The buoyant and bouncing Shih Tzu has been treasured by its owners for over a 1000 years. They may have originated from crosses between the Lhasa Apso, Tibetan mountain dog, and Pekingese, as giving dogs as gifts was popular between neighboring Buddhist countries for many centuries. They were a preferred house pet for most of the Ming Dynasty and received a wider audience when they were brought to England during WW2, and America soon after. These are exclusively a house pet and devoted companion. They are typically generous with their affection but are not pushovers. Their flowing, generous coats require regular grooming and maintenance to stay lovely and free of tangles.