The Shih Tzu is often mistaken for a Lhasa Apso because they are similar looking little dogs. However, the two breeds are quite different when it comes to their temperaments and conformation. One of the most endearing physical features of the Shih Tzu is the charming shape of their head and the way the hair on their faces grows upwards on the bridge their nose. For centuries, these little dogs have been delighting the world with their delightfully charming looks and endearing personalities.
The Shih Tzu is a lively little dog that was first bred in China where they were highly prized by Emperors. Today, they are classed as Utility dogs with The Kennel Club and have earned themselves a place in the hearts and homes of people all over the world. They are also very popular in the showring both with people and judges alike.
Although the Shih Tzu originates from Tibet, the breed was actually developed in China where they were highly prized by rulers and Emperors. These little dogs lived in imperial palaces all to themselves. They were crossed with the Pekingese to produce the dogs we see today. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century, when China became a republic that Shih Tzus first appeared in the West, although the first official record of the breed arriving here in the UK was a few years later in the thirties.
In 1949, the Shih Tzu was recognised as a breed in its own right by The Kennel Club and over the years, these charming little dogs have been a huge hit both in the show ring and the home environment thanks to their adorable looks and sweet, albeit lively and often mischievous natures.