Canis lupus familiaris

Last updated: April 21, 2023
Verified by: AZ Animals Staff
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The Bea-Tzu has a fast-growing coat


Bea-Tzu Scientific Classification

Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

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Bea-Tzu Conservation Status

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Bea-Tzu Facts

Main Prey
Name Of Young
Group Behavior
  • Pack
  • Social
Fun Fact
The Bea-Tzu has a fast-growing coat
Estimated Population Size
Most Distinctive Feature
Has a deep howl
Distinctive Feature
Beard and eyebrows
Gestation Period
2 months
Sweet, Loving, Loyal. They love being the center of attention. They are protective and possessive.
intelligent and easy to train
Age Of Independence
3 months
Litter Size
4-6 puppies
Average Litter Size
4-6 puppies
  • Pack
  • Social
Favorite Food
Common Name
North America
Number Of Species
North America

Bea-Tzu Physical Characteristics

  • White-Brown
Skin Type
Top Speed
-7 mph
10-15 years
15-23 pounds
11 - 15 inches
12 - 16 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
12 months
Age of Weaning
1-3 months

Bea-Tzu as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Tendency to Chew
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Separation Anxiety
Preferred Temperature
Warm climate
Exercise Needs
Friendly With Other Dogs
Pure bred cost to own
Dog group
Male weight
20-23 lbs
Female weight
10-15 lbs

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The Bea-Tzu is a cross between a Beagle and Shih-Tzu. The Shih-Tzu is one of the most ancient breeds, and it comes from Tibet and China. The Beagle was bred to hunt rabbits in England, but it has a gentle disposition. The Bea Tzu is classified as a toy dog due to its small size. It also has a gentle disposition, but it is a good watchdog and an entertaining companion dog.

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The Bea-Tzu breed has a high prey drive because of the Beagle heritage. They are sweet, affectionate, loyal dogs who will take as much love as you can give. They are great companions and get along well with other dogs and children.

Ownership Pros and Cons

Bea-Tzus are low maintenance.Bea-Tzus like to chase rabbits.
They are alert and make great watchdogs.These dogs like to bark.
They will get along with other dogs.Bea-Tzus can be difficult to train.

Size and Weight

These are very small dogs. They can range in size, but generally do not exceed 15 inches in height and 23 pounds in weight.

Height (Male)15 Inches
Height (Female)11 Inches
Weight (male)23 Pounds
Weight (female)15 Pounds

Common Health Issues

Smaller dogs in general are prone to oral health issues. In addition, this specific breed of dog suffers from kidney disease and liver disease. Bea-Tzus develop issues with vision as well. Cataracts may require surgery as the Bea-Tzu ages.

Health and Entertainment for your Bea-Tzu

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Bea-Tzus are prone to developing intervertebral disc disease. This disease typically affects smaller dogs with long backs. They also have epilepsy issues. This is when the dog has excessive seizures. A reduced ability for circulating thyroid hormone causes hypothyroidism. In summary, health issues of concer for the Bea-Tzu are:

  1. Kidney Disease
  2. Liver Disease
  3. Hypothyroidism
  4. Epilepsy
  5. Cataracts

Temperament and Behavior

Bea-Tzus are sweet and playful canines. They are loving and loyal in their behavior toward their owner, but they like to be the center of attention. Bea-Tzus are protective and alert dogs. Possessive behavior is another common character trait associated with this breed. 

This breed of dog is good around children. For a family with very young children picking up a young adult Bea-Tzu is wise. They mix well with other people and pets if properly socialized early on in life. 

Due to the hunting instincts of its ancestors, one must be careful letting this dog breed off the leash. These dogs are bred to hunt rabbits, so they have a high prey drive towards smaller animals. Bea-Tzus are alert creatures and make good watchdogs. Sometimes they are loud; noisy barking can be a problem. 


In order to prevent injury to this small canine as a puppy, it should be handled gently. Being too harsh with your Bea-Tzu puppy early on will possibly bring on behavioral issues later. It is important to keep the teeth brushed regularly to avoid dental issues such as plaque build up. 

