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.
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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