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    Shih Tzu |China|

    Shih Tzu |China|

    The Shih Tzu is a cheerful, sparky, and gregarious companion who loves to play and to be the center of attention. They have sweet natures and are kind, gentle, and usually calm around the house. Despite their friendly character, they will vigorously sound the alarm if they feel the need and make excellent, noisy watchdogs.

    History

    This little breed traces to the ancient “Lion Dogs” bred by Buddhist monks in Tibet where they were often kept in conjunction with the much larger Tibetan Mastiff and used to sound the alarm on intruders. The breed became very popular in China, particularly with the Manchu emperors of the Qing Dynasty, and developed differently from those in Tibet—the Chinese type became the Shih Tzu, whereas the Tibetan type developed into the Lhasa Apso. Shih Tzus were bred extensively in the nineteenth century by the empress Cixi who kept large kennels for them, as well as for Pugs and Pekingese. They arrived in England in the late 1920s. They were not imported to the United States in significant numbers until the 1950s, but were already popular there by the 1960s.

    Shih Tzu puppies, like all puppies, can be easily injured and should never be left unattended with small children.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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