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Kansas City Chiefs 6. Kansas City Royals 2. Become a Free Member. Overview When you own a Shih Tzu, you are probably quite aware of the expected or standard size of the breed, but will still have many size questions. The standard size of the Shih Tzu is pounds 4. These are measurements set by the AKC to serve as a guideline for breeders and to judge conformation in the show ring.
While most Shih Tzu will indeed fall into this range, there are some that will be a bit under and some that will be a tad larger. Here, we'll cover h ow the Shih Tzu compares in size to other popular toy breeds, s ize and body construction, and t he elements of being both under and over-sized.
It is interesting to see how the Shih Tzu compares to others. As you'll see, the Chihuahua is the smallest of all toys, both in weight and height, and the Pug is the largest. Do note that height does not include the neck or head; it measured from floor to withers top of the shoulder blades. One interesting element is that the Shih Tzu can be the same height as the Pomeranian.
However, in regard to weight there is a big difference, pounds compared to pounds. This is because of body shape and construction. The Shih Tzu has relatively heavy bone set and is rather compact. This is covered in the breed standard as so, " He is almost as tall as he is long. Per the AKC standard, "Length between withers and root of tail is slightly longer than height at withers. His legs are moderate size, more short than long, " The two other elements that lend to a Shih Tzu being sturdy and compact are his wide chest " Broad and deep" , and his compressed muzzle.
To summarize, the Shih Tzu is a sturdy dog with heavy bone set and a good weight to him; this makes this breed a great choice for those wanting a toy sized dog, but with enough substance that he is not overly frail. The Shih Tzu is easy to carry around, yet not too fragile that children cannot play with him.
Growth Phases Many owners are concerned about Shih Tzu size when their dog is still a puppy. It must be noted that the first year is a time of rapid growth, yet this is usually due to fast spurts and stalls.
Expected growth is almost never linear. For example, nothing much may seem to happen at the age of 4 months, but then a Shih Tzu may gain quite a bit in month 5 to make up for the stall. This breed finishes growing to its adult size between the 9 month and 12 month mark, though a few will continue to fill out just a bit up until 15 months. Undersized Some Shih Tzu will end up a bit smaller than the standard.
This is sometimes due to a breeder purposefully producing smaller than standard dogs, and sometimes due to simple genetics where a pup will be on the smaller end of the scale. It should be noted that there is no such breed as the Imperial Shih Tzu or any other term meant to lead one to think that there is a variety smaller than the standard pounds. If a Shih Tzu is 1 to 2 pounds smaller than expected 7 or 8 pounds as an adult , this is generally nothing to be concerned with.
There can be issues, however, if a Shih Tzu is a great deal smaller than the standard. When you start getting to the 6, 5 or even 4 lb.
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