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Shih Tzu Mixes: 40 Unique Crossbreeds You’ll Adore

These little buckets of playful fluff and snuggles is just what the doctor ordered but would mixing the Shih Tzu with another breed make it an even better fit for your home? We have pulled together an overview of the most popular Shih Tzu mixes to provide a checklist for your next companion.

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Last Updated: September 13, 2022 | 27 min read

Shih Tzu Mix

When you ask people to name their top 5 adorable dogs, you can almost guarantee the Shih Tzu will be at the top of most people’s lists. Shih Tzu translates to ‘Lion dog’ and he is believed to have originated from Tibet some 1100 years ago. He has long been a favorite of the Chinese Royalty and when this picture-perfect pup looks at you with his big eyes and beautiful hair you can’t help but understand why.

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With a very friendly and fun-loving character he makes a great family pet. He is also easy going, happy to lounge around with his human pack and thoroughly entertaining with his mischievous play for both family and strangers alike. This breed has no prey drive for hunting or digging, and as long as he is the center of attention, he is happy to follow you around and lazily lay at your feet all day long. This pup sheds minimally, and is often classified as a Hypoallergenic Dog Breed.

For many centuries this breed was kept under lock and key for the exclusivity of the Chinese Royals, and it wasn’t until the 1930s that he finally arrived in America. The Shih Tzu was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 and currently ranks as the 20th most popular breed out of the 191 ranked breeds. Weighing in at around 9 to 16 pounds and measuring only up to 10 ½ inches he is considered to be a toy dog, but don’t let that fool you, he is bursting with character and commands your attention!

Shih Tzu Mixed Breeds

As with most popular breeds, there has been a lot of experimentation with cross-breeding the Shih Tzu in order to create fun and exciting canine concoctions. Some are larger than the Shih Tzu, some are smaller, some are expected mixes, and some are very unusual, but they all have one thing in common, their cuteness is off the scale!

But it isn’t just their cuteness that you need to think about, you need to consider that all of the mixes on this list are exactly that, a mix. This means that while he will inherit some of the Shih Tzu, he will also inherit traits of the other parent breed, so you need to be in love with both breeds and all of their characteristics, as you never know what you will get.

While most of these Shih Tzu mixes will need to be purchased from a breeder, there’s also a chance you can find them at a local rescue.  So, without any more hesitation, let’s jump straight into 40 of the best and adorable Shih Tzu mixes around.


Shih Poo Mix
The Shih Poo is a mix between the toy poodle and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Toy Poodle & Shih Tzu

Both of his parents are small, but they both have big personalities, so you can expect a personality twice as big with the Shih-Poo. In addition to his friendly and loving nature, he is obedient and intelligent, with quite a bit of energy just like many other Poodle mixes, thanks to his Poodle parentage. He loves to please his owner and being an original water hunting dog, he has prey drive and energy, so you shouldn’t expect a lap dog with this guy.

The Shih-Poo will measure between 10 and 15 inches and weigh between 10 and 13 pounds. His coat will be slightly wavy thanks to the Poodle genes, and it can take the color of brown, white, silver, gold, blue, red and brindle, or a mixture of any of them.

Affen Tzu

Affenpinscher Shih Tzu
The Affen Tzu is a mix between the Affenpinscher and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Affenpinscher & Shih Tzu

This crossed pup is relatively new, however, being quite similar in their temperament you can expect a playful yet docile demeanor and one that will fit into most family homes. He is likely to be a stubborn dude and will probably do as he pleases, but with socialization and patience, you can expect a perfect little hot water bottle.

Due to the wiry hair of the Affenpinscher you can expect to spend a fair bit of your time grooming him to keep tangles at bay. This guy will weigh anywhere between 9 and 13 pounds, and he will measure between 9 and 11 inches. In German, Affe means monkey, so expect this guy to be mischievous and cheeky!

Aussie Tzu

Aussie Tzu
The Aussie Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Australian Shepherd.

Parent Breeds: Mini Australian Shepherd & Shih Tzu

The Aussie Tzu is a friendly dog with a well-balanced personality. Bigger than the Shih Tzu, and much more energetic, you need to have living space for this guy as he likes to run. His Aussie parent is a highly energetic working dog, so if you aren’t active or are seeking a traditional toy dog, this one may not be for you. If you are seeking a bouncy ball of fur, then he fits that bill perfectly!

Daily grooming is also necessary for the Aussie Tzu, because he has a lot of hair, but his mane is a big part of his character and makes him all the more adorable. His double coat will sport any of his parent’s colors, and there is also the chance of bright blue, or mismatched colored eyes. He will measure 10 to 14 inches and weigh 15 to 25 pounds.

Shih Mo

Shih Mo Mix
The Shih Mo is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the American Eskimo Dog.

Parent Breeds: American Eskimo Dog & Shih Tzu

While not an obvious cross, because of the increasing popularity of the toy Eskimo dog the Shih Mo has become a popular mix too. He is a calm and affectionate pooch, but one who knows how to play hard! Given his larger size he plays well with smaller children, but he also likes to be pampered with an afternoon full of cuddles on anyone’s lap.

