Shih-Tzu is traditionally considered a Chinese dog. Tibet is considered to be one of the Shih Tzu families. In 1653, the Tibetan Dalai Lama presented the Chinese emperor with several Shih Tzu dogs, which turned Shih Tzu into a forbidden breed belonging exclusively to the imperial family. As a gift, the emperor sometimes gave the most high-ranking officials Shi-Tzu. The exact homeland of Shih Tzu has not been clarified.