When it comes to Chinese dog breeds, there are a few breeds that stand out. You have the Chinese Pug, the Shar-Pei, but most notably – the Shih Tzu. There’s a reason why, according to the AKC, the Shih Tzu is the most popular Chinese breed in America.
For instance, Shih Tzus are affectionate and loving lap dogs. They just seem to get along with anybody due to their friendly temperaments. In addition, these “little lion dogs” have a playful and cheerful vibe that seem to be contagious.
Wherever the Shih Tzu goes, you can expect a little mischief and a lot of entertainment. But because of the overwhelming popularity of these dogs, there are a ton of Shih Tzu mixes available too! Here are our favorites hybrids.
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Table of Contents
- What’s a Shih Tzu?
- Best Shih Tzu Mixes
- 1. Shih-Poo
- 2. Affen Tzu
- 3. Auss-Tzu
- 4. Shih Mo
- 5. ShiChi
- 6. Silky Tzu
- 7. Bea-Tzu
- 8. Mal-Shi
- 9. Jack Tzu
- 10. Havashu
- 11. French Bull Tzu
- 12. Shorkie Tzu
- 13. Cava-Tzu
- 14. Pin-Tzu
- 15. Weshi
- 16. Schnau-Tzu
- 17. Blue Tzu Heeler
- 18. Shiranian
- 19. Coton-Tzu
- 20. Bolo-Tzu
- 21. Boshih
- 22. Crested-Tzu
- 23. Sheltie Tzu
- 24. Care-Tzu
- 25. Cock-A-Tzu
- 26. Bully Tzu
- 27. Shih Apso
- 28. Fo-Tzu
- 29. Sco-Shi
- 30. Shinese
What’s a Shih Tzu?
The Shih Tzu is a wonderful toy companion dog with locks of long fur that put even the best show dogs to shame. It’s not hard spotting a Shih Tzu in the wild. In fact, they’re famously known for their adorable underbites and dark beady eyes.
The Shih Tzu breed has a long, royal history in ancient China. Do you know why they make some of the best lap dogs? It’s because Shih Tzus were originally bred to warm the laps of the Chinese elites, and in some cases, emperors too.
Our Shih Tzu has a very sweet personality. He isn’t around other pets, but he’s great with kids. He likes to be near us all the time.– Nmmom95 (Disboards)
Chinese emperors valued the Shih Tzus greatly. According to historians, they were given as a valuable gift to rulers of other nations. In addition, the royals held breeding competitions, where the best-looking Shih Tzus earned their breeder extra money and prizes.
Perhaps it’s because of the Shih Tzu’s past that they have an air of royalty seen even today. These dogs are proud, dignified and self-aware dogs – though not arrogant. At the same time, they possess all the traits that make great companions.
A Shih Tzu will always brighten up your day no matter the situation. They’re affectionate, kind and loyal. Plus, they’re adaptively intelligent enough to understand human emotions. When you feel down, expect the Shih Tzu to be by your sad.
Best Shih Tzu Mixes
Though there is what seems like an infinite combination of Shih Tzu mixes, we’ve identified the most common and most unique mixes.
There are many more, but these are our favorites. Here’s our list of the most interesting (and a little bit silly) Shih Tzu mixes you’ve never heard of.
Parents: Mini Poodle x Shih Tzu mix
The Shih-Poo is the gorgeous hybrid of two elegant dog breeds: the Miniature Poodle and Shih Tzu. They may be petite, but the Shih-Poo has a large and attractive personality. They’re friendly, loving and most importantly, obedient dogs.
Thanks to the Poodle parent, Shih-Poos are extremely intelligent designer dogs who would love nothing more than to please their owners. They’re sociable creatures by nature, but can often take a bit of time to warm up to a stranger.
Not only are they easy to train, but also have temperaments that fit well with households that have kids or other pets. These dogs will shower you with love, but expect affection in return. In no situation would you want to leave them alone!
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2. Affen Tzu
Parents: Affenpinscher x Shih Tzu mix
When you cross two adorable small dog breeds, such as the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu, you’re likely to get an equally adorable hybrid. This designer is the ultimate lap dog companion, as one would expect from the two parent breeds.
