Chihuahua / Shih Tzu Mix

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Is the Chihuahua / Shih Tzu Mix right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): ShiChi; ShihChi

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Shih Chi is a cross between a pure Chihuahua and a pure Shih Tzu, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This so-called designer breed is aimed at creating a small companion that's all kinds of cute.

Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance, and the little Shih Chi can vary quite a bit, sometimes with the short coat of the Chihuahua or the curly hair of the Shih Tzu or something in between.

Behavior / temperament:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog, but the size of the Shih Chi means that even if it's somewhat diva-like, it will be a portable pet that's fairly easy to handle. However, you should be able to housebreak and socialize this little dog with patience and kindness. Since it is somewhat fragile, it should not be brought into homes where children or other pets will play too rough.

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