: not more than 10 1/2
inches (26.5 cm) at the withers
Weight: 10 – 18 lbs. (4.5 – 8.2 kg)
A luxurious, long, flowing coat with an undercoat. May be slightly
wavy but never curly. The coat may be parted from the root of the
tail to the back of the skull. The hair on the head may be tied
up to form a topknot. A bow or ribbon to be optional. Coat may be
trimmed so as not to interfere with the movement of the dog. All
colours are acceptable providing they have black noses, lips and
eye rims. The exceptions are the livers and blues which have pigmentation
that compliments that particular colour.