So, I hear you’re looking for some pretty pawesome Shih Tzu mixes! Well then, you must be interested to see this list featuring the cutest mixes in the canine kingdom! Shih Tzus make pretty lovely puppies. Combine them with other dog breeds and you’ll get litters worthy of all your attention.
Even though you won’t find breeders that produce all of these crosses, you can try your luck with professional purebred dog breeders. Some will occasionally breed their pups with other breeds. The result will be lovely mixes of the Shih Tzu breed. So, here’s our list!
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Chihuahua
The Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix is a hilariously bouncy little fellow.
This crossbreed seems like he’s always got energy spare to keep on jumping around, playing, and showering his dog owner with tiny kisses.
One thing you have to know though, is once you get a Shih Chi, prepare yourself to put someone else in the center of your world. They are a bit egocentric, but they will also show you immense love and they even have a readiness to fight bigger dogs to protect you.
That’s a feisty little guy with a huge personality!
2. Shih Poo
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Poodle
All Shih Tzu mixes will be dogs with big personalities. If that’s not something you’ll appreciate, then try your luck with another crossbreed dog.
When it comes to mixing a Poodle with a Shih Tzu, the breeding will almost always be done with a toy Poodle. The reason is obvious: the difference in size between Shih Tzus and other sized Poodles is too large.
The one thing that will definitely surprise you with this Shih Tzu Poodle mix is its immense energy levels. Well, one thing is for sure: you’ll never have a dull moment with them or a more loyal friend than the Shih Poo!
3. Shih Mo
Photo from: @luis.romeva
The first time I saw a Shih Mo, I thought it was a Collie. But, something was rather fishy…
Don’t get fooled as I was. The Shih Mo is not a Collie! This is a Shih Tzu mixed with an American Eskimo, a bit of an uncommon dog for our streets.
It’s the elongated muzzle and cheerfully alert eyes that got me thinking that this was another dog breed.
The Shih Mo, although significantly larger than other Shih Tzu mixes, is a genuinely nice dog to have around. They love showing affection.
You’re definitely gonna fall for their silky coat, which usually comes in white, thanks to the Mo parent.
4. Affen Tzu
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Affenpinscher
I apologize to the true fans of the Affenpinscher, but I always associate this breed with stubbornness. Yes, they truly are stubborn, and that’s something they will pass on to their offspring with a Shih Tzu.
The Affen Tzu will mostly resemble the Affenpinscher parent, with its wiry coat. You can expect a fair amount of grooming with this crossbreed.
Calm behavior is something that occasionally strikes this pup. The Affenpinscher is the dominant parent in this mix.
The only thing that will definitely be inherited from the Shih Tzu parent is their commitment to their family.
5. Silky Tzu
Photo from: @lulamaemiller
Finally, we come to the silkiest of all Shih Tzu mixes!
Meet the Silky Tzu, a lovely pet with an even lovelier hairstyle!
The first thing you’ll notice about this cross is the black or brown coat color with sprinkles of white. That’s thanks to the Silky Terrier parent. We all know how many different colors the Shih Tzu comes in.
But, what will truly amaze you is the silky texture of their coat. Running your fingers down their coat will be your new favorite thing to do.
As far as their behavior goes, Silky Tzus are little terrier-like rascals, with hearts big enough to fit the entire family into.
6. Pin Tzu
Photo from: @chewythepintzudog
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Miniature Pinscher
One of the smallest Shih Tzu mixes is definitely the Pin Tzu, a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Miniature Pinscher.
Yes, these pups are really miniature, they weigh no more than 15 pounds. The largest they can grow to is 12 inches!
Usually, these pups will come in dark-toned coat colors like their Pinscher parents. However, you may see an occasional splash of white coat too.
I have to warn you that, despite its size, the Pin Tzu is a feisty, energetic pooch. They have what we call “small dog syndrome”. So, if you don’t train your Pin, don’t let him near any big dogs.
