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    Shih Tzu Size

    We got a puppy a few weeks ago, she's now about 3 months old. We were told she is a shih tzu mix possibly with yorkie but dad is unknown. She weighed 3.8 pounds at the end of February when we got her and she is now up to 6.3 lbs. I just feel like she is really big for a shih tzu/yorkie mix at this age. Our other small breed dog is about 12 lbs full grown so is the size of the average shih tzu and we got him at 12 weeks old. We remember him being so tiny when we first got him and this puppy seems huge in comparison. I'm not very familiar with how small breed puppies grow. Does 6 lbs seem about right for a 3 month old shih tzu puppy or do you think she's got something bigger mixed in there too? And what age are they usually done growing?

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    It doesn't sound TOO big. I'd expect her to be near in size to your other dog. Mia was 4 lbs at 14 weeks and topped off at 7 lbs. The toy breeds tend to grow a lot quicker than the bigger dogs.
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    Ok thanks, I thought they grew quicker but she just seemed so big. I guess her fluffy coat makes her look bigger too. It wouldn't matter much if she ended up being a little larger than Preston but we're hoping for her to be about his size.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    The AKC standard size for Shih Tzu is 9-16 pounds. 6 pounds at 3 months sounds kind of big. I think the rule of thumb is to take the weight at 12 weeks and multiply it by three, but I could be wrong. Do you have a picture of the dog you're talking about?

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    There are pictures of her on this thread from a couple weeks ago, I don't have any more recent of her right now.

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    Thanks Lauren. She's cute and she really does look exactly like a Shih Tzu and Yorkie. A lot of times those breeds from petstores and backyard breeders have dogs that are much bigger than standard, so that may be the case.

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    Yeah I have seen some oversized shih tzus before. I don't know anything about her parents, she was dropped off at a vet clinic so I don't have much info on her. They were told her mom was a shih tzu and they guessed she has some yorkie in her because of her color. I have a friend that thinks she's purebred shih tzu but I think her nose is a little longer and I've never seen a shih tzu her color before.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    Definitely not a purebred Shih Tzu or even a poorly bred one. She looks very different. She looks more like a Lhasa than a Shih Tzu, but I could also see Yorkie/Shih Tzu.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    My Shih Tzu x Maltese were only 5 lbs. at 3 months and end up about ten pounds full grown. Remmy was 4.12 lbs at three months and weighs 11 pounds now. I would think unless it was an awfully big Yorkie that it should not be that big. The one purebred Shih Tzu I had was 6 lbs. at three months and will end up between 15-16 lbs.

    It sure is cute and a really pretty color. Shih Tzu do come in black and tan but not usually with as much tan.

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    I can finally see this thread again !

    Quote Originally Posted by palmtree77 View Post
    Definitely not a purebred Shih Tzu or even a poorly bred one. She looks very different. She looks more like a Lhasa than a Shih Tzu, but I could also see Yorkie/Shih Tzu.
    I hadn't thought of Lhasa, they aren't very common though so I'm thinking she's more likely to be shih tzu. We're waiting to see what her adult coat looks like to see if that helps us determine if she has some yorkie in her but who knows she could be anything lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyllobernese View Post
    My Shih Tzu x Maltese were only 5 lbs. at 3 months and end up about ten pounds full grown. Remmy was 4.12 lbs at three months and weighs 11 pounds now. I would think unless it was an awfully big Yorkie that it should not be that big. The one purebred Shih Tzu I had was 6 lbs. at three months and will end up between 15-16 lbs.

    It sure is cute and a really pretty color. Shih Tzu do come in black and tan but not usually with as much tan.
    Yeah I would think that if she were part yorkie that she would be on the smaller side but I guess if the mother was an oversized shih tzu she may end up pretty big. I'll just have to wait and see what she looks like here in a few months. I love her color, the shih tzu standard does say they come in any color but I've never seen one quite like her which makes me really think she's mixed.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    They usually stop growing at about a year old. Plus maybe 2 lbs more after a year.

    But Shih Tzus are also "big" small dogs. They can be up to 16 lbs and I've often see 20 lb ones.

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    I think small dogs grow quite quickly in the first few months. Our pomchi was around a 1 lb when we first got him at 8 week. It's now at 15 weeks and he is about 3 times the weight at about 3 to 5 lbs. He is much bigger then when we first got him.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    She could also be shih tzu/silky terrier. Silkies aren't as common as yorkies, at least around here, but I still know a few people who own them. They usually weigh 8-11 pounds.

    If it helps, Casper weighed 4.4 pounds when I got him (nine weeks old), and he's now fully grown, 18lbs at one year old.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    My father must have a mutant Shih Tzu...
    His is named Toby, hes in no way overweight, and he must weigh at least 23 pounds. I know nothing about Tzus, So this is interesting!

    Is it possible for a pure bred shih to get that big? They got him from the shelter, and the people who surrendered him apparently had papers and yadda yadda yadda, which they weren't interested in, and he doesn't LOOK mixed...I must inform my dad is has a GIANT Shih LOL

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    Quote Originally Posted by Jare View Post
    My father must have a mutant Shih Tzu...
    His is named Toby, hes in no way overweight, and he must weigh at least 23 pounds. I know nothing about Tzus, So this is interesting!

    Is it possible for a pure bred shih to get that big? They got him from the shelter, and the people who surrendered him apparently had papers and yadda yadda yadda, which they weren't interested in, and he doesn't LOOK mixed...I must inform my dad is has a GIANT Shih LOL
    Yes it's possible and happens a lot with certain toy dogs I find. There are some 20 lb Paps as well that are purebred even though usually if they're at the standard's height they shouldn't be bigger than 10 lbs.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    Mine will be 4 months on the 17th and she's about 6lbs. now. Took her to the dog park last weekend and there was a lady with two tzus that were between 20-25lbs. They didn't look overweight either.

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    Wow I've seen some big shih tzus but I didn't think 20-25 lbs was so common! We are hoping she is more like 15 lbs full grown but who knows. How tall are these 20 lb tzus generally?

    I'll be getting some new pictures of her tomorrow sometime.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    They were around the size of adult Beagles but with shorter legs.

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    ok, we get a lot of different sizes of shih tzus in for grooming where I work but the majority are smaller sized dogs so I was really expecting this pup to be smaller when full grown especially since she looks part yorkie. I guess she might be quite a bit bigger than Preston but thats ok and she does have very short legs with a long body like a tzu. Preston is a leggier dog and I always think of him as a larger sized toy breed but she might be changing that lol

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    Re: Shih Tzu Size

    Well, there's always the chance her growth might slow down. When I was a kid my mom always thought I would be really tall because I have bigger feet than her and my older sister. Alas, my feet stayed big and I'm not tall, just one inch taller than my sister.

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