You will not find a more compassionate group of dog lovers than those that own a Shih Tzu. Most of the owners are very zealous when it comes to their furry friends. There is probably nothing that can begin a heated debate as when you bring up the subject of Teacup Shih Tzus. Many feel the Teacup Shih Tzu is not a real breed, and others state Teacup Shih Tzus is the same as the Imperial Shih Tzu. Regardless of where you stand in the debate, one thing is true, people love their Shih Tzus.
Teacup is often used to give a description to several breeds. These are generally very small to tiny versions of a standard size dog. The weights of these dogs when full grown fall between 2 and 4 pounds. These are considered designer dogs because they appear to some as an accessory rather than an actual dog. Of course, there are those that have a Teacup Shih Tzu as well as love them just as much as they could any dog. An owner of a Teacup Shih Tzu protects their dog and keeps them safe, keep in mind, there are two sides to this debate.
The biggest debate over Teacup Shih Tzu is if it actually exists at all. Most assume that the Imperial Shih Tzu and Teacup Shih Tzus is one and the same. People recognize that the Imperials are a smaller version of the standard Shih Tzu, which many assume is Teacup Shih Tzu which is just named something else. Of course, those that breed Teacup Shih Tzu, disagree by pointing out Teacup Shih Tzu is much smaller than the Imperial Shih Tzu.
The word “teacup” is used to give a description of the weight of the Shih Tzu. Standard Shih Tzus weigh 9 to 16 pounds while the Imperial will weigh in at less than 9 pounds. On the other hand, Teacup Shih Tzus weight under five pounds. Since there are three different weights, there must also be three different breeds entirely. This has many owners of the Shih Tzus confused.
The American Kennel Club only recognizes the standard Shih Tzu, and they recognized the breed in 1969. No other version of the Shih Tzu has ever been recognized by the AKC. What’s more, the American Kennel Club sees Teacup Shih Tzu is the Imperial Shih Tzu as underweight versions of the true standard Shih Tzu. The AKC actually discourages Teacup Shih Tzu breeding because of what the breeder must do in order to arrive at getting the smaller size, which is breeding runts until you arrive at the size you desire.
Regardless of your opinion about Teacup Shih Tzu or if you are deciding whether it is a real breed or not, they are still lovable little bundles of joy and your lifelong companion. Teacup Shih Tzus is a fun size to enjoy.