Teacup Shih Tzu
A teacup Shih Tzu is just like any other Shih Tzu except it weighs 5-6 pounds. The weight standard for a Shih Tzu by the American Kennel Club is 9 to 16 pounds. The term "teacup" (or "tea cup") or "imperial" are terms used to describe small adult Shih Tzu dogs. These terms aren't official terms by any kennel club, but they are used frequently by normal people to describe their type of dog, such as the case with a teacup Shih Tzu. It should be important to note that the teacup Shih Tzu does not conform with the breed standard of a Shih Tzu. You can read more about Shih Tzu breed standards in our article about Shih Tzu breed information.
A teacup Shih Tzu is smaller version of an already small Shih Tzu. These teacup Shih Tzu dogs can be very cute, but some Shih Tzu breeders are concerned with the use of the term "teacup." The fear is that advertising a teacup Shih Tzu is a sorry excuse to mask health problems that can be associated with extremely small dogs. Some breeders will charge more for the very "special" teacup Shih Tzu when really the Shih Tzu is just a runt. Also, be wary of breeders who claim that there teacup Shih Tzu dogs possess the "teacup" gene when there is no proof that a gene like that exists.
So use caution if you decide to purchase a teacup Shih Tzu. Don't let breeders unfairly charge you for this "special" breed of Shih Tzu. Also in buying a teacup Shih Tzu, be sure to investigate any potential health problems.