Non-sporting Breeds

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 9-10 in(22.5-26.5cm)
Weight: 9-18 lb (4-8kg)
Coat: Long, dense, not curly, with a good undercoat
Color: All colors permissible; white blaze on forehead and white tip on tail highly desirable in particolors

The Shih Tzu, whose Chinese name means "lion dog," is generally thought to have originated in western China. It resembles a Lhasa Apso except for its shortened face, and could be the result of crossing the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese. Certainly it was the practice of the Dalai Lama of Tibet to give prize specimens of the Lhasa Apso to visiting dignitaries from foreign lands, including those from China. An early standard for the breed written by the Peking Kennel Club, called the most flowery ever issued, reads: "should have lion head, bear torso, camel hoof, feather-duster tail, palm-leaf ears, rice teeth, pearly petal tongue, and movement like a goldfish." This happy, hardy little dog loves children and other animals and makes a good housepet suited to town or country living. It requires a good daily grooming using a bristle brush, and the topknot is usually tied with a bow.
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