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We have too often seen the ASTCA'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.
What is true
The Chinese Imperial or Imperial Shih Tzu does not conform to the standard that the ASTCA - American Shih Tzu Club of America has set for the size THEY feel that the Shih Tzu should be.
ASTC does not conform to the British standard and some other countries, yet they expect you to believe they are the soul authority
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 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 ASTCA 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 18 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.
AKC takes our money every time we register a litter or a puppy regardless of the size of the dog.
They are registered as Shih Tzu 100% DNA, which is what they are, just in a smaller package than what the ASTCA has designated as the "ideal" size for the United States.
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 of America sets the World Standard for The Chinese Imperial Dog
we were formed in 2000 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 was created.
We have stood by for years and ignored the slanderous material created by the ASTCA 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 unproven truth about the health of our little dogs distributed by AKC - American Kennel Club Registry upon instruction of the ASTCA.
We felt it was time to take a stand against the untruths from the ASTC !