Ut-Oh! Did I keep that singular? Yes I did, because the word Shih-Tzu is both singular and plural, much like the word sheep, or fish. I have only recently learned that little fact. It made we wonder what other little bits about the breed I may have not known. I love learning about breeds, hearing their origins, and comparing their ancient lives to their modern lives. That is why we have decided to select a breed each month for discussion so we may share what we know, and learn what you know!
Our first choice, is the Shih Tzu! Time has changed things for so many breeds, but actually, not so much for the this breed.
You may also know that Pekingese have a similar history and are equally as
"royal" in ancient China. But don't be fooled when looking at historical pictures that feature dogs. One way to tell the Pekingese from the Shih Tzu is that the Shih Tzu will have little bumps on its head which is their top-knot, or pony tail keeping their hair out of their face. Today mostly only show dogs have that style as it requires vigilant upkeep, but we still love to decorate our modern day Shih Tzu with bows and such, if not for the same purpose, but simply because they are so darn cute! However, we do have a few Shih Tzu on the longer side.
It is always best to research a breed before purchasing or adopting, and this blog post has only been a tiny bit of information about this breed. They really are fun, funny, cuddly dogs with so much to talk about and we just LOVE them. And regardless of all the books, all the history, all the breeders' knowledge, you can bet there are exceptions to the "rules". If you have any unique or funny stories about your Shih Tzu, (or Shih Tzu mix) or any pictures, please share. We'll post them on our Facebook page if you don't mind. Send them to us via Facebook, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us what you've learned about the breed and what you've proved wrong!
Thanks again for stopping by, we'll have another breed to discuss next month!