Shih Tzu mixes are some of the most in-demand crossbreeds to date. With their size and lovable personality, they are often chosen for crossbreeding to produce cute and interesting mixes.
A Shih Tzu, also known as the “Lion Dog,” is regarded as one of the most outgoing breeds in the world.
But what happens when they are mixed with different breeds? Will they get the same loving personality as purebred lion dogs?
To help you assess which Shih Tzu mix is the right one for you, I have compiled a list of the most charming Shih Tzu mixes you can come across.
42 Shih Tzu Mixes
Shih Tzu mixes may not be physically similar to a purebred Shih Tzu. Some are smaller, larger, and even unusual. In addition, there are countless possibilities for what their personality will be like!
However, regardless of their unpredictable appearance and personality, Shih Tzu mixes are just as cute, endearing, and perfect as a family companion! Let’s take a look at these 42 charming mixes.
1. Affen Tzu (Affenpinscher & Shih Tzu Mix)
A cross between the mischievous Affenpinscher and playful Shih Tzu, the Affenpinscher Shih Tzu mix will keep you on your toes with their bright, energetic, and lovely personalities!
Like their Affenpinscher parent breed, Affen Tzus are highly active, playful, and spunky! This mix tends to be stubborn and self-willed, but with proper training, they can be your perfect companion.
With small parent breeds, Affenpinscher Shih Tzu mixes weigh between 8 and 13 pounds and measure between 9 and 11 inches in height when fully grown. If mixed with an imperial Shih Tzu, they can be smaller.
2. Auss Tzu (Miniature Australian Shepherd & Shih Tzu Mix)
The Auss Tzu is an energetic dog with a well-balanced personality. A mix between the Mini Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu, this adorable crossbreed is perfect for those who are looking for an active companion!
As natural herding dogs, Miniature Australian Shepherds, like their larger counterparts, are often trained for dog sports and herding. Shih Tzus, on the other hand, are bred primarily as family companions.
Miniature Australian Shepherd and Shih Tzu mixes weigh around 15 to 25 pounds and measure around 10 to 14 inches in height. When mixed with a toy Australian Shepherd, they can be even smaller.
Despite their small size, their coats can get thick and silky due to their Shih Tzu parent. Hence, this mix requires daily brushing and regular grooming.
3. Bea Tzu (Beagle & Shih Tzu Mix)
Bea Tzus are a mix of two popular breeds, the Beagle and the Shih Tzu. Depending on their owner’s needs, the Bea Tzu can be trained as a family companion or a watchdog.
As a crossbreed, the Bea Tzu may not inherit the strong sense of smell of its Beagle parent. However, their strong security instincts make them amazing guard dogs.
Like its parent breeds, this mix is an affectionate and loyal companion. Their howls, however, can get loud. Hence, owners of this mix must be wary of neighbors who are sensitive to noise.
Despite minimal shedding, they require regular grooming. They weigh around 10 to 20 pounds and measure around 10 to 13 inches in height.
4. Blue Tzu Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog & Shih Tzu Mix)
Mixes between the Australian Cattle Dog & Shih Tzu are called Blue Tzu Heelers. Australian Cattle Dogs are also called Blue Heelers due to the blue patches and markings found on their coats.
Due to its Blue Heeler parent, this mix can be very playful and energetic. Naturally, they are trained as herding dogs.
Hence, they are highly trainable and intelligent. In addition, they need lots of physical activities!
Blue Tzu Heelers are one of the largest mixes on this list, weighing between 20 and 40 pounds and measuring between 13 and 17 inches. These measurements are surprising considering how tiny Shih Tzus are.
Despite their name, you may also come across this mix with black, white, brown, or red patches and markings.
5. Bolo Tzu (Bolognese & Shih Tzu Mix)
This toy-sized mix is a cross between the tiny Bolognese and ever-popular Shih Tzu. From puppy to adulthood, the size and weight of this delightful mix will be small.
Like their parent breeds, this mix is perfect for families with children and small kids. Bolognese Shih Tzu mixes are perfect lap dogs, and they get along well with kids and other pets.
As one of the smallest crossbreeds on the list, the Bolo Tzu weighs between 9 and 15 pounds and may grow between 9 and 11 inches in height. They shed minimally like purebred Shih Tzus.
