When it comes to Chinese dog breeds, few stand out. You have the Chinese Pug, the Shar-Pei, but most notably – the Shih Tzu. And according to the AKC, the Shih Tzu is the most popular Chinese breed in America (followed by the Pug).
There are many reasons why the Shih Tzu ranked the 20th most popular dog breed in 2018. For instance, they’re affectionate and loving lap dogs. They have a playful and outgoing demeanor that people can’t help but love. Plus, they have one of the coolest nicknames: “little lion dogs.”
Wherever the Shih Tzu goes, you can expect a little mischief and a lot of entertainment. But because they’re such highly sough-after dogs, there are a ton of Shih Tzu mixes available too.
Here’s our list of the most interesting (and a little bit silly) Shih Tzu mixes you’ve never heard of.
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Table of Contents
- Shih Tzu Mixed Breeds
- 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
Shih Tzu Mixed Breeds
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.
Parent Breeds: Poodle and Shih Tzu mix.
The Shih-Poo is a gorgeous hybrid of two elegant dog breeds: the Miniature Poodle and Shih Tzu. Though petite, the Shih-Poo has a big and attractive personality. They’re friendly, loving and most importantly, obedient dogs.
Courtesy of the Poodle parent, Shih-Poos are extremely intelligent designer dogs who would love nothing more than to please their owners. They’re social by nature but can take a while to warm up to a stranger.
Not only are they easy to train, but also have temperaments that fit well with households with children or other pets. These dogs will shower you with love, but expect affection in return.
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2. Affen Tzu
Parent Breeds: Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu mix.
When you cross two adorable small dog breeds, such as the Affenpinscher and Shih Tzu, you get an equally adorable hybrid dog. This designer dog is the ultimate lap dog companion, as expected considering the parents.
This cross is relatively new, so there isn’t a standard on temperament and looks yet. However, they usually retrain the intelligence, docile demeanor and playfulness of both parents.
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 patience, they make wonderful companions.
Parent Breeds: Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu mix.
A hybrid of the Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu, the Auss-Tzu is a petite friendly dog with a good-natured personality. Though they’re small, they can produce an unreal amount of fur. Daily grooming is 100% necessary with these dogs.
Because of the workaholic parent that is the Australian Shepherd, the Auss-Tzu is undeniably very active. This means they require a high fat and protein diet and a ton of daily exercise. Don’t let their small size deceive you. They can run and will run.
Although they aren’t very bark-y, they do need sufficient space to get some run in. They’re small dogs, but would much prefer at least a small house with a small yard. If you can handle the Auss-Tzu, they’re some of the best Shih Tzu mixes.
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4. Shih Mo
Parent Breeds: American Eskimo Dog and Shih Tzu mix.
The Shih Mo is an unusual hybrid of the Shih Tzu and American Eskimo Dog. It’s not an obvious cross, but it works well. And as a result, they’ve been 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 pounds and 18 inches in height. Shih Mo dogs 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 children, but also make a fantastic companion for an elder. A Shih Mo would like nothing more than to be your lap dog.
Parent Breeds: Chihuahua and Shih Tzu mix.
When you cross the spunky Chihuahua and the elegant Shih Tzu, you get the amazing ShiChi. They’re extremely popular designer dogs and have a plethora of nicknames: Chi-Tzu, ChiShi, among many others.
In fact, 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. They’ll stand by your side through the thick and thin.
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6. Silky Tzu
Parent Breeds: Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
By crossbreeding a Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu, you’ll produce none other than the Silky Tzu. Though they’re small and adorable designer dogs, they have lively and outgoing personalities as expected from a Terrier.
The Silky Tzu was originally bred to be the ultimate companion family dog. And as a result, they are some of the best in this category. They can play well with children, but also thrive in a family environment.
Even though they have an upbeat personality, they don’t require an outrageous amount of exercise. Giving them their daily walks will suffice.
A Silky Tzu will need regular brushing and grooming. However, most of the time, they are hypoallergenic dogs, which is great news for sensitive dog owners.
Parent Breeds: Beagle and Shih Tzu mix.
Though Bea-Tzu mixes may not retain the amazing sense of smell from the Beagle parent, they are still fantastic hybrids with a lovable demeanor. They can range in size and appearance, but their wonderful temperaments are almost 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 and not for tracking. They can be great watchdogs too, as they’re quite protective by nature.
When you get a Bea-Tzu, you can expect a loyal and affectionate dog. They’re quite playful and enjoy an afternoon playing with children. Just make sure they get enough exercise as they require a good amount.
With these hybrids, it’s important to give them socialization training early on. Without it, their protective instincts may translate into aggression in adulthood.
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Parent Breeds: Maltese and Shih Tzu mix.
The Mal-Shi, or the Maltese Shih Tzu mix, is a top choice for owners that suffer from dog allergies. Though no more than 12 pounds, the Mal-Shi is a very playful and active dog.
Unlike other active breeds, the Mal-Shi is perfectly fine as a lapdog. They don’t necessarily need a huge amount of exercise – just a daily stroll through the neighborhood is good.
