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History of the Shih Tzu

  1. The exact origin of the Shih Tzu is unknown but likely dates back to ancient times. Their first recorded appearance occurred around 1650 in China. Shih Tzus were brought to the Chinese Court from Tibet, and later bred in the Forbidden City, in the heart of Peking. It is believed that Shih Tzus were bred by crossing the Lhasa Apso with the Pekingese. Since they resemble lions, they were given the name Shih Tzu, which means “little lion.” Shih Tzus soon became favorites in the Chinese Courts, and were used as watchdogs.

    In 1908, the Dalai Lama sent Shih Tzus to Tzu Hsi, Dowager Empress of the Manchu Dynasty, who was known to be a passionate dog breeder. The Empress herself supervised the breeding of the Shih Tzus to ensure that they would remain distinct from the Pekingese which she already owned. After her death that year, however, their breeding was not closely monitored and it is suspected that cross breedings occurred.

    During the Communist Revolution the Shih Tzu was on the brink of extinction. At one point, only 14 remained in the world—7 males and 7 females. Some of these 14 were by that point located in England, which imported its first pair of Shih Tzus in 1930. The Shih Tzu Club of England was formed in 1935, after which the Shih Tzu was exported all across the world. They were introduced to the US by soldiers during World War II. The Shih Tzu was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1969, and since then has become enormously popular as a companion and as a show dog.





 

 

 

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