The Chinese Imperial Dog is a personal and family pet and companion. These dogs are sturdy, happy, playful compact and smart dogs with an affectionate and loving temperament that is ideally desired from such companions. They are intelligent, out-going, trustworthy and energetic little dogs willing to work with you, they will also be content to sit quietly in a lap for as long as they are allowed. They are spirited and cooperative with a streak of independence. Their facial expression is sweet, childlike simplicity and innocence results in an attraction. They are compact, well boned and muscled dogs with substance appropriate to their size and energy to their job.
The Chinese Imperial Dog is a small-sized, compact dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. This dog can size 9 inches in height at maximum with an average weight of 8 pounds. They were recognized as the shih-tzu, before distinction of the Imperial as a separate breed of dog. Although most trimmed to a puppy cut, owners today often keep the fur long; however, this requires much more grooming efforts. The Chinese Imperial's coat can be of any color ranging from black to cream through white, and can be solid, tri-colored or bi-colored. Its gait is sharp, quick, very close to the ground. Its overall expression is keen, interesting and lovable companion.
The Chinese Imperial Dog is an ancient breed of dog originated in China with an evidence of existence since 700 A.D. This breed was first bred in the palaces where the smaller dogs were carried by the nobility in the sleeves of their robes. They were used as a food warmer for the emperors in early age but are companion dogs these days. Initially after introduction in USA, this breed was not much popular because there were always breeders that bred the smaller dogs but the Chinese Imperial Dog received recognition in March 2005 and thereafter got popularity.
The Chinese Imperial Dog is outgoing, friendly, affectionate, happy and trustworthy house pet. This dog is a playful, energetic little dog that also willing to lie curled quietly in the lap of his owner. Highly adaptable, sociable and easy to live with, this dog is remarkably good with children of all ages; however the dog should be cared about for rough handling by young kids. The breed is not recommended with other large dogs with hunting instinct. They are aloof of strangers; establish friendship quickly if handled with love and care.
Don’t think of, no requirement for their physical exercise just because of their size, mental challenges and physical exercises are mandatory for their physical and mental stimulation regardless of their size and age. However, just accompanying them on short walks or simple yard-play are enough for their satisfaction. The dog is kept mostly trimmed to a puppy cut, however, many people love to have long fur, this would require extensive amount of coat care and grooming. Further, occasional bathing, ear care and regular clipping are also mandatory.
Although not the most intelligent of breeds, the Chinese Imperial dogs are willing to please, willing to learn and eager to obey, so training is not usually a problem. However, committed, consistent and patient handling is required. Small dogs need to be handled with care to avoid any damage in rough and rowdy handling. Harsh training methodologies are not appreciated at any level, yet affectionate, gentle and reward based training is much fruitful. Always lead the dog and keep them in natural pack order.
Owner Should Know
The breed is small and sturdy yet need care while handling.
The dog requires healthy amount of grooming efforts, especially for those with long fur.
Exercise requirements are not much time consuming, short walk or fetching play with kids in enough for their physical and mental stimulation.
Chinese Imperial Dogs would be temperature sensitive, care for them in hot summers as well as in cold winters.
Principally, this breed is a family pet, thus not suitable for outdoor life. They must be kept inside the house with family.
Never leave un-supervised with other large pets to avoid being prey of them.
This dog is prone to Hypoglycemia due to their small size. No major health problems.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.