This Shih Tzu mix is relatively new, so there isn’t a standard on temperament and looks just yet. However, they usually retrain the intelligence, docile demeanor and playfulness of both parent breeds. Physically, they can lean either way.
Most likely, you’ll need to spend a great deal of time grooming these dogs. They can enter a stubborn streak and cause some difficulties while training as well. But with socialization and a little patience, they make wonderful companions.
Parents: Mini Aussie x Shih Tzu mix
A hybrid of the Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu, the Auss-Tzu is a petite loving dog with a good-natured personality. Though small, they can produce an unreal amount of fur. Really, daily grooming is 100% necessary with these dogs.
Thanks to the workaholic parent, that is the Australian Shepherd, the Auss-Tzu is most likely going to be very active. This means they’ll require a high fat and protein diet and plenty of exercise. Don’t let their small size deceive you, they can and will run.
The good news is they don’t bark much. However, they do need sufficient space to get some exercise in. They’re small dogs, but would much rather prefer at least a small house with a small yard. So if you can handle the Auss-Tzu, they’re some of the best.
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4. Shih Mo
Parents: American Eskimo x Shih Tzu mix
The Shih Mo is the unusual hybrid of the Shih Tzu and American Eskimo Dog. They may not be the most obvious cross, but it works. Surprisingly, they’ve become one of the most popular Shih Tzu mixes in the past few decades.
Depending on the parents and gender, they can range in size. However, they’re generally under 25 lbs and 18 inches in height. Shih Mos tend to have a long silky coat that looks more like the Shih Tzu than the American Eskimo.
But the best part about these dogs is their calm and affectionate demeanor. They play well with small kids, but also make a fantastic companion for a senior citizen. A Shih Mo would like nothing more than to be your lap dog.
Parents: Chihuahua x Shih Tzu mix
When you cross the spunky Chihuahua and the elegant Shih Tzu, you get the amazing Shi Chi. They’re extremely popular designer dogs and as a result, have a plethora of nicknames: Chi-Tzu, ChiShi, among many others.
They’re so popular they’ve been recognized by many different dog registries. Some of which, include the International Designer Canine Registry, American Canine Hybrid Club and even the Dog Registry of America.
But what makes the ShiChi so popular? They’re little dogs, but have a huge personality – in a good way. These dogs are bold and courageous, but have an affectionate and loving side to them too. A Shi Chi will stand by your side through the thick and thin.
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6. Silky Tzu
Parents: Silky Terrier x Shih Tzu mix
By crossbreeding a Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu, you’ll produce none other than the spectacular Silky Tzu. At first glance, they seem like typical small and adorable designer dogs. However, they tend to inherit the lively and outgoing personalities from the terrier side.
The Silky Tzu was originally developed to be the ultimate companion family dog. And as a result, they are some of the best in this category of toy dogs. Not only are they excellent with children, but they will also thrive within a big family.
Even though they have an upbeat personality, they don’t require an outrageous amount of exercise like other terrier mixes. Giving them their daily walks will suffice. Still, the Silky Tzu will need regular brushing and grooming. However, they might inherit the hypoallergenic genes.
Parents: Beagle x Shih Tzu mix
Though Bea-Tzu mixes may not retain the amazing sense of smell from the Beagle parent, they are still great hybrids with a lovable personality. They tend to range in size and appearance, but their wonderful temperaments are near-guaranteed.
The Bea-Tzu is one of the best companion dogs available on the market. In fact, it’s what they were bred for. Not for hunting nor for tracking, like the Beagle parent. And given their protectiveness, they can be great watchdogs with some socialization.
When you get a Bea-Tzu, you can expect a loyal and affectionate dog. They’re quite playful and enjoy an afternoon playing with kids. Just make sure they get enough exercise as they require a good amount thanks to the Beagle side.
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Parents: Maltese x Shih Tzu mix
The Mal-Shi, or the Maltese Shih Tzu mix, is an ideal hypoallergenic choice for dog owners that suffer from dog allergies. Though no more than 12 pounds, the Mal-Shi is a very playful and energetic dog that’s guaranteed to get along with your family.
