They are called “Dynasty Dogs”. They are regal looking Shih Tzu originated in Tibet and lived a pampered life as it was bred in the Chinese Imperial Palace long ago. The Shih Tzu, also known as “little lion” and the “chrysanthemum dog” is a wonderful companion dog. The dogs are happy, energetic, alert, loyal and affectionate. With a bit of a stubborn streak, the Shih Tzu still loves those that live in its household and even other people and other dogs. Its long silky hair and rounded teddy bear face make this toy dog a beloved pet. Although a bit high maintenance, the Shih Tzu makes a wonderful pet and is a pro in the dog show circuit. The Shih Tzu is unique because it is a breed that is both glamorous and athletic. Here are 20 things you didn’t know about Shih Tzus.