Things to Know About Imperial Shih Tzu

Meet the Imperial Shih Tzu, the cutest little pup you’ve ever seen.

Barely reaching nine inches and weighing less than nine pounds, the Imperial Shih Tzu can fit right into the palms of your hands or fit snugly in a large teacup. This is probably why this pup is also known as the teacup Shih Tzu.

The Origin Story of the Imperial Shih Tzu


The oldest recordings of the Shih Tzu breed can be traced back and seen in tapestries dating back over 2000 years in Ancient China.

The Temperament of the Teacup Shih Tzu


The Imperial Shih Tzu has spikes of energy. But, because they are so tiny, they tend to wear themselves out quickly. They may be hyper-energetic for a bit and go napping for hours.

Do They Make Good Family Pets?


Because of their lovable nature and easy adaptability, the teacup Shih Tzu can get along well with children and other dogs.

Do Imperial Shih Tzus Bark a Lot?


Due to the Imperial Shih Tzus’ curiosity, they can bark a lot at strangers or anything that sparks their interest. They may also bark as a warning, as a way to get your attention, or as a distress signal.

Training the Imperial Shih Tzu


Although the teacup Shih Tzu is an obedient, willing little dog, they can become stubborn if not exposed to early puppy training.

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