Dog Profiles: Shih Tzu

 Shih Tzu

  • The Shih Tzu’s full name is the Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou which translates to “Tibetan Lion Dog.”
  • It has also been called the “Chrysanthemum Dog” due to the way the dogs hair grows outward from the center of the face reminiscent of a flower. 
  • Tibetan monks once considered this dog to be holy as it stood guard at the Imperial palace in olden days.
  • The average Shih Tzu lives up to 13 years, but some have lived to be 20 
  • A Shih Tzu is considered an adult after one year which is roughly 16 human years.
  • This breed adapts to its environment well. It is able to live in a small apartment or a large estate with relatively the same demeanor for either.
  • Shih Tzus are especially susceptible to heat and should be in air conditioned spaces during the hot summer months. 
  • Like pugs, Shih Tzu snore and wheeze when they sleep. 
  • The Shuh Tzu is one of the oldest breeds still in existence. Bones from this breed were discovered that dated back to 8000 BCE. 
  • There is an old legend stating that the Buddha used to carry this breed of dog with him on his travels, and the dog would morph into a lion whenever a robber or evildoer would confront the Buddha. He would kiss the dog on the head which is why, according to legend, most Shih Tzus have white fur patches on the tops of their heads.