Shih Tzu Care: Characteristics

The Shih Tzu is a little dog that is strong and has a thick, long double coat. This breed is favored by fans of toy dogs because of its alert, self-assured, lively, and brave temperament.

Shih Tzus are an ancient breed that have a long history of serving as nobles' lap dogs.Shih Tzus are well-known for their endearing and cuddly personalities. 

They appreciate attention and will demand a lot of it, and they adore nothing more than spending time with (and sitting on) their humans. 

They are friendly toward strangers and adapt well to both big and small families and homes.

Shih Tzu derives its name from the Chinese term for "lion" due to the breed's resemblance to the canine species. It is possible to find evidence of the Shih Tzu's origins in older breeds, particularly in Tibet. 

According to DNA testing, the Shih Tzu and Lhasa apso are more closely related to wolves than most other dog breeds.

There are conflicting timelines over the last 1,100 years regarding the precise beginnings of the Shih Tzu as a pet in Chinese royal households. 

As a result of its use as a royal house pet by Ming Dynasty royalty from the 14th to the 17th century, the breed came to be renowned as a noble dog in China. In the late 1800s, they were also a favorite of the Empress T'zu Hsi.

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