The Chinese Imperial Dog Club of America is dedicated to the
preservation of the Chinese Imperial Dog, and fosters the continuing
education and expanding growth of the CID. CIDCA,
through it's members invites participation in the the club, encouraging the formation and continuation of
local CID affiliates, and supports the set-up and execution of local
dog shows and events.
According to AKC, the American Kennel Club, and dictated by the
national Shih Tzu organization, the weight requirement of the Shih Tzu
is 9-16 pounds. Chinese Imperial Dog breeders prefer our breed to be
under 9 pounds full grown.
In our diligent efforts to return our breed to its original form, and
by not adding another breed of dog to our Imperials to do so, we found
we can and do show our dogs. The first Chinese Imperial Dogs shown
were at a NCA event in 2006. The Chinese Imperial has been accepted as
the Chinese Imperial Dog by many dog registries and someday AKC. Our
healthy Chinese Imperial Dogs deserve this right.
Our sizes range from 3-9 pounds but many of our puppies mature in the
4-7 pound range. We breed for health, quality, temperament and
Statement written by ASTC - American Shih Tzu
Distributed by AKC - American Kennel Club
"There is no such thing as an AKC-recognized "imperial" or "teacup" Shih
These terms are sometimes used by unethical breeders to create a market for
and often unhealthy Shih Tzu that do not conform to the AKC breed standard.
While a reputable breeder may occasionally produce an undersized Shih Tzu,
should be sold as pets and not used for breeding.
* The True "Facts"
about the Chinese Imperial Dog also known as
Imperial Shih Tzu *
We have too often seen the ASTC's version of the "Facts About the
Imperial Shih Tzu".
Many of these so called "facts" are nothing
more than an attempt to discredit the smaller dog
and those who
breed them and their argument rests on a fundamental untruth which has
long been discredited.
Their facts are not backed up by clinical data, nor is it written by an
expert in the field of veterinary medicine.
What is true is that the Chinese Imperial or Imperial Shih Tzu does not conform
to the standard that the ASTCA has set for the size THEY feel that the shih tzu
should be. That is the only thing that is true about the propaganda they have
put out there, even going so far as to have AKC include a flyer with Shih Tzu
registrations discrediting not only the smaller dog, but those who breed them.
This is slanderous material put out there because of the popularity of the
smaller size. It is motivated by money..... money that is being spent on the
smaller size dog, rather than the larger standard size Shih Tzu. We love the
standards. We love the temperament of the breed. They are wonderful family dogs
who get along well with children and other pets. What most Imperial breeders
love more though, is the smaller size of the same dog. In many cases, the
Imperial size is indeed more expensive than the larger standard Shih Tzu. It is
relative though to the number of pups that a Chinese Imperial Dog can produce
in one litter, and the time and work involved in raising them to an age where
they can go to their new homes.
The Chinese Imperial, or Imperial Shih Tzu is NO MYTH, as the ASTC
states. There are literally thousands upon thousands of them out there
living long happy lives. The life span of the Chinese Imperial is the
same as the standard size with most living 12 to 15 years. They have
no more serious health problems than the larger Shih Tzu, and are not
small because they are unhealthy. They are small because the breeders
have carefully selected their breeding dogs to have smaller lines.
They are small because we want them small. We cannot speak for ALL
Imperial breeders, the same as the ASTCA cannot state that ALL
breeders of the Standard Shih Tzu are reputable or ethical, however
from what we have experienced, most Imperial Breeders are very
concerned with the health of their puppies and select their dogs
carefully for health and temperament. Many give 1 to 5 year guarantees
on the genetic health of their puppies offering replacements in the
off chance that a puppy should die during that time from a genetic
disorder and would never knowingly breed any dog that had any serious
health issue. What we consider a reputable or ethical breeder is one
who is honest an stands behind their puppies. A reputable and ethical
breeder offers support, and in most cases has a contract and guarantee
spelling out exactly what you are getting. The smaller Imperial IS
recognized by AKC. They take our money every time we register a litter
or a puppy regardless of the size of the dog. They are registered as
Shih Tzu, which is what they are, just in a smaller package than what
the ASTCA has designated as the "ideal" size.
The Chinese Imperial Dog is just a name given by those who have fallen
in love with the smaller Shih Tzu to distinguish it from it's larger
counter parts. The Chinese Imperial Dog Club was formed so that the
breeders and fanciers of the smaller dog could come together and learn
from each other and work towards getting the smaller dog recognized as
it's own separate version of the breed. The parent club for the
Chinese Imperial also has breed standards for this version of the Shih
Tzu. Most of your dog sites now do recognize the Chinese Imperial Dog
and have special categories just for breeders of this dog. The Chinese
Imperial Dog has it's own separate registry
www.Chinese-Imperial-Dog-RegistryofAmerica.com. We are not the
only breed who is a "variation" of another AKC recognized breed. The
Biewer Terrier is a variation of the Yorkie by color. The parent club
does not recognize the party colored Yorkie, thus the Biewer Terrier
We have stood by for years and ignored the slanderous material created
by the ASTC in an effort to discredit our dogs and the breeders of
these smaller dogs known as Chinese Imperials, or Imperial Shih Tzu
but when we started seeing the untruths about the health of our little
dogs and statements that call the breeders of the smaller dog
unethical distributed by AKC upon instruction of the ASTCA, we felt it
was time to take a stand against these untruths.
Written by the
United CidClub Members
*** " Since this was written, AKC has required the ASTC to
change the wording on the insert that it sends out with each
registration of a Shih Tzu.
It no longer states that the
breeders of the smaller Shih Tzu are unethical, nor does it state that
"Imperials" are unhealthy." ***