Breed History / Description

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. The Shih-Tzu is part of the Utility Breed Group.


Intelligent, active and alert. 


Friendly and independent.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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