Things to Know: Imperial Shih Tzu


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

Their name, traditionally Shih Tzu Kou, translates to lion dog and they were revered in imperial courts and believed to be sacred.


What is an Imperial Shih Tzu?

An Imperial Shih Tzu is a Shih Tzu that is purposefully bred to be smaller than the breed standard.


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.


Do They Make Good Family Pets?

Imperial Shih Tzus are known for being affectionate, outgoing, playful, and loyal. They are well-suited for individuals, as well as both small and big families alike.


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.


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