Shih Tsu Breed Origins and Caracteristics

The Shih Tsu is undoubtedly a dog from the Tibet, it is the result of the cross between the Lhassa Apso and the Pekinese; other experts assign the Tibetan terrier as the possible father of the Shih Tsu. There is a lack of consensus about its origins because since always in China and in the Tibet there have been dogs called "lion dogs". But this term refers only to the external aspect and does not imply any concrete definition of the breed. According to a legend, Buda was always accompanied by small lions that increased in size when danger threatened him and that protected their master. Both the Pekinese and the Shih Tsu and the Lhassa Apso dogs were called lion dogs. Unlike other small breeds of this Eastern Region, the Shih Tsu arrived relatively late to Europe. The first reproductive couple was introduced in England in 1930. In its country of origin the Shih Tsu is a guard dog but in Europe and in the United States where it only arrived in 1960 it is exclusively a pet dog.

The Shih Tsu is intelligent, friendly and lively. It is confident and it has the same character peculiarities as the teckel.

Maximum Size: 27 cm. Weight: approximately 8 kg. All the colors are authorized, but a white tip on the tail and a small white highlight on the forehead are very much appreciated. The nose must be black, but in the specimens of chestnut color a dark chestnut nose is also accepted.

The hair is long and thick but it is never wavy, and it has a denser internal layer. The hair falls over the eyes, the cheeks and on both sides of the nose bridge, forming a beard and mustache. On the snout, the hair is held giving it the shape of a chrysanthemum. In its country of origin the shape of the Shih Tsu is disheveled, but today its hair has to be combed and held on the head with a hair pin, so that it highlights the short and square snout and its big round, dark brown and much separated eyes that must not be bulging.

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