7. Jack Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Jack Russell Terrier
Although we’re talking about Shih Tzu mixes, this one is a true specimen of the terrier group.
The Jack Tzu is like a Jack Russel Terrier trapped in a Shih Tzu body. Well, he’s got almost the same-looking face and same coat combination. Is there anything these pups have inherited from the Shih Tzu parent?
Other than possible health issues, I’d say the only thing he’s got from the Shih Tzu is the size. The Jack Tzu is slightly smaller than your average Jack Russell Terrier. I guarantee you’ll find yourself wondering: Is this really a Shih Tzu mix or a purebred JR Terrier?
8. Aussie Tzu
Photo from: @msuaroberts
Normally, Shih Tzu mixes don’t come in large sizes. But, the Aussie Tzu, or Auss-Tzu, is an exception. This is one of the biggest Shih Tzu mixes you’ll see, with an appearance that’s totally different from other mixes.
The Aussie Tzu is a Shih Tzu crossed with an Australian Shepherd male or female, hence their significantly larger weight of up to 15 pounds. This mixed puppy can inherit all sorts of colors from both parents, as well as a lovely twist: different colored eyes, just like the Aussie parent!
These pups are beyond energetic and joyful. It seems like they’re always moving and bouncing around with joy.
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Westie
When the West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu meet, we get a Weshi.
This small, fluffy dog has the appearance of a Westie. Usually, the coat is pure white, like the Westie’s, but there will be occasional splashes of colors common to the Shih Tzu too.
Since the Westie is a terrier, you can expect a Weshi to behave like a true terrier. Those genes are hard to hide!
The Weshi has more energy trapped inside a little body than you can imagine. If you don’t give them enough exercise, expect mayhem! No seriously, dogs like the Weshi need to stay fit and busy all the time.
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As far as their personalities go, both the Havanese and the Shih Tzu are kind dogs with sweet, friendly temperaments. The Havanese is another dog breed that are known to behave as “velcro dogs“. This can only mean that their affectionate side dominates.
The Havashu is a pretty adaptable dog that won’t raise his voice, no matter what he’s not happy about. Simply put, he’ll listen to his owner and do the best he can to make him satisfied.
This crossbreed will be a small dog, just like the parents, usually with a light brown long coat. However, the hair will be wiry rather than silky smooth.
11. Schnau Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Schnauzer
When you look at the Schnau Tzu, you’ll notice lots of characteristics of the Schnauzer parent. Their facial expression, wiry coat, and darker colors are only the beginning. However, you’ll see some Shih Tzu genes too. After all, this is one of the Shih Tzu mixes!
The Schnau Tzu crossbreed has a miniature Schnauzer for one parent, and a Shih for the other. This means that the puppy will grow up belonging to the class of toy dogs. Such puppies shouldn’t grow over 11 inches at the withers.
The one thing both parents have in common, which always gets transferred to their offspring, is their willingness to make their owner satisfied.
12. Bea Tzu
Photo from: @daisy_the_beatzu
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Beagle
Although the Bea Tzu is a mix of a hunting dog and a Shih Tzu, you can’t expect him to behave like a real hunting dog. These pups don’t have that in them. It seems like the Shih Tzu genes are more dominant in this case.
The Bea Tzu, a Shih crossed with a Beagle, belongs to the larger group of Shih Tzu mixes. This pup looks a lot like their Beagle parent. Usually, he will sport a tricolor coat with black, brown, and white patches.
Besides looking like a Beagle, this pup will act like one too, with occasional barking and howling.
Photo from: @lola_the_malshi_dog
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Maltese
Mal-Shi, or a Maltese mixed with a Shih, is a highly popular Shih Tzu mix. Over the years, this designer dog has gained lots of fame for being super friendly with everyone. So no, this tiny pup won’t make a good watchdog for you. He’ll show affection to everyone, no matter where he goes.
This kind soul looks like the ultimate lap pooch from your dreams, with all sorts of Shih Tzu colors combined with white splashes.