He will weigh anywhere between 8 and 13 pounds and will measure 9 to 12 inches in height, although larger sized parents such as the miniature or standard Eskimo dog could also be used, and he therefore would be bigger. He will retain his long and silky locks with the high probability of white coloring, but he tends to look more like the Shih Tzu parent.

Shih Chi

Shih Chi
The Shih Chi is a mix between the Chihuahua and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Chihuahua & Shih Tzu

One of the most popular mixes on this list, the Shih Chi mix is a spunky, sassy, charming and elegant pup, so it is easy to see why. While he loves to be the center of attention and rather spoilt by his owners, he is also courageous and will not take rubbish from anyone, so he will protect his owner whatever comes his way. So, if you are seeking a feisty toy dog you have come to the right mix.

Likely to weigh between 5 to 12 pounds, and measure between 7 to 10 inches in height, this tiny pup could easily squeeze into your handbag, which is just as well considering he hates to be left alone. His hair will be either short or long, but silky and soft and he comes in a wide variety of colors. The Shih Chi is likely to take after either parent breed, making him an excellent choice for potential small dog owners.

Silky Tzu

Silky Tzu Terrier
The Silky Tzu Terrier is a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Silky Terrier.

Parent Breeds: Silky Terrier & Shih Tzu

If you’re wondering whether this dude is going to be silky smooth, you can bet he is! His silk requires daily grooming, so be sure to invest in a set of good grooming tools. He will weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and will measure between 9 and 10 inches and likely take the brown and black colors of the Silky Terrier parent, with a dash of white.

Crossed to create the perfect family dog, he has the small build and affectionate tendencies of a toy dog, but with the playful mischievousness of a terrier. Because he is lively and active in the home, this guy wears himself out enough to not need too much exercise, so outdoor leg stretches and toilet breaks will suffice.

Bea Tzu

Bea Tzu Mix
The Bea Tzu is a mix between the Beagle and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Beagle & Shih Tzu

This guy, unlike his Beagle parent, is not bred for hunting or tracking, and it is unlikely that he will inherit his parent’s super sense of smell, but he makes a fantastic watchdog who will let you know when there is something untoward about. Be warned, he still howls, and while comical for most, if you live in an apartment your neighbors might not share the same opinion. You can expect a loyal and affectionate dog, but only if you provide him with a lot of exercise, otherwise he can become quite the destructive pooch.

The Bea Tzu will measure 13 inches and under and will weigh between 10 and 20 pounds. His coat will be short and shiny, and be black, brown and white in color.

Mal Shih

Mal Shih
The Mal Shih is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Maltese.

Parent Breeds: Maltese & Shih Tzu

The popular Mal Shih is a very playful and happy-go-lucky pooch, who will equally enjoy a good romp in the lounge, or an afternoon snooze just as long as he is snuggled up to his master. He is very friendly and loves family members and strangers alike, so don’t expect a great watchdog, but a sweet pup who will capture the hearts of everyone.

He will weigh between 6 to 12 pounds, and measure between 8 to 10 inches, and his coat will be long and smooth, so you need to be able to commit to daily grooming. The Mal Shi will inherit any color of the Shih Tzu, with a likely splash of white.

Jack Tzu

Jack Tzu
The Jack Tzu is a mix between the Jack Russell Terrier and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Jack Russell Terrier & Shih Tzu

This small designer dog is not your typical Shih Tzu mix, he is quite a handful and a true terrier, which is a great thing if you are seeking a cheeky and entertaining dog! He is particularly stubborn and as such he requires a lot of patience and training to bring out his obedient side. Jack Russell’s need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, so you will need to invest in a lot of physical exercise and brain games to prevent him from becoming destructive.

He will sport short hair and will measure 9 to 12 inches in height, and weigh between 9 and 16 pounds. Whist he is short, he is super quick and agile, and he has a very high prey drive!


Havanese Shih Tzu
The Havashu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Havanese.

Parent Breeds: Havanese & Shih Tzu

Both of the Havashu’s parents are very similar, they’re both affectionate and loving, with a social and lively side. He is a friendly mix that loves everyone that he comes into contact with, be that friend or foe, so you might want to look at another mix if you are seeking a little protection. He is a very adaptable pooch who is just grateful to be with his family. He is not averse to exercise, but nor does he need much, so he is quite easy to care for.

He will measure between 9 and 11 inches tall, and he will weigh between 8 and 14 pounds. He will sport a voluptuous long coat that will take light brown and white hues, and you will always find a cheeky little smile poking through ready to cheer you up.

French Bull Tzu

French Bull Tzu
The French Bull Tzu is a mix between the French Bulldog and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: French Bulldog & Shih Tzu

This is another popular mix breed thanks to the French Bulldogs recent rise to canine fame.  While they are quite different in terms of their personality and like most Frenchie mixes, it is an unexpected combination that works very well. A mixture of excitable calmness and friendly protectiveness, you can be sure that he is a well-balanced pooch that makes a wonderful family pet just as long as he is socialized well as a pup.