Their small size, however, makes them prone to certain health issues that may shorten their lifespan. Nonetheless, their sweet and loving personalities make them ideal pets.
6. Boshih (Boston Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
Boston Terriers are often crossed with other breeds, including the Shih Tzu. A mix between the cheerful Boston Terrier and playful Shih Tzu is called a Boshih. This mix is a suitable companion for all ages.
While they can be a little stubborn due to the independence of their Boston Terrier parent, they still have plenty of lovable traits that make them worth having!
Compared to other Shih Tzu mixes, Boston Shih Tzu mixes have longer legs. They also display the distinctive bat ears of a Boston Terrier.
On average, they weigh around 11 to 20 pounds and measure around 13 to 16 inches in height.
7. Bull Tzu (English Bulldog & Shih Tzu Mix)
The unique combination of an English Bulldog and a Shih Tzu is called a Bull Tzu.
The stark difference between its parent breeds results in a variety of what an English Bulldog Shih Tzu mix would look and be like.
Generally, their appearance depends on the dominant genes of the parents. More often than not, they take the muscular build of the Bulldog parent.
In addition, their coats are not as long and silky as that of a purebred Shih Tzu.
Size-wise, this mix could weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, which is larger than a regular Shih Tzu but never heavier than a purebred Bulldog. They measure between 10 and 14 inches in height.
8. Care Tzu (Cairn Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
The Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mix is among the top family companions on the list. A mix between the Cairn Terrier and Shih Tzu, Care Tzus are known for their adorable, obedient, energetic, and agile nature.
Care Tzu mixes love the sun and will enjoy spending time outdoors. They will most likely inherit the agility of their Cairn Terrier parent, so owners should be able to match their energy levels.
Cairn Terrier Shih Tzu mixes can be quite a handful when owners cannot seem to calm them down. Read our article on how to get Shih Tzus to calm down to learn how to keep your dog more relaxed.
A Care Tzu can inherit the silky coat of a Shih Tzu parent or the coarse coat of the Cairn Terrier. Either way, regular grooming is recommended.
They weigh around 9 to 16 pounds and measure between 9 and 11 inches in height.
9. Cava Tzu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel & Shih Tzu Mix)
One of the most docile crossbreeds on the list is the Cava Tzu. This mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Shih Tzu is known for its gentle, affectionate, and patient personality.
Oftentimes, the face of a Cava Tzu will look more like a Shih Tzu but will inherit the long and wavy ears of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Their coats are prone to matting, so regular grooming is recommended.
This intelligent mix is also one of the smallest on the list, weighing between 11 and 16 pounds and measuring between 10 and 12 inches in height. They can even be smaller if bred with a teacup Cavalier.
10. Cock-A-Tzu (Cocker Spaniel & Shih Tzu Mix)
Cock-A-Tzus are a cross between two of the most popular and sought-after dog breeds in the world.
As a mix, the Cock-A-Tzu is likely to inherit the affectionate nature of a Cocker Spaniel and the playfulness of a Shih Tzu.
Like its Cocker Spaniel parent, a Cocker Spaniel Shih Tzu mix needs constant attention and companionship.
They are perfect for families who are always at home and willing to keep a close eye on their lovely pets.
A Cock-A-Tzu will often come with dense and curly hair that needs extra time and effort for grooming. They also shed a lot due to their Spaniel parent.
Size-wise, they weigh around 14 to 24 pounds and measure between 10 and 14 inches in height.
11. Coton Tzu (Coton de Tulear & Shih Tzu Mix)
One of the most uncommon mixes on the list is the Coton Tzu. While the Shih Tzu is a very popular dog breed, the Coton de Tulear rarely rings a bell.
Due to the similarities in temperament between its parent breeds, the Coton de Tulear Shih Tzu mix will most likely be affectionate, playful, and lovable. They are also even-tempered and will get along with people of all ages.
Like Coton de Tulears, a Coton de Tulear Shih Tzu mix will have a thick and fluffy coat. They weigh around 9 to 11 pounds and measure between 8 and 16 inches in height.