Unlike other active dog breeds, the Mal-Shi is perfectly fine as a lapdog. They don’t actually need a huge amount of exercise. The typical daily stroll through the neighborhood will suffice, making them one of the most convenient Shih Tzu mixes.
They’re always happy and loving with the incredible ability to befriend anyone and anything that they encounter. In other words, they’re not the greatest watchdogs. But if you’re looking for a cheerful Shih Tzu mix, look no further than the Mal-Shi.
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9. Jack Tzu
Parents: Jack Russell x Shih Tzu mix
Crossbreeding the Jack Russell Terrier and Shih Tzu gives you the Jack Tzu – a small designer dog that’s quite a handful. Don’t get me wrong, they’re certainly great dogs, but they require a lot of patience and experience to bring out the best in them.
The Jack Tzu can be as stubborn as any other dog breed. For this reason, they aren’t the easiest to train and could pose a problem for novice dog owners. Plus, the Jack Tzu requires plenty of physical activity on a daily basis.
On the bright side, they’re independent dogs and don’t mind being left alone for reasonable periods of time. Just make sure you’re back to give them their exercise! If you can handle the Jack Tzu, you’ll have a well-balanced and fun companion.
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Parents: Havanese and Shih Tzu mix
The Havashu is a cross between two of my favorite small dog breeds. Both the Havanese and Shih Tzu are very similar in many aspects. For instance, they’re both affectionate and outgoing with a lively and charming personality.
It’s no coincidence that the Havashu is the same. They’re not the best watchdogs, as they’ll greet every person with a huge smile, tail wags and kisses. But that’s what makes them some of the top companions. They may be the friendliest Shih Tzu mixes.
It won’t take long before a Havashu fits right in with your family. Plus, they’re great playmates for kids if there’s supervision. They’re also highly adaptable dogs. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a farm, the Havashu will be fine.
11. French Bull Tzu
Parents: French Bulldog x Shih Tzu mix
The French Bull Tzu is a cross between two very popular dog breeds from different sides of the world. Though they’re sharply different by nature, the combination is a truly wonderful thing if you raise them the right way.
Depending on parentage, this hybrid can be a small or medium sized Shih Tzu mix. They tend to come in a variety of colors, but usually inherit the long haired coats of Shih Tzus. Though, it varies by individual dogs and genetics.
You can expect a pleasant and cheerful personality with an eagerness to please and spend time with the owners. They love people and are comfortable playing with small children. Just make sure you give them lots of human interaction!
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12. Shorkie Tzu
Parents: Yorkie x Shih Tzu mix
If I had to pick the cutest Shih Tzu mix, it would probably be the Shorkie Tzu. Half Yorkshire terrier and half Shih Tzu, the Shorkie is a modern hybrid dog that’s been picking up a lot of steam in the world of designer dogs.
People pick these dogs because they require little maintenance and are easy to take care of. Docile and good-natured, the Shorkie is an excellent choice for even first-time dog owners. They are also relatively easy to train, as they’re eager to please.
But because they’re still a relatively new designer dog, the looks of the Shorkie can vary. Sometimes they will have the long silky coat of the Shih Tzu, while other times they’ll retain the wiry coat of the Terrier. Either way, they’re adorable and fun dogs.
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Parents: Cavalier King Charles x Shih Tzu mix
Though the Cava-Tzu is a cross of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu, the looks tend to vary quite a bit. Most of the time, they’ll look more like the Shih Tzu. However, they can resemble the spaniel in rarer cases.
Cava-Tzus tend to come in a large range of colors, such as tan, black, brown, white or even a mix of a few. It really depends on the parents for these designer dogs. And whether they pick up physical traits from either parent will depend too.
What we do know for sure is that the Cava-Tzu is a very playful, happy-go-lucky and energetic dog, like the Cavachon. They’re highly intelligent, meaning they can be easily trained. And despite their active personalities, they don’t need a lot of exercise.
