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If you're considering a smaller dog, you may be considering Shih Tzus. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard, Shih Tzus are lively and sturdy toy dogs that make excellent companions. Originally the pets of Chinese nobility, Shih Tzus have become popular pets, ranking 20th most popular AKC breed. Although very popular dogs, it's important to know both the positives and negatives of the Shih Tzu when deciding if the breed is right for your situation and environment. Here are the positives and negatives of the Shih Tzu breed.

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1. Shih Tzu Size

Depending on whether you're looking for a large or small dog, the Shih Tzu may be right for your situation. Shih Tzus have a relatively big size range for a Toy breed. With a height between 9 and 10½ inches at the shoulder and a weight between 9 and 16 pounds, the Shih Tzu can be very tiny or a bit larger. Regardless, Shih Tzus are sized as good apartment and traveling pets.

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