The origins of the Shih Tzu are very distant. Written report of the eighth century BC, two species of small dogs existed in Asia Minor. One of them is the cause of Tibetan dogs and therefore the Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu means Lion Dog in reference to the lion, faithful companion of Buddha. The Shih Tzu made its entry into China during the Han Dynasty (205 BC-220 AD). But his breeding took off only in the nineteenth century under the Manchu dynasty (1644-1912) when the Dalai Lama offered a couple of Shih-Tzu Der Ling to the Empress that the emperor was soon calling Tzu Hsi. This one he fell in love for the breed to the point of having a hundred she confided to the care of his eunuchs who washed, wore them, walking them.
Considered sacred, nothing was too good for them: they were raised in a marble pavilion strewn with silk cushions Imperial. Their meals consisted of the most delicate dishes. These small dogs were called “the pearl of the Empress.” For over 50 years, the Empress Tzu Hsi brought them immense love. When he died in 1908, then with the fall of the empire, some Shih-Tzu served as money and thus left the Forbidden City.
The Shih Tzu is a sturdy little dog with distinctly arrogant carriage and chrysanthemum face. All colors are permitted, the dress can be united, or parti-color. In parti-colors, white blaze on the forehead and the tip of the tail is greatly appreciated. The coat is abundant and not curly. A slight wave is permissible. Its longevity is about 14 years.
Gay, playful, intelligent, friendly but not servile, sociable (The Shih Tzu gets along very well with other dogs, cats and children provided that they respect him). Very histrionic, with his facial expressions, he can break you down so well … He considers himself a companion and not as an animal which is why he is sometimes stubborn and disobedient. He likes to stay in control of where its tendency to place high in assessing his surroundings. Like any Asian, he never gives completely. It’s a dog-cat who spends a perfect calm behavior “wacky” in moments. To his delight, take him everywhere with you!