Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Final Part

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.

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Lady Brownrigg and her Shih Tzu

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.

It quickly became popular for its unique look and excellent temperament. history of shih tzu

On September 1, 1969, the breed received AKC (American Kennel Club) recognition at last!

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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 3

Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.

Dowager Empress Cixi  had a kennel of Pugs, Pekingnese, and Shih Tzu that was celebrated worldwide.

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It is thanks to her vigilance that we have the breed as it exists now. 

The palace eunuchs who were in charge of the actual breeding process mixed the breeds in the kennels some in order to reduce defects caused by excessive inbreeding. This also helps to keep the size down and make desirably unique markings on the puppies.

If it weren’t for Empress Cixi, the Shih Tzu as we know it would not exist today.

Myko and his mommy Patricia Skeriotis are very grateful!

Or maybe they’re grown in pots of dog food like this little guy.  😉

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