12. Crested Tzu (Chinese Crested & Shih Tzu Mix)
Crested Tzu, another uncommon mix in the list, is a cross between a Chinese Crested and a Shih Tzu. Chinese Crested Shih Tzu mixes are highly-adaptable mixes that are perfect for families with children.
Since Shih Tzus are known to be good with kids and babies, a mix between the Chinese Crested and Shih Tzu will most likely show the same personality.
Despite its parent breeds having similar Chinese ancestry, their temperaments are different.
Hence, the Crested Tzu can either be outdoor-loving like the Chinese Crested or enjoy being a lap dog like the Shih Tzu.
This mix often looks more like a Chinese Crested than a Shih Tzu with its thick hair around the neck and face. They weigh around 8 to 14 pounds and measure around 10 to 12 inches in height.
13. Fo Tzu (Toy Fox Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
The Fo Tzu is a mix between the energetic Toy Fox Terrier and the adorable Shih Tzu. This mix overflows with energy and excitement, making them perfect outdoor or farm dogs.
Like most Terrier mixes, Fo Tzus enjoy being outside chasing prey and vermin. Keeping them indoors puts your lovely furniture at risk of being scratched and destroyed!
As one of the smallest dog breeds on the list, they only weigh between 4 and 7 pounds and measure around 9 to 11 inches in height.
Their coats are often short and with a mixture of black, brown, and white patches.
14. French Bull Tzu (French Bulldog & Shih Tzu Mix)
This wonderful-looking mix, the French Bull Tzu, is a cross between the French Bulldog and Shih Tzu. Their personalities are just as wonderful as their appearance!
Despite its parent breeds having different temperaments and personalities, their combination works well to produce this mix with a well-balanced personality.
They can be calm, excited, friendly, and protective all at the same time. For them to get along with other dogs and pets, you must ensure they receive early socialization.
This mix weighs around 14 to 25 pounds and measures between 9 and 13 inches in height. Smaller French Bull Tzus are produced if the Shih Tzu is mixed with a teacup Frenchie.
15. Havashu (Havanese & Shih Tzu Mix)
Havaneses are popularly mixed with other breeds, including Shih Tzus. The mix between these two affectionate breeds is called a Havashu. This mix is perfect for any kind of loving household.
Becoming friends with a Havashu is an easy task as they easily become affectionate with almost anyone they come across with. Hence, owners should look for another mix if they need a watchdog.
As a highly-adaptable mix, they can be great outdoor companions who love adventure or simply enjoy themselves as lap dogs in the comfort of their homes.
Havanese Shih Tzu mixes measure around 9 to 11 inches in height and weigh between 8 and 14 pounds. Their thick, long coats require regular grooming.
16. Jack Tzu (Jack Russell Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
The mix between a Jack Russell Terrier and Shih Tzu is a brazen pooch called Jack Tzu. Their energetic and entertaining personalities make them perfect for families who are looking for a lively companion.
Like most Terrier mixes, however, they can be stubborn and independent. Proper training and exercise will help keep them on their toes. They also tend to be less affectionate than other Shih Tzu mixes.
Jack Russell Terrier Shih Tzu mixes often have short and coarse hair that requires minimal grooming.
However, if they are mixed with a long-haired Jack Russell Terrier, their coats can be rough and would require regular grooming.
They weigh between 9 and 16 pounds and measure around 9 to 12 inches in height.
Despite their short legs and small build, they are very nimble, thanks to the hunting skills of their Jack Russell Terrier parent breed!
17. Jatzu (Japanese Chin & Shih Tzu Mix)
This vigorous mix has the Japanese Chin and Shih Tzu as its parents. Jatzus boast of their entertaining and adventurous nature, with the right mix of warmth and affection.
A Jatzu’s Japanese Chin parent breed is known for having a cat-like personality. Hence, you can sometimes witness this mix climbing shelves or trees.
Both of its parent breeds are known to be excellent companion animals, perfect for families with children or senior citizens.
As a small dog, it weighs between 8 and 13 pounds and measures around 8 to 11 inches in height.
Their appearance is an equal mix of both parent breeds thanks to the similar appearances of Japanese Chins and Shih Tzus.
