This combination is probably one of the most interesting and unique ones. On one side, we have Shih Tzu, an aristocratic dog breed originating from Tibet. Known as the Emperor dog, it was bred to sit around the palace of the Emperor. And then you have Chihuahua, a dog originating from Mexico and known for its feisty character. What is the Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix like?
This cross, also known as Shi Chi or Chi Tzu is a small dog, growing at around 10 inches and weighing between 5 and 15 pounds.
Let’s get into the nitty-gritty.
Meet The Breed
We said this breed is known by two popular nicknames, Shi Chi and Chi Tzu. The result of the two parents is an easygoing pup, but it might be possessive around other dogs. Treated by royalty, both in China, Tibet, and Mexico, this dog craves human attention.
The breed has different parents, one that is a couch potato Shih Tzu dog, and then a high-energy Chihuahua parent. The result is a bundle of energy who loves to be around people.
Meet The Parents
You can get a better idea of what your mixed breed will be like when you understand the parents. Let’s take a look.
In most countries, Shih Tzu is classified as a toy breed. Known as Lion Dog, this puppy grows between eight and 11 inches and weighs 9 to 16 pounds. As with most toy dog breeds, they are quick to mature and reach adult size by the time they turn 10 months.
Their luxuriant and long hair is their signature feature. Renowned for its happy temperament, a Shih Tzu puppy is lively and friendly. They get along with people of all ages and other animals. Because of their calm and happy personality, Shih Tzus make a great companions for seniors
Here are some common personality traits of the dog breed:
- They require a lot of personal attention
- This puppy thrives on human company
- Can easily become spoiled and push the boundaries of the household
- Friendly and easy-going, they get along with people of all ages
Next, let’s talk about the Chihuahua parent breed. This dog is known as the smallest one in the canine world. But do not mistake their small size for a dog without personality. What they lack in size, Chihuahuas make up in personality.
They love to be around people, the same as the Shih Tzu. You can expect your Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix to be a Velcro dog that craves attention as well. These dogs will follow you anywhere around the home and form a close bond with their parents and owners.
Here are some common personality traits:
- Intelligent and fast learners
- Chihuahuas are loyal companions that will stay close to their human
- Their personality shines at every step
- Known as barkers, they bark at larger animals
So, what do you get when you mix a small toy breed like Shih Tzu and the smallest dog, a Chihuahua puppy? Their mixed offspring is also a toy dog, measures no more than 10 inches, and weighs between 3 and 9 lbs.
They usually have a round head, and ears that can be either erect or hanging down. Remember, Chihuahuas come in different looks. So, depending on the parent, they can inherit different genes and looks.
Now let’s take a look at coat colors. Shih Tzu dogs have a wider range of colors, and Shih Tzu mix puppies can have black, brown, brown and white, cream, and white coat colors. Their coat can be either long and silky, wavy, or short like the Chihuahuas.
This Chihuahua mix might not be as feisty as other mixes, but it is still a dog with a big personality. These dogs are lively, and need vigorous exercise, unlike their Shih Tzu parent.
You can also expect a playful dog, so provide some toys for your pet to play with at home. This will help burn its energy.
Remember, despite their lively character and temperament, the Shichi mix loves nothing more than human attention. They love to be around their family and be included in every activity.
The big challenge is leaving them alone. They are indoor dogs that do not need much walking, but they cannot be left alone for long periods. That might result in separation anxiety issues.
You might think a small dog doesn’t need much training. But that is not true. Small dogs need as much care as big dogs. And this Chihuahua mix needs even more socialization and training early on. Because of their feisty character and barking tendencies, Chihuahua mixed puppies need to be socialized with different people and animals.
Positive reinforcement is the key but, use praise more than dog food. These dogs are affection-driven. They need a bit of ego-stroking by giving praise and treats. Reward good behavior constantly.
You can also expect some stubbornness, but that is the Chihuahua gene. The good news is that because they are loyal and love to be around, they will still love to train.
Your Shi Chi mix needs a bit more exercise than the lion dog, but less than the Mexican dog. They are great for apartment living because they need little space.
You can walk your companion dog two times per day for 10 to 15 minutes. Playing with them inside is also an option. Generally speaking, this mixed breed needs around 30 minutes of exercise per day.
One of the main reasons for the rise of designer breeds is improving the health of purebred dogs. But in this case, both parents are relatively healthy. In fact, Chihuahuas are among the longest-living dog breeds.
Tooth decay and gum diseases are among the common health risks. Make sure to give them toys and foods that provide dental hygiene. Eye problems like glaucoma are also common.
But the good news is that health issues are less common in mixed breeds. Your Chi Tzu has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years.
As we said before, the coat of your Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix can grow short or long. It depends on which genes it inherits. In some cases, it might result in wavy and curly hair.
If you have a dog with wavy hair, make sure to use a de-tangling brush to prevent tangles in your dog’s coat. This canine should not shed as much.
Are They Hypoallergenic?
The Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix has the potential to be hypoallergenic. Chihuahuas are shedding dogs, but Shih Tzus are not.
Depending on the generation of crossbreeding, meaning whether the parents are purebred dogs or mixed dogs, this Shih Tzu pup has the potential to be hypoallergenic.
But there is no guarantee that will happen. In any case, they are great for people who suffer from allergies.
Why Shouldn’t You Get One?
- Any Chihuahua mix is prone to barking
- If you are not ready for a dog to follow you anywhere
- Prone to separation anxiety when left alone for long periods
Why Should You Get One?
- Amazing companion that needs little exercise
- Possibility for hypoallergenic dog
- Lively character that will bring joy to the household