Parents: Mini Pinscher x Shih Tzu mix
The Pin-Tzu crossbreeds two popular toy dogs: the Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu. As a result, you’ll end up with a petite designer dog no more than 15 pounds. But don’t let their small stature fool you – the Pin-Tzu is brave and courageous.
Though they’re generally very friendly with people and other dogs, they won’t enjoy rough play from small children. Rather, they tend to snap back when dealing with unpredictable rowdy and loud kids. Early socialization should help, though.
For the most part, the Pin-Tzu is a well balanced toy dog. They’ll enjoy going out for walks, but they also won’t mind lounging around in the house. If you’re looking for an adaptable dog with a stable lifestyle, the Pin-Tzu may be it.
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Parents: Westie x Shih Tzu mix
The Weshi is a loving small dog, bred from a West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu. Many owners seem to think they resemble more of the Westie, despite being a hybrid dog. And often times, they’ll be mistaken for purebred Westies.
Not only do they look like terriers, but they retain the prey instincts from them too. The Westie was bred to be an excellent vermin hunter. Likewise, the Weshi is capable of showing predatory behaviors towards cats or other small pets.
You probably don’t have a vermin problem, so it’s important you keep these dogs occupied with physical activity. After all, they are part terriers. When they’re given their exercise, they’ll make some of the best companions for city-dwellers and farmers alike.
Parents: Mini Schnauzer x Shih Tzu mix
The Schnau-Tzu is a hybrid combining the Miniature Schnauzer with the Shih Tzu. For the most part, they look very much like a Schnauzer with their rugged shaggy coats. However, they tend to retain the floppy ears of the Shih Tzu.
A Schnau-Tzu will get along with everyone – from dogs, to other pets and humans. They’re very smart and can pick up commands with ease. They enjoy going through obedience training with their owners, however, they love showing off their repertoire of tricks even more.
These hybrids need a fair amount of exercise and very little grooming. Chances are, they will inherit the hypoallergenic coats seen in both parents. They’re not too difficult to deal with. But even so, the Schnau-Tzu is worth the “trouble.”
17. Blue Tzu Heeler
Parents: Blue Heeler x Shih Tzu mix
The Blue Tzu is a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and Shih Tzu. They’re called Blue Tzu Heelers because the widely popular nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog is the “Blue Heeler.” As expected, the signature blue coats will be inherited in this hybrid.
Though the Heeler is highly active with strong herding instincts, the Blue Tzu is much more balanced. Yes they’re energetic, but they don’t need as much run as their Aussie parent thanks to the easy-going nature of the Shih Tzu parent.
Still, moderate exercise and grooming is necessary. They’re friendly, loving, cheerful but also demand a lot of attention. They can be a handful at times, so it’s no surprise why these Shih Tzu mixes are fairly uncommon to see.
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Parents: Pomeranian x Shih Tzu mix
There’s a lot of love about a Shiranian, which crossbreeds two of the most lovable and popular small dog breeds: Pomeranians and Shih Tzus. Shiranians are small, but there’s nothing small about their positive personalities. They’re perfect for both kids and seniors.
Originally bred to be companions, the Shiranians do just that. They love their families so much that they tend to develop separation anxiety. So if you’re a busy person that needs to leave the house frequently, these are not the dogs for you.
But if you can provide this Shih Tzu mix with the love and attention it craves, they will serve as wonderful and playful companion dogs. When you get to spend a day with a Shiranian, it’s hard to resist the bubbly charm of these mixes.
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Parents: Coton de Tulear x Shih Tzu mix
The Coton-Tzu, or Coton De Tulear Shih Tzu mix, isn’t a very popular hybrid. However, I would argue they are underrated designer dogs! At heart, they’re true companion dogs that strive to warm your laps and give you plenty of attention.
Their coats are absolutely stunning, coming in an array of colors, such as black, cream, brindle, brown, gold or a mix. They have medium or long coats with a silky and or fluffy texture. Even with such a coat, they actually don’t require much grooming!