This mix can be quite stocky, but with his longer wispier hair his muscles aren’t as visible as his French parent, and he will typically inherit the large bat ears. Dependent on the size of his parents, he will measure between 9 and 13 inches in height and weigh 25 pounds and under.

Cava Tzu

Cava Tzu
The Cava Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Parent Breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Shih Tzu

The Cava Tzu enjoys a wide range of colors of either parent, and he will typically look more like a Shih Tzu than a King Charles, but have the long wavy ears of the King Charles. He will weigh between 11 and 16 pounds and measure between 10 and 12 inches.

He is a playful dog, but this graceful pooch is more partial to an afternoon snooze or two in his master’s lap, and he will not require much exercise compared to others on this list. Despite his gentle ways, he is a very intelligent dog who will enjoy training sessions to keep his clever brain ticking, and as long as he is stimulated, he will be an affectionate and loving pooch for the whole family.

Pin Tzu

Min Pin Shih Tzu
The Pin Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Miniature Pinscher.

Parent Breeds: Miniature Pinscher & Shih Tzu

This petite pooch weighs no more than 15 pounds and measures between 10 and 12 inches. It is likely that he will have short hair, big round puppy eyes and tall erect ears. It is likely that he will inherit the rusty hues of the Pinscher, with flashes of white from the Shih Tzu.

Despite being tiny, he is another feisty pooch who likes the sound of his own voice when there is trouble, so you’ll find yourself a brave bodyguard with the Pin Tzu. For this reason, it is very important to socialize him from a young age to ensure that he does not become overprotective. Overall, the Pin Tzu is a delightful dog who enjoys playing with the family or snuggling up in front of the fire.


Weshi Mix
The Weshi is a mix between the West Highland Terrier and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: West Highland White Terrier & Shih Tzu

The Weshi is an adorably small pup, and while he is a mix, he tends to look much more like his Westie parent rather than the Shih Tzu, unlike many others on this list. Typically, he will weigh between 12 to 18 pounds and measure 9 to 11 inches in height. He will most certainly have a crazy wiry coat that will be white with flashes of light brown and silver.

The Weshi also inherits the terrier personality, and you certainly won’t find any vermin or mice in your house with one of these guys around. His high prey drive and excitable energy means that he needs a fair bit of exercise to keep his mind and body occupied, so be prepared for an intensely energetic pooch.

Schnau Tzu

Schnau Tzu Mix
The Schnau Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Miniature Schnauzer.

Parent Breeds: Miniature Schnauzer & Shih Tzu

The Schnau Tzu typically looks much like the Schnauzer with the rugged shaggy coat but with the floppy ears of the Shih Tzu, which makes for a very charming look. For this reason, he needs a fair bit of grooming to ensure that his coat does not become too tangled. His coat will take on darker silver and brown hues, and he will weigh between 10 to 18 pounds and measure between 11 and 13 inches.

The Schnau-Tzu is an intelligent schnauzer mix and will pick up commands and tricks quickly thanks to his eagerness to please his master. He is energetic and will need a fair bit of exercise considering his size, but he will reward you in cuddles and doggy kisses.

Blue Tzu Heeler

Blue Tzu Heeler
The Blue Tzu Heeler is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Blue Heeler.

Parent Breeds: Australian Cattle Dog & Shih Tzu

He has earnt this name from the popular nickname given to the Australian Cattle Dog, the Blue Heeler, however, he may also be red in color. With black, white, brown, red and blue patches and markings, the Blue Tzu will take his pick from a wide variety of coat colors. He is one of the largest pups on this list, and will weigh between 20 and 40 pounds, and measure between 13 to 17 inches.

His Australian parent has strong herding instincts, but it is likely that he will be much calmer, however he will still need a lot of exercise compared to the other mixes on this list, so if you are after an active Shih Tzu mix then this is the one for you! He is friendly and affectionate but can be quite intense, so expect to see a blue or red shadow with this guy around.


The Shiranian is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian.

Parent Breeds: Pomeranian & Shih Tzu

The Shiranian is a mix between the Pomeranian and the Shih-Tzu. Just like most small dogs, he has a lot of love to give his masters, and would do anything for him. Cheerful and sprightly, this small ball of fluff is loved by everyone. He is super sociable but can be quite barky if you allow him to be, so be sure to reign him in if he becomes overprotective.

Typically, he will look like the perfect mixture between his parents and will inherit the fluffy coat of the Pomeranian with a slight kink to it, with the face of the Pomeranian and the ears of the Shih Tzu. He will measure between 7 to 9 inches and weigh 6 to 13 pounds.

Coton Tzu

Coton Tzu
The Coton Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Coton De Tulear.

Parent Breeds: Coton De Tulear & Shih Tzu

The Coton Tzu is a rare mix, simply because most people have never heard of one of his parents, however, they are both quite similar in their temperament and so they produce a lovable and affectionate pup. He is stubborn, and you probably won’t make an extremely obedient pooch out of the Coton Tzu, but this just adds to his delightful charm. He is easy going and will happily fit himself into your lifestyle.

