The Shih Tzu Chihuahua is a popular hybrid Shih Tzu mix, also known as ShiChi.
This mixed breed is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Chihuahua. The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes the Shih Tzu Chihuahua.
The ShiChi's weight ranges between 5-15 pounds and they stand 6-12 inches tall.
The ShiChi comes in most colors including fawn, brindle and sable. Their coat can be long and straight or short and wiry depending on the genetic distribution of the parents.
In fact, the more you look at photos of Shi-chis, the more you marvel at how different they can look.
The ShiChi is not a hypoallergenic hybrid even though they shed very little hair. It is recommended that the ShiChi be brushed several times a week to reduce dander and matting.
A Tzu Chihuahua is a very friendly, energetic and alert dog. This breed is generally not recommended for homes with small children because ShiChi's can be overly protective and territorial. Several owners say their chihuahua mix dog regularly growls at new people and dogs.
To help your little shichi keep his protective streak under control, socialising is very important. Particularly for puppies. Taking them out on a leash to meet as many people and animals as possible is a good idea. Everywhere you can, so your little shichi learns to feel safe in different environments.
With their owners, these dogs can be super affectionate, in-your-face adorable and just overall very happy cuddly little creatures.
They can also be stubborn therefore housebreaking and training can be a challenge. As with all dogs, the most important aspect of training is that you and other family members use the same words consistently and reward good behavior. Barking can also be an issue so an apartment setting may not be the best home for them. Shi chis are generally happy outside, either walking or in a garden playing.
The average life expectancy for the ShiChi is 12-18 years.
Here are some photos of this breed shared by visitors to our website. Meet Maylie, Joey, and Rocky...
If you currently own one of these dogs, please visit the Shih Tzu Mix page to tell everyone about your designer dog and to share your photos.
If you'd like to learn more about the chihuahua breed, this popular Chihuahua Breeder website has information on puppies, health, diet, grooming and more.