Meet the Shih Tzu dog breed, a loving package of a dog was actually more closely related to the wolf than many other breeds. Whether a star in the ring or at home, the Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds of dogs.
The Shih was created by crossing the Pekingese with the Lhasa Apso, and landed in the Chinese imperial court, where they earned the name “Lion Dog”.
Shih Tzus have been charming people for over 2000 years; it was actually bred in Tibet as a lap dog. According to legend, they slept at the foot of the nobles’ beds to act as foot warmers.
Nevertheless, even though they were bred for royalty, they don’t need a palace, they’ll live with you in the tent.
They’re not only known for their sweet and loving disposition. This bewhiskered tory is famous for her luxurious undulating coat which is really comprised of two distinct layers, the topcoat is long and silky, while the undercoat is fleecy and feathery, forming a majestic doggy cloak that keeps growing like hair.
It is hilarious to watch them sort of flowing across the ring; it looks like they’re floating with all the coat flowing behind.
There’s a variety of trims that you can give a Shih Tzu to make them cute whether you go puppy cut short or show dog long. Shih Tzus, however, that are maintained in a puppy trim should be groomed about every four to six weeks.
They live long lives with not many health issues, but if you want that long beautiful coat, you’ll spend a lot of time grooming the Shih Tzu. For training, teach this little one early on, and you’ll be rewarded with obedience.
Finally, the Shih Tzu dog breed fits in just about any family. A warm cuddly loving lap dog, the Shih Tzu will win you over every time.