The Coton Tzu will measure between 8 and 16 inches, and will weigh between 9 and 11 pounds, and will have a thick and fluffy exterior. So, if you are seeking a Shih Tzu but with a little twist, then the Coton Tzu would make a great option for you and the whole family.


The Boshih is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier.

Parent Breeds: Boston Terrier & Shih Tzu

This somewhat surprising mixture brings many lovable canine traits to the table. Not only is he intelligent and lively thanks to the Boston Terrier parent side of this mix, but he is also loving and charming much like the Shih Tzu. While he can be a little stubborn, he is definitely worth the time and effort once you have instilled a little discipline into him. As always, he will inherit a cheeky side thanks to his terrier genes.

This Shih Tzu mix will have longer legs than the standard mixes on this list, and he will weigh between 11 to 20 pounds, and will measure between 13 to 16 inches in height. With his shorter and smoother haircut, it is likely that you will see a little of his muscular frame, and it is likely he will inherit the distinctive bat ears of the Boston.

Crested Tzu

Crested Tzu
The Crested Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Chinese Crested.

Parent Breeds: Chinese Crested & Shih Tzu

Again, this is another rarer mix, but a quirky looking one! Despite their similar Chinese origins, they are both different in their temperament. Typically, he will inherit a love for sitting on laps, and a love for chasing vermin around the garden. The Crested Tzu knows how to work hard and rest hard. He is adaptable and as long as he can spend most of his day with you, he is happy to do almost anything.

His looks can vary wildly, even within the same litter mix. Typically, he will look like the Chinese Crested pooch, but slightly shorter and wider like the Shih Tzu, with thicker hair around the neck and face. He will measure 10 to 12 inches in height, and weigh between 8 to 14 pounds.

Sheltie Tzu

Sheltie Tzu
The Sheltie Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Sheltie.

Parent Breeds: Shetland Sheepdog & Shih Tzu

The Sheltie Tzu’s parents are both great family dogs, and he is no different! He gets on well with other dogs and household pets, and all humans, from grandma all the way down to the little ones, and his slightly larger size compared to the other mixes on this list makes him much more robust and tolerant of children. He is very intelligent and always keen to please his master, so training is usually a breeze. He will need moderate amounts of exercise to keep him happy and healthy.

His fluffball coat means that he requires daily grooming to brush the dirt away and prevent matting, but he will love the excuse to spend time with his master. Typically, he will measure between 11 and 15 inches tall, and weigh between 14 and 20 pounds.

Care Tzu

Care Tzu
The Care Tzu is a mix between the Cairn Terrier and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Cairn Terrier & Shih Tzu

The Cairn Tzu is amongst the list of ultimate family companion dogs. He is affectionate, loving, fun and will brighten up anyone’s day. You’ll usually find this little dude running and playing in the garden, and despite his little frame he has a lot of energy to expel, so you best invest in a frisbee or two. He is an alert pup who will let you know if there is someone about, and if you have a vermin problem they’ll be gone in no time.

The Care Tzu can inherit the smooth and silky or wiry and coarse hair of either parent, but either way he will need daily grooming to ensure that his hair remains presentable. He will weigh between 9 and 16 pounds and he will measure between 9 and 10 ½ inches tall.


Cock A Tzu
The Cock a Tzu is a mix between a Shih Tzu and Cocker Spaniel.

Parent Breeds: Cocker Spaniel & Shih Tzu

The Cock-A-Tzu is one of the most gentle and affectionate dogs on this list, but with that comes his need for constant attention, so he should only be placed with a family that can spend most of their day with him, otherwise he will be an overtly anxious pooch. The Cocker Spaniel is the less intelligent of the parent breeds, but both parents tend to be people pleasers. With a little training, he will become one of the most loyal dogs around.

Daily brushing is required due to his curly dense hair, but because he requires little exercise most families find that they have the extra time to invest in grooming. He will measure between 10 and 14 inches, and he will weigh between 14 and 24 pounds.


The Jatzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Japanese Chin.

Parent Breeds: Japanese Chin & Shih Tzu

The Jatzu is a spunky mix that will entertain you for hours on end. His parent, the Japanese Chin, often thinks of himself as a cat, and you may even find the Jatzu climbing up trees or shelving units in the search for higher ground. When he is not seeking adventure, he is seeking comfort from his master, and this cross is an equal mix of fun and affection.

With similar looking parents, the Jatzu looks like an equal mix of both, but with his larger forehead you can tell him apart from a standard Shih Tzu. With long flowing silky locks, long ears and large bug-like eyes, he is a charming looking pooch. Weighing in at 8 to 13 pounds and measuring 8 to 11 inches, this pint-sized pup is adorable.


The Papastzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Papillion.

Parent Breeds: Papillon & Shih Tzu

This toy spaniel mix is alert and curious, and always up for a game of fetch. He is agile and athletic, and as such requires more exercise than the average toy. You’ll often find the Papastzu enjoying several ‘zoomie’ sessions throughout the day, and once he has burned off his energy, you’ll find him snuggling into the crook of your arm.

