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Best Weight for a Shih Tzu?

My Shih Tzu is just over 11kg. His legs are longer than a small Shih Tzu, he is solid, and heavy, his waist curves in where it should. The vet says he's fine, but I think he is overweight. Is there anyone on here who thinks I need a second opinion?

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August 17, 20171 found this helpful
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In the book a vet gives you for your dogs shots is a weight chart. I own Bichon Frise dogs and they weight between 3.8 kilo to 5.3 kilo. My male is larger and he is the one who weighs 5.3 kilos. My vet says that you should be able to feel the dog's rib cage, but you shouldn't feel it when it is just bones. It is up to you to decide on the dog's weight. If you feel he should lose a kilo or two you can reduce the food a bit in the morning and night. I normally feed the dogs twice a day and give them small portions at this time. It helps to keep their weight down and gives them more energy. Look in the vaccination book and see the chart. Look for your dog's size and this will help you determine his weight.

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August 18, 20171 found this helpful
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They should be 4 to 7 kg. Unless your dog is bigger than average, he could stand to lose weight.

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April 8, 20190 found this helpful

My bitch shihtzu weighs the heaviest she's done 10kg I've tried everything to help her lose weight she's 9 years old and is big boned compared to my other shihtzu and obviously has started to slow down as well. I just worry about her weight

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