Fun Facts About Shih Tzus That You Probably Don’t Know

How much cuter could you get than a dog resembling a little fluffy lion? These curious canines have an interesting history leading up to their huge boost in popularity over recent decades. 

Although there are plenty of interesting facts about dogs in general, here are some fascinating fun facts about shih tzus.

Their Name Has a Regal Meaning

The name “Shih Tzu” is derived from the regal Chinese term “Shizi Gou”, which means “lion sun dog”. They’re often called “little lion” as a result.


They Have a Flowery Nickname

“Chrysanthemum Dog” is another popular nickname for them, originating from the way their fur curls upwards and away from their nose like the flower.



Their General Appearance

Shih Tzus are a toy companion breed with a long silky coat. They’re averagely about 9 -10 inches tall and 9 -16 pounds in weight.


They Came From Tibet

No, they’re not Chinese. It’s believed the breed was developed on the Tibetan Plateau by the monks that lived there.


Owning One Might’ve Given You a Death Sentence

During the Chinese Manchu and Ming Dynasties, only those living in the Imperial Palace could legally own a Shih Tzu.

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