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Shih Tzu Mixes: 40 Unique Crossbreeds You’ll Adore

These little buckets of playful fluff and snuggles are 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: January 26, 2023 | 25 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 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 easygoing, 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. Now he is also a very popular dog to create mixed breed with. In this overview we introduce you to some of the most interesting Shih Tzu mixes around.

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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 most adorable Shih Tzu mixes around.


Affen Tzu: Affenpinscher Shih Tzu Mix

Affenpinscher Shih Tzu
The Affen Tzu is a mix between the Affenpinscher and the 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 weighs between 9 and 13 pounds and measures between 9 and 11 inches. In German, “Affe” means monkey, so expect this guy to be mischievous and cheeky.


Aussie Tzu: Mini Australian Shepherd Shih Tzu Mix

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

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.


Bea Tzu: Beagle Shih Tzu Mix

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

Unlike his Beagle parent, this guy 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 suspicious around the area. 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 give him a lot of exercise. Otherwise, he can become quite the destructive pooch.

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


Blue Tzu Heeler: Australian Cattle Dog Shih Tzu Mix

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

He has earned 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 he will likely be much calmer. 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, 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.


Boshih: Boston Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

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

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. He will always inherit a cheeky side, thanks to his terrier genes.

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


Care Tzu: Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

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

The Care Tzu is on the list of ultimate family companion dogs. He is affectionate, loving, and 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 it, 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 weighs between 9 and 16 pounds and measures between 9 and 10 ½ inches tall.


Cava Tzu: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 a 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 highly intelligent dog who will enjoy training sessions to keep his clever brain ticking. As long as he has plenty of interaction and mental stimulation, he will be an affectionate and loving pooch for the whole family.


Cock-A-Tzu: Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 you will ever find.

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 weigh between 14 and 24 pounds.


Coton Tzu: Coton De Tulear Shih Tzu Mix

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

The Coton Tzu is a rare mix, simply because most people have never heard of one of his parents, the Coton De Tulear. However, they are both quite similar in their temperament, producing 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 easygoing and will happily fit himself into your lifestyle.

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


Crested Tzu: Chinese Crested Shih Tzu Mix

Crested Tzu
The Crested Tzu mixes the Shih Tzu and the Chinese Crested.

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 looks 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.


Fo-Tzu: Toy Fox Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

Fo Tzu
The Fo Tzu is a mix between the Fox Terrier and 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, 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 measure 9 to 11 inches in height.


French Bull Tzu: French Bulldog Shih Tzu Mix

French Bull Tzu
The French Bull Tzu mixes the French Bulldog and Shih Tzu.

This is another popular mix breed thanks to the French Bulldog’s 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. With 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 long, 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 weighs 25 pounds and under.


Havashu: Havanese Shih Tzu Mix

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

Both of the Havashu’s parents are very similar. They are both affectionate and loving, with a social and lively side. He is a friendly mix that loves everyone 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, 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.


Italian Tzu: Italian Greyhound Shih Tzu Mix

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

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, 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 this gentle side makes him all the more endearing.

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


Jack Tzu: Jack Russell Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

Jack Tzu
The Jack Tzu is a mix between the Jack Russell Terrier and 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. A Jack Russell needs 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, measure 9 to 12 inches in height, and weigh between 9 and 16 pounds. Though he is short, he is super quick and agile and has a very high prey drive.


Jatzu: Japanese Chin Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 search of 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. He is a charming-looking pooch with long flowing silky locks, long ears, and large bug-like eyes. Weighing in at 8 to 13 pounds and measuring 8 to 11 inches, this pint-sized pup is adorable.


Mal Shih: Maltese Shih Tzu Mix

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

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.


Papastzu: Papillon Shih Tzu Mix

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

This toy spaniel mix is alert, 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.


Peki Tzu: Pekingese Shih Tzu Mix

Peki Tzu
The Peki Tzu is a mix between the Pekingese and the 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 with 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 you’ll have to look out for, but thanks to the Shih Tzu influence, it should not be as serious.


Pin Tzu: Miniature Pinscher Shih Tzu Mix

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

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. He will likely 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 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.


Pug Tzu: Pug Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 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. 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.


Schnau Tzu: Miniature Schnauzer Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 owner. He is energetic and will need a fair bit of exercise, considering his size, but he will reward you with cuddles and doggy kisses.


Schweenie: Dachshund Shih Tzu Mix

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

There is no standardized appearance for the Schweenie yet, except for the fact that he is still a long boy. Depending 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 pounds or less.

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


Sco-Shi: Scottish Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

Sco Shi
The Sco-Shi is a mix between the Scottish Terrier and the 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, 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 feels 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-Pei Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 that 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 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.


Sheltie Tzu: Shetland Sheepdog Shih Tzu Mix

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

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. 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.


