Dog returned to Namath's daughter five years after disappearance

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The daughter of football hero Joe Namath said her dog is back at her Florida home after disappearing about five years ago.

Girl, dog, mauled by pit bull

CORONA, Calif., May 13 (UPI) -- A California teen and her dog are recovering after being attacked and mauled by an unregistered pit bull, the girl's family said.

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Man reunited with dog after 5 years

GREENFIELD, Ind., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An Indiana pet adoption center says it reunited a man with his Shih Tzu five years after the little canine went missing.

Puppy-nappers hit two Texas pet stores

DALLAS, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Thieves broke into two suburban Dallas pet stores overnight and made off with nine puppies, stuffing some of them into a suitcase, a store owner said Monday.

War vet to be evicted for comfort dog

NEW YORK, May 28 (UPI) -- A New York City housing complex board is threatening to evict a Afghan war veteran for keeping a comfort dog to relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Dog with cancer surprises everyone

URBANA, Ill., May 26 (UPI) -- A 13-year-old Shih Tzu keeps bouncing back from prostate cancer, though he may have only six months left to him, his Illinois owners say.

Montreal pet daycare lies about dog death

MONTREAL, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- About 15 people gathered in Montreal to protest the death of a Shih Tzu that was mauled to death by other dogs at a pet daycare, officials said.

Kennel owners admit lying in dog's death

MONTREAL, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The owners of a Montreal kennel have admitted they lied about a dog escaping when it fact it had been killed by other dogs, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.
'Handbag dogs' handed off to shelters

'Handbag dogs' handed off to shelters

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Animal shelter officials in Britain say miniature dogs are being abandoned at shelters as women who embraced the trend for tiny dogs move on to other things.
Shih Tzu bites Home Depot greeter's nose

Shih Tzu bites Home Depot greeter's nose

OTTAWA, April 19 (UPI) -- Home Depot Canada is considering policy changes after a greeter lost part of her nose when she tried to pet a customer's pet Shih Tzu dog in suburban Ottawa.

Dog wants to help with mowing lawn

CINCINNATI, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- A retired Cincinnati firefighter says his pet Shih Tzu loves to sit on his riding lawnmower with him when he cuts his grass.

Cabbie returns jewelry worth thousands

ATLANTA, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- An Atlanta cab driver says honesty mandated he return a Rolex watch, and diamond rings and earrings left in the bag of a traveler from Naples, Fla.

Firefighters use vacuum to rescue dog

PLUM, Pa., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Pennsylvania said they used an industrial-strength vacuum to pull a Shih Tzu puppy out of an abandoned well.

Dog is lost, found and found again

CORONADO, Calif., May 15 (UPI) -- A Southern California family was reunited with their beloved Shih Tzu a month after he escaped their yard.
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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)

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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