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Shih Tzu

February 17, 2022

Shih Tzu is popular for being perky and having happy temperaments. Shih Tzus are very friendly puppies and can get along with people of all ages. Shih Tzu gets excited playing with other dogs and pets of other species. 

Shih Tzu is a popular dog breed in America, and they are loved in East Asia. Here are additional interesting facts about the Shih Tzu.

Shih Tzu Means Little Lion

Shih Tzu translates to lion in Mandarin. The Shih Tzu was given the name because of its relationship with the Tibetan Buddhist god of learning. This Buddhist god traveled in the company of a small dog that could change into a full-sized lion.

Shih Tzu Are Also Known as “Chrysanthemum-Faced Dogs”

Shih Tzus are named “chrysanthemum-faced dogs” because their facial hair grows in different directions. The Shih Tzu owners can attest that the dog hair grows up from her snout and in front of her eyes.

14 Dogs Saved the Shih Tzu

The number of Shih Tzu dogs was reduced to almost nothing during the half of the 20th century. But 14 dogs, seven males and seven females, were used to rebuild the Shih Tzu breed.

Additional Fun Facts about the Shih Tzu

  • Celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Beyoncé, Queen Elizabeth, Colin Farell, Mariah Carey and Bill Gates own the Shih Tzu dog.
  • Shih Tzu dogs are very glamorous, and they have athletic bodies.
  • Shih Tzu was brought to the US by military personnel.
  • Shih Tzu dogs were almost wiped out during the communist revolution in


  1. Debra Russell

    So….are they smart? Never read the answer to the title of the article.

  2. Michael Quinn

    I had a shih tzu for 16 years he was a great dog . Starsky died in April of 2017 and a still miss him badly .

  3. James A. Brunt

    In my opinion, yes…. And they are very friendly.

  4. Bill Shep

    Bouncer is approciating 16.

  5. Cynthia Miller

    I want one!

  6. Carol

    Beautiful , smart and lovable pups

  7. Maryann Gagnon

    Thank you for this! I have a Shih Tzu and Bichon mix and they call the dog a Teddy Bear. My dog’s name is Darcy. She is exactly like you said. I have been a caregiver for many in my family and she has been a tremendous help to me. She watches them and if they go in the bathroom she is right outside the door and on occasion has come to get me if she senses something is wrong. Once someone had gotten sick and she heard them.and came for me. I have allergies and she is as hypoallergenic as a dog can be so I am very lucky. I love her so much and I mother could’ve prouder! Thank you,

  8. Cassandra Evans

    I am look for a small dog

  9. Patty Harper Norman

    What a cutie 🥰!!!!


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