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Shih Tzu puppy found after house fire

CLEVELAND, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- After their house burned down and their car stolen, Cleveland couple Howard and Kathy Brown got some good news -- their puppy was still alive.

Labrador retriever retains 'Top Dog' title

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The Labrador retriever fetched its 17th consecutive "Top Dog" title when the American Kennel Club released its list of the 10 most popular U.S. dog breeds.

Brothers found dead in bed

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., July 10 (UPI) -- Two young brothers were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in their beds in Florida. Jules Baudin, 14, and Parker Baudin, 12, were discovered by their mother Monday morning, The St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday.

British pups exchange 'I do's' at Harrods

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Two canines tied the knot at London's Harrod department store this week at an event that cost nearly $6,500.

Rottweiler attacks man and his dog in park

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- A 64-year-old New York man is threatening legal action after a 100-pound Rottweiler attacked him and his dog in a park in Queens.

Woman penalized for failing to groom dog

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 2 (UPI) -- A California woman was ordered to pay $687 in restitution for allowing her Shih Tzu to become so unkempt that the dog was unable to turn its head.

Man buys up newspapers to hide arrest

CHOWCHILLA, Calif., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A California man facing a drug charge spent hundreds of dollars to snap up about 600 copies of his local weekly carrying the news, to no avail.

Mutts named Max most popular in NYC

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The name that a majority of New York City dog-owners choose for their mix-breed mutts is Max, city officials have said.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

Guarding royal palaces worst job in U.K. army ... Labrador retriever is favorite U.S. dog ... Grandmother faces prison for marijuana ... The world as we know it from UPI.
By United Press International

Labrador retriever is favorite U.S. dog

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- For the 15th consecutive year, the Labrador retriever was the most popular purebred dog in the United States.

Ruling: dog helps woman's depression

DETROIT, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A Detroit woman, who said her dog, Max, helps her battle chronic depression, has won her day in court and may keep her Shih Tzu.

Fla. retirees set golf cart record

TIMBER PINES, Fla., March 16 (UPI) -- Residents of a Florida retirement community are hoping their three-mile golf cart parade makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Survey: more chihuahuas in Spanish Harlem

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A New York Times survey of dog licenses shows most Chihuahuas live in Spanish Harlem while the majority of Shih Tzus live on the Upper East Side.

Animal Health: Preparing a dog for summer

The bulbs are blooming, the grass is growing and the shedding of your dog's winter undercoat means it is time to get ready for summer.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

Animal Tales: Products for pampered pets

Decades ago it was a rawhide bone, catnip toy and some perches, but since then pet products have boomed into a $31 billion industry and pet owners can buy everything from cologne to a Burberry raincoat.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
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Shih Tzu
Xeralane's Contradiction participates in the Shih Tzu breed competition during the 129th Westiminster Kennel Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2005 in New York City. Over 2,500 dogs compete in the two day event which judges the purebred canines by best of breed, best of catagory and ultimately best of show. (UPI Photos/Monika Graff)
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The Shih Tzu (pronounced /ˈʃiːtsuː/ SHEE-tsoo, from Mandarin ) is a breed of dog weighing 4–7.25 kilograms (8.8–16.0 lb) with long silky hair. The breed originated in China and is among the earliest breeds. Shih Tzu were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The name is both singular and plural.

Shih Tzu (simplified Chinese: 狮子狗; traditional Chinese: 獅子狗; pinyin: Shīzi Gǒu; Wade–Giles: Shih-tzu Kou; literally "Lion Dog"), is the Chinese name rendered according to the Wade-Giles system of romanization in use when the breed was first introduced in America; the Chinese pronunciation is approximately SHIRR-tsə. The name translates as Lion Dog, so named because the dog was bred to resemble "the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art," such as the Chinese guardian lions. The Shih Tzu is also often known as the "Xi Shi quan" (西施犬), based on the name of Xi Shi, regarded as the most beautiful woman of ancient China, and, less often, the Chrysanthemum Dog, a nickname coined in England in the 1930s. The dog may also be called the Tibetan Lion Dog, but whether or not the breed should be referred to as a Tibetan or Chinese breed is a source of argument, the absolute answer to which "may never be known".

A small dog with a short muzzle and large deep dark eyes, with a soft long, double coat, the Shih Tzu stands no more than 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.) at the withers and with an ideal weight of 4.5 to 7.3 kg (10 to 16 lbs). Drop ears are covered with long fur, and the heavily furred tail is carried curled over the back. The coat may be of any color, although a blaze of white on the forehead and tail-tip is frequently seen. The Shih Tzu is slightly longer than tall, and dogs ideally should carry themselves "with distinctly arrogant carriage." A very noticeable feature is the underbite, which is required in the breed standard.

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