Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.
Where we left off, these “lion dogs” were in China.
But how did they get there?
Around 600 AD, small dogs from Malta, Turkey, Greece and Persia were being exported to China as gifts to the ruling emperors. It is thought that the Grand Lamas of Tibet made gifts of small dogs to the Chinese Imperial Court as well. Breeding small dogs was an important hobby of many Chinese emperors and empresses over the centuries. They would breed the Western imports with their Tibetan gift dogs and with Pugs and Pekingese.
What resulted is the oldest ancestor of the Shih Tzu.
Stay tuned for more of Myko’s history tomorrow!
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Information Credited To: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history