Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Final Part

Myko traces back the history of Shih Tzu. 

His family history.

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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!

Information Credited To: 

http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history

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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Information Credited To:

http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history

 

Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 2

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

Where we left off, these “lion dogs” were in China. Fan with Shih Tzu Being Pet On It

 

 

 

 

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.

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Stay tuned for more of Myko’s history tomorrow!

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Information Credited To: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history

 

Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 1

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

The Shih Tzu is a proud and ancient breed.

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It is widely believed that the Shih Tzu originated in Tibet around 1000 BC. This breed’s history is linked to running themes in Buddhist theology through the image of the lion.

Given that no lions exist in China, some posit that the Shih Tzu was bred to look like a lion and thus fill in for one.

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“Shih Tzu” actual means “Lion Dog” in Chinese.

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Information Credit To : http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history