This sweet looking dog with a long mane is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese. They are also commonly known as the Shinese, Shih-teze and Peke-A-Tzu. This dog is not really considered to be a breed itself; instead it is seen as a hybrid dog. These sweet looking lap dogs make cute and loving pets with its long silky manes, large endearing eyes and small squashed faces with a short muzzle. They come in a variety of different colors that they inherit from the parents including gold, brown, black and white.
Shih Tzu Pekingese mix temperament:
This sweet and small dog’s appearance often fools people and it can be an unusually energetic and playful dog for its size. It is a fiercely loyal dog and if separated too long from its owners it can suffer from anxiety and depression. It is also a protective dog and despite its small size it can be quite tough and makes a good guard dog against strangers and even other larger dogs. It adapts easily but it is wary of people they are not familiar with so if you intend on introducing your dog to many different people, it is better to do so from the outset so early socialization can take place. While it does like to be around people it also enjoys its own independence and it prefers to walk about alone rather than be carried like some owners prefer to do with toy dogs. It is also an intelligent dog and easy to train especially when positive reinforcements are used as it likes being spoiled.
Shinese health problems:
This dog has an average life expectancy between 10-15 years if cared for properly. While they don’t experience the amount of problems their purebred parents do they are susceptible to breathing issues which is mainly due to their flat face. They also can suffer from asthma and it is possible for them to suffer from mild asthma attacks if the weather is too hot or humid. They also have sensitive skin and can suffer from skin allergies mainly caused by fleas or ticks so topical based treatments need to be used and hypoallergenic soaps should be used for bathing. Because of their long facial hair they could also be prone to eye irritation and infection due to bits of grit and dust getting caught in their hair and being transferred to their eyes therefore it is advised that the hair around its eyes should be kept trimmed at all times.
This dog needs to be kept indoors and out of any extreme weather, especially heat. They are also perfect dogs, in terms of size, for apartments and condos as long as you take them outdoors on a regular basis.
Shih Tzu Pekingese mix grooming:
Their hair is long and therefore it needs to be brushed with a metal pin comb daily to keep it free of tangles and shiny. Their hair around the eyes needs to be trimmed and kept short and cleaning around the eyes with a wet Kleenex is necessary to prevent eye infections.
This is a great dog for older people who are looking for a companion. It is also considered to be a family dog however; care needs to be taken with the dog around small children due to its small and fragile body.