The only thing that’s not good about this Shih mix is their daily grooming needs. Your dog brush will be your other best friend, trust me!
14. Cava Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
What’s the only thing the Cava Tzu inherits from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s side of the family?
Their wavy ears!
Just kidding, that’s not the only thing given by the Cavalier parent. Okay, despite the Shih Tzu appearance, the Cava Tzu has lots of things in common with the Cavalier mom or dad. He’s a very smart cookie, with a tendency to love dog training and showing off his intelligence.
Other than that, Cava Tzus are calm and gentle. They prefer mental stimulation over daily exercises any day. If you want a dog you can connect with on a higher level, the Cava Tzu is the dog for you!
Photo from: @mebeandnuggie
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Pomeranian
Shiranians are the life of any party!
This Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix is loved by everyone, and he loves everyone in return. This is a joyful dog with a small, fluffy body that you’re gonna see bouncing up and down all of the time. Shiranians are energetic pups. I really wonder where they store so much energy in such a small body!
Their body shape will be just like a Pomeranian’s, but the colors will be a combination of Shih’s.
Shiranians are quite sociable and love spending time around people, it doesn’t matter if they already know them or not.
16. French Bull Tzu
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French Bulldog pups are the real jokesters of the canine world. You may know them as clowns among pups!
You can expect a fun-loving, energetic, and super friendly pup from this Shih Tzu mix.
The French Bull Tzu will be a perfect combination of the cheerful Frenchie and the calm Shih Tzu.
This crossbreed puppy will resemble the Frenchie parent, with its sturdy build. However, the Shih’s longer hair should cover those muscles. The hair gets even thicker when you cross our Shih with a long-haired Frenchie.
I like to say that the French Bull Tzu is a pup that is perfectly in balance, both inside and out!
Photo from: @woof_woof_rylee
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier
Another cheeky, funny, and energetic Terrier mix is here! Meet one of the funniest Shih Tzu mixes – the Boshih.
Other than a fun name, this pup also has a fun appearance and an even funnier personality.
The Boshih does have a dark side, and that’s his stubbornness. It’s a common character trait found in lots of terriers, so It’s nothing unusual to worry about.
This crossbreed puppy usually inherits the Boston Terrier’s bat ears and a muscular body. Still, the body will be covered in long hair, just like the Shih’s. Their colors are usually a combination of both their parents’.
18. Blue Tzu Heeler
Photo from: @laneyrobinson
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Blue Heeler
It’s time for you to meet probably the largest of all the Shih Tzu mixes.
This is a Blue Tzu Heeler. You may recognize the other parent’s name as the Australian Cattle Dog. As a fairly large dog breed, the Blue Heeler will transfer those genes to its offspring, so the Blue Tzu Heeler can weigh up to 40 pounds!
Even though the Blue Heeler is normally blue (and red), the Blue Tzu Heeler is usually a combination of blue, white, red, black, and brown.
This pup is friendly, but he’s also super into herding (thanks, Aussie Cattle Dog genes).
Photo from: @buzzinhawaii
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Papillon
If dog zoomies aren’t your favorite thing about pups, then skip this crossbreed. There are other Shih Tzu mixes, with a calmer temperament, that will suit you better.
The Papastzu, or the Papillon and Shih Tzu mix, is super energetic and playful. Other than the occasional zoomies and outbursts of energy, this crossbreed is generally relaxed and loves cuddling at the end of the day.
Since you’re breeding two toy breeds here, the puppies will be small, weighing only up to 13 pounds.
The Papastzu will have a medium-length coat, while their ears will have especially long hair, just like the Papillon’s.
20. Coton Tzu
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The Coton Tzu is another one of those Shih Tzu mixes with shaggy, fluffy hair.
But, that’s not all that makes this mix special. In fact, it’s a pretty rare combination, given the fact that one of the parents, the Coton De Tulear, is pretty hard to find.
The Coton Tzu is a rather stubborn fellow. But, he’ll get away with it with all its charm.
