Incredibly playful, with big dark eyes and the most adorable expression! The name Shih Tzu means "Lion Dog" in Chinese and any Shih Tzu owner will tell you how much they love their little “Lion Dogs” .
While documentation of the Shih Tzu goes back at least goes 1,000 plus years, their history goes back even further. Ancient records show that small dogs with the exact description of the modern Shih Tzu, existed in China as early as 1,000 B.C. These little, fluffy, stocky and compact canines were the ancestors of the modern day Shih Tzu.
While people usually associate the Shih Tzu with China, this Asian breed actually came from China’s western neighbor, Tibet. They are related to the Lhaso Apso breed. Historical wisdom claims that the Chinese then cross bred Shih Tzus with Pugs and Pekingese dogs thereby creating the modern breed now known as Shih Tzu.
Shih Tzu come in many colors and usually weigh between 9 and 16* pounds. They make fantastic and fun, family, lap and companion dogs.
Designer Hybrids are crosses between two or more "purebred" dogs. Various terms exist to describe the bloodlines of these dogs: hybrid, designer, crossbreed, mixed breed, mutt or All American Dog. Our hybrids are dogs are selected for health and temperament to create a trainable family companion that resists the tendency to have inherited defects caused by the previous existing inbreeding of purebred lines. Our Shih Tzu lines have medium to high drive and mst are natural fetchers.
Also known as a Pekishu. This breed is a hybrid between a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese. Huge eyes with sweet faces, they are loyal, snugly and playful. Shinese love to vocalize from alerting to perceived dangers to communicating their needs with their pet parents. F1 generation puppies will have a no/ low shed coat which, like a purebred Shih Tzu, will require regular grooming. Our lines have medium to high drive, they like to please and most are natural fetchers.
This breed is a cross between Shih Tzu and the playful Havanese. Mischievous but loyal, these canines adore their family and get along well with other pets. They are low to non shedding and come in many different colors. They range in weight from 9 to 18 pounds as adults. They make great companion and family dogs and love to snuggle. These pups range from laid back low to high drive.
Teddy Bear is a term used to describe many non shedding breeds like Shih Tzu crossed with another non shedding, long nose breed. Crossing a Shih Tzu and breeds like Bischon Frise, Poodle, Maltese or Yorkie creates a puppy with a round face similar to a child's teddy bear.