Everything You Need To Know About The Shih Tzu Cross Breed
Perhaps it’s the big and round puppy eyes or a flamboyant coat on a petite body. Maybe it’s the friendly and playful nature that makes us fall for Shih Tzus. We love everything about them, and we have found ways to make them better – crossbreeding.
Over the years, dog breeders have interbred many toy dogs with the Shih Tzu giving rise to multiple Shih Tzu mixes. The crossbreeds have interesting combinations of traits from their parents.
If you are considering adopting a Shih Tzu mix, here are seven popular Shih Tzu dog breed mixes. We will tell you about their traits and what would make you love them.
Shih Poos are a mix of Shih Tzu and the Toy Poodle. They are among the most popular Shih mixes, and this is for good reasons. Shih Poos are very friendly, intelligent, obedient, and have low shedding coats (thanks to their poodle parents).
An adult grows to about 15 inches and could weigh up to 18 pounds. They are not a typical couch pooch but also don’t require lots of exercises. Thanks to their Shih Tzu parents, they are energetic and full of life.
Care is not arduous. Regular brushing and grooming will help you to avoid mats and keep the little guy healthy.
Havashus are a mix of Shih Tzu and Havanese. They are affectionate and loving. Havashus are friendly to everyone (whether friend or stranger), playful, easy to train and get along with children and other pets.
They have different color coats, ranging from brown, black, white, and brindle. An adult typically weighs between 8 and 15 pounds, and they can grow to 11 inches tall. Like the Shih Poos, regular brushing, grooming, and cleaning are essential to keep the dog healthy.
Care Tzus are a crossbreed of Cairn Terrier and the Shih Tzu. As the name implies, this little pooch is adorable and energetic. They are perfect for a household with children. They are intelligent but also can be stubborn (thanks to their Cairn Terrier parents). Training will require extra patience and a firm hand. But their cute looks compensate for all the hard work.
Care Tzus are a little larger than the Shih Tzu. An adult could weigh up to 20 pounds and grow to about 11 inches. They have soft coats that might shed more than the Shih Tzu. Therefore regular brushing and grooming are vital.
The Chihuahua-Shih mix is a charming and elegant pooch that loves the spotlight. And it’s easy to see why. They are cheeky little dogs – weighing between 5 to 12 pounds and measuring between 7 to 10 inches in height – with a big attitude. They are courageous and fear nothing. They will protect their owners against anything and anyone. This could also be a downside for some since they tend to yap a lot.
Shih Chi’s hair is not as long as their Shih Tzu parent’s, but it is soft and silky, and they come in a variety of colors. If you would like a feisty little dog companion, a Shih Chih is a perfect choice.
If you can’t help but fall for the cute looks of a Pug, then a hairy Pug would sweep you right off your feet. A Pug Tzu is what it is. The wide eyes of a Tzu and broad smile of a Pug, combined with their adorable looks, would make heads turn.
A typical adult weighs between 11 and 16 pounds and stands 10 to 12 inches tall. The hair is of medium length and can take any color. Pug Tzus are also intelligent and friendly. They don’t require lots of exercises, but play should always be on the menu.
How about a stout little fellow who is independent, affectionate, and intelligent? That’s what we have after cross-breeding the Shih Tzu with Scottish Terrier. They are tough little dogs, curious and always running around. If you have a yard, it’s plenty of space for a Sco Shi to get enough exercise for the day.
An adult weighs about 20 pounds and stands at about 10 inches. Most have dark-colored coats and long hair. Regular brushing and grooming are essential to keep him happy and healthy.
Mixing the Shih Tzu with the Brussels Griffon gave us the Shiffon. It is a light, transparent, elegant, and perfectly balanced mix that anyone would love to have as a pet.
If you have a family, the little guy will enjoy playing with the kids. If you are solo, Shiffons have a gentle and sensitive side that you would love. But they don’t like staying at home alone, so make sure you train them well and give them a lovely dog bed that will calm potential separation anxiety.
An adult can grow to about 10 inches tall and weigh up to 13 pounds. Because of their sensitive nature and petite size, older kids would be a better company.
A final word about the Tzus
Shih Tzus and their mixes are generally friendly dogs. They love the company of humans and small animals, and they are intelligent. Although they may display the stubborn nature of their Tzu parents, it’s nothing that a firm, loving, and rewarding parent cannot overcome.
They don’t require a lot of exercise, but they need elaborate grooming. On the brighter side, most Tzu mixes don’t shed and we have excellent grooming tips for you.
It’s important to feed your dog well with products that are not heavily processed and which are free from toxins. There are a good range of pet food delivery services that can take the hassle out of deciding what to feed your Shih Tzu. Most of them can tailor the perfect diet to your pet’s breed, sex, weight, and age.
Purebred Tzus and their mixes are vulnerable to breathing problems and eye infections. If you have any concerns, feel free to reach out to a vet.
Whichever Tzu mix grabs your heart, give it plenty of love and attention. Keeping clean and proper care is essential for their well-being.