Of all the mixes we’ve met so far, this little pup will knock you off your feet with a sweet, charming temperament.
If we put stubbornness aside, you can tell the Coton Tzu is an easygoing pet, suitable for all lifestyles.
21. Sheltie Tzu
Photo from: @labo52
I’d never say that this was a Shih Tzu mix if I just saw a picture of this pup. I mean, take a good look at the Sheltie Tzu. It looks like this pup doesn’t have a single Shih Tzu bone inside him! It’s all Shetland Sheepdog!
The Sheltie Tzu is another larger mix, with an even larger heart. The reason why they’re so popular lies in the fact that Sheltie Tzus gets along great with pretty much anyone.
Also, people love them for their intelligence and ability to master all tasks, no matter what kind of training is required.
Photo from: @stacycabales
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Scottish Terrier
The Sco-Schi is a crossbreed of another terrier, the Scottish Terrier, and the Shih Tzu.
This shaggy-looking pup looks a lot like their Shih parent. But, it’s a bigger version, this is because the Scottish side of the family is slightly bigger.
Despite its adorable teddy bear appearance, the Sco-Shi is annoying to groom as it does require some time and effort. If you’re looking for a non-shedding pup, pick another mix. However, if the loose hair doesn’t bother you, and you want a smart pup that will investigate everything, then go for it!
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Cocker Spaniel
Although the Cocker Spaniel mom or dad can’t reach the Shih’s intelligence, these two dog breeds still make smart and beautiful puppies together.
Thanks to the Cocker’s clinginess, you’ll need someone to watch over your Cock-A-Tzu all the time. This is the kind of mixed-breed dog that requires attention all the time. When he doesn’t get it, he’ll become sad.
Besides lots of attention, the Cock-A-Tzu will need lots of grooming too. I wouldn’t recommend this mix if you don’t have free time on your hands to handle it. Dogs with a heart broken by a lack of attention are not something you want to see.
24. Crested Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Chinese Crested
A Chinese Crested’s face and a Shih Tzu’s body make the Crested Tzu. Coming from similar backgrounds, the Chinese Crested and the Shih are two dogs that belong in the small dog group. But, the size is only a small aspect of this crossbreed. Their activity level is high, and their affectionate side demands rest and cuddles when they’re not working.
By working, I mean chasing small animals around the house, like rodents.
When I said the mix has a Crested face, I really meant that. They look like you’ve put a Crested’s head onto another body. With longer ears covered in silky hair, and a rich coat, the Crested Tzu is the ideal exotic crossbreed you didn’t know you needed.
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Dachshund
Every Shih Tzu mixed litter has some puppies that don’t even look like their brothers or sisters. As we all know, there isn’t a standard for crossbreed puppies.
However, there’s usually a pattern repeating throughout litters. The long body is the repeating pattern for the Dachshund and Shih Tzu mix.
The Schweenie will always have an elongated body, just like the Doxie parent.
The appearance will vary, but they’ll still be pretty pups. I’d like to add that the Shih Tzu’s round and kind eyes are another constant with this crossbreed. Take a deep look into them and you’ll see how loyal this dog is.
26. Care Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Cairn Terrier
It’s quite unusual to see a Cairn Terrier. That’s why the Cairn Terrier and Shih Tzu mix, the Care Tzu, is an especially rare mixed puppy.
Those of you who aren’t familiar with a Cairn’s temperament should know that this is a playful, sometimes too energetic pup, who is alert at all times. Small pests will be no more once you bring this mix home, since this pup, like all terriers, loves chasing them more than anything! These are the traits that will be transferred to the offspring.
As for their coat type, that’s really another lottery ticket. You’ll either end up with a silky smooth pup, or your Care Tzu will have a wiry coat. Either way, daily grooming will be necessary.
Photo from: @chroniclesofmishka
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Shar Pei
Of all the Shih Tzu mixes on this list, the Shartzu is the chubbiest one!
