Where Are Shih Tzu From?
The Shih Tzu originated in East Asia, China, and Tibet. There are paintings and documentation of the Shih Tzu dating back nearly 1000 years in China. This breed got their name because of their resemblance to the lion, hence the direct translation of Shih Tzu, meaning “little lion.” They were bred to be a house pet and companions for the royal family in China in the 17th Century. The royals cherished these breeds so much that they refused to sell or trade them. They were developed as a cross between the Lhasa Apso, Tibetan Terrier, and the Pekingese.
The Shih Tzu first arrived in the US in the 1930s and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969.