Shih Tzu means “Lion Dog” in Chinese because their ancestors were very genetically close to wolves. They are cross-breeds of Pekingese and Lhasa Apso. Legend says a Shih Tzu would sleep at the foot of the Chinese Emperor’s bed to serve as a foot warmer. They became almost extinct during the communist revolution when breeding was ceased. By 1930s, there were only about 14 Shih Tzus left around the world and all existing Shih Tzus around the world came from those 14. They do not shed their fur as much as other breeds but they need brushing daily to maintain their beautiful coat. They are very great with other dogs and people but can be very stubborn and slower to train. They are mainly indoor dogs but still needs exercise daily. They do not do well in very hot and humid weather and live about 12-16 years.