Thanks to the strong Shar-Pei genes, the Shartzu pup will weigh up to 40 pounds! Its body is rounded, fluffy, and cuddly. Since the Shar-Pei parent is double the size of a Shih Tzu, you can expect bigger dogs, but with somewhat shorter legs.
What seems to be a repeating pattern with this cross is the Shar-Pei face. The blocky muzzle and floppy ears will come with every puppy. The Shih Tzu will transfer its genes in the form of coat type. The hair will be very short and scruffy.
Photo from: @thedogsunnyboy
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Japanese Chin
Another one of the Shih Tzu mixes with feline-like behavior is the Jatzu. And, yes, this name sounds Japanese, with a good reason. This is a mix between the Shih and the Japanese Chin.
The Jatzu will do pretty much anything a cat does. If you already have one, be prepared for your dog to copy its behavior. Some Jatzus will even climb up trees!
Besides the feline-like adventurous side, the Jatzu loves to cuddle with the family. It’s silky, soft, sweet, and comes in a tiny size. What else can you wish for from a teacup pup?
29. Pug Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Pug
The Pugtzu is a Pug and Shih Tzu mix with an even smushier face!
Coming from two brachycephalic dogs, the Pugtzu has a rather unusual look on its face. It’s like the short muzzle was smushed one too many times and left that way.
This is a crossbreed with lots of traits from both parents. It’s hard to tell where the Shih Tzu ends and the Pug starts.
Even though the look on its face might be a little bit serious, this pup is the jokester of the crossbreed kingdom!
30. Peki Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Pekingese
If stubbornness was a competition, the Peki Tzu would be the champion.
Fair warning: do not get this Shih Tzu mix if you’re looking for a super obedient and loyal pooch that will follow all of your commands.
The Peki Tzu is an extremely stubborn little guy and he quite likes it that way. But, I can’t say they’re bad dogs. They will give you love and cuddles when they feel it’s the right time.
The Peki Tzu will inherit the Pekingese’s face and long ears, making him look more like a Pekingese mix, rather than a Shih Tzu mix.
31. Skip Tzu
Photo from: @skiptzu
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Schipperke
Have you ever heard of the Schipperke? No?
How about a Skip Tzu? Still a “no”?
Well, let me introduce you to what is probably the most uncommon Shih Tzu mix. The Schipperke and Shih Tzu puppy is a pup with a permanent smile. You’ll never see this dog frowning. They’re always so happy and excited about pretty much anything.
The Skip Tzu is beyond energetic and you’ll need to stop for a while to catch your breath while playing with them. They’ll be like: What’s wrong? Why are you stopping when we’re only at the beginning of this marathon?
32. Tzu Basset
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Basset
Basset Hounds are chunky pups and as such, they transfer these genes to their offspring. That’s why the Tzu Basset is another bigger Shih Tzu mix, weighing up to 40 pounds. We always mention this 40 pounds mark and I feel like every Shih mix with larger dogs results in puppies with approximately the same body weight.
If we had to pick the most chilled out Shih mix, then the Tzu Basset would be the most relaxed of them all. There’s no hurry with this fellow. Not so he avoids tripping on its long ears, but to keep his inner peace untouched.
33. Italian Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Italian Greyhound
We see the behavior of an Italian Greyhound, and the appearance of God only knows which breeds, in this Shih Tzu mix.
No, the Italian Tzu is not a crossbreed between all sorts of dogs. This is a rather weird combo of an Italian Greyhound and the Shih.
Its appearance is a bit scruffy and sometimes reminds of a Shih Tzu. The muzzle will be long, like a Greyhound’s.
What makes this pup worth having is its sweet character. They want human company all the time, and they want cuddles. And no, they don’t like being alone. Avoid leaving them alone for too long to prevent separation anxiety.
Photo from: @a_pup_named_yoda
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon
If I had to find a more perfect match for a Shih Tzu than a Brussels Griffon, I’d be in trouble. Seriously, you’ll struggle to find a better pooch to go so well with our Shih. Their puppies, the Shiffons, are the perfect mixture of both worlds.
