15 Informative and Interesting Facts About Shih Tzu Dogs

#4 While the breed’s name means “lion dog,” Shih Tzu are also nicknamed “chrysanthemum dogs.” The nickname reflects an apparent resemblance between the long hair on Shih Tzus’ faces and the petals of a chrysanthemum flower.

#5 The name “Shih Tzu” in Chinese means “lion dog,” reflecting both the breed’s lion-like features and the legend that Buddha rode to earth on the back of a lion.

#6 The breed’s more formal name is Tibetan Shih Tzu Kou. “Shih” is Chinese for “lion,” and “kou” means dog. “Tzu” roughly translated means “son” or “child.”

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