Shih Tzu Mix

Shih Tzu Mix Puppies Dog Breed Information

A Shih Tzu Mix is the result of crossbreeding a Shih Tzu with another dog breed. Given the variability in traits inherited from both parent breeds, it’s crucial to inquire about the other parent breed from the breeder. If a Shih Tzu Mix inherits traits from the Shih Tzu parent, they are likely to be a small, affectionate, and loving companion dog, cherishing their time spent with their favorite humans.

Shih Tzus are known for being affectionate, friendly, and sociable, getting along well with children and other pets. They can also have a playful side. If mixed with a similar temperament breed, the offspring may share these traits, but it’s wise to ask the breeder for specifics. Meeting the mother dog can offer insights into the puppy’s temperament. Remember, ongoing training and socialization are key responsibilities for the owner, even if the breeder has started the process.

Shih Tzus are known for their adaptability, thriving in various climates and living situations. While sensitive to extreme temperatures, they generally adjust well. However, they dislike prolonged solitude.

Considering the influence of the other parent breed on adaptability, it’s crucial to discuss this with the breeder. If the other breed is also adaptable, the Shih Tzu Mix is likely to inherit this trait.

Mixed-breed dogs may not always have better health outcomes than purebreds, as they can inherit health conditions from their parent breeds. Shih Tzu Mixes may face potential concerns like eye issues, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella from the Shih Tzu side. Responsible breeders should screen their dogs to prevent passing on such issues. It’s essential to ask about the genetic and health history of both parents, as well as any health tests or evaluations conducted by the breeder to ensure the puppies’ well-being.


Shih Tzus are intelligent and eager to please, but their stubborn nature may pose training challenges. They generally suit owners of all experience levels, though first-time owners are advised to attend puppy training classes. The mixed breed’s trainability may be influenced by the other parent, making it crucial to inquire with the breeder and consider enrolling in training classes accordingly.

A mixed-breed dog can inherit a coat similar to one parent or a blend of both. If a Shih Tzu Mix inherits the Shih Tzu coat, it requires daily brushing, baths every 3-4 weeks, and professional grooming every 6-8 weeks.

In addition to coat care, regular attention to nails, ears, and teeth is essential. Monthly nail trims prevent overgrowth, while weekly ear checks and careful cleanings reduce the risk of infections. Given the susceptibility to dental disease, daily brushing or enzymatic toothpaste, along with periodic vet cleanings, is crucial for maintaining dental health throughout your Shih Tzu Mix’s life.


Shih Tzus, despite being energetic during play, are generally considered a low-energy breed. Daily walks and some playtimes suffice for their exercise needs. The energy level of a Shih Tzu Mix is influenced by the other parent breed; if it’s also low energy, the mix will likely follow suit. However, if the other parent breed is more energetic, be prepared for potential higher energy levels in a Shih Tzu Mix puppy.

Shih Tzus typically measure 9-11 inches in height and weigh 9-16 pounds. The size of a Shih Tzu Mix can be influenced by the other parent breed, especially if the mother is of a significant size. While it’s not guaranteed, meeting the mother in person can provide insight into the potential size of a fully-grown Shih Tzu Mix.

Shih Tzus typically have a lifespan of 10-18 years. While the other parent breed may have a slight influence, you can generally expect a similar lifespan in a Shih Tzu Mix.

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