Fancy Dancing Shih-Tzu

Ever Watch a Shih-Tzu Strut "Looks like Dancing to Me"



A little about Shih-Tzuís Size and History

The Chinese Imperial Dog!

An Imperial Shih Tzu is a terminology we use to distinguishh size not a pharse used to sale a baby. It is a smaller size Shih Tzu, however by being smaller it does in no way whatsoever compromise their health! Imperials range from 3 TO 6 pounds realistically, most of mine will range from 4 to 6 lbs. Then you have the Smalls range from Over 6 and up to 9 pounds.  They are petite and carry all the attributes the standard size Shih Tzu does only they do not meet the AKC standard required to show your shih tzu. We know there is a lot of conflict on the internet regarding "Imperial" Shih Tzu's. No they are not a breed of their own; they are still a Shih Tzu. The word Imperial or Small is just a term. See Term for Standards listed in AKC, Size, Proportion, substance.

Now the Golden Statement! Here are just a few I here all the time:

"There is no such thing as an Imperial Shih Tzu"

"Imperials are just the Runts in the Litter"

"Imperial is only a Term Used to Sale a Puppy"

WELL, Let me ask you , "the public".  Could you pitcure an Emperor Standing with a 10 to 16 lb. Shih Tzu inside of his Sleeves?  This is where they used to hold their dog, LOL. Also did you know there is a Club for the Imperial Shih Tzu? It is the CID Club, no I am not a member at this time.  Shih Tzu where thought to have been Much smaller before they began exporting the Shih Tzu to other countries and then to the Us, and they have been bred up to what AKC Recognizes as a Standard Akc Shih Tzu in order to show.  These are my points and the points of alot of other breeders and information gathered through documents I have read. These points are not posted in the intent to Insult anyone, Only to make My readers aware of my insight in reguards to the TERM "Imperials" . Now,  Imperials do not meet the AKC Standard in size but, non the less , that does not mean there is no such Size or Term as an Imperial!  This is not ment to ofend anyone,  just a means to explain the Term.  Thank you .


Chinese Imperials: Under 6 lbs.(based on CID requirements


 All are AKC registered by breed  name not size (Shih Tzu)

About the Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a small dog whose lavish coat can be almost any color. It is considered prized to have the white blaze on the forehead and white tip to the tail. Its coat is long on top and dense underneath. When the dog is full-grown the undercoat helps give an overall graceful appearance to the coat. Their head and tail are carried high, which brings a feeling a confidence in this breed. The body is compact and slightly longer than it is tall. It has a very sturdy body structure hidden beneath its mantle of luxurious hair. The hair on the bridge of the nose grows upwards giving the distinctive "chrysanthemum" look. The head is rounded with a beard and mustache look covering a short, squared shaped, hairy muzzle. It has large, wide-rounded eyes that express the impression of trust and friendliness. The ears are covered in long straight hair extending to the front legs. The teeth usually form an undershot bite. The tail is long but carried high and curled over the back. It is common to have the hair on top done up with bows or clips to be able to have the face show. They shed little to no hair and make is a great choice for allergy suffers.

Coat Description

The Shih Tuz's coat has a long, straight flowing, elegant look. The top is usually done up in a topknot with a bow, keeping hair out of its face. They shed little to no hair and their skin dander makes their coat due well with allergy sufferers.

Coat Color and Points (Leathers such as the Nose) Per AKC Color coding.

Shih-Tzu comes in about every color ,lol.. But as for AKC here is a short break down on how they are registered.

ALL Shihtzu with a Black nose (Point Colors) are registered based on their coat colors, such as:

Black and white , Red and White, Gold and White , Silver and White,Brindle and white and then their are the solids (Red, Gold, Black,Silver,  White, Brindle)

Remember, Reds and Golds will come in a variety of shades in that color scale.

Then you have the Livers (most commonly called Chocolate) , The Livers can have a coat color of any shade  including Liver and white or solid except they have NO BLACK on them and their Points (NOSE, Eyelids and ears leathers ) are ALWAYS Liver only.

BLUES::: Blues are like Livers , they have Blue Points, No black hair on them , they can be solid Blue or Blue and white , Blue Brindle, these are the only allowable color codes on AKC Registration.


The origin of the Shih-Tzu is obscure. The Shih-Tzu originated in Tibet where it was kept in temples as a sacred dog. It is known that they were occasionally given to the Emperors of China during the Manchu dynasty (17th century) as a tribute of great honor and that is how they came to be established in China. In that country, the dogs became little temple dogs and were kept in the palace and carefully guarded and cared for by the court eunuchs. When the Peking Kennel Club was formed in 1934 there was much confusion as to the difference between certain small breeds. In 1938 an individual standard was set for the Shih-Tzu and it was recognized as a separate breed from certain other Tibetan breeds. With the war and the takeover of Peking in 1949 there were no more exported from China. In 1952 there was a strong fear that the breed was developing poor structure and it was decided to cross a Pekingese into the line in England. The purpose was to obtain a less leggy dog with a better coat and shorter muzzle. This was accomplished, however the bowed front legs of the Pekingese are something that still can be seen on some Shih-Tzu today. There was also a faction in England called the Manchu Club that believed a smaller dog better represented the ture heritage of the temple dogs. The Kennel Club recognized this in their 1938 standard by stating the ideal weight was between 9 to 16 pounds which is what the current standard recognizes. In the United States, fanciers obtained the first Shih-Tzuís in the late 1930s. The breed gained in popularity in 1960, with many imports coming from England
Europe. The breed was shown in the Miscellaneous class at AKC dog shows. It was not until 1969 that the Shih-Tzu were permitted to be shown as a separate breed in the Toy Group. In 1969, 2,811 Shih-Tzu were registered which increased to 14,894 in 1978. Within that nine year period over 85,000 Shih-Tzu were registered with the American Kennel Club, placing the Shih-Tzu in the top 25 most popular breeds according to the AKC. It is no surprise that the temple dog had come into the homes of many owners -- this is due not only their Imperial background but also to their personality.

Personality and Temperament
One of the strongest characteristics of the Shih-Tzu is its personality. The Shih-Tzu is a friendly,
nonaggressive dog that is a good companion for children and other breeds of dogs. Shih-Tzuís are
known for their fun-loving play, romping around the apartment or in the country side.

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Quick Clip of the Standard Shih Tzu and their History :