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Available Imperials & Smalls Will Be Listed Below:
But please read the following first!
Our imperials start at $1000 and go up, depending on
sex, size, & rarity of color.
We have some of the smallest shih tzu in the USA.

OKAY FIRST I WANT TO SAY FOR THOSE WHO SAY THAT IMPERIALS DO NOT EXIST- GET REAL.  GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND.  SAYING THEY DO NOT EXIST DOESN'T MAKE IT SO.
And to those who are claiming that only "unethical breeders" sell IMPERIAL pups  I wish to recommend a little history reading...
THE BOOK OF THE SHIH TZU.  by Rev. D. Alan Easton and Joan McDonald Brearley... published around 1978 in USA... one of the first books published on the shih tzu in the States. read page 141.    
 
A lot of us breeder have these tiny little gems and will continue to have them.  Many of us have healthy gorgeous little miniatures of the standards.  They are a treasure.  
 
Shih tzu standard size is 9-16 lbs.  10 inches at the shoulder.  You can go to the
AKC website to get all of the information. Sometimes you
get a puppy who just doesn't seem to be getting as big as the rest.   
They are not the runt.  They are a "Small"  and/or "Imperial".  They are NOT SICKLY and do NOT have more health issues than the other dogs.  Our imperials are quite healthy - no seizures and my eldest so far is 9 years old with no health problems at all - except she is so spoiled she stinks!  They are an exact miniature replica of the standard. Most breeders of Shih Tzu recognize that there are three sizes, even though the smaller sizes can not be shown by AKC standards, they can still be registered.  Just because it doesn't fit standard doesn't mean they are not pure-bred.
 
Standard - 9-16 lbs.
Smalls 6-9 lbs.
Imperials - anything under 6 lbs.
 
We often have Imperials and Smalls are almost the norm for us any more. 
PLEASE NOTE!
We do not sell Imperials to families with children under 10 years of age.  When you see one
you will understand.  They are so very, very, very tiny. 
Purchasing an Imperial is quite a commitment as well.  They sometimes need extra care as in extra meals and attention to low-blood sugars until they grow up.  They often will play so hard with the other pups and forget to eat - then bottom out...unless fed a proper diet,  so they have to be monitored. JUST UNTIL THEY GET A LITTLE OLDER.  :)
They may need to have their injections delayed until they are more mature and "sometimes" the injections can cause them to be ill and have reactions. 
 
An Imperial is quite an experience - our Isabeau does not know that
she is 4 1/2 lbs.  She thinks she is as big as a Great Dane.   She rushes right out to greet big dogs and defends my husband as if she were a German Shephard.   Imperials have great heart and most that I have seen are extremely intelligent.
 
I have often had people ask me why these little guys cost so very much.   I had a son that was preemie and took a lot of care.  He cost more also.   Most breeders will keep the smalls and Imperials longer to make sure that they are weaning from mommy properly.  They may take extra meals per day.   Also, you may have to delay their shots until they have mature a little more.  All of this takes time and time is money in most
businesses as well as the breeding world.
 
I have customers who call and ask for an Imperial but they want a specific color and with certain patterns.  Imperials are fairly hard to come by.  They don't happen with every litter. If you are really determined to have an Imperial you may have to wait on that specific color and certain pattern, sometimes years.
 
Imperial females are NEVER bred.  They are just too small.  It has been our experience, that you do not see an entire litter of Imperials.  (That is why you don't breed Imperial females, you can not guarantee that all of the puppies will be tiny.) Usually there will be one -maybe two- imperials in a litter of a female or male who "throws" imperials.   Sometimes none.
 
Smalls happen more often and are usually pretty hardy. 
 
EXAMPLE PHOTO BELOW:

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Here is a photo showing size difference -even in the Imperial range.
Emmy Lou is 6 # and a black and white true brindle with gold stripes. 
Willie is 4# almost 5 # and a gold with black mask.
Buster is our smallest adult at 2# 15 oz.  He is 3# with a full belly :) 
 
Below is a photo of -left to right:
Isabeau -4 1/2 lbs. IMPERIAL
Cricket - 8 lbs.  SMALL
Sassafras 13 lbs. STANDARD
 
 

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IMPERIALS FOR SALES:

CALL FOR PRICES ON AVAILABLE THESE IMPERIALS
1-740-998-9027
 
IMPERIALS COMING IN THE NEW LITTERS THIS SPRING &FALL
WE ALWAYS KEEP THE IMPERIALS 10-12 WEEKS. 

Imperials are expensive but worth every penny. 
Once you have held one and enjoyed their little lives
you will understand. 
 
CALL FOR PRICES ON OUR IMPERIALS AND SMALLS
740-998-9027