They’re always happy and loving with a tendency to befriend anyone and anything that they encounter. In other words, they’re not the greatest watchdogs.
However, if you’re looking for a great Shih Tzu mix that has a loving personality, look no further than the Mal-Shi.
9. Jack Tzu
Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
Crossbreeding the Jack Russell and Shih Tzu gives you the Jack Tzu – a small designer dog that’s quite a handful. They’re certainly great dogs, but require a lot of patience and experience to bring out the best in them.
They 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.
Another thing to note is that the Jack Tzu requires a lot of physical activity on a daily basis. Exercise is extremely important for these dogs (as with the Jack Russell).
On the bright side, they’re very independent dogs and don’t mind being left along for 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 for years to come.
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Parent Breeds: Havanese and Shih Tzu mix.
The Havashu is a cross between two of my favorite small dog breeds. Both parents, the Havanese and Shih Tzu, are very similar in many aspects. They’re both affectionate and social with a lively and charming personality.
It’s no mistake that the Havashu is the same. They’re not the best watchdogs, as they’ll great every person with a huge smile and lots of tail wags. But that’s what makes them fantastic companions. They’re the friendliest little Shih Tzu mixes.
It won’t take long before a Havashu fits right in with your family. And if you have children, they’re wonderful playmates for them (with supervision).
They’re also highly adaptable dogs. Whether you live in an apartment or a farm, the Havashu will be comfortable. They also don’t need too much exercise, so expect a lot of days when they just hang out on your lap.
11. French Bull Tzu
Parent Breeds: French Bulldog and 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 very different by nature, the combination is a truly wonderful thing.
Depending on parentage, this hybrid can be a small or medium sized Shih Tzu mix. They can come in a variety of colors, but usually pick up the long haired coat of the Shih Tzu. Though, it varies by dog.
You can expect a pleasant and cheerful personality with an eagerness to please and spend time with the owner. They love people and are comfortable playing with small children. Just make sure you provide them with socialization as a puppy.
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12. Shorkie Tzu
Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
If I had to pick the cutest Shih Tzu mix, it would probably be the Shorkie Tzu. Part Shih Tzu and Yorkie, the Shorkie is a modern designer dog that has been picking up a lot of steam as of late.
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 novice dog owners. They’re also relatively easy to train, as they are eager to please the owners.
But because they’re still new, the appearance of the Shorkie can range. Sometimes they’ll have the long silky coat of the Shih Tzu, while other times they’ll retain the wiry coat of the Terrier. Either way, you’ll get an adorable dog with a cheerful personality.
Parent Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix.
Though the Cava-Tzu is a cross of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu, their appearance can vary. Most of the time, they’ll look more like the Shih Tzu. However, they can resemble the spaniel in rarer cases.
They can come in a huge range of colors, such as tan, black, brown, white or a combination. It really depends on the parent for these new designer dogs.
What we do know for sure is that the Cava-Tzu is a very playful and energetic dog breed – much like the Cavachon. They’re intelligent too, meaning they can be easily trained. Despite their active personality, they don’t need a large amount of exercise.
Parent Breeds: Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu mix.
The Pin-Tzu crosses two well known toy breeds: the Miniature Pinscher and Shih Tzu. As a result, you’ll get a petite designer dog no more than 15 pounds. But don’t let their small stature fool you – they’re brave and courageous little dogs.
Though they’re generally very friendly with people and other dogs, they do not enjoy rough play from small children. Rather, they tend to snap back when dealing with unpredictable rowdy kids. A ton of socialization as a puppy should help.
For the most part, the Pin-Tzu is a well balanced toy dog. They’ll enjoy going out for fun and play, but also don’t mind lounging around in the house.
If you’re looking for an adaptable dog with a stable lifestyle, I’d take a long hard look at the Pin-Tzu.
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Parent Breeds: West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
The Weshi is a loving small dog, bred from a West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu. Though they’re a hybrid, they tend to resemble more of the West Highland White Terrier. And often times, they’ll be mistaken for them.
Not only do they look like terriers, but they retain the prey instincts from them too. The Westie is known to be an excellent vermin hunter. Likewise, the Weshi is highly capable of hunting down foxes and rodents too.
You probably don’t have a vermin problem, so it’s important you keep these dogs occupied with physical activity. If provided, they make some of the best companions for city-dwellers and farmers alike.
Parent Breeds: Miniature Schnauzer and 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 the rugged shaggy coat. However, they seem to retain the floppy ears of the Shih Tzu.
They get along with everyone – from dogs, to other pets and humans. The Schnau-Tzu is highly intelligent and can pick up commands with ease. In fact, they very much enjoy obedience training with their owners.
These hybrids need a fair amount of exercise and moderate grooming as well. They’re not too much to deal with. But even so, they’re worth it.
17. Blue Tzu Heeler
Parent Breeds: Australian Cattle Dog and Shih Tzu mix.
