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, Beyonc√©, 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