The shih tzu originated in Tibet, probably back around the 7th century, and they may have simply been the smallest of the Lhasa Apsos there. Given as gifts to the Chinese emperors, the breed developed into the dog we recognize today. Fanciers speculate about crosses with Pekingese to shorten the face as well as selection for the smaller Lhasa-type dogs. The name shih tzu means “lion dog” in Chinese, which further confuses the ancestry because lion dog usually denotes the Pekingese.
The shih tzu is covered with luxuriant, long, straight hair. This double coat does require a fair amount of upkeep, especially if left long on these short dogs so that it sweeps the ground. Any color is acceptable for the coat, but dark pigment is preferred around the eyes and on the nose. Shih tzu tend to be fairly hardy little dogs and often live to 14 or 15 years of age.
That face! Those big dark eyes looking up at you with that sweet expression! It’s no surprise that Shih Tzu owners have been so delighted with this little ‘Lion Dog’ for a thousand years. Where Shih Tzu go, giggles and mischief follow. Shi Tsu (pronounced in the West ‘sheed-zoo’ or ‘sheet-su’; the Chinese say ‘sher-zer’), weighing between 9 to 16 pounds, and standing between 8 and 11 inches, are surprisingly solid for dogs their size. The coat, which comes in many colors, is worth the time you will put into it’¿few dogs are as beautiful as a well-groomed Shih Tzu. Being cute is a way of life for this lively charmer. The Shih Tzu is known to be especially affectionate with children. As a small dog bred to spend most of their day inside royal palaces, they make a great pet if you live in an apartment or lack a big backyard. Some dogs live to dig holes and chase cats, but a Shih Tzu’s idea of fun is sitting in your lap acting adorable as you try to watch TV.
A Shih Tzu Adult Size
According to the breed standard laid out by the American Kennel Club, full grown shih tzus range from 8 to 11 inches in height at the withers. AKC standard length for this breed is slightly longer than the dog’s height, from withers to the base of the tail and the weight is between 9 and 16 pounds.
At What Age Is A Shih Tzu Fully Grown?
Like Many Toy Dog Breeds, The Shih Tzu Reaches Maturity More Quickly around ten months old. Some Shih Tzu puppies may take an entire year to reach their full adult size, but you can expect your Shih Tzu to be at their adult size or very close to it, around ten months of age.
How Big Should A 6 Month Old Shih Tzu Be?
A six month old Shih Tzu is close to their adult size. Most six month old Shih Tzus will weigh between 7 and 12 pounds, and many Shih Tzus will already be at their full adult height, which is usually between 9 and 10.5 inches tall.
When Do Shih Tzu Puppies Stop Growing?
There are several distinct stages to a shih tzu puppy’s development, which I’ll come to later in this post, but to get to the point and answer your question, “When do shih tzu puppies stop growing?”, the answer is that although full adult height can be reached between six and eight months, growth usually continues until between nine and eleven months.
How Much Bigger Will My Shih Tzu Get?
If your Shih Tzu is younger than ten months old, they definitely still have growing to do! Some Shih Tzus may continue growing until they are a year old, but after one year, it’s unlikely that your Shih Tzu will grow bigger.
You can also take a look at your Shih Tzu’s paws. If their paws look oversized next to their legs and body, then they likely still have growing left to do, as this is a classic puppy feature!
If you purchased your Shih Tzu through a breeder, contact your breeder for your pup’s estimated adult size. Your breeder can give you a more precise estimate based on your Shih Tzu’s parents and previous litters. A puppy is rarely larger than their bigger parent, so this will also give you an idea of the largest weight and height your Shih Tzu may reach.
What Is The Size Of A Full-Grown Shih Tzu?
According to the American Kennel Club Official Shih Tzu Breed Standards, adult Shih Tzus will weigh between 9 to 16 pounds and stand between 9 and 10.5 inches tall. Fully grown Shih Tzus should appear slightly longer than tall with their tail curved over their back.
Due to their lush double-coat, it can be challenging to see if your Shih Tzu is putting on excess weight. The Veterinary Centers of America recommend regularly feeling your Shih Tzu’s body underneath their coat so that you can monitor their weight more closely.
How Do I Make Sure My Shih Tzu Is Healthy?
As purebred dogs, Shih Tzus are more prone to genetic health problems, such as retinal detachment and hip dysplasia. Don’t worry just yet, though. Many health problems can be avoided or treated with regular, quality veterinary care and healthy lifestyle choices. Consult with your veterinarian about the best diet and exercise for your Shih Tzu puppy.
Regular grooming will be vital for your Shih Tzu’s health and comfort as they are prone to have stray lashes or hairs in their eyes. Their ears will also need to be regularly cleaned because of poor air circulation in that area. Due to their short muzzles and heavy coats, it’s also advised that you keep your Shih Tzu indoors when it’s hot out because they are prone to overheating.
How Much Do Baby Shih Tzus Weigh?
Shih Tzu Growth and Weight Chart
|Shih Tzu at 8-Weeks
|Est. Healthy Adult
How Much Do Puppies Weigh At Birth?
How Much Should a Newborn Puppy Weigh? Your newborn puppies’ ideal weight varies by breed. They can weigh anywhere from around 2.5 ounces up to 2.25 pounds. However, the percentage of weight that they gain is generally the same.
What Is The Average Number Of Puppies In A Shih Tzu Litter?
The average litter of the Shih Tzu is 3 with a range of 1 to 5 being considered normal; however some cases a Shih Tzu may have an even larger litter.
How Much Do Shih Tzu Puppies Weigh At 8 Weeks?
Remember, the American Kennel Club (AKC) states in their standard for the Shih Tzu breed, dogs should be between 9 and 16 pounds….Shih Tzu Puppy Weight Chart: Method Three.
|Weight of Puppy at 8 Weeks Old
|Estimated Adult Weight
|9 – 11 pounds
|11 – 14 pounds
How Big Is A Newborn Shih Tzu?
Newborn Shih Tzu puppies are just mere ounces (under a pound). By the time an 8-week old is ready to transition to their new home, they are generally between 1 and 3 pounds (. 45 to 1.36 kg). Many reach their full adult size by the 9 to 10-month mark.
When Should Puppies Double Their Birth Weight?
Weight gain is proportional to breed and birth weight, but a puppy should drink at least 10% of its body weight daily. Puppies should double their birth weight within 10-14 days.
How Big Will My Shih Tzu Get?
The AKC standard for the Shih Tzu ranges between 8 and 11 inches at the point of the shoulder. The Shih Tzu also has a weight limit ranging from 9 to 16 pounds. Figure that your dog will grow up to be in the Shih Tzu weight range, standing between 8 and 15 inches tall at the shoulder.
What Is The Height Of A Shih Tzu?
Average Height. Most Shih Tzus grow to be between 8 and 11 inches at the shoulder. The American Kennel Club breed standard does not specify different heights for males or females.
When Do Shih Tzus Stop Growing?
Shih Tzu puppies mature within a year. Many reach adulthood when they are a year old, but some are known to have stopped growing when they reached 9, 10, or 11-months.
It’s interesting to note that although these puppies don’t grow much beyond one year of age, they can gain some weight after that time. If they are fed a healthy diet, they won’t gain more weight beyond 12 to 15-months.
They reach their full adult height at around 6 – 8 months. In exceptional cases, the puppy can continue growing until 15 months and put on a little weight until 2 years.