Georgia Shih Tzu Puppies

~ From the ancient imperial palace of China to our loving home in Georgia! ~

How to find a good breeder and healthy pet
(pdf file) This will give insight into our home and breeding program.

Puppy Supply List -  see our suggestions in what you may need for your young puppy

Bringing Your Puppy Home - Details initial training ​​

Thoughts and web links on whether to vaccinate or consider a natural holistic approach: Puppy Shots & Vaccine Considerations

If you do vaccines, we recommend a conservative vaccine protocol like Jean Dodds, for best immunity.

2015 Vaccination Protocol
​Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one Dr. Dodds recommends and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

9-10 Weeks Old:  First Puppy Shot
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)

14-16 Weeks:  Second Puppy Shot
Same as above  Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):

1 Year:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)

1 Year after the initial dose:
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See the Rabies Challenge Fund website.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843​​

Thinking About Breeding? Consider these points.
  I share the good bad and ugly of dog breeding.  It's not for the faint of heart.  Read this before considering.

​​ is an excellent place for new puppy owners to learn about how to train, groom, and care for their new puppy. Words to search: Shih Tzu grooming, Shih Tzu house breaking, Shih Tzu bathing.

Estimated Growth Chart for ShihTzu:

Breeders can only estimate because various factors goes into what a dog's weight will become, such as how much the dog is fed, the quality of food, genetic disposition in parent and grand parentage, past puppy weight. 

The older the puppy, the more accurate the guestimate.
8 months old - bone structure is full grown but will still gain muscle
6 months old - 80% full grown.  Imperials can still grow 1-2# between 6 mos- 2 years.

The chart below is a good guess of what a puppy will be when full grown at 1 yo (however, dogs continue to put on muscle and fat over its lifetime).  This is 'usually' within 1-2# of accurate - plus or minus. Males usually weigh more than females by .5#. The younger the puppy, the less accurate.

Birth weight x 20-25
7 days x 10​
10 days x 9
2 weeks x 8
3 weeks x ​​​​6.5 -7
4 weeks x ​
5 weeks x 4.5-5.5​

6 wk weight x  4-5
8 wk weight x  3.5-4.5  (girls 3.8-4.2) (boys 4.2-4.8)
10 wk weight x 2.5-3.5

12 wk weight x 2-3
4 months x 1.25 - 1.75
6 months - 80% full grown
8 months - bones fully grown
1 year - considered full grown.  However, Imperial size shih tzu can continue to grow up to 2 years old.​​​​ All dogs will continue to put on muscle and fat.


Beware that the toy-breed chart found online that many shih tzu breeders are using under estimates weight.  Those toy breed charts are for skinny breeds like maltese, yorkies, etc.  Shih Tzu are stocky and will weigh more even though they may not be any taller. 
To compare the toy breed chart calculates a 7# as (wkly weight x #):
​2wksx7, 4wksx4.7, 6wksx3.5, 8wksx2.87, 10wks​x2.5, 12wksx2.1

Other websites with helpful information:
​​ is a great website.  FULL of shih tzu information:  raising a puppy, health, care, history and names.

​​   About solid colors   About parti-colors

​  Great Shih Tzu names  ShihTzu colors explained.
​   Shih Tzu colors as % registered with AKC.