Shih Tzu Mix

Canis lupus familiaris

Last updated: December 30, 2022
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Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many of their hybrids are hypoallergenic.


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Shih Tzu Mix Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus familiaris

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Shih Tzu Mix Facts

Fun Fact
Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many of their hybrids are hypoallergenic.
Diet
Omnivore

Shih Tzu Mix Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Gold
  • Brindle
  • Silver
Skin Type
Fur

Shih Tzu Mix as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Separation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Low
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
Shih Tzu puppies cost $800-$1,200. Annual upkeep is about $650.
Dog group
Toy
Male weight
8.8-16 lbs
Female weight
8.8-16 lbs

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Despite having long, flowing hair, Shih Tzus and many Shih Tzu mix breeds are hypoallergenic.

The Shih Tzu is a small, toy-sized dog breed that originated in China. The name means “little lion.” In Chinese legends Buddha had a little dog described like a Shih Tzu that turned into a lion to save him from robbers, but then turned back into an adorable little dog, which Buddha picked up and kissed! So far, other owners have not reported this remarkable behavior, but they do say these are gentle and affectionate dogs. They were developed specifically as domestic companion animals, so they have excellent traits to be family pets.

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A Shih Tzu mix is a crossbreed dog that has been bred by combining a Shih Tzu with another purebred dog. This type of mixed breed dog can inherit traits from both of its parent breeds, and can vary in appearance and temperament. Shih Tzu mixes are often bred to combine the Shih Tzu’s charming personality with the desirable traits of another breed, such as the intelligence and trainability of a Poodle or the energy and athleticism of a Cocker Spaniel. Shih Tzu mixes are playful, affectionate, and make great companions for people of all ages.

Shih Tzus, and hybrids, are highly intelligent and are often easy to train, making them a popular choice for families with children. Despite their small size, Shih Tzus are known to be alert and can make good watchdogs. They are also relatively low-maintenance dogs and do not require a lot of exercise, making them well-suited to apartment living. Shih Tzus are generally affectionate and good-natured, and they get along well with other pets and people. Their long, think hair does require regular grooming and maintenance, but they are hypoallergenic dogs–a great plus for allergy sufferers! These are just all-around great dogs and it’s hard to find very many truly negative qualities about them.

Different Types of Shih Tzu Mixes

There are many different breeds of dog that can be mixed with a Shih Tzu to create a Shih Tzu mix. Some examples of Shih Tzu mixed breeds include:

  • Shih Poo (Shih Tzu and Poodle mix)
  • Shih-A-Pom (Shih Tzu and Pomeranian mix)
  • Shih Tzu-Bichon Frise mix
  • Shih Tzu-Boston Terrier mix
  • Shih Tzu-Cocker Spaniel mix
  • Shih Tzu-Maltese mix
  • Shih Tzu-Yorkshire Terrier mix

These are just a few examples of the many different Shih Tzu mixed breeds that exist. The appearance and temperament of a Shih Tzu mix can vary depending on the specific mix and the individual dog.

3 pros and cons of owning Shih Tzu Mixes

Pros!Cons!
Do well in apartments
Shih Tzu mixes are generally small, toy-sized dogs that are well-suited to living in apartments, condos, or small homes.
They are really, really hairy
These dogs have long, flowing coats the require regular grooming and maintenance to keep them looking their best. This can be time-consuming and expensive if you opt for a professional groomer.
Good with pets and kids!
These dogs are highly intelligent, easy to train, and get along well with other pets and with children.
Injuries and health problems
Small dogs like this can be more vulnerable to injuries and health problems. They can be more sensitive to some medications and prone to respiratory and eye problems.
Low exercise needs
Shih Tzu Mixs are small dogs with short legs and do not require a lot of exercise. They are adaptable to many different family lifestyles.
Not great jogging companions!
The low exercise needs of these mixes can be a “pro” or “con” depending on your lifestyle. If you want a dog to go jogging with you or engage in an active game of flying disk, look elsewhere.

The Best Dog Food For Shih Tzu Mixes

When choosing the best dog food for a Shih Tzu mix, it is important to consider the individual needs and characteristics of your dog. As a general rule, high-quality dog food that is specifically formulated for small breeds is a good choice for Shih Tzu mixes. This type of dog food is typically nutritionally balanced and contains the right balance of protein, fat, and other nutrients to support the growth and development of small breeds. It is also important to choose a dog food that is appropriate for your dog’s age and activity level. For example, a puppy Shih Tzu mix will have different nutritional needs than an adult Shih Tzu mix. It is always best to consult with your veterinarian before making any decisions about your dog’s diet.

