Shih Tzu Dog Breed

Shih Tzu Dogs

The Shih Tzu has been seen in documents, paintings, and art objects dating from A.D. 624. Two dogs were given to the King of Viqur during the Tang Dynasty. Their origins, it is thought, come from the Byzantine Empire.

Another story regarding their introduction to China was recorded in the mid-seventeenth century when dogs were brought from Tibet to the Chinese court. These dogs were bred in Peking and many pictures of them were kept in The Imperial Dog Book. One small dog pictured resemble a lion. Shih Tzu means Lion. The dogs for court breeding were selected with great care. It is from these the Shih Tzu known today developed.

A very active dog, alert, intelligent, and small. Good in an apartment, but takes to the outdoors if given the chance.

Height: 9-10 1/2 inches at the withers; Weight: 12-15 pounds.

Coat- Long, wavy and dense. Sheds a little. Grooming at least 2
times a week. All colors.

Cost- averages at $15.00 a month.

Training Information

American Shih Tzu Club, Inc. (M)

Corres. Secretary, Bonnie Prato, 5252 Shafter Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Breeder Contact, Mrs. Andy Hickok Warner, 2 Big Oak Rd., Dillsburg, PA 17019, (717) 432-4351


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