The Coton-Tzu has a mild temperament and a happy-go-lucky attitude. They’ll get along with other dogs or children with very little effort. The only downside is that they can be stubborn at times, which means you’ll have to be patient with them.
Parents: Bolognese x Shih Tzu mix
Because both the Bolognese and Shih Tzu are adorable toy dogs, it made a lot of sense to cross these two breeds. The result is the beautiful Bolo-Tzu – a true toy companion dog with a great temperament and good vibes.
Though they’re excellent lap dogs, they’re still very new and not well known. In fact, it’s rare to come by one of these designer dogs even with their adorable looks. Part of it is because the Bolognese is also a relatively rare purebred dog.
However, I’m confident if more people knew about them, this would change. If you can find one, I would highly suggest owning one of these “hidden gems.” The Bolo-Tzu checks all the boxes if you want to own a people-loving Shih Tzu mix.
Parents: Boston Terrier x Shih Tzu mix
The Boshih is a deliberate crossbreeding of the Shih Tzu with a Boston Terrier. Both are very different dog breeds, but the hybrid has surprisingly inherited all the best traits from both sides. The best part is they get along with everyone.
For example, these dogs are intelligent, lively and energetic – much like the Boston Terrier. On the other hand, they’re alert, affectionate and dignified like the Shih Tzu. But thanks to the Boston Terrier parent, a Boshih can be a little stubborn at times.
Furthermore, they’re not easy to train and require an experienced owner that can train with a firm and consistent hand, thus establishing pack dominance. If you fail to do so, you can bet this small dog will attempt to assume the leadership role.
Parents: Chinese Crested x Shih Tzu mix
The Crested-Tzu is a hybrid of two of China’s finest and most iconic dog breeds: the Chinese Crested and Shih Tzu. When put together, they’re a Chinese powerhouse. However, they’re both very different dogs, even with their roles in Imperial China.
On one hand, the Shih Tzus were companions to Chinese royalty, whereas the Cresties were sailor dogs that served as vermin control on ships. The Crested-Tzu, on the other hand, is a nice blend of the two personalities.
They’re affectionate, docile, good-natured and don’t really bark as much as other dogs. And while the Crested-Tzu appreciates exercise, they’re perfectly fine lounging with loved ones. That said, they’re very adaptable dogs that’ll do well in various families.
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23. Sheltie Tzu
Parents: Sheltie x Shih Tzu mix
The Sheltie Tzu is the ultimate fluff ball. They’re a hybrid dog that combines the work-focused Shetland Sheepdog with the lap-friendly Shih Tzu. Both of which, are excellent family companion dogs, but differ in more ways than one.
They can range in size depending on parentage, but expect them to be around 20 pounds and 14 inches tall. Among Shih Tzu mixes, they may be the friendliest dog. Whether with cats or dogs, it’s hard not to like the Sheltie Tzu’s company.
When it comes to house-training, Sheltie Tzus might require a little more patience. Still, they’re eager to please and tend to excel with obedience training. The downside is that they do need some grooming. They don’t shed much, but their long fur can get tangled.
Parents: Cairn Terrier x Shih Tzu mix
As a Shih Tzu mix that’s been steadily increasing in popularity, the Care-Tzu (Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix), is known for its friendly demeanor and social personality. Not surprisingly, they were bred to be a fantastic companion dog for all families.
The Care-Tzus are affectionate dogs with a lot of affection for its family. They don’t bark for attention, rather, they’ll be cuddling next to you instead. The downside is they do require some grooming and care, even with a hypoallergenic coat.
Their straight hair can easily get tangled, especially if they play outdoors often. And trust me, they will want to play often. They also require a moderate amount of exercise. Nothing significant, but a nice stroll through the neighborhood will do.
Parents: Cocker Spaniel x Shih Tzu mix
The Cock-A-Tzu is truly a unique blend, combining the Cocker Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. They are highly intelligent, but require a lot of human engagement to remain content. In fact, they thrive when they’re the center of attention at home.
For this reason, only the most dedicated owners should keep a Cock-A-Tzu. And while they demand a lot of attention, they’ll also give a lot too. Combine this people-loving quality with their smarts and you have yourself a highly trainable dog.