Health and Entertainment for your Shih Tzu Mix

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At A-Z Animals we recommend Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed Formula Dry Dog Food. It is a high-quality dog food that is specifically formulated for small breeds like Shih Tzus. This dog food is made with real chicken and brown rice as the first two ingredients, and it contains a balanced blend of protein, fat, and other nutrients to support the growth and development of small breeds. It is also made with wholesome fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, cranberries, and sweet potatoes, to provide natural sources of antioxidants. This dog food does not contain any chicken or poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, or soy, and it is free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Overall, Blue Buffalo Life Protection Small Breed Formula Dry Dog Food is a nutritious and tasty option for small breed dogs.

Shih Tzu Mix Size and Weight

There is not a lot of variation in size between male and female Shih Tzus, though you may find mixes that don’t strictly fit in these averages. Shih Tzus usually range from 7.9 inches to 11 inches tall and 8.8-16 pounds in weight.

Height (Male)7.9-11” Tall
Height (Female)7.9-11” Tall
Weight (male)8.8-16 lbs, fully grown
Weight (female)8.8-16 lbs, fully grown

Common Health Issues

Shih Tzu mixes may suffer from some of the common health issues of either of their parent breeds. It is unpredictable with a hybrid dog how much of their genetic characteristics will be drawn from each parent. Potential owners should consider the health issues of Shih Tzus and of the other parent of the mix they are considering. Some of the most common health issues that purebred Shih Tzus may face include:

  1. Eye diseases – Shih Tzus can be prone to eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal dysplasia. These conditions can lead to vision loss and other serious health issues, and they may require medical treatment.
  2. Respiratory problems – Shih Tzus have short noses and flat faces, which can make them more susceptible to respiratory problems. They may be prone to conditions such as brachycephalic airway syndrome, which can cause difficulty breathing and other symptoms.
  3. Dental problems – Like all dogs, Shih Tzus are susceptible to dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. It is important to brush your Shih Tzu’s teeth regularly and provide them with appropriate dental care to prevent these problems.
  4. Ear infections – Shih Tzus have long, floppy ears, which can make them more susceptible to ear infections. These infections can cause discomfort and other symptoms, and they may require medical treatment.
  5. Obesity – Shih Tzus are small dogs, and they do not require a lot of exercise to stay healthy. However, if they are not provided with appropriate amounts of exercise and nutrition, they may become overweight or obese, which can lead to other health problems.

Temperament and Behavior

The personality and behavior of a Shih Tzu mix can vary depending on the specific mix and the individual dog. However, Shih Tzus are generally known for their friendly, outgoing personalities, and many Shih Tzu mixes inherit these traits from their parent breed. Shih Tzu mixes are often playful and affectionate, and they enjoy spending time with their human families. They may also be intelligent and trainable, making them a good choice for families with children. However, like all dogs, Shih Tzu mixes require proper training and socialization to prevent nuisance behavior such as excessive barking. Overall, Shih Tzu mixes are charming, friendly dogs that make great companions for people of all ages.

How To Take Care of Shih Tzu Mixes

Maintenance and Grooming

The coat of a Shih Tzu mix can vary depending on the specific mix and the individual dog. Shih Tzus are known for their long, flowing coats, and many Shih Tzu mixes inherit this characteristic. Interestingly, despite their hairiness, Shih Tzus are considered a hypoallergenic breed.

The coat of a Shih Tzu mix may be long and silky, or it may be shorter and more wavy or curly. The color of a Shih Tzu mix’s coat can also vary, and it may be any combination of colors that are found in the parent breeds. Some Shih Tzu mixes may have coats that require regular grooming and maintenance, while others may have coats that are easier to care for. It is important to research the specific mix that you are considering to get a better idea of the coat characteristics that your Shih Tzu mix may have.

If your hybrid dog is very similar to their Shih Tzu parent, grooming is something you will have to take quite seriously. Their long coat must be brushed regularly to prevent tangles and mats. It is best to use a slicker brush or a comb with wide, spaced teeth to gently work through the coat and remove any tangles or knots. You should also brush your Shih Tzu’s teeth regularly to prevent dental problems, and you should check and clean their ears regularly to prevent ear infections. Shih Tzus also require regular nail trimmings to keep their nails from getting too long and uncomfortable. If you are unsure about how to groom your Shih Tzu, it is a good idea to consult with a veterinarian or a professional groomer for guidance.

