Shih-Tzu, The Japaneese Lion Dog

The Shih Tzu dog breed has its origin in Japan. This small sturdy dog is covered over with an abundant double coat of long hair lined with a woolly undercoat. Shih Tzu is a proud looking little dog and has hair above the nose growing upward. The breed is characterized by its long, flowing double coat; sturdy build; intelligence; and a friendly, energetic, lively attitude.

The Shih-Tzu is an alert and spunky little dog. Ideally, height at withers is 9 to 10½ inches; but, not less than 8 inches nor more than 11 inches. Ideally, weight of mature Shih Tzu dogs range from7 to 16 pounds.

Responsible and legit breeders breed dogs as close as possible to the breed standard, which does not recognize "toy" or "imperial" Shih Tzu. Shih Tzu far below the normal weight range for the breed may have health problems. If you want a truly tiny dog, select another breed like poodle. This is not the best.


triniz said...

Shih Tzu's origniated from China, not Japan. The phrase is a direct phonic translation of the Chinese name for the dog, which is thought to have come from the Tibet area as a pet dog.

sher said...

you're also fucking wrong lol. they originated from TIBET. get your facts straight dumb asses.

WALL`E said...

the dog is cute but u got it wrong, it's a Chinese dog but Japanese and btw, Tibet- hello can u not see that it's nearly Chinese word, are u freaken blind? Go search it up, Tibet, pshh

Sunny said...

Sher and Wall'e: Arent you intelligent enough to get your point across without using profanity? I came on here to look up Shih-Tzu details, not to be exposed to profanity and insults. Grow up and be professional please!

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Victoria said...

Shih Tzu literally "Lion Dog", is the Chinese name rendered according to the Wade-Giles system of romanization
in use when the breed was first introduced in America; The name translates as Lion Dog, so named because the dog
was bred to resemble "the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art," such as the Chinese guardian lions.
The Shih Tzu is also often known as the "Xi Shi quan" , based on the name of Xi Shi, regarded as the most beautiful woman
of ancient China, and, less often, the Chrysanthemum Dog, a nickname coined in England in the 1930s.
The dog may also be called the Tibetan Lion Dog, but whether or not the breed should be referred to as a
Tibetan or Chinese breed is a source of argument, the absolute answer to which "may never be known".

chermhaeFlitz said...

Shih Tzu.. They're so cute! I really want to have one, but can't afford! ^_^. I'm just happy watching and seeing some pictures of them. Anyways, this is the first time I knew that its called Lion Dog ..^^

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I need to take my dog to get groomed! He has found out how to get out of the backyard, and he went wild through the field. That puppy looks like a hot mess!

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