I initially wanted to get a toy poodle but since there are not many breeders in my country and a lot of people wrongly advertising, I'm now thinking of just getting a shih tzu. There are more of those here but also a lot of people advertising about imperial or princess type tzus which are actually runts.
I read online that I should not get a shih tzu weighing less than 5 pounds since they have a lot of health issues and shorter life span. I'm not sure how that converts to a puppy. Does anyone have a weight chart for a standard size shih tzu? The puppy I will adopt is 3 months old.
Well a healthy toy poodle is going to be much smaller then a healthy shih-tzu. Most healthy shih-tzu weight between 4-5lbs at 8weeks old. They get to be about 10-15lbs full grown if not over fed. I would never consider getting one smaller, or paying the hight bogas amount of money those breeders want. They are not breeding for the betterment of the breed. Those small shih-tzu's can have all kinds of health problems, and can be extremely hard to care for as young pups. You need to monitor them almost 24hrs a day for the first several months to make sure they are eating enough. If not, they can die within 24hrs of sugar shock. You may want to google shih-tzu club of america and do some big time research before jumping. It is a very worth while read, and is also best to become very knowledgeable on the breed you are looking into. Health and health testing are extremely important and could mean the differance between a lifelong companion and a lifelong heartache.