Other Names : Chrysanthemum Dog
Country of Origin : Tibet (China)
Dog Group : Utility
They are believed to have originated in Tibet, where they lived in the Temples and were occasionally given as a gift to the Emperors of China. Once they were in China they were crossed with the Pekinese to become the breed we recognise today. They arrived in Britain after 1912, but they were not given recognition until 1949. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that they were recognised in America.
The Shih Tzu is a long coated, sturdy little dog. They move in quite an arrogant manner with their tails carried over their backs.
Feeding & Ownership
Feeding will be less than $4 per week.
The Shih Tzu is an affectionate, playful and intelligent dog. They do love children and will accept other dogs and household pets if introduced from an early age. As a breed they can be independent and wary of strangers.
The coat of the Shih Tzu is long, soft and dense, with a good amount of undercoat. They do require a lot of daily grooming to keep their coats looking in top condition. It is best to start getting the dog used to being groomed when it is very young. Also they do require frequent bathing, sometimes as much as once a week, remember they must be dried completely. As the hair grows upwards from the bridge of the nose it is often tied up in a topknot, on top of the head. Their faces may need to be washed daily as food etc can get stuck on the hair. If the coat becomes too much they can be kept short, a groomer or the breeder is probably the best person to advise on how this is carried out.