The coat of this can vary depending on the dominant dog it is bred with. It sometimes can take the short coat of the Chihuahua and sometimes it can have a longer, wavier hair, however, more often than not it has a combination of the two dogs’ coats. These dogs have shorter undercoats and medium to long topcoats that are wavy and soft. The Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix generally has a rounder head, which is not too dissimilar to that of the Chihuahua. Its ears can be different shapes depending on which side it takes after more and they can be either pricked up or hang down against its face. The Shi Chi dog comes in a variety of colors depending on its parents, but the most common coat color is a white base with tan markings. Because of the size and delicacy of these dogs, it is not ideal to have them when the children are really young as the child’s natural curiosity could in turn injure them.
Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix temperament:
The temperament of this dog can change from one dog to the next; however, their general traits would be their loyalty, gentleness and childlike behavior. These are one of the more playful breeds of small dogs and they love children, however, they can be unsure of strangers and when they are not familiar with a person they can be yappy. Once these dogs become familiar with a person they are friendly. Generally this dog is active and has a lively temperament and get excited easily which is why they need a lot of attention.
Shih Chi health problems:
The Chi Shi dog as a mix breed has no known health problems but some of the hereditary ailments they could adopt from either the Chihuahua or the Shih Tzu are: Hypoglycemia, obesity, eye problems (ulcers, cataracts, epiphoria) and respiratory problems. Their eyes should always be examined by vets as both the Chihuahua and the Shi Tzu are prone to eye problems and before buying one, make sure to check with the breeders and examine its parents’ health.
This dog can live anywhere since it is so small it doesn’t need a lot of space. It should not live outdoors as it is too small, fragile and susceptible to catching colds. It needs attention so it is ideal for families who spend a lot of time at home. While it is a family dog, young children could pose a threat to its fragileness.
Shi Chi exercise:
Although this dog is very small it is an active dog and it needs at least 20 minutes of exercise per day. If it is possible they need at least two short walks, but it is preferable to let them off the leash to exercise. These dogs, because of their small size, are very easy to exercise and if it is raining outdoors, a small game of fetch in the hallway will suffice.
Shi Chi grooming:
Many owners choose to clip the Shi Chi’s coat in order to keep the grooming minimal, which only requires them to be brushed about once a week. However, if their coat is left unclipped, you will need to brush them at least 3 times a week to keep their coats tangle free. The Shi Chi should be bathed monthly and treated for fleas with topical medicines.
This dog needs a family who will give it a lot of attention throughout the day as it can at times act spoiled if ignored. Very young children are not ideal as they can often injure the small dog through rough and tumble play.