With his Papillon parent having been bred as companion dogs for noblewomen in Europe, the Papastzu retains his elegant and charismatic appearance. Weighing 7 to 13 pounds and measuring 8 to 11 inches tall, this tiny pooch will still have all the noblewomen, and noblemen, swooning. His coat will be of medium length hair with wispier longer hair around his ears, neck and tail, with a cheeky little grin poking through.

Pug Tzu

Pug Tzu
The Pug Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Pug.

Parent Breeds: Pug & Shih Tzu

This little guy typically looks like an equal mix of his parents, often being described as a hairy Shih Tzu with the wide smile and bug eyes of the Pug. All in all, he is an adorable and comical looking pooch, who will turn heads wherever you go. Typically, he measures between 10 and 12 inches tall and he weighs between 11 and 16 pounds. His hair is medium length and can be either smooth or fuzzy, and can take any color of either parent.

The Pug Tzu is all about having fun, and there is never a dull day with this little pup about. He is a curiously comical canine clown who will have the whole family in stitches. After a day’s work of entertaining the family you’ll find him snoring loudly on your lap.


The Schweenie is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Dachshund.

Parent Breeds: Dachshund & Shih Tzu

There is no standardized appearance for the Schweenie yet, except for the fact that he is still a long boy. Dependent on the coat of his Dachshund parent, his coat can be short and shiny or long and wiry, and could be a mix of any color. His short legs may or may not turn outwards, but his ears tend to be long and droopy. You’ll be playing the appearance lottery with this little sausage, but whatever the outcome he is as cute as the rest! He typically measures between 6 to 12 inches tall and weighs 14 pound or less.

Spunky, playful and full of attitude, he will keep you on his toes and he’ll always be begging for treats. This charismatic canine is becoming more popular for good reason, and the combination of his parent’s delightful characters are family friendly and adaptable to most homes.


Sco Shi
The Sco-Shi is a mix between the Scottish Terrier and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Scottish Terrier & Shih Tzu

The Sco-Shi is a tenacious and feisty pooch who is more independent than many mixes on this list, so if you are looking for a cool dude who is affectionate but not overly needy, then this is a great mix to consider. He is seriously intelligent and will pick up commands with ease. He is eager to please his master just as long as it fits in with his plans, so you best schedule his training sessions for when he is feeling obedient. This curious backyard detective will wear himself out chasing cats in the backyard, so little exercise is needed.

The Sco-Shi is an adorably scruffy dog who often looks like a teddy bear, but this means he requires a fair bit of grooming. He will measure 10 ½ inches or less, and weigh between 12 and 20 pounds, most of which will be his voluptuous dark colored coat.

Shar Tzu

Shar Tzu
The Shar Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Sharpei.

Parent Breeds: Shar-Pei & Shih Tzu

The Shar Tzu is one of the chunkiest pups on this list, so he makes a great canine hot water bottle! Weighing anywhere between 20 and 40 pounds, and measuring between 12 and 17 inches, this toy mix is not your typical toy who will slip into your handbag. With his rolls, although not as much as his parent, and muscular frame, he is much more robust and loves a good playfight. Short to medium length hair will give him a softer appearance.

He will be quite protective of his pack, and slightly suspicious of strangers, but once he learns that they are friends he will quickly warm up to them and make up for it in cuddles. He needs early socialization, and being stubborn he can be quite a handful, but he is worth it!


The Shiffon is a mix between the Brussels Griffon and the Shih Tzu.

Parents Breeds: Brussels Griffon & Shih Tzu

The Shiffon is the perfect blend of his two parents with his long beard and long ears and comical toothy grin. He’ll often sport a brown coat with darker flashes around his ears and muzzle, and he will weigh between 9 to 13 pounds and measure 8 to 10 inches tall. With the Griffon’s recent rise in popularity, this mix is sure to be a hit too!

The Shiffon will be bouncy and playful, but he will also have a sweet and sensitive side which means that he rarely likes to be left alone. Because of his small size and sensitive nature, he would do better in homes with older children. But if it is a sweet sidekick that you are after, look no further than the Shiffon.

Shih Apso

Shih Apso
The Shih Apso is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso.

Parent Breeds: Lhasa Apso & Shih Tzu

Often compared to each other, and one of the most obvious mixes, the Shih Apso is a well-balanced pooch who makes a wonderful family pet. Despite his tiny frame he is a self-assured and confident canine who is bursting with personality and loves to bounce around after a long snooze on his master’s lap.

He is a fluffy canine who needs a lot of grooming, but he is a joy to stroke with his silky and thick coat. He weighs 12 to 16 pounds and measures 8 to 10 inches in height, and with his compact frame he will easily slip into your bag as he often likes to be carried rather than walked. Light silvers, browns and white will be his favored coat color.

Peki Tzu

Peki Tzu
The Peki Tzu is a mix between the Pekingese and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Pekingese & Shih Tzu

Another likely cross, this small pooch is stubborn and independent, but equally loving and loyal, so he is another sweet mix to choose from. He is stubborn, so you will never find a super obedient pup by your side, but many like this canine trait. He will make up for his independence in cuddles and love.