The Shiffon will usually have a scruffy-looking coat all over its body and head. All sorts of color combinations are possible, but they prefer brown shades, thank you very much!
The Shiffon is calm, a bit sensitive, but overall super kind, and makes a good friend. However, I wouldn’t recommend bringing him home if you have toddlers or babies. Older kids and Shiffons are much better friends!
I know finding this mix will be hard, but maybe try looking at some of the popular Shih Tzu or Brussels Griffon breeders.
35. Shih Apso
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso
I know some people who thought that Lhasa Apso was just another name for a Shih Tzu. I can’t blame them, these dogs look a lot like each other.
But, for someone who has a bit of knowledge about dog breeds, seeing the differences between the two breeds is pretty simple. Even though both dogs have long, silky coats, it’s the face shape that sets these two apart.
Their love puppy, the Shih Apso, is a lovely looking little guy with valuable hypoallergenic traits inherited from the Shih and the Lhasa. Also, you’re gonna love them for their bouncy temperament and rather affectionate behavior.
Photo from: @zoey_the_zuchon
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise
Zuchon, Snichon, or Shichon are all the same dog: a Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu mix!
This is the ultimate, teddy bear-looking, Shih Tzu mix and you’re gonna adore it! The small, sparkly button eyes will show you all the kindness you need from a doggy.
Zuchons are not too energetic. They prefer hanging out in your lap and receiving cuddles. So, anyone who’s in the mood to come and pet a Zuchon is more than welcome. These sociable pups will receive cuddles from anyone!
37. Tibetan Tzu
Photo from: @harry_the_tibetan_tzu
Have you counted how many Shih Tzu and terrier mixes we’ve had so far?
Apparently not enough, because here’s another Shih Terrier mix. But, this time, the other side of the family comes from Tibet.
Meet the Tibetan Tzu, a cross between the Tibetan Terrier and the Shih.
Despite its exotic looks and origin, the Tibetan Tzu is quite a fine gentleman, with a calm temperament and dignified behavior.
Even though the name claims this is a Terrier, you won’t see typical Terrier behavior with this pup. Instead, this doggy will stay calm and “kill you with kindness”… May I add smartness too?
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Corgi
What’s the only thing a Shorgi gets from its Corgi parent? The pointy ears, of course!
Just kidding, there are a lot of traits that the Shorgi inherits from their Corgi pawrent. Their ears are pointy, but they’re covered in light feathering. Their butt? Nice, round, and chubby, just like a Corgi’s?
The behavior? Prone to herding, just like a Corgi’s?
Is there, in fact, anything this pup inherits from their Shih parent? Other than long hair? Not so much! This is another of those mixes that is more like a Corgi mix, rather than a Shih mix.
39. Fo Tzu
Photo from: @bandit.han
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Fox Terrier
I know the name sounds like another one of those Shih Tzu mixes that comes from Asia, but that’s completely wrong.
The Fo Tzu is actually a Shih Tzu and Fox Terrier mix. See, another terrier on the list!
This time, the Fox Terrier brings their strong terrier genes and readiness to fight all kinds of rodents and pests around the home. Just give him a task to find a mole in the garden, and he’ll finish it successfully in no time!
The Fo Tzu looks a bit scruffy. However, its lovely shades of black, brown, and white really make up for the coat texture.
40. Shorki Tzu
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Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Yorkie
The Shorkie Tzu, or simply, Shokrie, is a popular Shih mix with a Yorkshire Terrier.
People all over the world have had the chance to meet this lovely pooch. Throughout the years, the Shorkie Tzu has become valued for its perky temperament and loyal character. They’re cheerful, energetic, and cuddly.
Your Shorkie will either inherit a nice, silky soft coat from the Shih side of his family, or he’ll be wiry, scruffy, and as hypoallergenic as the Yorkie!
