Chinese Imperial Dog

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
China
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Lion Dog
Tiny Toy
Micro Shih Tzu
Teacup Shih Tzu

A brief presentation of the Chinese Imperial Dog

The Chinese Imperial Dog is a tiny animal weighing just between 1.8 and 3.2 kilos. Controversy rages over this little beauty, with two camps divided over the name and breed. The American Kennel Club and the American Shih Tzu Club claim that this little dog is just a miniature Shih Tzu. The Chinese imperial camp claims that the little dog possesses a unique imperial gene that makes it a distinct breed. They believe the dog has existed for centuries in China and has always been considered a different breed. Regardless of what you believe, the Chinese Imperial Dog is a cheerful, outgoing dog that fulfills its purpose perfectly, and that purpose is a companion dog. They adapt well to any environment and are perfect in an apartment. They may be small, but they have a big personality. The Chinese Imperial Dog is so cute and adorable that it's easy to spoil them, but like any dog, they need a firm hand and a strong leader to follow to avoid small dog syndrome. They're wonderful with children, but they're so small that it's easy to hurt them, so teach your children to be kind and gentle. They have a moderate activity level, are very playful and extremely loving towards their owners. Be aware that you will pay more for a small dog like this, as they are harder to find.

History of the Chinese Imperial Dog

In ancient times, we knew of small companion dogs that lived among the Chinese nobility and were prized for their companionship. According to the Chinese Imperial Dog Club of America, the Chinese Imperial Dog has been around for over 2,000 years, while others, such as the American Kennel Club, claim they only date back to the 1960s. History books confirm that Empress Dowager Cixi, one of China's last monarchs, was a dog breeder who owned many small dogs. Foreign dignitaries were often gifted with these small dogs, the Chinese Imperial Dog and the larger Shih Tzu. The American Kennel Club claims that, in the 1960s, when the Shih Tzu was becoming increasingly popular, some dog breeders bred their dogs, a term known as down-breeding. After several generations, the smaller size became part of the genes. It was in the 1980-1990 era that the terms teacup, mini and small toy began to appear to describe the smaller Shih Tzu. The AKC at the time stepped in and confirmed the standard size and weight requirements for the Shih Tzu to penalize the new small dogs, they declared the development unethical and unhealthy for the dog. While the debate over the Chinese Imperial Dog still rages on, the National Kennel Association has previously recognized the Chinese Imperial Dog, and soon others followed. In 2008, the Chinese Imperial Dog Registry of America was created to manage the official herd book. Although there's virtually no difference in personality between the two breeds, Imperial has firmly established that, tiny or not, they're here to stay. There's no doubt that this little dog will remain a favorite companion for many years to come, regardless of the debate over their origins.

Appearance of the Chinese Imperial Dog

Chinese Imperial Dogs are compact, well-muscled, tiny dogs with a gentle facial expression. Although it's hard to see the shape of their bodies beneath that glorious, fluffy coat, their bodies are well proportioned with a well-developed bone structure. Short legs with large paws for their size only add to the friendliness factor. Their dense, luxurious coat gives this dog a teddy-bear appeal. Because of their dense coat, they can suffer in hot weather or hot climates. They can be trimmed to relieve discomfort while retaining their fluffy appearance, which is nice. They have small muzzled faces, tiny noses and round, bright eyes. Their tails are fluffy and curly. They grow no taller than 17.5 to 20.5 centimeters, and weigh barely 5 kilos. Because of their small size, they can easily be injured. Caution is therefore called for. Chinese Imperial Dogs are not only beautiful, they have a delightful nature.

Temperament of the Chinese Imperial Dog

The Chinese Imperial Dog can be described as a happy, intelligent, sociable and confident little dog that loves to play or be cuddled. They have a lively, cooperative personality, but beware of the margin of independence they can have. Because of their size, it's easy to give them money and let them get away with it. Don't fall into this trap or you'll have a battle of wits between dog and owner on your hands. Little or no, they need a firm but gentle hand, and you as the owner need to be the pack leader, in other words the boss. Chinese Imperial Dogs are ideal companions. They are devoted and loyal little dogs who sense your mood and react accordingly. If you're feeling down, you'll be overwhelmed with love for this little guy. If you're happy and excited, your dog will be too. They'll take their cues from your mood. Although they're small and active at home, they still need to get out, go for a walk, or simply explore their world. A daily walk is also important for socializing your dog. They are more confident and less stressed if they organize various outings in their lives and learn that there's more to the world than their apartment. Physical and mental stimulation is important for all dogs, whatever their size. The Chinese Imperial Dog is a robust, playful and affectionate dog, and perhaps one of the cutest.

Needs and activities of the Chinese Imperial Dog

The Chinese Imperial Dog is known as a security dog, they love to cuddle up on a lap and relax with their owner. But they're also a very active dog and often tear around the house, chasing you wherever you go. These little guys are a ball of energy, especially when they're young. They're curious, enthusiastic and sometimes quite comical. They'll love a daily walk, as long as you don't heat up the day too much, as they can easily overheat. While they're walking with you, expect to be stopped often as strangers admire your little ball of fluff. Keep your little one on a leash to maintain control, and protect them from large dogs that might intimidate them. The Chinese Imperial Dog will happily play for hours with your children, snuggle with them while they do their homework, or simply relax by following them from room to room. Make sure you have enough toys for this dog to keep them active and their minds stimulated, and you'll have one happy pooch.

Maintenance of the Chinese Imperial Dog

The Chinese Imperial Dog is cute, adorable and totally captivating, but we have to admit that it takes a lot of maintenance to keep this dog looking good. They have a double coat consisting of a thick outer layer and a soft undercoat that gives them that plush, teddy-bear look. It's this coat that makes them so prone to heat exhaustion. So, in warmer climates, Chinese Imperial Dog owners keep their coats fully lined. This provides relief for the dog in hot weather and makes maintenance easier. Trimming is usually required every 6 to 8 weeks. The Chinese Imperial Dog does best in colder climates, but can adapt to warmer climates in air-conditioned homes. Daily brushing will prevent the coat from mating and remove dust and debris. Misting the diaper before brushing is both refreshing and practical, as it prevents the bristles from breaking. A bath every three or four weeks is sufficient, and use a special dog shampoo to protect the delicate oils in the skin and coat. Then brush his teeth, check his ears and give him a cuddle or two, and your Chinese Imperial Dog is ready for action.

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