He looks like an equal mix of his parents, and he will measure between 8 and 12 inches in height, and weigh between 10 to 16 pounds. He will inherit the flat face of the Pekingese, which means he is prone to the associated breathing issues that you’ll have to look out for, but thanks to the Shih Tzu influence it should not be as serious.


The Shorgi is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Corgi.

Parent Breeds: Corgi & Shih Tzu

The Shorgi is a smiley pooch who has a real zest for life! He’ll need much more exercise compared to others on this list, and he may even inherit the Corgi’s herding tendencies, but these should not be as strong, and he’ll often just rather snuggle. It would be wise to socialize him just to make sure he doesn’t round up other family pets or children.

The Shorgi has a thick butt, and he will be covered in wavy hair that is light brown, silver and white. He will measure between 9 to 12 inches in height and weigh 25 pounds or less. He typically inherits the Corgi ears but will have a lot of feathering hair surrounding them just like his Shih Tzu parent.

Shorkie Tzu

Shorkie Mix
The Shorkie is a mix between the Yorkie and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Yorkshire Terrier & Shih Tzu

The Shorkie mix is just as much of a popular Yorkie mix as it is with Shih Tzu enthusiasts, and it is easy to see why. This tiny curly teddy bear doppelganger is adorably cute but full of sweet character. While some owners comment that their Shorkie Tzu can be shy, with their family they are bouncy and confident and love nothing more than to chase ball in between naps. If you want the smallest terrier dog you can find, then this guy is the one!

He will either inherit the long and silky Shih Tzu coat or the wiry Yorkie coat, but he’ll often sport the dark brown and black tones. With his big button eyes and a frame that measures only 7 to 10 inches and weighs 9 to 12 pounds, he will win most people’s hearts over.

Skip Tzu

Skip Tzu
The Skip Tzu is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Schipperke.

Parent Breeds: Schipperke & Shih Tzu

Typically the Skip Tzu will be mainly black with flashes of white or brown colors, and his fur is soft and silky, so his coat is much easier to manage than the Shih Tzu coat. He has a cheerful face that will be enough to brighten anyone’s day, and his erect ears make him appear alert and always up for a bit of afternoon fun.

The Skip Tzu is known to be hyper, and you’ll often find him running up the sofa and up the walls in a fit of the zoomies, but after he has expelled that energy he will settle down and snuggle up, providing his master with the warmest of welcomes when he arrives home.

Tzu Basset

Tzu Basset
The Tzu Basset is a mix between the Basset Hound and the Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Basset Hound & Shih Tzu

This is an unlikely combination, but again, one that works really well! If you are after a canine couch potato, then this might just be the mix you are looking for. This pooch loves nothing more than to sunbathe and relax and he will bring an air of Zen to anyone’s home. He’ll often try to convince you to chill with him, and he will reward you with warm cuddles and lots of love.

This long boy will have medium length hair, either silky or wiry, but with the traditional hunting colors of the Basset. He will also have the long droopy ears that grace the floor, but not long enough to trip over them like his Basset parent. He will measure 10 to 14 inches in height and weigh 20 to 40 pounds.


The Zuchon is a mix between the Shih Tzu and Cavachon.

Parent Breeds: Bichon Frise & Shih Tzu

Also known as the Snichon, this obvious cross is a delightful doggo who is becoming a popular Shih Tzu mix. Playful, peppy and outgoing best describes this little fellow, but just like his Shih Tzu parent he loves to cuddle. He needs a fair bit of grooming, but very little exercise, so he makes a great companion for less active families or the elderly.

His coat will typically be white with brown and silver accents, and if you let his silky wavy locks grow out, they will often fall to the floor. He will weigh between 10 and 17 pounds and measure between 9 and 11 ½ inches. With his button eyes and curly hair, he will look a lot like a teddy bear.


Fo Tzu
The Fo Tzu is a mix between the Fox Terrier and Shih Tzu.

Parent Breeds: Toy Fox Terrier & Shih Tzu

Just like most terrier mixes, this little guy will chase those rodents away in no time, so he makes a perfect farm dog. He is described as a recipe for fun and cuddles, and a true comedian. The Fo-Tzu has boundless energy and you will need to walk him several times a day unless you want him to ruin your furniture out of frustration. He is fearless and daring, and a joy to have around, particularly when he is ready for cuddles.

He will sport a scruffy coat with a mixture of white, brown and black patches, and will measure 9 to 11 inches in height.

Italian Tzu

Italian Tzu
The Italian Tzu is a mix of the Italian Greyhound and Shih Tzu breeds.

Parent Breeds: Italian Greyhound & Shih Tzu

Another unlikely mix, but this cross is one of the sweetest and most sensitive pooches on this list, so if you want to care for a sweet soul then this is the pooch for you. He doesn’t like to be left alone, so he needs to be placed with an attentive family who can provide him with unlimited cuddles. He can be shy with strangers, but it is this gentle side that makes him all the more endearing.

