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We have too often seen the ASTCA's version of the "Facts About the Imperial Shih Tzu".
Many of these so called "facts" are nothing more than an attempt to discredit the smaller dog and those who breed them.
What is true
The Chinese Imperial or Imperial Shih Tzu does not conform to the standard that the ASTCA - American Shih Tzu Club of America has set for the size THEY feel that the Shih Tzu should be.
ASTC does not conform to the British standard and some other countries, yet they expect you to believe they are the soul authority
That is the only thing that is true about the propaganda they have put out there, even going so far as to have AKC include a flyer with Shih Tzu registrations discrediting not only the smaller dog, but those who breed them. This is slanderous material put out there because of the popularity of the smaller size. It is motivated by money..... money that is being spent on the smaller size dog, rather than the larger standard size shih tzu.
We love the standards. We love the temperament of the breed. They are wonderful family dogs who get along well with children and other pets. What most Imperial breeders love more though, is the smaller size of the same dog. In many cases, the Imperial size is indeed more expensive than the larger standard shih tzu. It is relative though to the number of pups that a Chinese Imperial can produce in one litter, and the time and work involved in raising them to an age where they can go to their new homes.
The Chinese Imperial, or Imperial Shih Tzu is NO MYTH, as the ASTCA states.
There are literally thousands upon thousands of them out there living long happy lives. The life span of the Chinese Imperial is the same as the standard size with most living 12 to 18 years. They have no more serious health problems than the larger Shih Tzu, and are not small because they are unhealthy.
They are small because the breeders have carefully selected their breeding dogs to have smaller lines.
They are small because we want them small.
We cannot speak for ALL Imperial breeders, the same as the ASTCA cannot state that ALL breeders of the Standard Shih Tzu are reputable or ethical, however from what we have experienced, most Imperial Breeders are very concerned with the health of their puppies and select their dogs carefully for health and temperament. Many give 1 to 5 year guarantees on the genetic health of their puppies offering replacements in the off chance that a puppy should die during that time from a genetic disorder and would never knowingly breed any dog that had any serious health issue. What we consider a reputable or ethical breeder is one who is honest an stands behind their puppies. A reputable and ethical breeder offers support, and in most cases has a contract and guarantee spelling out exactly what you are getting.
The smaller Imperial IS recognized by AKC.
AKC takes our money every time we register a litter or a puppy regardless of the size of the dog.
They are registered as Shih Tzu 100% DNA, which is what they are, just in a smaller package than what the ASTCA has designated as the "ideal" size for the United States.
The Chinese Imperial Dog is just a name given by those who have fallen in love with the smaller Shih Tzu to distinguish it from it's larger counter parts.
The Chinese Imperial Dog Club of America sets the World Standard for The Chinese Imperial Dog
we were formed in 2000 so that the breeders and fanciers of the smaller dog could come together and learn from each other and work towards getting the smaller dog recognized as it's own separate version of the breed. The parent club for the Chinese Imperial also has breed standards for this version of the Shih Tzu. Most of your dog sites now do recognize the Chinese Imperial Dog and have special categories just for breeders of this dog.
The Chinese Imperial Dog has it's own separate registry Chinese-Imperial-Dog-RegistryofAmerica.com. We are not the only breed who is a "variation" of another AKC recognized breed. The Biewer Terrier is a variation of the Yorkie by color. The parent club does not recognize the party colored Yorkie, thus the Biewer Terrier was created.
We have stood by for years and ignored the slanderous material created by the ASTCA in an effort to discredit our dogs and the breeders of these smaller dogs known as Chinese Imperials, or Imperial Shih Tzu but when we started seeing the unproven truth about the health of our little dogs distributed by AKC - American Kennel Club Registry upon instruction of the ASTCA.
We felt it was time to take a stand against the untruths from the ASTC !
9 - 16 pounds
Recognized by AKC in 1969.
This weight range in the breed standard is accepted by the American Shih Tzu Club for the United States.
Shih Tzu size parents can
throw an Imperial size,
the imperial size dogs
can throw the standard size.
Slang Terms " Lap Crusher" by Imp breeders
Slang terms by ASTC to describe the Imperials are " Runt" and " Dwarf ".
You can read more details here about all 3 sizes and their history
|Imperial Shih Tzu
under 9 lbs
a smaller version of the Shih Tzu
and is considered by AKC as a Shih Tzu.
The term "Imperial" is a description
of a weight variance of the Shih Tzu
by dog breeders.
Why because the Imperial size is a throw
back of the original dogs in Tibet.
