Myko traces back the history of Shih Tzu.
His family history.
After the death of the Dowager Empress Cixi in 1908, the Imperial Kennels were dispersed.
Some private breeding was still practiced, but the breed became very difficult to acquire and very rare.
After the Communist revolution, the breed went extinct in China.
The gene pool of the Shih Tzu today is made up of the DNA of seven male and seven female Shih Tzu.
Three of these were a part of Lady Brownrigg’s Taishan kennel in England.
The only Shih Tzu of the Imperial kennel to reach western soil belonged to Mrs. Henrick Kauffman. She imported this female Shih Tzu from China to Norway in 1932.
The breed was brought to the US after WWII with returning military personnel.
On September 1, 1969, the breed received AKC (American Kennel Club) recognition at last!
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