What is the difference between a standard Shih Tzu and an Imperial Shih Tzu? First and foremost, the main difference is, of course, their size. Standard Shih Tzu are between 8 and 11 inches in height and between 9 and 16 pounds. Imperial Shih Tzu can be just slightly smaller than this or weigh less than five pounds! This leads to a very significant difference between the two dogs types.
Do Imperial Shih Tzu have health problems? Deliberately breeding an Imperial Shih Tzu can lead to their vital organs being compromised, resulting in skeletal defects, liver failure, heart disease, and eating and breathing problems. They may also have difficulty regulating their body temperatures.
What does Imperial mean for dogs? “Imperial” is a term sometimes used to describe a Shih Tzu dog that tends towards the smaller end of the breed size standard, or even smaller.
What are tiny Shih Tzus called? Imperial Shih Tzu, Miniature, Munchkin or Dwarf, Tiny Imperial, Tiny Teacup, Chinese Imperial, and Tiny Toy Shih Tzu are all names that are being used interchangeable to refer to Shih Tzu dogs that are smaller than the AKC breed standard of 9 to 16 pounds.