The Shih Tzu was often the house pet for China Royalty.
Our ABC7 Pet of the Week on Thursday, March 30, is Micky, a 10-year-old shih tzu mix. Please give him a good home! (KABC)
The breed is now recognized by all of the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world. It is also recognized by the for international competition in Companion and Toy Dog Group, Section 5, Tibetan breeds. In the United States, the Shih Tzu ranked the 15th most popular breed in 2013, falling slightly in popularity since 2012, when it was placed in 11th position.
The typical fine, straight, and silky Shih Tzu coat has also been listed by many popular dog information websites as being . In comparison with many other breeds, Shih Tzu do not shed to the same degree, only losing small amounts when bathed or brushed. It is the dog's and saliva that trigger most allergic reactions. Allergists do recognize that, at times, a particular patient will be able to tolerate a particular dog; but they agree that "the luck of the few with their pets cannot be stretched to fit all allergic people and entire breeds of dogs." The Shih Tzu coat is said to fall out only when brushed or broken, or just said to shed. The coat may also be wavy or coarse.
I just wanna sip coffee and pet my Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu was the house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty.
IMPORTANT UPDATE JANUARY 12, 2013: THANK YOU FOR THE MANY FLOWERS, CARDS AND LETTERS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS.
DONNA IS IMPROVING ON A DAILY BASIS AND IS ONCE AGAIN READY TO HELP THE BREED SHE LOVES SO MUCH "THE SHIH TZU".SHE STILL WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING INTAKE BUT WILL BE HELPING BY FINDING AND REFERRING YOU TO ONE OF HER MANY CONTACTS THAT CAN HELP THE SHIH TZU. DONNA WILL ACCEPT PHONE CALLS, EMAILS AND TEXT FROM ANYONE NEEDING HELP FOR A FURKID. SHE WILL ALSO BE HAPPY TO COURTESY POST YOUR PET ON HER SHIH TZU AND PRECIOUS PAWS RESCUE PAGE ON PERFINDER AND ON HER PERSONAL FACEBOOK PAGE.
No other breed is quite as warm and loving as the Shih Tzu. You can simply snuggle up with your pet all day, and they would be perfectly content. These little dogs are devoted, loyal, and just want to spend time with the ones they love the most. It's hard to deny that Shih Tzus aren't adorable and loveable. Whether you own a Shih Tzu or just like to watch videos of them online, you can't help but to resist these cute little balls of fur. But have you ever wondered what it is that makes them the best dogs ever? Read on for ten reasons why Shih Tzus truly make the best pets. The Shih Tzu (pronounced Shid Zoo in singular and plural) comes by his regal attitude quite honestly, for he was developed as a favored pet of Chinese emperors of the Manchu Dynasty from the middle of the 19th Century. But his history begins centuries earlier, as one of Tibet's "lion dogs," an exclusive group of dogs bred by Buddhist monks that includes the Lhasa Apso and Tibetan Spaniel. In 1850, as was their custom, the monks sent several of their treasured temple dogs to Manchu emperors in Peking, and the Chinese called these dogs Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou, or Tibetan Lion Dog. The dogs were bred specifically to please the emperors in each palace, and type varied.