Description

Illustration of Shih Tzu

It is popularly accepted that the Shih Tzu originated in China with an ancestry of Tibetan breeds. Indeed, in its early days it was known as the Lhasa Lion dog. The Pekingese may also have played a part in the development of the breed. The first Shih Tzus were shown in England in 1933 and they were shown alongside Lhasa Apsos. Comparison of head type and other features soon established them as separate breeds. In 1934 the Shih Tzu Club of England was founded and the breed was officially recognised in the 1940s.

Breed Group
Utility
Vulnerable Native Breed
No
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
Long
How much grooming?
Every day
Supposedly sheds? *
No
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Flat
Minimum Garden Size
Small/Medium
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.


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