"Imperial" or "Teacup" Shih Tzu

When searching for a new Shih Tzu puppy you might see the terms "imperial" or "teacup"
used to describe the puppy. These terms are often used by some breeders to describe the 
size of the puppy once it reaches maturity. This puppy will more than likely be undersized for our breed standard and/or maybe just the "runt" of the litter. Many of these less than reputable breeders use these terms as a selling point for buyers looking to purchase a smaller version of the original breed. These breeders may also claim it has the "imperial" gene, or that it may be another breed. This is untrue! Some breeders use these terms to charge more for their puppies. Shih Tzu in particular have a breed standard weight of between 9- 16 pounds. Dogs not meeting the breed standard are considered undersized 
and should be sold or placed as a companion pet not to be bred. 

To find out more about this controversial  breeder topic 
go to The American Shih Tzu Club's page.