18. Mal-Shih (Maltese & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another popular mix on the list is a cross between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu called Mal Shih. The friendly and affectionate personality of a Maltese Shih Tzu mix goes perfectly well with their fluffy coats.
If you’re planning to have a Shih Tzu mix as a watchdog, then you may want to cross out Mal Shihs off your list.
A Shih Tzu Maltese mix is very friendly and affectionate among family members and strangers alike.
Mal-Shihs will also greet every dog they encounter because their Maltese parent breed is known to be good with other dogs.
If you want to learn more about Mal-Shihs, watch the video below for more information:
A Maltese Shih Tzu mix is among the smallest mixes on the list, weighing around 6 to 12 pounds and measuring between 8 and 10 inches in height. Their long and silky coats require regular grooming.
19. Papastzu (Papillon & Shih Tzu Mix)
This unique mix between a Papillon and a Shih Tzu is called a Papastzu. With their energetic and alert personality, owners wouldn’t guess that one of their parent breeds is historically a companion dog for noblewomen in Europe!
Like their Papillon parent breed, Papillon Shih Tzu mixes boast of their charming and elegant appearance. The distinctive upright ears and bright eyes of a Papillon are often inherited by this mix.
Shih Tzus and Papillons shed from light to average, so you can expect the same for this mix. Their coats come in medium length and may require less grooming than other mixes.
Papillon Shih Tzu mixes are one of the tiniest mixes on the list, weighing between 7 and 13 pounds and measuring around 8 to 11 inches in height.
20. Pin Tzu (Miniature Pinscher & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another tiny Shih Tzu mix on the list is the Pin Tzu. This cross between a Miniature Pinscher and a Shih Tzu is known for being high-spirited despite its small size.
Similar to their Mini Pinscher parent breed, Mini Pinscher Shih Tzu mixes tend to be fearless and overprotective.
Considering the lifespan of Mini Pinscher and Shih Tzu, the Pin Tzu lives for an average of 12 to 16 years.
With proper training and socialization, they get along well with others, which makes them perfect for families who need security and affection at the same time.
Pin Tzus will likely inherit the short hair and upright ears of the Mini Pinscher. They weigh around 7 to 15 pounds and measure between 10 and 12 inches in height.
21. Pit Shih (Pitbull & Shih Tzu Mix)
The unusual mix between a Pitbull and a Shih Tzu is called a Pitshih. Despite the stark differences between their personalities, the mix results in a gentle, playful, and loyal companion.
Generally, the overall appearance of a Pit Shih can be unpredictable as it will depend on the dominant parent breed.
Nonetheless, they are known to be perfect for families with kids and moderately-active individuals.
On average, they grow between 10 and 25 inches in height and weigh around 15 to 30 pounds.
To know more about this wonderful mix, from its temperament and care needs to its price and health, read our article on Pitshih (Shih Tzu & Pitbull mix).
22. Pug Tzu (Pug & Shih Tzu Mix)
Perhaps one of the most amusing-looking mixes on the list is a Pug Tzu.
As its name suggests, it is a cross between two popular breeds: the Pug and the Shih Tzu. A Shih Tzu Pug mix easily gets along well with kids and other pets.
A Shih Tzu Pug mix is as energetic as its parent breeds. They enjoy spending time outdoors and playing with their owners.
Playing with kids requires adult supervision as they tend to lose control of their energy and go overboard.
Pug Tzus will display the short snouts of Pugs, so owners should be wary of breathing issues. They also have the long, silky coats of Shih Tzus.
They weigh around 11 to 16 pounds and measure between 10 and 12 inches in height.
23. Schnau Tzu (Miniature Schnauzer & Shih Tzu Mix)
A Schnau Tzu is a tough-looking cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and Shih Tzu. Despite their muscular build, they are bright, friendly, and highly trainable.
Similar to their Miniature Schnauzer parent breeds, who were originally bred as farming companions, they are intelligent and can easily learn and pick up commands from their owners.
This energetic breed requires regular exercise to stimulate muscle strength and boost its endurance. Regular grooming is also necessary due to their thick coats.
A Schnau Tzu will look more like their Schnauzer parent breed with their rough coat and square beard. They weigh around 10 to 18 pounds and measure between 11 and 13 inches in height.
