Other Name for a Chrysanthemum Dog

by Catherine Lovering
The Shih Tzu is one of two breeds called chrysanthemum dogs.

The Shih Tzu is one of two breeds called chrysanthemum dogs.

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Chrysanthemum dog is a nickname of two distinct dog breeds: the Shih Tzu and the Tibetan terrier. What they presumably have in common, besides that they're both dogs, is the distinct look of these small dogs -- both could be said to resemble chrysanthemum flowers.

Attributes of Chrysanthemum Dogs

Chrysanthemum dogs -- both Tibetan terriers and Shih Tzus -- have distinctive curls in their fur that resemble the shape of the chrysanthemum flower's petals. The Shih Tzu, also called the Chinese lion dog, is believed to have hailed from Peking in the 17th century. The Tibetan terrier is said to have contributed to the development of the Shih Tzu, and its origins go back more than 2,000 years to monks in Tibet, who kept them as good luck charms.

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About the Author

Catherine Lovering has been a freelance writer since 2006. She has been published in "The Globe and Mail" and "The Legal Edge." Lovering holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria and a Licentate in Law from the University of Ottawa.

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