Different Types of shih Tzu

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Traditional Shih Tzu

Features the classic appearance with a compact, sturdy body, and a distinctive pushed-in face. Adorned with a long, flowing double coat that requires regular grooming. Typically has a friendly and outgoing temperament.

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Imperial Shih Tzu

Smaller in size compared to the traditional Shih Tzu, often weighing under 9 pounds. Retains the traditional characteristics but with a more petite build. Prized for their tiny stature and charming personalities.

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Teacup Shih Tzu

Extremely small-sized Shih Tzu, often weighing around 4 pounds or less. A subset of Imperial Shih Tzu, known for their tiny frame and delicate features. Requires extra care due to their size, including monitoring health closely.

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Show-Quality Shih Tzu

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Bred to conform closely to the American Kennel Club (AKC) or other breed standards. Emphasizes characteristics such as coat color, size, and overall appearance. Often showcased in dog shows and competitions.

Pet-Quality Shih Tzu

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Shih Tzu that may deviate slightly from breed standards but make wonderful companions. May have minor imperfections in coat color or markings. Ideal for individuals seeking a loving pet rather than a show dog.

Parti-Color Shih Tzu

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Exhibits a coat with two or more colors in a distinct pattern. Recognized by various color combinations, including white with patches of gold, black, or liver. Considered a unique and eye-catching variation.

Brindle Shih Tzu

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Displays a coat with a mix of dark and light stripes creating a tiger-stripe pattern. Less common than other coat variations but appreciated for its distinctive look. Requires regular grooming to maintain coat health and appearance.

Rare Color Shih Tzu

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Refers to Shih Tzu with coat colors that are less common within the breed standard. Examples include blue, lavender, and chocolate-colored Shih Tzu. These colors may be more challenging to find due to their rarity.

Shih Tzu Mix Breeds

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Crossbreeds that combine Shih Tzu with other dog breeds. Examples include Shih-Poo (Shih Tzu and Poodle mix) or Shih Tzu and Maltese mix. Possess a mix of traits from both parent breeds.