Top 7 Facts About Shih Tzus 

 Cherished by royalty but unavailable to the public for centuries, the ancient Chinese selectively bred what became modern Shih Tzus just for palace pampering.   

Chinese Palace History  

 Shih Tzu translates to "little lion" in Chinese, likely describing the regal yet cuddly lap dog's proud posture and flowing mane-like fur.

Significant Name Meaning

Requiring diligent daily brushing and frequent grooming, Shih Tzus' long silky coats constantly risk painful matting if neglected.

 High Maintenance Hair  

Close Shih Tzu relatives sharing ancestry and physical traits include Lhasa Apsos, Tibetan Spaniels and Pekingese according to DNA.

Cousins In Company  

Appearing in films, advertisements and television shows, Shih Tzus became famous faces like Buster on toy boxes and Smokey of famed author J.K. Rowling.  

Pop Culture Stars

 Belying small size, Shih Tzus thoroughly enjoy lavishing human owners with hearty affection through lively lifetimes.

Wholehearted Companions  

Beginning as isolated Chinese imperial treasures, globalization introduced beloved Shih Tzus worldwide as devoted toy breed darlings.

 Ancient Meets Modern  

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