The history of the Shih Tzu shows that it is an ancient breed with close genetic ties to the wolf. Their skeletal remains have been found in settlements where humans had lived that date back as many as a ten thousand years.
Shih Tzu originated in Tibet as dogs that would fight packs of lions. They are also related to Papillon and, Chihuahua and the Pug.
During the Chinese Revolution the Shih Tzu breed was almost destroyed completely. At that time only seven male and female dogs were saved and every Shih Tzu alive today can trace its roots back to those seven surviving dogs.
Shih Tzu’s were exported into Europe in 1930 when they were classified as Apsos. They were formally classified as Shih Tzu in 1935.
The Shih Tzu breed entered the United States after World War II when they were brought home by returning military from Europe.
Shih Tzu Eye Problems
Shih Tzu’s have big, round eyes that are set far apart from each other. Their eyes tend to bulge out from their heads and can be easily damaged if scratched.
Shih Tzu eye problems tend to focus around inflammation of the cornea and lids that do not close properly.
They also tend to develop a condition called Proptosis which is when the eyeball pops out of its socket and the eyelids become stuck behind the eyeball. This can cause restricted blood flow to the eyeball which can lead very quickly to blindness. They also tend to develop very dry eyes.
If this happens, you need to consult a veterinarian about how to treat it.