Another reason they require so much dedication is because of daily grooming. The Cock-A-Tzu has soft curly fur, so brushing is necessary to prevent matting. On the bright side, they’re calm dogs and don’t really need a lot of physical activity.
26. Bully Tzu
Parents: Bulldog x Shih Tzu mix
The Bully Tzu may be the most interesting Shih Tzu mixes. Although the Bulldog is durable, strong and bred for work, the Shih Tzu is quite the opposite. Physically, they may differ drastically. However, the two parent breeds share similar personality traits.
Both parents are affectionate and gentle dogs. Yes, even the modern-day Bulldog. And while Bulldogs aren’t small by any means, they have the easy-going nature also seen in Shih Tzus. As a result, they’ll probably end up being big lap dogs.
The Bully Tzu inherits all the best temperamental qualities from the parents. They’re bred with a much more durable frame and size, thanks to the Bulldog genes. For this reason, the Bully Tzu may be more suitable for rowdy children.
27. Shih Apso
Parents: Lhasa Apso x Shih Tzu mix
The Shih Apso is a unique designer dog that involves crossbreeding the Tibetan Lhasa Apso with a Shih Tzu. Because both parent dogs were developed to be lap dogs and companions, the mix unsurprisingly excels at this job.
They’re going to be small dogs, weighing no more than 18 pounds and standing between 9 and 12 inches tall. There can be a lot of variance in the coat of the Shih Apso. Some take more from the Tzu side, and some more from the Lhasa side.
In the home, these dogs will be mellow and calm. It’s why they’re such ideal dogs for seniors and older kids. These dogs really need only two things to remain happy – lots of affection and human attention! Give them this and they’ll be loyal companions for life.
Parents: Toy Fox Terrier x Shih Tzu mix
The adorable Fo-Tzu combines the spirited personalities of Toy Fox Terriers with the laid-back Shih Tzus. While petite in size, they have a huge appetite for play and attention. Who knew such a little dog could be so lively?
Fo-Tzus will be toy dogs, just like the parents. They will weigh, on average, 11 pounds but won’t stand taller than 15 inches. The coat tends to be smooth yet soft, kind of like a perpetual puppy coat. In fact, it resembles hair more than dog fur.
Thanks to the Fox Terrier side, the Fo-Tzu can be snappy when being roughed up. We don’t recommend them for small kids for this reason. In addition, it’s not unusual for them to be headstrong or stubborn, like a typical terrier.
Parents: Scottish Terrier x Shih Tzu mix
The Sco-Shi is the small hybrid dog that combines the Scottish Terrier with a Shih Tzu. Although they may inherit the appearance of either parent, the terrier personalities usually shine through in these lovely designer dogs.
Sco-Shis will reach 20 pounds in adulthood, so expect a petite yet robust breed. In addition, they’ll have a long hair coat, as seen in both parent breeds. The good news is they’ll likely be hypoallergenic dogs, though occasional brushing is still needed.
From the Scottie side, the Sco-Shi may seem independent or aloof. However, they are loyal to the pack and will stick by your side during important times. Sco-Shis are also adaptable and tend to do well in an apartment or with a yard.
Parents: Pekingese x Shih Tzu mix
The Shinese, once again, is another Chinese powerhouse. This hybrid combines the Pekingese with the Shih Tzu – both iconic dogs and members of royal families in ancient China. It’s no surprise that they’re lap dogs perfect for any household.
Growing nearly 13 inches tall and no more than 16 pounds, the Shinese is a petite dog that will perfectly fit in your lap. After all, that’s what they were bred for and they’re great at it. What’s more surprising is that they make decent watchdogs.
If a stranger approaches the Shinese’s family, expect to hear a barrage of barks. However, obedience training can be a little difficult. When you’ve been treated like royalty for hundreds of years, I guess it’s hard to do someone’s bidding.
Did we miss a Shih Tzu mix that deserves to be on this list? If so, let us know in the comments section below. So tell us, which is your favorite Shih Tzu mixed breed?
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