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What heritage is a Shih Tzu?
People commonly associate the Shih Tzu with China, but they actually came from China’s western neighbor, Tibet, which was a sovereign nation until the 1950s. Tibet probably sent dogs to the Chinese royalty as gifts. The Chinese then bred them with Pekingese or Pugs to create the modern-day Shih Tzu.
What breed is close to a Shih Tzu?
Lhasa Apso vs. The Lhasa Apso and the Shih Tzu are two of the most difficult breeds to tell apart, and that’s because their ancestries are closely intertwined. Most people believe the Shih Tzu is actually the result of a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Chinese breed — either the Pug or the Pekingese.
Are Shih Tzu dogs intelligent?
Shih Tzu’s are known for being super cute lap dogs, but they are also actually quite intelligent. The breed is also known for being temperamental and stubborn, so getting one to perform tricks is pretty impressive.
Which dog is better Lhasa Apso or Shih Tzu?
The Lhasa Apso will suit a more active family and one who can handle his complex personality and guarding tendencies. Whereas the Shih Tzu would prefer a calmer household that will be willing to pay him a lot of attention! But whoever you choose, they are both equally loving and affectionate.
When was the Shih Tzu officially recognised as a breed?
In 1934, the Shih Tzu Club of England was founded and the breed was officially recognised by the Kennel Club (UK) on 7 May 1940.
How big does an imperial Shih Tzu get?
An Imperial Shih Tzu is a Shih Tzu that is purposefully bred to be smaller than the breed standard. Since the normal Shih Tzu is already classified as a toy breed by most kennel clubs, the Imperial ones are extremely tiny with a height of 9 inches or shorter and a weight between 4 and 9 pounds.
What kind of tail does a Shih Tzu have?
The tail is carried gaily curled up over the back. The gait is long and swift for such a small dog. The shih tzu is covered with luxuriant, long, straight hair. This double coat does require a fair amount of upkeep, especially if left long on these short dogs so that it sweeps the ground.
Is the Shih Tzu the right dog for You?
A Shih Tzu may not be right for you. Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperamentis less predictable than the inheritance of physicaltraits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training. You can avoid some negative traits by choosing an ADULT dog from an animal shelteror rescue group.