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Here Are 10 Fun Facts You Should Know About The Popular Shih Tzu Breed

The Shih Tzus are one of the most adorable and popular dog breeds. In this article, we will learn 10 fun facts about them.

Over 2020, the percentage of dog ownership rose by 8%. This data is provided by Kennel Club. People who are thinking of adopting a dog, certainly have a very difficult choice to make. But one of the most popular choices is always the Shih Tzu.

In the UK this kind of breed is one of their favorite. They do make a perfect family pet.
Following is a list of the 10 interesting facts about this adorable breed.

  • The name
    The name “Shih Tzu” means “lion” in Chinese. This kind of dog was intentionally bred to resemble a lion.
  • Other interesting names
    In the UK, this breed of dog was known as the Chrysanthemum Dog in the early part of the 20th. In Mandarin, it was known as Xi Shi Dog, a name that belonged to the most beautiful women in ancient China.
  • Celebrities
    There are a lot of celebrities who own a Shih Tzu, some of them are Mariah Carey, Colin Farell, Nicole Richie, Beyonce’, Bill Gates.
  • Carrying the Tibetan Heritage
    The Shih Tzu appears in some tapestries in China that have an age of over 2.000-year-old. They were prized by the royal family as a valuable gift received by the Tibetan monks.
  • An interesting and mysterious mix
    The origin of the creations of the Shih Tzu is still uncertain. Most believe that it was a mic between Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso.
  • High demand dogs
    In China, the Shih Tzu was so valuable and prized that they refused to make any trade involving them. The Shih Tzu arrived in Europe around 1930 and around 1960 in US.
  • Warmers for winter
    The dogs were kept inside the royal robes or beds of the noble Chinese women. They were used during winters to keep the women warm.
  • The death sentences
    The Shih Tzu was considered an exclusive property only for the noble families in China during the Dynasties of Ming and Manchu. A commoner could be sentenced to death if caught with a Shih Tzu.
  • They almost faced extinction
    During the communist revolution, the Shih Tzu almost became extinct. Only 14 dogs survived the regime change and they are the ones that made it possible to have all the Shih Tzu’s we have today in the world.
  • Different Breed Standards
    The Kennel Club of the UK and the one of America have different breed standards for Shih Tzu. The American one has larger eyes and slightly bigger and rounder heads.

How many of these facts did you know for Shih Tzus before reading this article?
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