A teacup shih tzu is a very small dog. They are considered under the category of toy dogs. Some breeders of Shih Tzu like to select their smaller and to breed them distinctly. The reality of the teacup Shih Tzu is that it is basically the same as any other Shih Tzu. There are no guarantees that the teacup Shih Tzu might not grow to be smaller than the average Shih Tzu when it matures. Trying to obtain teacup Shih Tzu, the breeders of teacup Shih Tzu just pair the smallest dogs of each litter they have and just call them teacup.
Most of the renowned kennel associations discourage the discriminate breeding of teacup Shih Tzu dogs. All the breeders of Shih Tzu dogs must meet the same conditions for the health and general features of their dogs. Some irresponsible breeders might overlook some health problems that may arise from breeding dogs that are so small. There are also genetic restrictions that could be overlooked by some irresponsible breeders While not allteacup Shih Tzu breeders are irresponsible, it goes against the grain to try and bring out dogs that are below the standard size of what is supposedly acceptable for most kennel clubs.
Main Characteristics of the Teacup Dogs of this Breed
Normally, there will be no differences in the overall features of the teacup shih tzu. Don’t let the breeder to fool you, if a Shih Tzu is smaller when puppy, it does not necessary mean it will keep a smaller size when adult.
The regular height for the Shih Tzu dogs is up to ten inches at the withers. If the dog is carefully raised and has the appropriate genes, it may stand less than the regular size when it matures. Nevertheless, you should know that seven inches at the withers is the minimum height considered regular by some kennel associations. Many breeders expect that some of their Shih Tzu puppies to grow as teacups or miniatures, but they actually grow close to the regular size of normal Shih Tzu dogs.
The weight of the average Shih Tzu is about ten to sixteen pounds. Most of the so called teacup Shih Tzu dogs are very close to this weight range. Since the Shih Tzu is a small dog when matured, teacups only look smaller than the average Shih Tzus when they are puppies but it is difficult to spot the difference in height and weight when the dogs have matured.
Regardless the size, there are common physical features for this breed. The dog breed has hanging ears which are covered with long hair. Their long coats need to be brushed every day, to prevent snarls and tangles that may turn into matted hair. Many Shih Tzu owners opt to have the hair cut short for better maintenance while most show dogs retain their long hair for show purposes. Teacup Shih Tzus also have the same hair characteristics as the average Shih Tzus. They have flowing tails that curl on their back.
Characteristics of their Personality
The teacup Shih Tzu does not differ in temperament from the regular ones. They have a proud appearance, as they were initially raised for the Chinese royalty. These lapdogs were considered small enough to tuck into the ladies clothes when necessary. Shih Tzus are basically even tempered and quite playful. Although they are friendly dogs, they can be fierce with danger and protective with their master. The teacup Shih Tzu needs only an apartment or small house to live healthy and happy. You will need to walk them every day.