He is a smart little guy in that he can do about 10 tricks, roll over, speak, dance, look pretty, play dead, chase your tail, growl , shake hands (paws). You say "that is only eight tricks", well, I have to explain, in a bit more depth, the other two ~ he washes his own dishes...impressive huh! :) The last trick, however, not so, in fact it leads me to believe my sweet fuzzy little Shivan might have needed a "doggy shrink". *speaking in a low whisper*...He tinkles on the sidewalk. Yes, it's the strangest thing. I've knudged him. I go out into the grass and try to coax him saying "it ok Shivan, see Mommy's in the grass ~ this is where big boys do their duty", ...NO, I end up standing out in the middle of our yard while he does his thing on the sidewalk...Go figure. Even though he may show signs of odd behavior, we love him unconditionally.
The Shih Tzu (whose name means “lion”) is reputed to have been the oldest and smallest variety of the Tibetan “holy dogs” and bears some similarity to other Tibetan breeds. For much of the long and illustrious history of China, the breeding of the small “Lion Dog” was a favorite pastime of succeeding imperial rulers.
Prior to A.D. 624, documents show that small dogs were exported from Malta, Turkey, Greece, and Persia as gifts to the ruling Chinese emperors. The are known for prancing around proudly and tend to bring gifts to their owners for this reason. It is likely that the first small Tibetan Lion Dogs from which the Shih Tzu is probably descended came to China during the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty (1644-62) as tributes from the Grand Lamas to the Chinese Imperial Court, and that the Chinese interbred these Tibetan dogs with the early western imports and with the Pug and the Pekingese.Returning overseas military personnel brought some of the first Shih Tzu into the United States during the late 1940s and 1950s and began breeding programs. The unique beauty and
outstanding temperament of this “new” breed quickly found favor families all over. From the first day of formal AKC recognition (Sept. 1, 1969), the Shih Tzu catapulted from a relatively unknown breed to one of the most glamorous and popular of all canine companions.
Our Shivan is our little enforcer, he loves to step in between just the two of us and protect me just as his ancestors did with his mighty roar or he can wiggle waggle his whole body tail and all and cuddle up right next to you. So it's just the two of us hoping you can enjoy a little bit of sunshine out on your walk today!