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History of the breed (Origin)
The breed has a long and difficult history. The Shih Tzu originate from Tibet, but the formation and development of the breed took place in China, where the Shih Tzu lived in imperial palaces. According to legends, the Shih Tzu accompanied the Buddha on his wanderings, sometimes turning into a lion so that the Buddha could rest, traveling on the back of a powerful beast. The first name of the breed is a lion dog, and in Chinese “Shih Tzu” means “lion”.
According to one version, the ancestors of the breed were the Lhasa Apso and Pekingese, according to the other, the Shih Tzu descended from Tibetan terriers. The Shih Tzu came to Europe in the 30s of the XX century, and quickly gained popularity. The first club of breed lovers was created in 1933, and the first standard was approved in 1948.
Shih Tzu character
Shih Tzu are absolute extroverts, fun, mischievous, loving and trusting.
They are cute, gentle tame dogs and great companions.
Little optimists love to play and lie around. They are attached to the family and get along well with children who are careful with them.
Due to their lively temperament, they are good companions not only for humans, but also for other animals. Shih Tzu tend to find common ground with everyone.
Since the Shih Tzu are dogs with dignity, sometimes they can seem proud.
Shih Tzu need a lot of attention and love to be at the center of it. These dogs can sit on their arms for hours, bask and cuddle. You should not get such a dog for people who spend little time at home and cannot pay enough attention to their pet..
Description of the Shih Tzu breed
The price is also influenced by the titles of the puppy’s parents. For example, Shih Tzu puppies with RKF documents (that is, a puppy card) and a brand, and at least one of the puppy’s parents has the title of Champion of Russia. The price of such puppies starts from 15 thousand rubles. and can reach up to 30-40 thousand rubles. This is the “standard” price category. [/сolor-box]
If one of the puppy’s parents is brought from abroad, i.e. imported, and / or has the title of MultiChampion or Champion of some country (not Russia), then the price of such a Shih Tzu puppy starts from 35-40 thousand rubles. and can reach 120-150 thousand rubles. This is already the premium price category. The presence of vaccinations, brands and documents (a puppy card or even a pedigree) is implied by itself. As a rule, such puppies are sold from among the few kennels representing Russia at international dog shows such as European or World Championships. Puppies from these nurseries are always very successfully exhibited at dog shows, including international ones, and the offspring are very well sold not only in Russia, but also abroad..
It is not very common to find an offer of a Shih Tzu puppy at a price of 60-70 thousand rubles. These Shih Tzu puppies are in the luxury price category. They are uniquely positioned as Show-class dogs. There are very few such especially high-quality high-breed puppies with clear impeccable prospects in the show career and in breeding in Russia, literally a few. As a rule, such puppies are acquired by professionals, or people who are very well versed in the breed, who understand that the funds invested in such a Shih Tzu puppy will pay off in full and bring the owner not only moral, but also material satisfaction.
If you want to be sure that you are getting a healthy puppy, try to do it in a professional, officially registered kennel. Moreover, every self-respecting kennel does not leave buyers of their puppies to their fate, but supports and helps them both in word and deed. The buyer can consult with the puppy’s breeder (i.e. in the kennel) on any issues of keeping the puppy and caring for him, get practical help in raising and training the puppy.
Shih Tzu Nurseries:
1) Chesvet Line, Balashikha //chesvet-line.ru/
2) Grand State’s Moscow //grand-stats.ru/
3) Kindley Glans Moscow //kg-shitzu.ru/
4) Ragsol Moscow //www.soldatowa.narod.ru/
Shih Tzu Photos
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