DNA analysis of the Shih Tzu has suggested the breed to derive from some of the most ancient dog breeds. The Shih Tzu originated in Tibet during the Tang/Ming dynasties and were highly regarded due to their resemblance to the lion which often is associated with deities. For hundreds of years the Chines refused to trade the Shih Tzu with foreigners as they were such an important symbol of Chinese culture.
It was only in the early 1830s, the Shih Tzu first appeared in Europe and it was after the 2nd world war were the American soldiers stationed in Asia, brought some back.
The standard height of the Shih Tzu is between 20cm to 27cms. The weight should be between 4.5kg to -8.1kg.
Shih Tzu’s can appear in black, blue, brindle, gold, liver, red, silver or any combinations of these colours.