Well Groomed and Decorated Shih-Tzus at our Ceres Vaccination Clinic

Rainbow and Jasper are two well groomed and decorated Shih-Tzu dogs who came, along with their matching humans to our pet vaccination clinic in Ceres, Ca. DNA analysis shows that, in spite of their unique and decorative looks, the Shih-Tzu is one of the ancient breeds meaning they are some of the original breeds descended from wolves. Dating back to 800BC there are several Chinese ‘Lion Dogs’ of which the Shih-Tzu is one. Its breeding may include Apso dogs, Tibetan plateau dogs and perhaps Pug. In ancient times these and the Lhasa Apso were favored by Chinese royalty and the breeding was carefully controlled. Their long silky hair does not shed and is therefore hypoallergenic. The coat grows in a characteristic pattern with a colored mustache which is almost always clipped but which, if left to grow can reach down below the dog’s shoulders. Even in a clipped dog, this beautiful long flowing mustache can be identified because it has a color of its own. The Shih-Tzu was introduced to England in the 1930s and soon became known there as the ‘Chrysanthemum Dog’ and my guess is that’s because when their hair is tied up on top of their head it gives them a Chrysanthemum-shaped flower head. The Shih-Tzu breed was not introduced here until the 1950s and in the US it is only known as the Shih-Tzu. The long, beautiful and silky hair can grow to the ground and therefore requires either constant grooming or it must be clipped. Remember that the dogs which need to visit the groomer are often required to have the Bordetella (kennel cough) and/or the Canine Influenza vaccination so check with them before choosing vaccinations. These wonderful little dogs were bred as pets and they are perfect and perfectly safe in that roll. We love having them around our clinics.

– Geoffrey Antipa

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