The Shih Tzu was believed to have been another dog that originally came from Tibet and were brought to the Chinese court. Shih Tzu means “Lion” and they were also referred to as “the chrysanthemum-faced dog” because the hair grows about the face in all directions. The Shih Tzu’s flourished during the Ming Dynasty, but at the time of the Revolution were widely massacred. Only a few escaped. Around 1930 an English woman living in China imported what she could find to England where the Shih Tzu was refined to look like the ones of today. We had a Shih Tzu for a house pet and was one of the mellowest pets we ever had. They are the most popular breed, year after year, with our customers. The type and breed characteristics of the Shih Tzu are more important than the size. Thus, the size standard is 8-11 inches, with the weight being between 9 and 18 pounds. We have brindle & white, black & white, and gold & white.