Can Shih Tzu Produce Designer Dogs?
What are Designer Dogs? It has become very popular nowadays to breed two purebred dogs together
and call the offspring Designer Dogs, Hybrid Dogs, Diva Pets, Purse Pets, Rare, Exotic, Special in
some way pets. These crossbreeds are commanding a big price tag and many if not most different
breeds are involved. The first and probably most popular hybrid to be produced was the Labradoodle,
which is a
mix between a Labrador and a standard poodle.
You have no doubt heard of Yorkie-Poo's, Morkies, Cock-a-Poo's,
Malti-Poo's, but have you seen a Cock-a-Shels,
Malt-oodles, a Peke-A-Pom, Mal-Shi, or a Yorki-Huahua? In fact,
you can find these mixes of dogs in about every shape,
color, and size. The Shih Tzu Dog is being used frequently
to create designer dogs.
A mix between an American Eskimo and a Shih Tzu creates a
Shih Mo. They have characteristics of both breeds, non-
shedding coat of the Shih Tzu and the activity level of an
American Eskimo, making it nearly hyper allergenic and a great
Another interesting mix is that of a Shih Tzu and an American
Rat Terrier, called a Ratshi Terrier. They tend to be more
energetic than the Shih Tzu, but because they have a longer
snout, they are less prone to respiratory problems.
An example of a more uncommon combination is that of a
Basset Hound and a Shih Tzu called a Tzu Basset. There is
great variation between puppies in these litters and it is anyone’
s guess as to whether the puppy will end up with the long hair of
a shih tzu or a short nose in a hound body.
If you mate a Shih Tzu with a purebred Schnauzer, you will get a Schnau-Tzu. A Bo-Shih or Boshih is
a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Boston terrier. A shiffon is a combination of Brussels Griffon and Shih
Tzu and a Care Tzu is a Shih Tzu and a Cairn Terrier. Just about any combination is possible as long
as the mother is larger than the father is to make for an easy birth or whelping process.
To make it even more complicated, there is no standard termination to describe the mixes. For
example, if you are looking for a Maltese—Shih Tzu mix, you might want to look for Mal-Shi, Shih-tese,
Malti Tzu, and Maltese/Shih-Tzu Hybrid. A Pomeranian who mates with a Shih Tzu dog will produce
puppies called Pomeranian--Shih Tzu hybrid, Shiranian, Shihpom, or Pom-Tzu. A Bichon Frise and a
Shih Tzu mix can be called Zuchon, Shichon, Tzu Frise, or Shih-chons.
Hypoallergenic Dogs Hybrids
The shih tzu breed is often used when designing dogs because of several health and temperament
factors. First, shih tzu dogs do not shed, so mating them with a dog that does can create a more
hypoallergenic puppy. Another reason shih tzu are often paired with another breed concerns the Shih
Tzu temperament. Shih Tzu dogs are generally easy going, lovable, and good with other pets and
children. Pair these characteristics with a dog that lacks one of these and you may end up with a
puppy that has the characteristics of the Shih Tzu as well as those of the other breed. Finally, if size is
a factor, the Shih Tzu dog can add genes to the pool that will increase the size or decrease the size of
the offspring if that is the desired result. Normally, a shih tzu weighs between nine and 16 pounds, so
mating them with a larger dog, could create a puppy that may be larger than a shih tzu, but not as big
as the other dog. Likewise, a mating with a tiny dog could create a healthier sized puppy.
History of Dog Hybrids
Where did all this originate? Years ago, these dogs would be called crossbreeds, mixed breeds, or
mutts. Nevertheless, nowadays, they are often more expensive than their purebred cousins? When
there is a deliberate attempt to create a cross between two breeds, registered purebred dogs are
used. Breeders who thoughtfully produce hybrid dogs do so with the hope of taking the best from one
breed and matching it with the best of another breed to get an entirely new animal that is the best all-
round pet. In fact designer breeds are often created for a new look, a healthier dog, a dog with a
superior temperament or intellect, or a combination of all characteristics. Some hybrids, no doubt
have occurred without human intervention. That is to say, that some are the result of unaltered dogs
being allowed to roam freely and mating at will. Whether it is a conscious attempt to breed or an
accidental mating, in reality, the only way to determine the health and temperament of the new hybrid
dog is to look up the characteristics found in the parent breeds and know that any combination is
possible. There is little certainty when it comes to genetics. So, rather than getting the best of both
worlds, the offspring produced could end up with the worst characteristics of both parents. It can
On the other hand, many of today’s breeds originated in history from a cross between two or more
breeds. It is thought that the Shih Tzu is a cross between a Pekinese and a Lhasa Apso. The breeds
of today would all look like wolves if it were not for the selective breeding of ancient people. Who
knows, perhaps one day, the Shih Poo will be a recognized breed.
These designer or hybrid dogs are not purebred and are not registered by an organization such as
the American Kennel Club. Owners of these designer dogs do have the option to register with
Designer Breed Registry (DBR), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR), Designer Dogs
Kennel Club (DDKC) or The American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). A dog can be registered if the
parents are purebred and preferably registered with a recognized dog registry such as the AKC. There
are now many different hybrid dog varieties and these numbers appear to be growing. With a world
society enamored by the exotic, ever demanding unique and different products, it makes sense that
they would want these unusual characteristics in their beloved pets. Dog breeders respond to their
customer’s wishes by producing yet another designer combination.