24. Schweenie (Dachshund & Shih Tzu Mix)
The mix with the cutest name on the list is a cross between two of the most popular breeds to date — the Dachshund and Shih Tzu. Schweenies are known for being affectionate and highly adaptable to most homes and owners.
Despite being an unlikely match, Dachshunds and Shih Tzu mixes produce energetic, friendly, and charming Schweenies perfect for families of all ages.
The appearance of a Dachshund Shih Tzu mix will depend on the dominant parent breed. However, they are likely to inherit the sausage-like bodies of their Dachshund parent.
Like purebred Dachshunds, their coats can be short and smooth unless they are bred with long-haired Dachshunds.
Typically, they weigh around 8 to 14 pounds and measure between 6 and 12 inches in height.
25. Sco-Shi (Scottish Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another independent and self-willed mix on the list is a cross between a Scottish Terrier and Shih Tzu.
A Sco-Shi can be less affectionate than other Shih Tzu mixes, but they have extreme intelligence and trainability.
Like most Scottish Terriers, a Sco-Shi will enjoy playing outdoors, and they require regular exercise. Getting on their good side may take time, but their loyalty and devotion will make everything worth it.
The combination of long coats from both parent breeds makes them look like stuffed bears. They weigh around 12 to 20 pounds and measure around 8 to 10 inches in height.
26. Shar Tzu (Shar-Pei & Shih Tzu Mix)
This Shar-Pei and Shih Tzu hybrid is known for being adventurous, protective, and territorial.
Shar Tzus can be picky among humans and other animals alike, but their loyalty is guaranteed until the end once you get to know them.
Similar to their Shar-Pei parent breed, they can be a pain in the neck if their territorial nature gets out of hand. Early socialization and training are needed to keep this mix on their toes!
Shar Pei Shih Tzu mixes are one of the largest on the list weighing between 20 and 40 pounds and measuring around 12 to 17 inches in height. They can even be bigger, considering how big Shar Peis can get.
27. Sheltie Tzu (Shetland Sheepdog & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another mix on the list is the Sheltie Tzu. They are a cross between two popular family companions — the Shetland Sheepdog and the Shih Tzu. This friendly mix is perfect for families with kids and seniors!
Shetland Sheepdogs are known to get even better with their mixes, including Shih Tzus.
Although uncommon, the combination of a Shetland Sheepdog and a Shih Tzu makes a friendly, gentle, intelligent, and trainable mix.
You may check our article on Shetland Sheepdog mixes to see what other breeds they can be crossed with.
Usually, this mix weighs around 14 to 20 pounds and measures between 11 and 15 inches in height. Their dense and long coats are prone to matting; hence, daily grooming is recommended.
28. Shiffon (Brussels Griffon & Shih Tzu Mix)
One of the most recent mixes on the list is the Shiffon. With the Brussels Griffon’s recent rise in popularity in the market, they are now being mixed with the popular Shih Tzu.
Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu mixes are known for their sweet, playful, and clingy personalities.
They need constant attention, and owners will have to stay with them all the time to prevent them from feeling lonely and getting sick.
As small dogs, they weigh around 9 to 13 pounds and measure around 8 to 10 inches in height. They sport the characteristic snout and long beard of a Brussels Griffon.
29. Shih Apso (Lhasa Apso & Shih Tzu Mix)
One of the most popular Shih Tzu mixes is the Shih Apso. Due to the similarities in appearance of a Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso, it’s hard to tell if a Shih Apso is a mixed breed!
Shih Apsos are wonderful family pets due to their well-balanced personality, and they get along well with children and other pets alike.
Often referred to as an “ideal lap dog,” Shih Apsos need little exercise and outdoor activities.
This Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso mix boasts of its long, silky, and fluffy coats, which need constant grooming to prevent matting. Despite this, they minimally shed since Lhasa Apsos shed very low amounts each year.
They weigh around 12 to 16 pounds and measure between 8 and 10 inches in height.
30. Shih Chi (Chihuahua & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another popular Shih Tzu mix on the list is the Shih Chi. With small parent breeds, a Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix will be small yet perky and full of attitude!
Shih Chis are feisty, playful, energetic, yet elegant at the same time. They love being the center of attention and may show an annoying attitude when things don’t go their way.
