Shih Tzu are considered to be one of the oldest breeds. Shih Tzu where once thought to have been made up of a mix with Pugs, Pekinese and Lhasa Apso .
Recently, they found bones showing the Shih Tzu was a different separate breed. Originating very closely to the wolf.
Buddha kissed the little Foo dog on its forehead, turning it pure white. This mark was known as a royal marking and this brought great luck to who ever had one.
Gold and white where also highly prized, because gold resembled the lion, praised for courage and loyalty. England created a trust with the King of China. There they became treasures and a companion going everywhere with a few royal families.
Sadly, China had many wars and Shih Tzu caregivers became careless with the records and care. The Shih Tzu almost became extinct. England has acquired about a dozen dogs and managed to bring the breed back. The rescue of today's Shih Tzu can all be traced back to 12 original Foo dogs acquired in England. AKC first became recognized to in 1969. The Shih Tzu Official A.K.C. Size 9-19 lbs.
Shih Tzu resembles the lion and they are believed to have the spirit of one inside them. They have confidence and are very rarely shy. Although, one maybe quieter, some maybe more curious: some just follow their owners from room to room. Shih Tzu dream when they sleep, and can make shallow noises as they play out the adventure in their dreams. I believe they dream they are that mighty lion, protector of there family .
Shih Tzu want to be with people they are the perfect house dog and will go outside for short period of time. They make good alert dogs and will tell you when someone is at the door with a few barks. .
Sonshine Shih Tzu will bring you happiness and joy for many, many years. They have a life span of 10-17 years.
Shih Tzu want, they need, they get what ever they, please. This may sound unusual if you never owned a Shih Tzu, before. However, for those who have had this little lion dog in there lives; at one time know exactly what; I mean. They are the star of the home, They bring life, joy and amusement to their home. Shih Tzus thrive on companionship and people. They want to go everywhere with you, inspire you and to please you. They will tolerate kids, but enjoy adults especially. They can manage on their own, but would rather show off there lap warming abilities on everyone. Kisses are part of their daily route. They can get all the exercise they need in an apartment, but also love to be outside with the family. (Property Laws says it all)