A Shih Tzu is a breed of dog weighing 47.25 kilograms (8.816.0 lb) with long silky hair. The breed originated in China. Shih Tzu were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The name is both singular and plural. The name Shih Tzu comes from the Chinese word for 'lion' because this kind of dog was bred to resemble 'the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art,' such as the Chinese guardian lions. (There is also the Pekingese breed, called 'lion dog' in Chinese). 'Shih Tzu' is the Wade-Giles romanization the Chinese characters , meaning lion; Wade-Giles romanization was in use when the breed was first introduced in America, but in modern times Pinyin romanization is used, rendering it shzi.
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