One theory of the existence of the Shih-Tzu breed is that it stemmed from the Lhasa Apso. The Dalai Lama gifted the emperor of China a Lhasa Apso. It is believed that it was that Lhasa Apso that was used to breed Shih-Tzu dogs. Today, Shih Apsos are a popular mixed breed. (6/15)

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