Shih tzu, member of the royal court & pet to the stars

Geri Haliwel(teeny bop all-girl group Spice Girls) has a passion for her Shih-Tzu named Harry. It is reported that she takes the dog everywhere. The dog is not only her best friend but is treated like a beloved off-spring. Harry was a rescue dog before he was taken into the home of this world famous pop star.

The Shih Tzu is a beautiful dog with a very unique appearance. The dog is small but sturdy. The size of the Shih Tzu puts him at a disadvantage. But this breed has always been identified as the “Pet to the Stars” The Shih Tzu is also a much-loved family pet and ranks ninth in the number of AKC registrations in 2005 The Shih Tzu comes in at number 15 of the top 20 most searched for pets on the Internet.

Other Facts About The Shih Tzu:

The Shih-Tzu is often called the Chrysanthemum Dog.

The AKC designation for the breed is Toy Dog Group. The Shih Tzu was first registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1969.


Originating from China, The Shih Tzu was bred originally as a lapdog and companion to Chinese Royalty. The origins of this breed date to the 1800’s when it was developed in China during the reign of the Empress Dowager Cixi (Tz’u-shi, 1861 – 1908) that explains the origins of its name.

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,p>The first reaction of individuals who view a Shih Tzu is that of a small, compact, sturdy dog with a luxurious coat. The Shih Tzu is a picture of royal elegance with flowing tresses. The little face is impish. The body hair flows to the floor. The Shih Tzu is often viewed sitting on a pillow covered in luxurious fabrics of velvet or satin.

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The teeth require regular veterinary attention, as they tend to be lost early. The Shih Tzu makes an ideal family dog. Owners must remember that this breed was bred as a lap dog. But the breed is very playful and lively. The Shih Tzu is a charmer who loves being around people. They are generally good with other pets.

Children love these little dogs. The dog responds well to careful attentive children. They assimilate easily into households that love play and laughter. The Shih Tzu has lots of character. This member of the royal families of China may prove to be a perfect match for your home and family.