What makes a Shih Tzu Imperial?
The Chinese Imperial Dog or Imperial Shih Tzu is a Shih Tzu bred to be smaller than the Shih Tzu’s written standard of 9 pounds. The AKC recognized the breed in 1969. The name “Imperial Shih Tzu” or “Tiny Teacup Shih Tzu” is often used to describe a smaller sized Shih Tzu, bred smaller than the written standard.
What is the difference between a Shih Tzu and a Imperial Shih Tzu?
Imperial Shih Tzu The description “Imperial” came about as a complimentary term for an otherwise impure and smaller version of a purebred Shih Tzu. By measuring the height and weight of these dogs, you’ll be able to tell them apart from purebred Shih Tzus.
How do I know if my Shih Tzu is Imperial?
The website All Shih Tzu explains that sometimes a smaller version of the Shih Tzu dog will be described as an imperial Shih Tzu. If a dog is closer to the lower end of the weight standard for the breed (9 pounds), the breeder might call it an imperial, miniature, or a teacup.
How big will an Imperial Shih Tzu get?
Physical Features of an Imperial Shih Tzu
|Around 6 inches||Less than 7 pounds||10 to 16 years|
What breed are Imperial Shih Tzus?
Some insist they are directly descended to the dogs from the imperial court. However, an “Imperial Shih Tzu” is similar to the “Teacup Chihuahua”, they are simply bred to be smaller in size but they are not recognised as an alternative breed or class. In fact, they’re not recognised by any major dog show or club.
Do Shih Tzus stay small?
On average, shih tzu dogs range from about eight inches high to just eleven inches high. All things considered, this is still a very small breed of dog. They’re classified as toy breeds because of how small they are even when fully matured.
What age is an Imperial Shih Tzu fully grown?
around ten months old
At what age is a Shih Tzu fully grown? Like many toy dog breeds, the Shih Tzu reaches maturity more quickly around ten months old. Some Shih Tzu puppies may take an entire year to reach their full adult size, but you can expect your Shih Tzu to be at their adult size or very close to it, around ten months of age.
Are Shih Tzus a smart dog?
Shih Tzus are typically considered to be smart dogs and have even been to assist farmers and tradesmen in the past. However, Shih Tzus can also be stubborn at times. Shih Tzu’s intelligence varies from individual to individual, but most people agree they are pretty good problem solvers.
How long do Imperial Shih Tzus live for?
between 10 to 16 years
Your pooch can live for a surprisingly long time, and the average Shih Tzu lifespan is between 10 to 16 years. The Kennel Club estimates that the median age is 13 years and 2 months, so you can expect your pup will make it to their teens and you can enjoy well over a decade with your fur-iend.
Is there a princess type Shih Tzu?
“Muffin is a tiny Shih Tzu (others call it an imperial or princess type; however, I am aware that this is not a separate breed of Shih Tzu).
What is an imperial teddy bear dog?
The Shichon is a mixed breed dog–a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Bichon Frise dog breeds. Affectionate, intelligent, and outgoing, these pups inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents. Shichons go by a few other names including the Shih Tzu-Bichon mix, Zuchon, and Teddy Bear dog.