However, they are highly affectionate and will make your days warmer with their cuddly personality.
A Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix can be a handful, but if you’re looking for a small, spunky mix, they are perfect for you!
A Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix typically weighs between only 5 and 12 pounds, and they measure around 7 to 10 inches in height.
The length and color of their coats will depend on the dominant parent breed. For instance, they can have long hair if born from a long-haired Chihuahua or have deer-like legs if born from a deer-legged Chihuahua.
31. Shih Mo (American Eskimo & Shih Tzu Mix)
The cross between an American Eskimo and Shih Tzu is called a Shih Mo. This mix is gentle and affectionate but knows how to play well, especially with children. A Shih Mo is perfect for families with energetic children.
Aside from playing with lively kids, Shih Mos will also enjoy being cuddled on its owner’s lap.
Similar to its parent American Eskimo dog, they are alert and friendly, albeit showing shyness around strangers or new friends.
They weigh between 8 and 13 pounds and measure around 9 to 12 inches in height. They will inherit the long, silky Shih Tzu coat of American Eskimos and the face of the parent Shih Tzu.
32. Shih Poo (Toy Poodle & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another popular Shih Tzu mix on the list is the Shih Poo — a cross between the Toy Poodle and Shih Tzu. A Shih Poo is a loving and friendly mix that can easily adapt well to new surroundings.
Like other Poodle mixes, a Shih Tzu Poodle mix will have lots of energy and will enjoy spending time outdoors running or chasing vermin.
Keeping Shih Poos indoors without physical activities results in multiple “zoomies” in a day!
The average weight of a Shih Tzu Poodle mix is between 10 and 13 pounds. They measure around 10 to 15 inches in height.
Their coats can be curly like their Poodle parent; hence, regular grooming is needed to prevent matting.
33. Peki Tzu (Pekingese & Shih Tzu Mix)
The mix between a Pekingese and a Shih Tzu produces the unpredictable Peki Tzu, also known as Shinese.
They have the tough and independent personality of their Pekingese parent, as well as the playful nature of a Shih Tzu.
As a Pekingese mix, you will have a stubborn and self-willed pup. Their temperament can be a handful for others, but they can make up for their willful personality by giving you lots of love and cuddles!
The average weight of this mix is around 10 to 16 pounds, and they measure around 8 to 12 inches in height.
They are likely to inherit the flat snout of a Pekingese, so owners must watch out for possible breathing problems.
34. Shiranian (Pomeranian & Shih Tzu Mix)
Pomeranian mixes are pretty common, especially with Shih Tzus. Shiranians, as their mix is called, are highly sociable and can easily adapt to most family situations.
Its parent breeds share similar temperaments and personalities. As a loving mix, they are willing to do anything to make their owners happy! Hence, owners should expect lots of love and cuddles from a Shiranian.
They weigh between 6 and 13 pounds and measure around 7 to 9 inches in height. Their appearance will depend on the dominant parent breed.
Either way, you will get a fluffy companion, especially if they are mixed with a teddy bear Pomeranian!
35. Shorgi (Corgi & Shih Tzu Mix)
This designer mix is a cross between a Corgi and a Shih Tzu. Shorgis are real head-turners with their adorable smile and upright ears. They are full of energy and require regular exercise.
Due to their Corgi parent breed, Corgi Shih Tzu mixes tend to be strong, athletic, and tenacious.
Without proper training and control, they may overpower anyone they’re playing with, so it’s best to train them early.
This adorable mix weighs between 18 and 25 pounds and measures around 9 to 12 inches in height.
Aside from the upright ears, they will inherit the characteristic fluffiness of a Corgi, and their fur will be more like a Shih Tzu’s.
36. Shorkie (Yorkshire Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
One of the most well-mannered mixes on the list is the Shorkie Tzu. They are a cross between the famous Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu.
A Shih Tzu Yorkie mix is perfect for families in apartments or those without time to go outdoors.
Compared to other Terriers mixed with a Shih Tzu, Shorkie Tzus are known to be shy and prefer playing indoors.
If you’re on the lookout for a small, sweet, and well-balanced Shih Tzu Mix, the Shorkie Tzu might be your choice.
