Before Choosing a Shih Tzu Consider These

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“My Shih Tzu is an adorable, sweet, cheerful doggie, always willing to take a little play.” “This breed is certainly an apartment canine, but I actually have house-breaking challenges with him.” “I can’t let the coat get beyond a couple of inches before they have to be shorted.” “Oh, Alex, you have no idea about how much hassle I needed coping with to leash training her due to her cussed attitude, but required quite a long time.” “I’ve known one Shih Tzu only, actually, and he was a trouble; he barked at me continuously. Except, when I’m petting the other canine; in this instance, he jostled that dog aside and managed his way into my lap.”

It’s Really Like That?

shih-tzu-dogOh well. These sentences above are quoted from five different people who keep or lived with a Shih Tzu dog. Because I always prefer the large canines – with few exceptions – I never kept any species from this breed. Apart from that, I can mention some more experiences with them.

For example, Monica lives two doors down, and she has an eight years-old Shih Tzu. I use to meet them during walking our animals and use to exchange a word or two. Longer conversation is impossible because her 11 pounds dog tries to attack my Labrador – German Shepherd mixed dog, weighed 70 pounds.

The last Sunday I had the opportunity to talk to Monica without her doggie. She told me how much she loved her pet, although Lucy produces strange things, and behaves a manipulative way. And, a week ago, Lucy bit Monica’s Mom when Carol pet sit her as Monica was away.

Of course, these may be just individual examples, and objectivity requires not to draw hasty judgments. Apart from that, these opinions indicate me some phenomenon. I did understand from the conversations these Shih Tzu owners aren’t the leaders of their pack.

The situation is reversed with them; their pet rules these individuals. And their dog cannot be criticized for that – I’ll explain it later. To understand how these situations can be occurred, let’s look at closely this breed to know what type of dog we faced.

The History of the Shih Tzu Dog

Data legitimate the occurrence of a square, “below the table” sized canines from no less than 1000 B.C. By assembling the historical details and documented data, we can more than likely go through the evolution in China, to know the dog breeds more probable were ancestors of Shih Tzu known today.

An idea of its existence came from paperwork, paintings and artwork objects from A. D. 624. When the Tang Dynasty ruled China – from 618 to 907 A.D. – the Chinese court got a pair of canines from King of Viqur. Those dogs believed to originate from the Fu Lin – presumed the Empire of Byzantium.

Tibetan Origin

The provenance of th is dog type is enough vague, but in all certainty, the breed is Tibetan primarily. The ancient times of the Tibetan “Lion Dogs” is tied with the lore of Indian originated Buddhism. Of course, the lion wasn’t native there, so the Tibetan lamas developed their toy canines to be similar to lions.

It’s probable that the primary small Tibetan Lion Dogs from which actually; the Shih Tzu might be descended arrived in China throughout the Ch’ing Dynasty 1644 – 1662. They were the tributes from the Grand Lamas to the Chinese court. And the Chinese crossed the Tibetan canines using the early western imported animals and with the Pug plus the Pekingese.

Through the Ming and Manchu Dynasties, the tiny lion dogs have been bred and sustained by eunuchs of the imperial palace. And these animals were kept as the solely property of the supreme court. These were hardly ever seen outdoor from the palaces, and anybody caught possessing one might be sentenced to execution.

These doggies wore thick coat and were typically carried in the gown of noble ladies. And they were even used as mattress heaters and positioned on the feet of the empresses and emperors to create heat in the bed.

Chinese Breeding

typical-shih-tzu-profileThese doggies have been bred by designated staff within the Forbidden City in Peking. Consequently, the canine we all know at this time, developed there. As “Shih Tzu” denotes “lion”, and these little canines appeared as a lion, in the Oriental art these canines represented the Kings of Beasts.

This dog is purported to happen to be the smallest and oldest type of the Tibetan “holy canines” and carries some likeness to other Tibetan breeds. In the big part of the lengthy and noble history of China, the breeding of tiny “Lion Dog” was a popular ploy of emperors.

The Name Worth Remembering

Dowager Empress Cixi (T’zu Hsi): does that name mean anything to you? She was the owner of the world-renowned kennel embraced Pekingese, Pug and Shih Tzu canines. She rigorously supervised the kennel throughout her lifetime and tried to maintain the three types of imperial dogs separate.

However, the real breeding was installed by palace eunuchs. This palace personnel crossed the breeds secretly to curb size and build uncommon and fascinating markings. Sadly, the Empress died in 1908, and the kennels were scattered and palace developing turned accidental.

Part of breeding was nonetheless, performed by private people who showed specimens. But, the canines have been nearly absurd to obtain. And following the Communist revolution this dog breed turned extinct in China, as it might be known.

Saving the Breed

Returning army staff introduced a few of the first Shih Tzu into the States throughout the late nineteen forties and fifties. They started programs to breed these little animals. The distinctive magnificence and excellent temperament of them rapidly resulted in popularity.

The comparatively unknown canine turned quickly to one of the most charming and fashionable in among dog companions, after the AKC recognition.

As for their emergence in England, a small amount of species imported from China, between 1933 and 1959. But not everything went smoothly, there were blunders as well.

Seven males and seven bitches contained the gene pool of every current Shih Tzu. In England, the 14 species contained the Pekingese utilized in an admitted cross in 1952. However, due to performed by a novice to the breed, this cross triggered remarkable hassle, and reported.

We need to mention Lady Brownrigg. Three imported dogs formed the basis of her Taishan kennel. Another import deal was realized by Mrs. Henrick Kauffman from China into Norway in 1932. She was lucky enough to get the only Shih Tzu bitch bred yet by the staff in the Forbidden City.

Fascinating story, wouldn’t you agree?

The series will be continued next time,


Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow

Alex Sparrow is a nature enthusiastic for more than seven decades. He was writing nearly 400 articles, reports so far about how to live with your dogs harmoniously.
Alex Sparrow