Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu, also known as the ‘Chinese Lion Dog’, ‘Chrysanthemum Dog’ (because its face resembles a flower), or ‘Shih Tzu Kou’ (which translates to ‘Lion Dog’, designating its revered status in Buddhism) originates in Tibet as far back as the 1600’s. The Shih Tzu in its current form was primarily developed in China during the reign of Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi in the late 1800’s, likely from crosses of the Pekingese with the Lhasa Apso. The Shih Tzu was a favored pet of royalty, but fell into decline when British troops raided the Forbidden City in 1860. The breed survived, but was generally not distinguished from the Lhasa Apso until 1934, when the smaller, shorter nosed variety was reassigned its original Chinese name, ‘Shih Tzu’. The Shih Tzu was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 and has continued to climb in popularity to this day. Crossbreeds between Shih Tzu and other toy breeds are also increasing in popularity, particularly crosses with the Poodle and Bichon Frise.
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A small dog with a short muzzle and large deep dark eyes, with a soft long, double coat, the Shih Tzu stands no more than 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.) at the withers and with an ideal weight of 4.5 to 7.3 kg (10 to 16 lbs). Drop ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back. The coat may be of any color, although a blaze of white on the forehead and tail-tip is frequently seen. The Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall, and dogs ideally should carry themselves "with distinctly arrogant carriage".
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Shih Tzu Dog Club Directory
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- Articles on health and grooming.How to find a breeder near you and general club information.
- A selection of articles, including 'Clipping Your Shih Tzu' and 'History of the Shih Tzu in Canada'. Information on rescue and a list of members.
- An AKC and ASTC recognized club, founded in 1966, provides information on the breed, breeder and puppy referrals and information on rescue.
- Information on the Club and how to join are available on the web site.There is a Club web store and also links to members web pages.
- A non profit AKC affiliate. A variety of articles and general breed information including the legend of Buddha and the Little Lion Dog. Details of club activities,breeders and breed rescue.
- Site contains South African show results, illustrated list of champions from 1969 to date, a list of SA Shih Tzu breeders and canine equipment suppliers. Also includes contact details for SA Shih Tzu rescue.
- A selection of articles covering topics such as grooming and how to draw your dog plus Shih Tzu comic strip.
- News and articles from the UK on a variety of topics. Show results with photographs and video clips and live online help for your Shih Tzu problems.
- Bi-Monthly full color magazine that can be ordered online. Includes a selection of previously published articles from the magazine.
- Features grooming videos and breed information.
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