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The Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix (also known as Shichi or Chi Tzu) is a very cute hybrid of two purebreds: the Chihuahua and the Shih Tzu. She has a personality five times her size and, when well socialized, can be a delight to have in your life.
I’ve put together a list of what I think are the important things to know about this mixed breed, so take a look!
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Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mixes are toy dogs, as they come from two toy dog breeds. They tend to measure no more than 10 inches tall (25.5cm) and weigh between 3-9 lb (1.3-4 kg). They usually have a round head, and they can either have ears that are erect or that hang down. The Shichi can come in various colors, including:
- Brown and white
Depending on their genetic distribution, their coat can be short like the Chihuahua’s, or it can be long and silky and sometimes slightly wavy.
If your dog has long hair, you may choose to clip her coat to make it easier to maintain. This coat would only require brushing once a week. If you prefer it long, however, you will need to brush her three times a week to avoid tangles and matting.
The good news is that Shichis are usually minimal shedders, so you won’t have to worry about vacuuming the carpet every day or getting your clothes covered in hair before a date!
Small dog, big personality
Despite their size, these little dogs are lively! They need at least twenty minutes of vigorous exercise a day, whether it’s a brisk walk alongside you, or off-leash playing and running.
Ideally, they should have two walks a day. You could take her for a more energetic walk or jog in the morning, and a shorter, gentler walk of ten minutes in the evening.
The Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix is also very playful, so get her some toys for her to play with at home, and you’ve got another way of burning off her pent-up energy!
Here’s a video you can’t resist – check out this adorable and playful 9-week-old Shichi pup:
She loves affection
The Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix loves to be with her family and adores attention. I don’t recommend this dog with very young children, though, as she is small and delicate and could be hurt in rough play.
Don’t be fooled by your Shichi’s size… she can be feisty!
She can be protective, and you should be careful this doesn’t turn into possessiveness, which invariably leads to aggression. You might think it’s cute or funny at first, but it can, in fact, become a problem.
Make sure you socialize her with people and other dogs as a puppy and don’t go overboard with letting her jump up or sit on your lap at all times. This can result in over-attachment, insecurity and the feeling that she needs to protect you.
Training your Shichi
Training a Shichi takes perseverance. Make it simple for her by ensuring that you and all your family members use the same words when teaching or eliciting a desired behavior. It is also important to always use positive reinforcement for good behavior, in the way of treats and lots of praise. This will make training sessions enjoyable for her, and she is more likely to stay focused.
If you’re a first-time dog owner, take her to puppy classes to get some help and support. The benefit of classes is twofold, as you will be socializing your puppy at the same time. It will also give you a routine to stick to and motivation to keep it up at home (just think of the certificate!).
Feeding your Shichi
She won’t need more than 1/2 cup – 1 cup of high-quality dog food a day. Divide this into two portions and give her one in the morning and one in the evening.
A Shichi puppy could cost anywhere between $150 – $750.
The Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix is usually healthy and has a lifespan of 12-15 years. There are some health conditions she could inherit from her parents, which include:
- Patellar Luxation (kneecap dislocation)
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Eye problems (ulcers, cataracts, epiphora)
- Respiratory problems
Before you buy your dog, you should ask the breeder about your Shichi’s parents’ health; a reputable breeder will be able to provide you with this information.
So there you have it. The Shichi is really is a personality, isn’t she?
- Protective of her family
- A minimal shedder
- Not suitable for young children
Despite her size, she still needs at least 20 minutes of intense exercise a day and lots of play.
Is the Shichi the one for you? Already own one? Leave a comment below!