A Shih Tzu Yorkie mix will inherit the characteristic button eyes of the Yorkshire Terrier and the long, silky coat of a Shih Tzu.
They weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and measure between 7 and 10 inches in height.
37. Silky Tzu (Silky Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
This lively mix is a cross between a Silky Terrier and a Shih Tzu. Like most Terrier mixes, they tend to be mischievous, playful, and active. An owner of a Silky Tzu should be prepared for the amount of energy they give out.
Silky Tzu mixes are also known for their curious and sociable nature. Their desire to learn about a lot of things makes them prone to injuries. Adult supervision is recommended when this mix is around children.
A Silky Tzu will typically weigh between 9 and 12 pounds and measure between 9 and 10 inches in height. They have the characteristic silky coat of both parents, which requires daily grooming.
38. Skip-Shzu (Schipperke & Shih Tzu Mix)
Skip-Shzus are a cross between the Schipperke and the Shih Tzu. Oftentimes, they inherit the black coat color of their Schipperke parent breed, with patches of brown or white. Their soft and silky coats are easy to manage.
For owners looking for an overzealous mix, the Schipperke Shih Tzu mix may be your best choice. Since they are known for their hyper personality, you will often find them running around the house or doing “zoomies.”
The height and weight of a Skip-Shzu vary greatly, depending on the more dominant parent.
In addition, aside from their black coat color, other physical characteristics of a Skip-Shzu will come as a surprise to their owners.
39. Tibetan Tzu (Tibetan Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
This unique mix between a Tibetan Terrier and a Shih Tzu is perfect for owners looking for a large, calm dog. Unlike other Shih Tzu Terrier mixes, they boast of their obedient, smart, and well-behaved nature.
Aside from being smart and obedient, a Tibetan Tzu is a very loyal and affectionate dog! However, their intelligence sometimes makes them outsmart their owners, so early training is required.
A Tibetan Tzu will inherit the long, silky coats of both parents, which require regular grooming. They weigh around 15 to 25 pounds and measure between 12 and 15 inches in height.
40. Tzu Basset (Basset Hound & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another couch potato on the list is this mix between a Basset Hound and a Shih Tzu.
Tzu Bassets are known for their calm and relaxing personalities. They love asking for cuddles on the couch from their owners.
A Tzu Basset will slightly show a carefree personality, but more often than not, they will show their clingy nature and stick with their owners as much as possible. They are perfect for seniors who chill in front of the TV all the time.
Despite being couch potatoes, these pooches do not make the best lap dogs because of their size. Usually, Tzu Bassets grow around 10 to 14 inches in height and weigh around 20 to 40 pounds.
41. Weshi (West Highland White Terrier & Shih Tzu Mix)
This cheerful mix is a cross between a West Highland Terrier and a Shih Tzu. Compared to other dogs on the list, West Highland White Terrier Shih Tzu mixes will look more like their Terrier parent than a Shih Tzu.
Weshis have a high prey drive — thanks to their White Terrier parent. They are good at catching vermin inside and outside the house.
They are also highly energetic and will need lots of physical activities to keep them healthy.
Aside from their appearance, their sizes also mostly follow their Terrier parent. They weigh around 12 to 18 pounds and measure around 9 to 11 inches in height.
42. Zuchon or Shichon (Bichon Frise & Shih Tzu Mix)
Another popular mix on the list is a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu. Zuchons, also called Shichons, are playful, outgoing, affectionate, and perfect for families with the elderly.
A Shih Tzu Bichon Frise mix’s nature is a perfect mix of their parent breeds, and while being playful, they will love to cuddle during their idle time.
They are the perfect choice for less active families as this mix requires little exercise.
A Shih Tzu Bichon mix will typically weigh between 10 and 17 pounds and measure around 9 to 12 inches in height.
They are likely to inherit the button eyes and white coat of a Bichon Frise, which require daily grooming.
How Much Does a Shih Tzu Mix Cost? Puppy Prices & Expenses
A Shih Tzu mix puppy will cost around $750 to $3,000, depending on the parent breed it is crossed with. Getting your mixed Shih Tzus with a champion bloodline or from a respected breeder can cost more.