Shiffon: Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu Mix

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

The Shiffon is the perfect blend of his two parents, with his long beard, 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 sensitivity, 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: Lhasa Apso Shih Tzu Mix

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

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.


Shih Chi: Chihuahua Shih Tzu Mix

Shih Chi
The Shih Chi is a mix between the Chihuahua and the 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 is rather spoiled 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.


Shih Mo: American Eskimo Dog Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 a high probability of white coloring, but he tends to look more like the Shih Tzu parent.


Shih-Poo: Toy Poodle Shih Tzu Mix

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

Both of his parents are small, but they both have big personalities, so you can expect a personality twice as big from 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.


Shiranian: Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 human family 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 inherit the Pomeranian’s fluffy coat 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.


Shorgi: Corgi Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 to ensure 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 weighs 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: Yorkshire Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

Shorkie Mix
The Shorkie is a mix between the Yorkie and the 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 the ball in between naps. If you want the smallest terrier dog you can find, 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.


Silky Tzu: Silky Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

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

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 not to need too much exercise, so outdoor leg stretches and toilet breaks will suffice.


Skip Tzu: Schipperke Shih Tzu Mix

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

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.


Tibetan Tzu: Tibetan Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

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

The Tibetan Tzu is a rare but clever mix 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. 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 seek a calmer larger dog.

He will measure 12 to 15 inches in height and 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.


Tzu Basset: Basset Hound Shih Tzu Mix

Tzu Basset
The Tzu Basset mixes the Basset Hound and the Shih Tzu.

This is an unlikely combination, but again, one that works really well. If you are after a canine couch potato, 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 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.


Weshi: West Highland White Terrier Shih Tzu Mix

Weshi Mix
The Weshi is a mix between the West Highland Terrier and 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 mean he needs a fair bit of exercise to keep his mind and body occupied, so be prepared for an intensely energetic pooch.


Zuchon: Bichon Frise Shih Tzu Mix

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

Also known as the Snichon, this obvious cross is a delightful doggo that is becoming a popular Shih Tzu mix. Playful, peppy, and outgoing best describes this little fellow, but he loves to cuddle just like his Shih Tzu parent. 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.


Final Thoughts

The Shih Tzu is a very popular dog whose mixed pups prove 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

There 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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38 Comments

Gerry

December 9, 2022 at 10:43 pm

Hi, just purchased a Shih Tzu cross where the mom is Shih Tzu and the dad is Bichon-Terrier.
What do you call this breed of dog?
His name is Scruffy - going to be 6 months on Dec 19th current weight-8.8lbs - very calm, cuddly and playful and good with kids, but when he starts his barking, can go on for quite some time! Also can be stubborn - refuses walking with his leash but follows me everywhere I go indoors or outdoors.

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Michelle Schenker

December 12, 2022 at 12:37 pm

While a few seem to refer to this hybrid as Shichon, most just call it a Shih Tzu-Bichon Mix.

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Nancy

November 14, 2022 at 11:37 pm

I have an adorable 8 month old Malshi (teddy bear; half Maltese). The vet believes she has reached her full weight at 6.8 lbs. Daisy is delightful, very attached to me, but is friendly to my husband and everyone. Very smart little girl, she is learning tricks easily and loves to play and cuddle. She is quick and hears everything. Her bark is definitely from the Shih Tzu side as it is very loud. We also have a wonderful 8 year old Morkie (half Maltese, half Yorkie) named Mindi. Both only bark when someone comes to the door or if an animal or person is prowling outside. They don’t miss a thing! Mindi’s bark is much quieter than Daisy’s though. Very happy with both of our fur babies. They bring us a lot of joy.

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John Menzel

October 14, 2022 at 10:49 am

No PomaTzu?

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William

October 13, 2022 at 6:02 pm

We adopted a dog which is a Bernese/ Shih Tzu apparently.
Can this be true, and if so what breed name would we have?

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Michelle Schenker

October 14, 2022 at 11:50 am

This is not a very common mix but it does indeed exist and is referred to as a Bernese Mountain Dog Shih Tzu Mix.

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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

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Nancy

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

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Pheliox

May 13, 2022 at 8:22 pm

What about a Mi-Ki Tzu?

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Yesenia

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

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Caz

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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Kelly Wilson

June 21, 2021 at 6:12 pm

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

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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!!

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Kelly Wilson

June 7, 2021 at 5:07 pm

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

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Yvonne Smith

June 2, 2021 at 12:01 pm

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

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Kelly Wilson

June 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm

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

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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.

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Kelly Wilson

May 21, 2021 at 1:45 pm

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

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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.

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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!

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Stacey

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.

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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!

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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!

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Kelly Wilson

April 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

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

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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.

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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!

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Leslie

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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