Training

Shih Tzus are generally intelligent and are often easy to train, and many Shih Tzu mixes inherit these traits from their parent breed. When training a Shih Tzu mix, it is important to use positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards and praise to encourage good behavior. You should also be patient and consistent with your training, and you should start training your Shih Tzu mix as early as possible to set them up for success. It is also important to socialize your Shih Tzu mix so that they can learn to get along with other dogs and people. You can socialize your Shih Tzu mix by taking them to dog parks, obedience classes, and other social events. If you are patient, training a Shih Tzu mix can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your dog and a great time to deepen the bond between the two of you.

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of maintaining the health and well-being of a Shih Tzu mix. Shih Tzus are small dogs and do not require a lot of exercise to stay healthy, but they do still need regular opportunities to move and play. A daily walk or play session can provide your Shih Tzu mix with the physical and mental stimulation that they need to stay happy and healthy. When exercising your Shih Tzu mix, it is important to keep in mind that they are small dogs and may tire easily. You should also be careful to avoid overexerting your Shih Tzu mix, as this can cause health problems. A moderate amount of regular exercise can help your Shih Tzu mix stay healthy and happy.

Puppies

Caring for a Shih Tzu mix puppy is similar to caring for any other type of puppy. It is important to provide your puppy with a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and plenty of love and attention. Puppies also need plenty of opportunities to socialize and interact with other dogs and people to help them develop good social skills.

It is important to start training your Shih Tzu mix puppy as early as possible, using positive reinforcement techniques such as rewards and praise to encourage good behavior. Make sure to give them regular veterinary care, including vaccinations, parasite control, and other routine health care. Caring for a Shih Tzu mix puppy requires patience, consistency, and a commitment to providing them with the best possible care.

Shih Tzu Mixes and Children

These dogs are often oustanding with children. Shih Tzus are generally known for their friendly, outgoing personalities, and many Shih Tzu mixes inherit these traits from their parent breed. This can make them well-suited to families with children. However, this can vary depending on the specific mix and the individual dog. It also has to do with the age of the dog. Puppies raised together with children get used to their ways and adjust much better than older dogs placed into a home with chaotic toddlers who may pull hair and ears or hit with toys. It is important to remember that all dogs are individuals and can have different personalities and temperaments. It is always a good idea to supervise interactions between children and dogs, regardless of breed, to ensure that everyone stays safe and happy.

Similar Dog Breeds

  • Havanese – Havanese are larger than Shih Tzus and have shorter, wavier coats that are easier to care for. Both are friendly dogs that do well with people of all ages.
  • Pekingese – This is a toy breed like the Shih Tzu, though a little larger. It has a similar personality and similar grooming needs.
  • Maltese – Maltese are a smaller toy breed than the Shih Tzu, weighing only 4-7 pounds. They have long silky coats that are easier to care for than the thick coats of Shih Tzus.

Famous Shih Tzu Mixes

Many celebrities have owned purebred Shih Tzus, including:

  • Nicole Richie
  • Mariah Carey
  • Beyonce
  • Colin Farell
  • Bill Gates
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • The Dalai Lama

Because this breed originated in China, you may want to consider one of these names for a male puppy:

  • Bo – “abundant”
  • Cheng – “success”
  • Ming – “bright”
  • Fu – “luck, wealth”
  • Zimo – “ink”

Here are some Chinese names you could consider for a female puppy:

  • Jing – “calm, quiet”
  • Xiang – “fragrance”
  • Mei – “beauty”
  • Chun – “spring”
  • Li – “pretty”

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About the Author

Drew Wood is a writer at A-Z Animals where his primary focus is on mammals, dinosaurs, and geography. Drew has worked in research and writing for over 20 years and holds a Doctorate in Religion, which he earned in 2009. A resident of Nebraska, Drew enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, reading, and caring for his four dogs.

Shih Tzu Mix FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How much does a Shih Tzu Mix cost to own?

Shih Tzu puppies cost $800-$1,200. Annual upkeep is about $650.

Is a Shih Tzu Mix good with kids?

Yes, these dogs are considered to be excellent choices for families with children.

How long does a Shih Tzu Mix live?

This breed can live 10-18 years.

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