As a popular breed for crossbreeds, the initial expenses and corresponding costs that come with taking care of mixed Shih Tzus vary greatly.
However, to give you an overview, I have compiled a list of the most common initial expenses and their corresponding costs that you may need to prepare for.
The table below shows a summary of the initial expenses associated with owning a Shih Tzu mix:
|Type of Expense||Cost|
|Food and Treats||$50 – $80|
|Food and Water Bowls||$10 – $25|
|Bed||$30 – $150|
|Crate||$30 – $200|
|Leashes and Collars||$15 – $50|
|Toys||$20 – $30|
|Grooming Essentials||$30 – $150|
|Deworming, Flea, and Tick Medications||$50 – $200|
|Initial Vet Visits||$100 – $300|
|Initial Vaccine Shots||$75 – $200|
|Neutering or Spaying||$50 – $500|
|Dog License||$10 – $20|
|Microchip||$40 – $60|
|Miscellaneous Supplies||$15 – $30|
|Total Initial Cost||$525 – $1,995|
Keep in mind that the prices above are mere estimates, and the exact amount that you need to prepare for will still depend on the other parent breed of your mixed Shih Tzus.
Places to Find Shih Tzu Mix Puppies for Sale and Adoption
The popularity of Shih Tzus makes it easier to find their mixes for sale and adoption. However, trying to find the exact Shih Tzu mix that fits your preferences can be challenging.
Despite the challenge, please ensure that you do your part in searching and purchasing from a trusted, ethical, and reputable breeder.
To ease your search, here are some reputable breeders where you can find a Shih Tzu mix for sale:
- Greenfield Puppies – Based in Pennsylvania, Greenfield Puppies has been committed to finding loving homes for puppies for over a decade. They breed Shih Tzus in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, following strict breeding guidelines. A Shih Tzu mix from them will cost around $600 to $1,050.
- Ridgewood Kennels II – Ridgewood Kennels II is based in Pennsylvania and offers mixed and purebred puppies for sale across nearby states. Reservation costs $200, and their Shih Tzu mixes are priced between $1,650 and $1,795.
- Lancaster Puppies – Lancaster Puppies is an online advertising website committed to providing advertising for dog breeders, puppy sellers, and other pet lovers offering dogs and puppies for sale. A Shih Tzu mix from Lancaster Puppies costs between $450 and $1,250.
If the average puppy Shih Tzu mix price is not within your budget, you may consider getting your puppy through adoption.
Here are some trusted rescue organizations you can contact for available Shih Tzu mixes for adoption:
- STRMN Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota – STRMN is a rescue organization based in Minnesota. They have been passionate about giving Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu mixes high-quality foster care and medical attention since 2007. To inquire about adoption prices and their process, you may contact them via their website.
- NorthStar Shih Tzu Rescue (NSSTR) – Based in Minnesota, NSSTR offers adoption services to both Shih Tzus and Shih Tzu mixed breeds. Their rescues are rehabilitated and given proper emotional support before finding a suitable owner. For more information regarding the adoption fees and process, you may check their website.
- Bluegrass Shih Tzu Rescue – This Kentucky-based organization has been providing adoption and fostering services for over 15 years now. They are composed of a small team of volunteers who compassionately find homes for homeless, neglected, and abused animals. To inquire about the adoption fees and fostering process, you may visit their website.
For more options on where you can adopt your Shih Tzu mix, you may check our article on the 10 best Shih Tzu rescues for adoption.
Getting your adoption application approved can be just as challenging as finding the perfect dog. Check our article on the ultimate guide to dog adoption for tips to get approved.
The popularity of Shih Tzus makes it easy to find mixes with another parent breed you prefer. Despite the differences in appearance and temperament, you will see that they are all similar to some extent.
For the most part, a Shih Tzu mix will get the playful and loving personality of Shih Tzus regardless of the other parent breed.
Finding the perfect Shih Tzu mix for you can be challenging, considering the numerous options available. Hopefully, this list helped you choose should you decide to bring home a Shih Tzu mix.
Have you found the perfect Shih Tzu hybrid for your home? Let us know your thoughts about Shih Tzu mixes in the comments!
My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially cats and dogs. I’ve got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.