Most experts believe that the parent breed, the Shih Tzu is a cross between the Lhasa Apso of Tibet and a small dog from China (a Pekingese for example). Often favored by Chinese royalty, they graced the royal courts of the Tang dynasty (618 to 907). The Shih Tzu became popular among commoners during the Ming dynasty; however, during the Chinese Revolution, the breed was nearly eradicated, with only seven dogs of each gender saved. It is from these dogs that the modern Shih Tzu is descended. In the early 20th century, Shih Tzu’s were brought to other countries like Norway, England and the United States. A standard to define the Shih Tzu was established in 1938. Many veterans from World War II returned to the United States with their adored companion the Shih Tzu, and the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The French Bulldog, an irresistible canine from England (and then called the toy Bulldog), was first bred by lace makers as companions. When the loss of their craft forced a move to France, they took their little dogs with them. In France, the toy breed was further bred with the Terrier and the Pug, and the name changed to the French Bulldog. Today, this popular breed is a Hollywood star, living in the homes of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Martha Stewart.