Teacup Shih Tzu

A teacup Shih Tzu is a breed of dog. In any kennel association, the Shih Tzu is recognized as a breed of dog that is under the category of toy. In spite of this already small size, many breeders like to breed smaller Shih Tzus which they call teacup Shih Tzu to make it known that this particular dog is smaller than the average Shih Tzu. The reality of the teacup Shih Tzu is that it is basically the same as any other Shih Tzu. There are no guarantees that the teacup Shih Tzu might not grow to be smaller than the average Shih Tzu when it matures. In other words, breeders who claim to breedteacup Shih Tzus just pick the smallest of each litter and pair it with another smaller Shih Tzu from another litter in the hopes that the union will produce smaller than average dogs.

Many people who belong to renowned kennel associations discourage the discriminate breeding ofteacup Shih Tzus. This is due mainly to the fact that most of the teacup Shih Tzu breeders may be discriminate when it comes to size but not when it comes to health and other factors. Some irresponsible breeders might overlook some health problems that may arise from breeding dogs that are so small. Others might overlook recessive genes traits that may contribute to strain of dogs that are prone to sickness and other condition just for the sake of breeding smaller dogs. While not allteacup Shih Tzu breeders are irresponsible, it goes against the grain to try and bring out dogs that are below the standard size of what is supposedly acceptable for most kennel clubs.

Characteristics Of A Teacup Shih Tzu

Basically, the teacup Shih Tzu should have the same characteristics as any other Shih Tzu. Many breeders dupe unsuspecting inexperienced buyers into believing that the Shih Tzu is a teacup Shih Tzu because these dogs are born small and are really small even when matured.

Ideally, show Shih Tzus should not be more than ten inches at the withers. A teacup Shih Tzu may stand at less when matured because of careful breeding to get smaller dogs than the average Shih Tzu. It is wise to note that dogs that measuring about seven inches at the withers are still accepted at many other kennel clubs. Most of the teacup Shih Tzus flaunted to be teacups or miniatures actually mature to be more than seven inches in height or close to the minimum height for average Shih Tzus.

The weight of the average Shih Tzu is about ten to sixteen pounds. Most of the so called teacup Shih Tzus are close to this weight range or even in this weight range when they mature. Since the Shih Tzu is a small dog when matured, teacups only look smaller than the average Shih Tzus when they are puppies but it is difficult to spot the difference in height and weight when the dogs have matured.

Physical features of the Shih Tzu are the same whatever its size or weight. The dog breed has hanging ears which are covered with long hair. Typically, a Shih Tzu has long hair which should be brushed daily to prevent snarls and tangles which will develop to matted hair. Many Shih Tzu owners opt to have the hair cut short for better maintenance while most show dogs retain their long hair for show purposes. Teacup Shih Tzus also have the same hair characteristics as the average Shih Tzus. The tail is curled on its back and flowing with hair.

Temperament

A teacup Shih Tzu has the same general temperament as the average ones. This breed of dog appears haughty due mainly t the fact that it was bred specifically as companion dogs for the royal imperial Chinese court. These lapdogs were considered small enough to tuck into the ladies clothes when necessary. Shih Tzus are basically even tempered and quite playful. They can be fierce when confronted with danger and will protect their master when necessary although they are friendly dogs to begin with. The teacup Shih Tzu and the average ones do not need much exercise since they are small dogs that can be contained in smaller houses or apartments. In spite of this, they do need to be walked daily.

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