He looks like a Shih Tzu but with longer legs and a longer muzzle, but his face and coat remain the same, with a lot more grey coloring. He will weigh 7 to 14 pounds and measure 11 to 13 inches.

Tibetan Tzu

Tibetan Tzu
The Tibetan Tzu is a mix between the Tibetan Terrier and the Shih Tzu.

Parents Breeds: Tibetan Terrier & Shih Tzu

The Tibetan Tzu is a rare mix, but a clever one who can outsmart many owners, so it is important to introduce him to obedience training to ensure that he grows into a well behaved and polite pooch. He is a loyal and cuddly dog, and although his parent is mistakenly named after a terrier he is not a terrier in any way, so he will not inherit any energetic terrier traits which is perfect if you are seeking a calmer larger dog.

He will measure 12 to 15 inches in height and will weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. His long silky hair will require a fair bit of grooming, and if you decide to keep his long hair you will have to tie his fringe up into a bow so that he can see.

Final Thoughts

The Shih Tzu is a very popular dog, whose mixed pups are proving to be just as popular. With the ability to choose which pooch to mix him with you can design your ideal dog, and all of the dogs above have their own unique traits. T

here is a mixed pup here to suit everyone, so all you have to do now is pick your perfect mix! Do you have any of the above Shih Tzu mixes, or any others that we haven’t covered? Let us know in the comments below.

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Teena Elizabeth Sanders

July 4, 2022 at 3:36 pm

We have a SWD and Shih Tzu mix. He looks different from the mixes in your pictures. He has a lovely temperament, seems clever, very active and sleeps a lot. However he is only 11 weeks so early days



July 1, 2022 at 10:55 pm

My amazing mixed shih-tzu that lived till 16 was always a mystery to me
about her mix. I was told 20 yrs ago she was a shihlamapoo. I couldn't find any mix on all my google searches by that name. She is supposedly mixed with shih-tzu, poodle,Maltese and lahsapso......any body know what she actually might be considered as a fancy mixed breed? I'm guessing she is a one of a kind rare breed lol



May 13, 2022 at 8:22 pm

What about a Mi-Ki Tzu?



May 2, 2022 at 9:27 am

Hello they are beautiful.
I have a shih tzu mixed with pit bull.
And they are beautiful with blue eyes
They are only a month old



April 19, 2022 at 5:54 pm

They are all lovely, just no Shih Tzu, Patterdale Terrier which is my dogs parentage. What would this mix be called, the mum is Shih Tzu and dad is the Patterdale Terrier


Tony newcombe

April 5, 2022 at 6:10 am

We have a shih poo chon (or is it shih chon poo?).
Adorable and full of life. Highly recommended!


Joy Clements

March 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

I have a shorkie he is now 17 yrs old . He is very layed back and loves attention , even as a puppy he would rather lay cuddled up with me than play , I got him after my shipoo passed away the shitzu poodle mix was a little more independent but he was also a very loving boy he loved playing in the water and kept himself busy picking up rocks from the bottom of the creek where we played


Pamela VanNostrand

January 18, 2022 at 10:30 pm

I have a shitsu and llaspo apso mix. He is 10 years and total love bug. I also have a 17 year old pug that is handicapped. Pepper watches over Roxy the pug, telling Daddy when she needs to go out or needs something. Pepper is constantly at my side and goes everywhere with me.


Robbie McDonald

June 21, 2021 at 5:35 am

We have a rescue named Mulligan that we’ve had for about 9 years now. We were always curious what he is a mixture of, so we finally did an Embark DNA test a couple of years ago. He is approximately 50% Shih Tzu, 35% Yorkie, and 15% Silky. He is the best dog ever! Cute as he can be, very well behaved, and a very loyal companion. He wants to go everywhere with us…and does, when we can get away with it!


Kelly Wilson

June 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Sounds like an amazing pup, Robbie! We've also used Embark twice and had a great experience. Appreciate you taking the time to comment!


Lynn Cox

June 20, 2021 at 6:48 pm

I have a 2 year old Shih Apso called Biscuit. I never had a small dog before but what a joy she is. She follows me everywhere and live a good run with my Labradoodle. She is a bit of a barker which is annoying but at least I know if someone is coming to the door. She loves cuddles but is not really interested in toys? I will definitely have another when the time is right.


Kelly Wilson

June 21, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Sounds like an awesome dog, Lynn! Thanks for stopping by to comment!


Paula Carle

June 5, 2021 at 3:47 pm

I have a Zuchon her name is Amoré and the greatest delight in line with my children I've ever had!! She is exactly how you described and then some I loved your article that is for all that great info in such an amazing breed no matter what they're bred with!!


Kelly Wilson

June 7, 2021 at 5:07 pm

Sounds like a great pup, Paula! Thanks for commenting!


Yvonne Smith

June 2, 2021 at 12:01 pm

I have a Shih Poo, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel X and she is gorgeous.


Kelly Wilson

June 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm

Sounds like a great pup, Yvonne! Thanks for commenting!


