20 Cool Facts You Didn’t Know About the Shih Tzu

16. The breed was saved by 14 dogs

The advancement of the Shih Tzu breed and the savior of its demise is owed to just 14 dogs. After the Dowager Empress Tzu Hsi died and the Shih Tzu breeding program nearly fizzled, 14 pure bred dogs helped revitalize the breeding program. Seven males and seven females with direct ancestry ties to the original Shih Tzus that lived in the Chinese Imperial Palace were bred to continue on the precious line of these regal dogs. Today, every Shih Tzu can trace its ancestry back to these 14 dogs and the line that they come from.

17. The Shih Tzu is close to a wolf

Recent genetic testing has concluded which dog breeds are the closet to their ancestor, the wolf. While Nordic breeds are the closest dogs that match the wild wolf, Asian breeds come very close. Nordic breeds like the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute and the Samoyed are obviously a part of the wolf ancestry due to their appearance and temperament. Recent research has shone that the Asian dog breeds are also very close to the wolf genetically. It may be surprising that small breeds like the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese are closely related to the wolf, but the genetic ties are very close.

18. Breeders

Some breeders label their Shih Tzus for sale as Imperial or Teacup. These breeders are often disreputable. These terms are not official names. Imperial actually denotes a very large Shih Tzu, and Teacup denotes one that is very small. When purchasing a Shih Tzu, it’s vital to research the breeder. The line should be pure. A Shih Tzu should never be purchased from a backyard breeder or a puppy mill. If you purchase a pure bred Shih Tzu through a local breeder be sure to thoroughly research the breeder. If you purchase a Shih Tzu through the internet, be very careful and make sure the breeder is well known and reputable. Look at at all reviews. The average cost to buy a pure bred Shih Tzu can run anywhere from $900 to $2500.

19. They aren’t yappy

Unlike some other small breeds, the Shih Tzu is not a yappy dog. They love attention and are not always vocally shy, but the Shih Tzu is an active member of the family and never intends to annoy. A Shih Tzu will be drawn to keeping its place in the family. One thing is for sure, the Shih Tzu won’t upset the family by being a “yappy” dog.

20. Personality

The Shih Tzu is a truly iconic breed in the world of dogs. The Shih Tzu has an amazing history and a distinguished lineage. The breed is truly remarkable. The dogs are full of personality and bring joy to their human families. As stubborn and precocious as the Shih Tzu dog is a loving, loyal and fun pet. Whether a show dog or a loving companion, your Shih Tzu craves affection and enjoys being a special part of the family. The dogs are precotious, affectionate and fun. The dogs can be stubborn and arrogant but the breed always carries itself well. Shih Tzus are affectionate, loyal and always alert and active in his or her family’s life. The term “class and sass” sincerely fits the Shih Tzu’s life.

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