The Blue Tzu is a cross between the Australian Cattle Dog and Shih Tzu. They’re called the Blue Tzu Heeler because the widely popular nickname for the Australian Cattle Dog is the “Blue Heeler.”
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 Australian parent. Still, moderate exercise and grooming is necessary.
They’re friendly, loving, cheerful and demand a lot of attention. They can be a handful at times so it’s no surprise why these Shih Tzu mixes are fairly rare.
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Parent Breeds: Pomeranian and Shih Tzu mix.
There’s a lot of love with a Shiranian, which crossbreeds two of the most lovable and popular small dogs. Shiranians are small, but also come with a huge heart and bright personality. They’re the perfect mix for children and elders.
Originally bred to be companions, the Shiranians do just that. They absolutely love their families, which can often lead to separation anxiety in these dogs. If you are a busy person that needs to frequently leave the house, these are not the dogs for you.
But if you can provide this Shih Tzu mix with the love and attention it craves, they become extremely playful and optimistic dogs. When you play with a Shiranian, you can’t help but smile!
Parent Breeds: Coton De Tulear and Shih Tzu mix.
The Coton-Tzu, or Coton De Tulear Shih Tzu mix, isn’t a very popular hybrid. However, I would argue they’re quite underrated designer dogs!
Their coats are absolutely beautiful, coming in an array of colors, such as black, cream, brindle, gold, brown or a mix. They have medium or long coats with a silky and/or fluffy texture. Despite all this, they actually do not require much grooming! But daily brushing is still recommended.
The Coton-Tzu has a mild temperament and a friendly attitude. They’ll get along with other dogs or children in no time. The only downside is that they can be stubborn at times, which means you’ll have to be patient with them.
Parent Breeds: Bolognese and Shih Tzu mix.
Because both the Bolognese and Shih Tzu are adorable little toy dogs, it made a lot of sense to cross these two breeds. The result is the Bolo-Tzu – a true toy companion dog with a great temperament.
Though they’re great lap dogs, they’re still very new and not well known at all. In fact, it’s rare to come across one of these designer dogs. Part of it is because the Bolognese is also a relatively rare pure breed.
However, I’m confident if more people knew about them, this would change. If you can find one, I’d highly suggest keeping one of these gems.
Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
The Boshih is a combination of a Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier. Both are very different dog breeds, but the cross has all the best traits from both sides.
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. Thanks to the Boston Terrier parent, these dogs can be a little stubborn at times.
Furthermore, they’re not easy to train and require an experienced owner that can quickly establish dominance in the “pack.” If you fail to do so, you can bet this dog will attempt to assume the leadership role.
Parent Breeds: Chinese Crested and 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. They’re both very different dogs, even with the roles they served in Imperial China.
On one hand, the Shih Tzu were companions to Chinese royalty, whereas the Chinese Crested were sailor dogs that served as vermin control on ships.
However, the Crested-Tzu is a nice blend of the two personalities. They’re affectionate, docile, good-natured and don’t really bark as much as other dogs.
They appreciate exercise but can be perfectly fine lounging around with you on a lazy afternoon. This makes them highly adaptable dogs that’ll do well in various households.
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23. Sheltie Tzu
Parent Breeds: Shetland Sheepdog and Shih Tzu mix.
The Sheltie Tzu is the ultimate fluff ball. They’re a designer dog that combines a Shetland Sheepdog with a Shih Tzu. Both of which, are great family dogs.
They can range in size depending on parentage, but expect them to be around 20 pounds and 14 inches tall. As for Shih Tzu mixes, they may be the friendliest dog. They get along with small children, other dogs, strangers and even cats.
When it comes to housetraining, they may require a little more patience. However, they are eager to please and tend to thrive in obedience training. Just make sure you use positive reinforcement.
The downside is that they do need moderate grooming. Though they don’t shed much, their long fur can get tangled easily. So, daily brushing is necessary to prevent any matting.
Parent Breeds: Cairn Terrier and Shih Tzu mix.
As a hybrid that’s been steadily increasing in popularity, the Care-Tzu (Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix), is known for its friendly demeanor and social personality. They’re small, but there’s so much to love.
They were bred to be a fantastic companion dog for all families. As a result, they are affectionate dogs with a lot of love for its family. They don’t really bark for attention, but they’ll be cuddling next to you instead.
The downside is they do require moderate grooming and care. Their straight hair can easily get tangled, especially if they play often. And trust me, they’ll want to play often. Regular brushing is necessary to prevent any unnecessarily injuries for these small dogs.
They also require a moderate amount of exercise. Nothing significant, but a nice stroll through the neighborhood will do.
Parent Breeds: Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix.
The Cock-A-Tzu is truly a unique blend of the Cocker Spaniel and the Shih Tzu. They are highly intelligent, but require a ton of attention. For this reason, only the most dedicated owner should keep a Cock-A-Tzu.
What’s great about these dogs is their eagerness to please. They demand a lot of attention, but they also give a lot too. Combine this with their smarts and you have yourself a highly trainable Shih Tzu mix.
Another reason why they require dedication is the need for 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.
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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