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Origins of the Shih Tzu breed

Origins of the Shih Tzu breed

     As the meaning of its name anticipates us, Lion Dog, the shih tzu are majestic dogs, with an elegant presence, penetrating gaze and stately bearing.

origin of the shih tzu breed

The shih tzus come from the "Tibetan lion dogs", thus, it is said that they lived in monasteries around Tibet, where they were trained to participate in religious rites, served as guardians, etc.

It is difficult to know the part of truth and legend that this participation in the temples has, but be that as it may, it is documented that they come from Tibet and that they expanded towards China as a gift to their emperors, it is said that they were the favorites of the emperors Manchu.

      The Tibetan lions were crossed with Chinese breeds, especially with the Pekingese and this is what gave the shih tzu the particular characteristics that it has today, and different from the "Tibetan lion", today known as Lhasa Apsos and that arrived in Europe across India.

The importance of the Empress Tzu Hsi, who was very interested in raising a breed of small dogs, with good character and beautiful hair, has been recognized; paying close attention to family ties and colors.

It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that the Shih Tzu came to Europe, among other reasons because the Chinese were very reluctant to let them out. The first shih tzus to arrive in Europe are believed to have made it to Norway and England.

From here the breed was expanded with a great reception, in some European countries such as the United Kingdom they are the star breed, in others like Spain, they are gradually implanting themselves and making those who know them fall in love.