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Chinese Imperial Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chinese Imperial Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Chinese Imperial Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Imperial Shih Tzu, Lion Dog, Micro Shih Tzu, Miniature Shih Tzu, Princess-type Shih Tzu, Tiny Teacup Shih Tzu, Tiny Toy Shih Tzu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Chinese Imperial Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chinese Imperial Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Price
How much does the Chinese Imperial Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Chinese Imperial Dog price:
$1200-$3000
If you choose to purchase the Chinese Imperial Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chinese Imperial Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chinese Imperial Dog gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Chinese Imperial Dog size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Chinese Imperial Dog weigh? Chinese Imperial Dog weight:
Males: 4-7 pounds (1.8-3.1 kg), Females: 4-7 pounds (1.8-3.1 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Chinese Imperial Dog? Chinese Imperial Dog average weight:
Males: 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg), Females: 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Chinese Imperial Dog? Chinese Imperial Dog height:
Male: Under 9 inches (23 cm), Female: Under 9 inches (23 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Chinese Imperial Dog average height:
Male: Under 9 inches (23 cm), Female: Under 9 inches (23 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Chinese Imperial Dog have? What does this canine coat look like?
DenseDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Chinese Imperial Dog's coat?
Any color
Grooming
How to groom the Chinese Imperial Dog and how often?
Advanced: The Chinese Imperial Dog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Chinese Imperial Dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Chinese Imperial Dog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Imperial Shih Tzu? Chinese Imperial Dog shedding level:
Chinese Imperial Dogs are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Chinese Imperial Dog have? What characteristics does the breed have?
OutgoingFriendlyAffectionateHappyTrusting
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chinese Imperial Dog? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Chinese Imperial Dog's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Chinese Imperial Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Chinese Imperial Dog is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chinese Imperial Dog sensitivity:
Chinese Imperial Dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Imperial Shih Tzu need? Chinese Imperial Dog social needs:
Chinese Imperial Dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs bark a lot? Why does my Lion Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Chinese Imperial Dog rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chinese Imperial Dog good as a watchdog?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Chinese Imperial Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Chinese Imperial Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Chinese Imperial Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Imperial Shih Tzu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chinese Imperial Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Chinese Imperial Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chinese Imperial Dog do?
Chinese Imperial Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chinese Imperial Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chinese Imperial Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chinese Imperial Dog roam?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chinese Imperial Dog have high prey drive?
Chinese Imperial Dogs don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals. Their prey drive is low.
Apartment Friendly
Is Chinese Imperial Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chinese Imperial Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Chinese Imperial Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Chinese Imperial Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Chinese Imperial Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chinese Imperial Dog and children:
Chinese Imperial Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chinese Imperial Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Chinese Imperial Dogs good office dogs? Do Chinese Imperial Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dogs be office dogs?
No
Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Imperial Shih Tzu temperament with senior people? Are Chinese Imperial Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Chinese Imperial Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chinese Imperial Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Chinese Imperial Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Chinese Imperial Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chinese Imperial Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs have health problems?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Chinese Imperial Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chinese Imperial Dog breed? Health risks of Chinese Imperial Dog:
AllergiesCherry EyeEar InfectionsEarly Tooth LossEye ProblemsHeart ProblemsHip DysplasiaHypoglycemiaObesityOpen FontanelPatellar LuxationPinched NostrilsRespiratory ProblemsReverse SneezingSlipped StifleSnoringSpinal DisordersUmbilical Hernias
Life Expectancy
How long do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Chinese Imperial Dog be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Chinese Imperial Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Chinese Imperial Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chinese Imperial Dog have?
Chinese Imperial Dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Chinese Imperial Dog dogs require per day?
Chinese Imperial Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chinese Imperial Dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Chinese Imperial Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/2 to 1 1/2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chinese Imperial Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Chinese Imperial Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chinese Imperial Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Chinese Imperial Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Chinese Imperial Dog drool?
The Chinese Imperial Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Chinese Imperial Dog pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Chinese Imperial Dog pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Chinese Imperial Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Chinese Imperial Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chinese Imperial Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
1-4 puppies

Pros & Cons of Chinese Imperial Dog

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Chinese Imperial Dog's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Chinese Imperial Dogs are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Chinese Imperial Dogs are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Chinese Imperial Dogs are low shedders.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chinese Imperial Dogs are not the biggest explorers.
  • Adaptability: Chinese Imperial Dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Chinese Imperial Dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Chinese Imperial Dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chinese Imperial Dogs are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chinese Imperial Dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Chinese Imperial Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Chinese Imperial Dog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Mouthiness: Chinese Imperial Dogs have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Chinese Imperial Dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Chinese Imperial Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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