The Shih Tzu is an ancient breed that has been known best throughout its long history for being a great companion dog. This dog’s name directly translates to "little lion", this is certainly a cool name but unfortunately does not characterize this pup very well. These dogs are lovers and wouldn’t hurt a fly, one would only expect friendliness from these outgoing little pups.
The history of this breed is incredible, they are considered to be among the 14 oldest dog breeds. Their origin is not 100% clear, but the legend goes that they were created by Tibetan monks and given to Chinese royalty as gifts. Some also believe that they originated in China, as dog bones were present there as early as 8,000 BC. Similar looking dogs to the Shih Tzu are portrayed in art and writings dating back to the Chinese Tang dynasty (618-907 AD). This breed certainly gives off the look of royalty. Their long elegant hair and distinct facial features make them look suited to be lying back in a chair while us peasants feed them some grapes off the vine.
Typically weighing between 9-16 pounds, these dogs will love to join you everywhere you go. They especially enjoy meeting new people, and they are persistent when it comes to making new friends. It is hard to ignore these dogs, as they will instantly put a smile on your face, especially when their owners decide to give them a pretty top knot with a bow. Given that they are so friendly, you can expect your walks with them and visits to the dog park to take a little bit longer.
The truth about the Shih Tzu is that they were bred to be companion dogs, and they do a fantastic job at it. They are so loving and friendly that it’s hard not to adore them. They have been known to show endless amounts of affection to their family and have a lively attitude that is sure to make everyone around them happy. This cute doggo will become so attached to you that they will follow you into every room...yes, even if you don’t have treats in your hand!
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