Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu, also called the "Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou", "Xi Shi Quan" or in Great Britain called the "Chrysanthemum Dog" is one of the oldest dog breeds on the world. Its name is translated the "Liondog" and got its name from the Tibetan monasteries. In Britain its called the Chrysanthemum Dog, because their head is as beautiful as the bloom of the chrysanthemum.
The Shih Tzu is a crossing between The Pekingese and Lhasa Apso. It is related to the Tibet Spaniel and Tibet Terrier.
This dog breed is probably one of the most popular family dogs. But it is not only their cuteness, but also their intelligence and their character.
According to the FCI, the Shih Tzu is a companion and toy dog, section 5 Tibetan Dog breeds.
In the USA and Great Britian the Shih Tzu is not only a family dog, but also a therapy dog.

Origins of Breed

The Shih Tzus origin is in the Tibetan monasteries, where the monks wanted to have a kind of liondog. Buddha had a dog breed, which could transfer itself from a dog to a lion, so they also wanted something like that. Of course it was just a legend, because Buddha had a Pekingese. So the monks mixed up many breeds together, to get a liondog, called the Shih Tzu. The first registration is unknown.

Character and Temperament

The Shih Tzu is a very friendly, intelligent, playful and happy dog, which loves to play, especially with children. It has no problems with other dogs and animals. The owner of this breed does not have to have a big house, a flat is enough. It is very...

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