The Empress preferred 7-11 pound dogs
Imperial breeders also prefer the smaller size and even smaller
and pushed to become their own
breed, separate from the Shih Tzu.
Slang Terms are " Imperial", " Tea Cup Shih Tzu ", " Tiny Shih Tzu ", " Toy Shih Tzu." "Micro"
Breed standard is under 9 lbs no taller than 9 in.
Is very different than a Shih Tzu and a Imperial Shih Tzu
Chinese Imperial Dog is registerd as a Chinese Imperial Dog !
Not as a Shih Tzu like the Imperial.
A first generation Chinese Imperial dog has been certified by
weight and measurements stated by the parent club of the CID
To be a second generation CID both parents of the dog has to be a registerd Chinese Imperial by the Chinese Imperial Dog Registry of America, Than those the pup reach 14 months they must also be certified by weight and length to be register by the Chinese Imperial Dog Registry of America.
All 3rd generation Cids must also be verified at 14 months
The Cid is becoming accepted by the RARE breed registry soon.
In years to come when the CID breeders have 1000 3rd generation Cids will become a new breed reconized by the American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service. Than AKC will make the Chinese Imperial Dog is own breed and can be in AKC dog shows and we will compete with the Shih Tzu.
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What does "Imperial" Shih Tzu mean according to Websters Dictionary ?
Of Superior or Unusual Size or Excellence
Imperial ShihTzu and the Chinese Imperial DogWe breed our Chinese Imperial Dog and Imperial Shih Tzu for quality, health and temperament. We prefer our AKC Shih Tzu and our Chinese Imperial Dog to have short level backs, no eye white, straight legs, baby doll faces and tiny noses on gorgeous heads and sweet expression.
Color of our puppies are not our highest priorities, but when I get a beautiful Shih Tzu or one that has vibrant color, I am very pleased.
As a Chinese Imperial and a ShihTzu breeder I prefer the origional smaller version of the breed that standard Shih Tzu was created from and to strive to mantain the same quality as the ShihTzu except we prefer ours origional parent of the Shih Tzu to be shown much smaller, shorter backed and less nose. We fondly call them " Imps " or Chinese Imperial Dog. Chinese Imperial and many Shih Tzu breeders feel the origional smaller version is the highly prized dog Many people refer to them as Tea Cup but that is not a correct term for a Shih Tzu. This term teacup is a poodle or yorkie term.
Our Imperials and Shih Tzu are our family and we want homes where they will have loving parents that will feel the same about them. If you feel that you have that type of home for one of our puppies and desire to be considered for adoption, drop me an email or give me a call. Let's get to know one another. Later, if we both are still interested, then maybe you can drop by for a visit so that we can meet and you can meet my Chinese Imperial Dog and our Shih Tzu dogs.
Member of the Chinese Imperial Dog Club Club
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Chinese Imperial Dog Registry Of America
My Shih Tzu are AKC American Kennel Club registered.
A "Shih Tzu" according to AKC The American Kennel club and dictated by the National Shih Tzu organization the weight requirements of the Shih Tzu is 9-16 pounds. "Imperial Shih Tzu " breeders prefer ours under 9 pounds full grown.
We feel we have every right to show off our best puppies and Adult Shih Tzu in the ring just as any magnificent breed of dog.
In our diligent efforts to become a breed variation of the Shih Tzu, and by not adding another bred of dog to our Imperials we found we can and do show and be accepted as Chinese Imperial Dog by many dog registries and soon AKC. Our healthy Imperial Shih Tzu deserve this right.
Our purebred Imperial Shih tzu are registered with the AKC - American Kennel Club as a Shih Tzu
We breeders of " Imperial Shih Tzu puppies " and Chinese Imperial Dog, specialize in breeding the smaller sized dog which are often called the Chinese Imperials, Imperial Shih Tzu and incorrectly termed as a Toy Shih Tzu, Miniature Shih Tzu, Teacup Shih Tzu, or Pocket Puppies.
Our sizes ranging from 3-9 lbs but many of our puppies mature in the 4-7 lb ranges. We rarely have standard size Shih Tzu. We breed for healthy, quality, temperament and wonderful personalities.
" Imperial Shih Tzu " dog breeder Las Vegas, Nevada. Debbie Jensen. AKC Tiny Imperial Shih Tzu puppies that are referred to as Imperial Shih Tzu, teacup Shih Tzus. Called Chinese Imperial dog, Chinese Imperials or Toy Shih Tzu and Miniature Shih Tzu. Our vey small pups are termed micro.
Imperial Shih Tzu puppies