10 Things You Didn't Know About the Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dog breeds.
Here are some interesting facts about the Shih Tzu:
1. The breed is over 1000 years old.
The Shih Tzu is mentioned at least 1000 years ago. The pedigree of the breed goes even further. Reports suggest that short, boxed, "under the table" dogs existed in China as early as 1000 BC. These short and sturdy dogs were probably the ancestors of the Shih Tzu.
2. They came from Tibet
People often associate the Shih Tzu with China, but they actually originate from China's western neighbor, Tibet, which was a dominant nation until the 1950s. Tibet probably sent the dogs to the royal family as gifts. The Chinese then bred them with Pekingese or Pugs to create the modern Shih Tzu.
3. Their name means "Little Lion"
The Mandarin phrase "Shih Tzu" is translated into the little lion. The Shih Tzu was probably given this name because of his association with the Tibetan Buddhist god of learning who, according to legend, travels with a small lion dog that can transform into a full-size lion.
4. These are also called "Chrysanthemum Dogs"
Shih Tzu are called "dogs with chrysanthemums" because the hair on their faces grows in all directions. Shih Tzu owners who cut their dogs short know very well that their Shih Tzu hair does not take long to grow on the face and in front of their eyes.
5. They were destroyed during the communist revolution
When the communist revolution took place in China, the Shih Tzu breed practically disappeared. It may not actually have been caused by communism.
One of the contributing factors was the death of Empress Dowager Zi Xi in 1908, who led the world-famous breeding program for the Shih Tzu, Pekingese, and Pekingese.
6. Fourteen dog breeds saved
While their numbers dropped to almost zero in the first half of the 20th century, every Shih Tzu living today can be traced to one of the 14 dogs - seven males and seven females - used to rebuild the breed.
7. Military personnel brought them to the United States
After the Shih Tzu were imported from China to the UK, the British exported them to other European countries. American soldiers stationed in European countries took the Shih Tzu to the United States in the late 1940s and late 1950s.
8. There are many celebrities who have a shih tzu
As the Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dog breeds, it shouldn't be surprising that many stars have them. Famous Shih Tzu owners Nicole Richie, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Bill Gates and even Queen II. Elizabeth.
9.The Shih Tzu is glamorous ... and athletic
Given the long fur of Shih Tzu show dogs, we tend to see this breed more attractive than sporty. But underneath this gorgeous jacket is a muscular body that can perform well in agility.
10.They are very talkative in adolescence and quiet in adults
They easily communicate with strangers, from the first days they show the puppy that you are the master of the house, otherwise they will take the situation in their paws. They get along well with other pets, but most of them are simply ignored. Puppies are great fun and cannot sit in one place, they are very inquisitive. These dogs cannot be called harmful and touching, they love everything and everyone, so they often don't see the threat of other animals.