Shih Tzu Breed Information
VOTED BEST FAMILY PET - VERY CARE FREE EASYGOING PERSONALITY.
They love children and get along well with cats and adapt easily to almost any previous pet that was in the home before they came because of their passive easy go lucky personality.
The Shih Tzu is an intelligent dog, very alert and assertive. He is royally dignified, courageous and proud. Trusting toward all, they are always happy, friendly and affectionate little dog who is very loyal to his owner.
• Friendliness: Fairly friendly, but can be aloof with strangers
• Children: Best with older, considerate children
• Trainability: Moderate due to their independent nature.
• Independence: Moderately dependent on people.
• Decorum: Generally good with other pets.
• Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs on most occasions.
Feeding will be less than $10 per week.
What Makes the Shih Tzu Magnificent?
The Shih Tzu is a small, sturdy dog, abundantly covered in soft hair, with a distinctively arrogant carriage. An intelligent, active and very alert breed, the Shih Tzu excels as a watchdog. A happy and hardy little fellow, he is lively and playful, yet gentle and affectionate. This friendly character makes for an excellent companion and family dog.
Hair : Long, dense not curly, with good undercoat. Slight wave permitted. Strongly recommended that hair on head tied up.
Color : All colors permissible, white blaze on forehead andwhite tip to tail highly desirable in parti-colours.
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.
They are intelligent little dogs, but can be quite independent. They enjoy learning and like to please. They can be obstinate at times and can give the impression, with their dignified attitude, that some tasks are beneath them. With patience and consistency they can become relatively obedient.
Tendency To Bark: Low
Overall Exercise Requirement: They do require exercise but are quite happy to stay at home and play. They are perfectly content with short walks.
Suitability for Personal Protection: Low
Suitability as a Guard Dog: Low
Suitability for Children: High
Ease of Transportation: High
Level of Distress caused if left alone: Low
Level of aggression: Low
Other animal compatibility: High because of their easy going personality.
Shih Tzu History
The exact date of origin of the Shih Tzu is not known, but evidence of its existence has come to us from documents, paintings and objets d'art dating from A. D. 624. During the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 A.D.), the King of Viqur gave the Chinese court a pair of dogs said to have come from the Fu Lin (assumed to be the Byzantine Empire). Another theory of their introduction to China was recorded in the mid-17th century when dogs were brought from Tibet to the Chinese court. These dogs were bred in the Forbidden City of Peking. The smallest of these dogs resembled a lion, as represented in Oriental art. "Shih Tzu" means "lion". The Shih Tzu is reported to be the oldest and smallest of the Tibetan holy dogs, the lion being associated with the Buddhist deity. These dogs were bred by the Chinese court and from them the dog we know today as the Shih Tzu developed. They are also called "the chrysanthemum-faced dog" because the hair grows about the face in all directions.
It is known that the Shih Tzu was a house pet during most of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 A.D.) and that they were highly favored by the royal family. Dowager Empress Cixi (T'zu Hsi) kept an important kennel of Pugs, Pekingese, and Shih Tzu. After her death in 1908 the dogs were dispersed and breeding mostly ceased. When the Communist Revolution occurred in China the breed became almost extinct. Every Shih Tzu today can be traced to fourteen dogs - seven bitches and seven dogs - some of which were imported to England where breeding of the Shih Tzu began in 1930. There the breed was first classified as "Apsos" but after a ruling by the Kennel Club (England) that Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus were separate breeds, the Shih Tzu Club of England was formed in 1935.Show Quality or Pet Quality: We do not emphasize show quality in the pets we offer however many show breeders & breeding customers that like to purchase pets from us because of there extreme beautiful baby face. We do not consider pets that do not have black points and full black eye pigment to be e defect. We prefer to sell our puppies to pet only homes and because of small size of our breeding dogs they are not accepted in the show ring because they do not meet the large standard size that is required for show quality pets. If this is important to you please look the pet over completely in the pictures and in person to make sure it has the qualities you are looking for in the pet you purchase. We do not offer any types of refunds if you found that it does not have the look you wanted for personal preference, show quality or breeding purposes.