Imperial Shih Tzu Dog Breed Facts & Information

Imperial Shih Tzu Dog Breed Facts & Information
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Adopting a dog is a big commitment and you need to find the right breed that fits your lifestyle. Size, energy level, and personality all have an effect on not only your life but the happiness of your new dog. Researching different breeds is a great way to start off the adoption process!

If you have the right kind of life for a small, sweet, and kid-friendly dog, then you might want to consider the imperial Shih Tzu.

The Basics

The imperial Shih Tzu is a small dog with an adult weighing 7-11 pounds, according to Allshihtzu. Imperial Shih Tzus are only 9 inches tall maximum. Life expectancy of the imperial Shih Tzu is around 16 years.

The History

The Imperial Shih Tzu is a smaller version of the traditional Shih Tzu. There is really very little difference in the two as far as genetic makeup is concerned, but the preferred size of the Shih Tzu was much smaller for the Royalty.

According to the American Kennel Club, the Shih Tzu was introduced in China in the mid-17th century when dogs were brought from Tibet to the Chinese court. These dogs were bred in the Forbidden City of Peking.

This breed is not recognized by the AKC.

The imperial Shih Tzu is in the company of the Maltese, Pomeranian, and Yorkshire Terrier in the Toy Group!

The Personality

A true imperial will be just as healthy, playful, and fun-loving as any larger Shih Tzu. The traditional Shih Tzu is a sweet, affectionate and charming dog that will be a great companion to a family, according to the AKC, and the imperial will be just the same.

Imperial Shih Tzus want to be with their family and partake in anything you're doing. They are not hunters, guard dogs, or retrievers. They are a lap dog and want to snuggle with you!

However, they can be alert and bark at times when a stranger approaches, but with a few pets, they'll be that newcomer's best friend.

The Appearance

The imperial Shih Tzu is a smaller version of the traditional Shih Tzu. They are sturdy and lively with a long flowing double-coat. They are compact and solid —small but mighty!

In the traditional sense, these dogs will have long luxurious, double-coats that flow to the ground. However, some owners choose to keep their coats short. Females tend to have their head hair tied up in a bow.

Imperials tend to grow hair fairly quickly and will require brushing 2-3 each week to keep their coats free of matted hair. Some groomers recommend spritzing the imperials' fur with water before brushing.

Imperial Shih Tzu essential facts:

  • Personality: Fun, affectionate, sweet
  • Energy Level: Somewhat active
  • Barking Level: Barks when necessary
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Trainability: Responds well
  • Height: Up to 9 inches
  • Weight: Up to 11 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 16 years

Interested in other breeds? Check out this article about toy dogs and this list of different husky dogs.

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