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Imperial Shih Tzu Facts

Let’s look at the facts about the “teacup” or Imperial” Shih Tzu.

The words “tiny teacup” and “imperial” are used in an interchangeable way to talk about the puny Shih Tzu. In truth though, the terms “tiny teacup” and “imperial” should be thought about for what they actually are, and that’s a myth that’s espoused by breeders who are unethical to create a brand new market for puppies that fail to meet the breed standard. These miniature dogs aren’t the same thing as what the Shih Tzu was when it was initially built as a unique breed in the imperial palace in China, and it is not what it should be either.

Maybe you know of a friend, read an advertisement in the newspaper, or scoured the Internet, and you saw, read, or heard the words “tiny teacup” or “imperial” used to describe how special and unusual, and possibly pricier, their dog could be. The real breed standard was granted approval by the AKC and the ASTC, and it outlines a range of weight of nine to 16 lbs.

The breed standard is a description that’s written out of the perfect dog of a certain breed which it is judged at by dog shows. Breed standards make up a part of every dog organization. The initial standard that was written out for the Shih Tzu in the late 1930s, and it said that the perfect weight for the Shih Tzu was about ten to 15 lbs. Nowadays, the standards for the Shih Tzu breed which are given approval by dog breed registries across the globe that are purebred are extremely alike to the breed standard of 1938 written by the Peking Kennel Club. They know that the Shih Tzu’s is a delicate dog. It is sturdy and solid even though it has a compact size though.

Why would a person want to veer off from the weight that the American Kennel Club wants in their breed standard, or to refer to the breed anything other than what it was called by the AKC in their name? Is it just a fad that they made to get a higher amount for a breed that doesn’t meet the breed standard? These kinds of breeders have downsized a Toy breed that was already designated deliberately. In so doing, they run the risk of distinguishing breed characteristics being lost and the general health of the dog going down too. These are the characteristics that great breeders have done tremendously hard work to preserve well. Some breeders do harm when they cross-breed two unique breeds that are recognized by the AKC deliberately to make what they refer to as “designer dogs”.

A lot of these breeders that have less than credible practices that create undersized Shih Tzus say that their Shih Tzus have the “imperial” gene. There isn’t any proof for such a claim. The size reduction happens by breeding the tiniest puppy in one litter with the smallest puppy from a different litter , and to keep doing this until a tiny “teacup” dog is made. This creates an extremely tiny Shih Tzu, but it also makes puppies that could have health issues. This isn’t a signal of an “imperial” gene, but of just proof of bad breeding practices.

A dutiful breeder doesn’t advertise a little runt as a “teacup” or “imperial” dog. Instead, it would be sold just like an ordinary pet, as a dog in the companion dog group that isn’t supposed to be used for further breeding. Breeders that are responsible work to breed dogs that are healthy that match up with the breed standard. The perfect Shih Tzu is a healthy, active, and sturdy dog that has great substance even though it has a small size. Those wanting an extremely small pet should pick another breed instead of destroying the Shih Tzu’s unique characteristics which make it such a great companion dog.

There isn’t any such thing as an “imperial” or “teacup” breed that gets official recognition from the AKC. All domestic registries other than the AKC aren’t recognized by the ASTC. Breeding using different registries could have lost their breeding and registration privileges for different reasons.

 
 
 
 
 
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