Shih Tzu Checks

Shih Tzu dog lovers will love our selection of cute Shih Tzu checks. We search online check merchants that offer cute Shih Tzu check designs so you don't have too. Browse our adorable check selection and enjoy your favorite dog checks today.

 
Shih Tzu Puppies Personal Checks

Shih Tzu Puppies Personal Checks

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Bank Checks Plus

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Happy Shih Tzu Personal Checks

Happy Shih Tzu Personal Checks

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Carousel Checks

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Shih Tzu Portraits Personal Checks

Shih Tzu Portraits Personal Checks

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Bank Checks Plus

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Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Personal Checks

Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Personal Checks

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Carousel Checks

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Shih Tzu Personal Checks

Shih Tzu Personal Checks

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Bradford Exchange Checks

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Best Breeds - Shih Tzu Personal Checks

Best Breeds – Shih Tzu Personal Checks

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Bradford Exchange Checks

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Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Side Tear Checks

Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Side Tear Checks

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Carousel Checks

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Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Top Stub Checks

Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Top Stub Checks

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Carousel Checks

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Chevron Shih Tzu Personal Checks

Chevron Shih Tzu Personal Checks

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Bradford Exchange Checks

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Faithful Friends - Shih Tzu Personal Checks

Faithful Friends – Shih Tzu Personal Checks

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Bradford Exchange Checks

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Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Leather Cover

Shih Tzu Pups Keith Kimberlin Leather Cover

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Carousel Checks

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The Shih Tzu – Canine of Heritage

The Shih Tzu with his bright eyes and solid character is a great little dog with an extremely fun nature. Often described as a large dog in a small body he is not yappy like some other small breeds. Being inquisitive and quick to learn with relatively low exercise needs means this little dog is great as a household pet. The breed is even employed as an assistance dog in some areas.

Because of their increasing popularity as a family pet one would be forgiven for thinking that the Shih Tzu is a relatively young breed of dog. In fact this breed is one of the most ancient documented. DNA evidence has shown the breed to be closer to the wolf than the majority of other pet dogs. Bones of the early breed have been found in China from as far back as ten thousand years.

Originating in China the Shih Tzu is rumored to have lived with Buddhist monks, there is no evidence of this belief. It is also thought that the breed was kept as an “ornamental” pet in homes throughout China and Tibet for over 1000 years. In these countries the breed is known as a lion dog. The lion dog title comes from the legend that Manjusri also known as Buddha carried a small dog with him on his travels and when released the small dog turned into a lion in order to carry his master on his back. The name Shih Tzu means lion in the ancient Chinese language of mandarin.

Genetics and origin

Experts believe that the breed originates from a direct cross between the Pekinese and Lhasa apso. The look of the Shih Tzu would confirm this with his snub nose and fine coat. In the 7th century a pair of Shih Tzu’s was believed to have been gifted to the Chinese imperial court, these dogs were said to be a great favorite of the court ladies, often riding in their clothing via long sleeves. This theory is based upon documentation and various oil paintings found in the court and it is also where the small Shih Tzu obtained its title ‘imperial’.

The small dogs were a novelty in China until there breeding and care became taken more seriously by Dowager Empress Tzu. He was said to have been very keen on these little dogs. It was during 1920’s in England that little dogs became popular accessories and were often found sitting on their mistress’s laps during social functions and similar occasions. At this time in 1928 Lady Brownrigg who was living in China with her husband bought a male and female Shih Tzu and eventually amalgamated with Mrs. Hutchings back in the UK to produce what is known as the Shih Tzu breed that is known in America and The United Kingdom today.

Popularity of the Breed

When the breed reached the United Kingdom it quickly became popular. Originally classified in the ‘apso’ group it was quickly realized that the Shih Tzu has quite apparent differences to the Lhasa and was soon recognized as a breed in its own right. Descendants of the imported dogs went on to win Crufts and first entered America from England in the late 1950’s. The breed was recognized by the United Kennel club in 1966. Since then the Shih Tzu has become a popular breed of pet within the Western world too.

A breeder called Freda Evans crossed a pure bred Shih Tzu with a Pekinese in 1952. Her efforts were to breed out certain undesirable traits which she considered unsuitable or ungainly. Her new version of the breed was eventually accepted as standard. This breed modification is said to have corrected;

  • Poor pigmentation
  • Disproportional leg length
  • Facial features that were out of proportion

The Shih Tzu does suffer from various breeding related health problems which include eye and breathing problems and when considering a dog of this breed it is important to find an ethical breeder. By adding the Pekinese gene into the original Shih Tzu mix we are eventually left with a solid and friendly little dog that’s an ideal companion for families of all ages.

 
 

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