The Mini Fo-Tzu doesn't have its own track record of the history of the breed as yet, but we can look to the parent breeds to determine more about his past. The Shih-Tzu origins are based in China or Tibet and it is an ancient breed that was treasured as a companion dog. They have a quiet nature and are very intelligent, and were known as the little lion dog because they did look like a miniature lion. They were often given in pairs as gifts to visiting nobles or people of consequence. In 1928 the first breeding pair of the Shih-Tzu arrived in England and became very popular as a companion dog. It was in 1969 that the breed was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club. Their history shows how people orientated they are and they love nothing more than curling up on your lap and being the centre of attention. With a past earned through loyalty and a loving nature, the Shih-Tzu honours its privileged past with quiet dignity. The Toy Fox Terrier had a different past history, being a working dog used to hunt small creatures such as squirrels, rabbits and rats. Their breed evolved from cross breeding the Smooth Fox Terriers with the Chihuahua and Manchester Terriers to achieve a smaller dog that was both fast and furious in the field. Travelling circuses adopted the little dog when they saw what a natural performer he was, and how easy they were to train. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to show off by demonstrating new tricks and will entertain the family for hours. Their history extends back to the 18th century and England but it branched out to be developed in the United States of American and Australia as well, where this gutsy little dog was used as both a hunter and a companion.