Bessie Wardsworth

May 16, 2021 at 4:58 pm

My Shorkie is sweet and playful. He follows me everywhere and I never have to wonder where he is.


Kelly Wilson

May 21, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Sounds like an amazing pup, Bessie! Thanks for commenting!


Susan Allen

May 8, 2021 at 3:27 pm

Hi, I have a Shorkie tzu he just turned 14 and he’s the most lovable and playful doggie. I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world.


Kelly Wilson

May 11, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Sounds like an amazing dog, Susan! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!



April 29, 2021 at 3:34 am

I love my Shih Tzu mix. Her daddy is Shih Tzu and her momma was Border Terrier & yellow lab mix. I’ve done a DNA test and it came back as around 50% Shih Tzu with some Pekingese, poodle, and a splash of Lab. No Border Terrier tho. I am thinking of doing a new DNA test now that she is older. Her colors completely changed from when she was a puppy, which I was told is kinda normal for Shih Tzu.


Kelly Wilson

May 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Hi Stacey, yes, color changing is totally normal. Sounds like you have a great pup! We used Embark for our DNA testing on our dogs and had a great experience. Good luck!


Lisa Carter

April 25, 2021 at 3:57 am

Hello, I have an 8-year-old shi-poo! He was supposed to only weigh 15pound..well he weighs 33, lol. He is the love of my life!


Kelly Wilson

April 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Sounds like an amazing dog, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by to comment!


Peggy Bishop

February 22, 2021 at 7:51 am

Hi, Kelly. Just ran across your website and I have a tricky one. We have a 10-year-old either ShihMalPeke or maybe a Shih-Poo. When she came into our lives, we were given a picture of her parents, a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix, and a Pekingese. Not sure which is Mom or Dad, though. She was sold to her first owner as a "designer dog" for $750.

While you can see some Shih Tzu in her face, that's where any similarity ends. No Pekingese features at all. You see, she's mostly silver grey and as curly as a poodle. I'm always being asked her mix. I recently came across an article on Shih-Poo's, which makes more sense. She has all the attributes you described of that breed and much more. She also has the "Bichon tilt". Another breed in there? Smart as a whip, too! I'll send you a picture as I'm very interested to see what you think.


Kelly Wilson

February 22, 2021 at 7:05 pm

Hi Peggy! I am going to guess that there's some Poodle in there after looking at the pictures you've sent me. Adorable pup, by the way! Keep in mind, every dog has its own personality. So your pup may or may not fit within a typical temperament for a specific mix.

If you want to know 100% what your dog has in them, I'd recommend looking at a DNA test from Embark. We've done two of them, and they were both accurate. Wait for the sales - we typically got ours tested for both genetic heritage and whole health, for under $140. Good luck, and thanks for sending in those pictures!



February 6, 2021 at 11:08 pm

I have a Shih Tzu Bichon mix named Benjamin ( Benji). He is the cutest dog and so loveable. He is also a great watch dog and will let you know when there is something that should not be around the house. Benji's mother is a Bichon and his father is a Shih Tzu. Benji took the color of his mother ( all white) and the features of his father.


Kelly Wilson

February 8, 2021 at 3:09 pm

Sounds like an amazing dog Leslie! Thanks for stopping by to share your experience with your mix. Sounds like he's a wonderful little dog!


samantha ramsden

February 5, 2021 at 12:19 pm

I have a mix of Staffordshire Bull with a Shi-tzu. The mum being the Staffie. She is very much Staffie in personality. She looks like a terrier and at 8 months the size of one. I'd love to know what breed to call her as Bullshit isn't really appropriate! Also what kind of size would you think she'd grow to? I can't find any pics of an adult mix like her.


Kelly Wilson

February 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Hi Samantha! If youw ant to shoot us an email with a picture, I'd be happy to take a look! It really depends, but if she takes after her terrier parent, expect her to be a "runt" sized terrier. I'd also recommend you do a DNA test with Embark. We've used them twice (wait for them to go on sale, they always do) and both times the projected weight was pretty accurate. Thanks for stopping by to comment!


Kathy Skog

February 1, 2021 at 5:16 am

I needed to know more about Tibetan terrier so thank you for your site. Your information about the Shih Tzu and Tibetan Terrier was very helpful as I will be breeding my Shih Tzu to one. My other question is I have a male Shih Tzu mix but I do not know what else he is mixed with I am hoping you may be able to help.

He looks like a St. Bernard puppy he weighs about 15 pounds, he is very muscular, he has the color of a St. Bernard. He has all the traits of a Shih Tzu. Thank you for your help I love your site!


Kelly Wilson

February 2, 2021 at 2:46 pm

Hi Kathy! Thank you very much for the kind words. If you have a picture of your pup, feel free to send it over to the email address listed on our contact page. I can do my best to take a guess! I do think your best bet is to have a breed profile done with a DNA test.

We've used Embark twice for our dogs, and the results were spot on. They will run sales every so often, and it was worth the investment for us. Good luck, and thanks for the comment!