Sep 1, 2003, 8:27 AM
Perhaps you are thinking of the Lhasa Apso, Tibetian Spaniel or maybe even the Tibetan Terrier ... ... The Apso was supposed to have been used as temple guardians.
Re: [mackay_low] Q: What defines 'utility' breed?
Although the Shih Tzu has its roods in Tibet ... the Shih Tzu as known today was (by most accounts) perfected in China as "companion dogs" for royalty ... which is probably as toy as they come ...
And temperament-wise ... Shih Tzus are not expected to be watchful or wary of strangers ...
The AKC Standard describes the Shih Tzu's temperament as follows:
" ... Temperament : As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is that of a companion and house pet, it is essential that its temperament be outgoing, happy, affectionate, friendly and trusting towards ALL ..."
The KC Standard describes a Shih Tzu's temperament as "Friendly & Indepedent".
So, we are still left with the question - how come the Shih Tzu is classified as "Utility" ... a puzzler for sure ...
(This post was edited by surchinmy on Sep 1, 2003, 8:29 AM)