41. German Tzu
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and German Shepherd
As you can imagine, the German Tzu is a cross between two popular parent breeds: the German Shepherd and the Shih Tzu.
Aside from being an excellent family dog, the German Tzu is also a true companion dog with a lovely twist.
Let’s admit it: you don’t see a German Shih Tzu mix on the streets all the time. This is a fairly hard-to-breed crossbreed because of the difference in the sizes of the dogs. Usually, veterinary assistance is needed to get German Tzu puppies.
But, once you do get them, you’ll notice how loyal, kind, and friendly they are. Think of them as small GSDs!
Photo from: @the_shihweiler_gus
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Rottweiler
Those of you who are familiar with Rottweilers know they have bad publicity as aggressive. That’s why people don’t normally cross them or even buy them!
But, the Shiweiler is an absolute exception! This lovely crossbreed between the Rottie and the Shi will prove to everyone, once and for all, that Rottweilers are pawmazing dogs.
If you want a small, rather compact dog breed, then you’ll want a dog like this one. With the Shi’s affection and the Rottie’s loyalty, the Shiweiler is one of the sweetest, kindest crosses on this list!
As far as its appearance goes, this is not a small pooch. He’ll be slightly bigger and scruffy, usually featuring Rottweiler color combinations.
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Labrador
Tzubador is a pretty amazing name, don’t you think?
Well, this is a combination of two amazing dogs – a Shih Tzu and a Labrador Retriever mom or dad.
The dog that is known as the ultimate family dog, the Labrador Retriever, can only produce great puppies, no matter what the other breeding partner is.
Tzubadors, or Shih Labs, are bigger than your usual Shih Tzu mixes. They are the ideal combo of both these parent breeds. Their coat colors can come in all the sorts of colors that their parents usually fashion.
However, the length of the coat will be longer than a Lab’s. This gives them an untrimmed look, which you must control before your Tzubador starts looking like he’s from the jungle!
44. Golden Tzu
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Golden Retriever
This isn’t just a dog with a golden heart, this is a dog with golden origins!
This Shih Tzu mix is produced by breeding a Shih with a Golden Retriever and will give you vibes that all dogs are perfect, and they are all sweet creatures. Well yes, with proper socialization, that is implied. But, it’s in a Golden Tzu’s DNA to behave well and show you all its love and care.
As another ultimate family dog, like the Tzubador, the Golden Tzu will make you fall in love with him real fast.
Golden Tzus are normally bigger than your average Shih Tzu. They have a curly coat, which comes in lots of wonderful shades. My personal favorite? An apricot Golden Tzu!
45. Shiba Tzu
Photo from: @dolcetheshiba
Parent breeds: Shih Tzu and Shiba Inu
Lastly, we have another Asian mix on this list.
When I started working on my list of the best Shih Tzu mixes, I thought I’d have many more Asian combinations. However, only the finest specimen managed to get onto the list. The reason?
The popularity of some breeds. I mean, you can’t expect a popular Shih Tzu mix if the other parent is only known for a specific area. But, we all know Shiba Inus, right?
That quirky, almost mystical dog breed from Japan does sometimes get bred with the Shih Tzu.
The result is a little Shiba in a Shih’s body! The coat of this puppy will not be as dense as a purebred Shiba’s, but it will be rather short. Their colors are usually inherited from the Shih Tzu parent. What really makes them Shiba’s boys or girls, is their elongated muzzle and the lovely Shiba smile.
To Sum Up…
As you can see, there are lots of Shih Tzu mixes out there. A vast majority of them are a combination of the Shih Tzu and a terrier. However, you can find all sorts of dog breed combinations, including German Shepherds, Bichons, and even Chinese Crested dogs.
Pups of all sizes, looks, and origins can create a Shih Tzu mixed breed pup. The important thing is not their looks though. Let’s face it – all dogs are great dogs!
So, no matter if you’re getting a lap dog or an energetic Shih Tzu mix, what you must always remember is that each crossbreed dog matters. Each crossbreed is as valuable as any purebred.