Best Dog Food

During the first few weeks of its life, the Bea-Tzu puppy will need to be nursed every couple hours then weaned off to six or eight small meals a day. As they develop, their diet is mixed between wet and dry food and gradually reduced until the diet is primarily solid. With this dog having strong lineage from Beagles, it will need a high amount of calories. From this point forward, it will need six to eight small meals a day. 

Bea-Tzu adult food: As the dog develops, you will gradually reduce the frequency of meals. Some may eat more than others, but if your dog has a tendency to overeat, you will need to reduce to two healthy portioned meals a day. A healthy amount of fats in a dog’s diet serves as an energy source. Snacks will be necessary for positive reinforcement while in training. 

At A-Z Animals, we say the best dog food for Bea-Tzus is Purina Pro Plan Sport, Energy & Vitality Support, High Protein 30/20 Dry Dog Food & Wet Dog Food.

The riboflavin and calcium pantothenate in this well-rounded food may help curb liver problems, and the pyridoxine (vitamin B6) is good for Bea-Tzus’ kidneys and nervous system. There’s vitamin A for clear eyes, thiamine (vitamin b1) to help prevent seizures, and niacin for weight regulation.

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Maintenance And Grooming

The coat should be brushed every couple of days, with special attention to the face and tail. Ears need to be checked regularly, and if there is wax, they need to be cleaned once a week. Brush teeth twice a week. A visit to the groomer is recommended once in a while to keep the area around the face tidy.


These dogs can be a little difficult to train and will require patience or previous experience. They like to nibble when bored or stressed. They are known to be very intelligent dogs. Bea-Tzus respond well to positive reinforcement so treats may be necessary at times. They are easily distracted and have a desire to chase prey, especially rabbits. It is important to avoid scolding the dog during training. 

Exercise Regimen

The Bea-Tzu dog is playful and active, but easily distracted and thus a bit difficult to train.


This breed of dog is very driven and active. You will need to walk your Bea-Tzu a couple times a day. It helps to be in a spacious area enclosed behind a fence. They are very playful and will enjoy playing fetch for an extended period of time.  


Puppies are prone to chew and will nibble when stressed out, bored, or teething. Puppies need to be fed a high-calorie diet. They will need to take a series of vaccinations for issues ranging from rabies, coronavirus, canine parvovirus, and canine parainfluenza. If you change brands in food, it should be done slowly and gradually to prevent any digestive issues.


This breed is very fun and friendly. They are sweet and loving. Bea-Tzus do extremely well with children. If you decide to get this breed of dog it would be best to get it as a young adult due to its tendency to nibble and chew. 

Similar Breeds

The Beagle is one similar breed to the Bea-Tzu. This is its parent and is responsible for fifty percent of the Bea-Tzus lineage. The Shih-Tzu is the other parent and similar dog to the Bea-Tzu. The Shih-Tzu is known to have origins in the Asian countries of China and Tibet. Jack-Tzus are another similar dog which is also a toy breed. 

  • Beagle – Small canine bred to hunt rabbits and small game. They were bred in England and eventually traded to North America. 
  • Shih-Tzu – This small canine breed originated in the Asian countries of China and Tibet. This is a toy breed that has a decent life expectancy. They are good guard dogs as they are prone to barking.
  • Jack-Tzu – A toy dog crossbreed of Shih-Tzu and Jack Russell Terrier. This breed is good for people with apartments or small homes. 
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Bea-Tzu FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does the Bea-Tzu cost to own ? 

To obtain this dog will cost between four hundred and eight hundred dollars. The annual cost will be about two thousand dollars a year. 

Is the Bea-Tzu good with children?

This breed is good with children when picked up as a young adult and properly socialized as a puppy. 

How long does a Bea-Tzu live?

This breed lives to be between ten and twelve years old. 

Is this an aggressive breed?

No, however, they need to be socialized from a young age with other people and pets. They need to be kept away from smaller animals and on a leash when outside.

Do they bark a lot?

Yes, they are alert and very vocal creatures. They make great guard dogs.

Are Bea Tzus easy to train?

Yes, if positive reinforcement is used and you are assertive early on. They are especially easy for owners with previous dog experience or patience.

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