Shih Tzus may not be the favorite dog breed of the rest of the world, but they’re certainly the favorite of Filipinos.
In a new study by HouseholdQuotes, the most popular dog breeds in 150 territories were mapped out to discover regional and global tastes in canine pets.
The study noted, “A special mention goes to the Shih Tzu, who makes his only appearance in the Philippines. This homely little fellow is originally from Tibet, and developed as a cross between the Lhasa Apso and other Chinese imperial breed.”
The Shih Tzu has a life expectancy of 10 to 18 years. The toy dog was bred to spend most of its life inside royal palaces, the American Kennel Club said.
The German Sheperd and Golden Retriever are more favored in the rest of Asia and Oceania. The Rottweiler is the number one dog in 34 countries, the highest number of appearances in the list for any breed, while the Australian Sheperd is the most-searched breed in the world.