About Shih Tzu Puppies

Shih Tzu is a Chinese name used for the puppy breed when it was first introduced in America. The Chinese pronunciation is approximately SHIRR-tsa. The name translates as Lion Dog. The puppy was bred to resemble the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art such as the Chinese guardian lions. It may also be called a Tibetan Lion Dog but that has not been resolved and still being argued whether the breed is to be referred to as Tibetan or Chinese. The absolute answer may never be known.

As per DNA analysis, ancestors of todays Shih Tzu breed placed them in the group of ancient breeds indicating "close genetic relationship to wolves". There are even various theories of origin of today's breed. Theories relate that it stemmed from a cross between Pekingese and a Tibetan dog called the Lhasa Apso. It was said that the Chinese court received a pair as a gift during the Tang Dynasty and was introduced from Tibet to China. Then, dogs were bred selectively and most of the time seen in Chinese paintings.

A Shih Tzu is a small dog with a short muzzle and large deep dark eyes. It stands no more than 26.7 cm at the withers with a soft long and double coat. The puppy breed has an ideal weight of 4.5 to 7.3 kgs. The breed has drop ears covered with long fur and their tails are heavily furred as well curled over its back. The coat may be of any color. The Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall and dogs ideally should carry themselves "with distinctly arrogant carriage." A very noticeable feature is the under bite, which is required in the breed standard. To avoid tangles for it's traditionally long silky glossy coat which would normally reach the floor? Grooming them may be a costly expense and must be considered when looking for this puppy breed.

This puppy breed is incredibly loyal and comes from a long royal heritage. By nature, Shih Tzu are bold and affectionate. An excellent choice for the family pet. It has plenty of spunk and is very alert. Makes friends easily and loves to bark. In 1930, a pair of this breed was imported to England and was recognized as a breed in 1946. But it was in 1969, when the United States acknowledged the standard. The Shih Tzu has maintained his popularity today, and has proved to be both a wonderful companion and a champion show dog.