1) Long HistoryShih Tzu has roots in the Tibet and the Buddhist monks and their history goes back more than 1 000 years. But the breed was developed in China, where they lived in imperial palaces. The first documented Shih Tzu was imported to Britain in 1930.
2) Lion Dog
The name Shih Tzu means lion dog, but there is nothing fierce about them. It is reflecting the Shih Tzu lion like appearance. The Buddhist monks also reffered them as the holy dogs.
3) World War II
This war was a tragic moment in the human history, but at least something positive happened for the Americans. Thanks to the World War II, American soldiers were introduced to a Shih Tzu, a breed that was until than unkown in the USA. They brought Shih Tzu back home and they gained a lot of popularity quickly among the Americans.
In the USA, Shih Tzu is one of the most popular dog breed. According to the AKC registration statistics, Shih Tzu is currently in TOP 15 most registered breed.
Shih Tzu dogs have a lot of fans all around the world. The most famous people who are Shih Tzu lovers are Bill Gates, Dalai llama, Colin Farell and Mariah Carrey.
Shih Tzu height at the withers should be between 8-11 inches, which is 20-27 cms and their height should be between 9-16 pounds, which is 4-7,5 kg. Overall they are sturdy dogs with broad head and large dark round eyes.
7) Almost Extinct
The Chinese communism was a dark time for Shih Tzu, because they almost extinct. It is documented, that only 14 dogs were saved. This means that every Shih Tzu, even the one you have on your lap right now, is a descendant of these 14 dogs.
Shih Tzu has happy, lovely and perky temperament, they are very friendly towards everyone and very lively. They do get along with almost every human and even with other dogs and pets in the household. Shih Tzu are just the ultimate sweet cuddlers.
9) Difficult Housebreaking
One of the few problems with Shih Tzu is, that they are difficult to housebreak. You must be very patient and consistent with young Shih Tzu puppy. Dont worry, it might také them a little bit longer than some other breeds, but they will learn it eventually.
10) Lhasa Apso
Shih Tzu is often times mistaken with Lhasa Apso. Their appearance might be similar and both dogs have roots in Tibet, but their temperament is extremely different. While Shih Tzu is friendly cuddly companion, the Lhasa Apso is incredible watchdog. If you are interested more in differences between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso, i am giving you a link in description.