Toy breeds are especially popular amongst the middle and upper class, and many are considered lovable and friendly. Shih Tzus are one of the most sought after breeds in this category. There are a plethora of things that people do not know about this particular breed, though.
1. Shih Tzus’ full name is Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou or Tibetan lion dog.
2. Shih Tzus are known as the Chrysanthemum Dogs. Because of their odd fur coloration and fun face shapes, they resemble the chrysanthemum flowers.
3. Shih Tzu is Chinese for “Lion Dog.” They are fluffy and often have golden or reddish fur, contributing to their lion-like appearance.
4. These dogs were not introduced to the United States of American until after the Second World War. The soldiers returned home with these adorable companions.
5. Most of the people think that Shih Tzus are Chinese, but they were first bred by Tibetian monks and were gifted to Chinese emperor from time to time.
6. The soldiers more likely than not adopted this breed of dog because the communists tried to annihilate the breed entirely. During the Second World War, the red countries attempted to rid the world of one of the oldest living dog breeds from the Ming dynasty.
7. The shape of the faces of these cute little creatures renders them susceptible to heat stroke. This is odd, considering that the shape of a face could possibly contribute to such a phenomenon. The double coat doesn’t help with that situation either.
8. There is a myth surrounding the Shih Tzus regarding one of the most popular religions in the Eastern world. Buddha presumably rescued one of these valuable little pups when he was assaulted by robbers. He kissed the head of this dog, and the fur turned white. Now there is a large amount of Shih Tzus with blessed markings on their heads.
9. Most of the time, dog breeds that are mixed or impure result in respiratory problems. Breathing becomes strenuous and taxing on the animal. Snoring is usually an accompaniment. Shih Tzus are one of the only pure breeds to suffer from this abnormality. They tend to have many problems with breathing, and snoring is second nature to them.
10. Shih Tzus are one of the only breeds that enjoy nuisance barking. There are many reasons that dogs bark, but it is actually rather rare that they do so simply out of enjoyment or spite. Toy breeds tend to be more prone to excessive barking than bigger dog breeds, but Shih Tzus seem to legitimately take pleasure in this activity.