A Shih Tzu-Chihuahua mix is a recent hybrid breed that is also known as a Shichi or Chi Tzu. This breed comes from one of the parents being a Chihuahua and the other being a Shih-Tzu.
Where did the Shichi originate from?
Who is the Shih Tzu-Chihuahua mix right for?
The Shichi is the perfect dog for just about anyone, they’re very manageable. A shichi does not require a large yard, so if you are thinking about one and currently live in a small apartment, small spaces are definitely okay for them! The shichi is not an outdoor dog, they are too small and fragile to be outside for a long amount of time. They do need attention and would be an ideal fit for a family or someone who spends a good part of the day at home. Even though a shichi makes a great family dog, very young children can easily accidentally harm a shichi because they are so small and fragile. It is not definitively known whether or not the shichi is actually a true hypoallergenic dog, however, they do not shed alot and when they do it is very minimal.
Shichi Appearance and Physical Features
Shichi Temperament and Personality
The shichi temperament, like all dogs, can change or depend on the owner. Common descriptions of the average shichi do note that the shichi is loyal, gentle, and has a fun/playful demeanor. Much like chihuahua’s, a shichi can be overly cautious of strangers/people who are not loved ones, however if they are familiarized with enough people, they will be just fine. The shichi is considered an active dog, but they do not need lengthy walks or playtime. Shichi’s do become excited very easily and this can play into the amount of attention they need. Like other small or toy dogs, a shichi can become bratty if it does not get enough attention and can result in destructive behavior such as ripping at shoes or soft items. AS long as you provide enough attention to a shichi, they should be just fine.
Shichi Training Tips
Shichi Health Concerns
The Shichi’s health issues can be inherited from either or both parents like most dogs. Different health concerns that a shichi could adopt are: Hypoglycemia, obesity, eye ulcers, cataracts, epiphora, and respiratory problems. Hypoglycemia is when a pup had low blood sugar, which can affect their ability to function. Obesity is when your dog’s weight is over the recommended weight for their age that is set by the vet, this can be controlled by what food you give your dog, how much, and how often. Obesity is easy to fix with lots of exercise and a healthy diet. Eye ulcers, also known as corneal ulcers, can occur in your pup through either physical trauma or an underlying causes such as infection, epithelial dystrophy (an inherited weakening of the cornea), drying of the cornea due to tear production, or through other illnesses such as diabetes. Cataracts is when an opacity develops in the lens of the eye, many times cataracts does not result in surgery if there is some vision allowed and the rest of the eye is functional. Epiphora is when there is an overabundance in tears from the dog’s eyes, this is more of a symptom versus disease or illness. Respiratory problems in dogs can mean many things such as labored breathing, rapid breathing, abnormal panting, and more. Shichi’s are most prone to eye problems, so make sure you check with the breeder and find out information on the parent’s health. The overall best thing to do is take your pup to the vet yearly to help watch for any signs of health concerns or notify your vet if you have a concern about your pup.
Finding a Shichi Mix Puppy
Do Shichis need a lot of exercise?
Shichis do not need an extensive amount of exercise, the average healthy amount of exercise for them is about 20 minutes per day. Short walks are good and if the weather isn’t cooperative, playing with a soft toy inside will do the trick.
Buy or adopt a rescued Shichi
How much does a Shichi cost?
The price of a shichi depends on what breeder or rescue you go through. The average range of the price of a shichi is anywhere from $150.00 to $750.00. If you are concerned about pricing, contact the breeder of interest, sometimes they are flexible and offer payment plans. Adoption or rescue agencies are always going to be less than a breeder, so looking there before going to a breeder is a good option.
Raising a ShiChi
Many shichi owners rave about their shichi, citing that they are fun, loyal, playful and they love having them as a dog. Raising a shichi, just like any dog, can have its challenging moments, but patience is key for both you and your pup.
Products and Accessories for your ShiChi
Fun & Interesting Facts About the Shichi
The Shichi is small, energetic, loyal and protective of their family, a minimal shedder, very affectionate, and playful!
How to Feed Your Shichi
It is recommended that high-quality kibble is ideal for a shichi. The kibble that is chosen shock have a healthy ratio of protein, fats, and carbs. Cheap brands typically contain fillers which can lead to obesity easily in small dogs. High-quality dog foods are typically ones that note that they are grain-free and contain real meat such as duck or lamb. Shichi’s do not require large portions, a recommended amount is 1/2 to 1 cup of high quality food per day divided between two meal times.
Grooming Requirements and Tips
If your shichi has a long coat, clipping their coat can minimize the amount of grooming. A shichi with a clipped coat will usually only have to be brushed once a week, whereas an unclipped coat requires brushing three times a week. Shichi’s should be bathed monthly and topical flea medicine should be applied if you choose that version.
Other Similar Shih Tzu Breed Mixes
So perhaps you don’t want to settle on a shichi just yet, here are some other Shih Tzu breed mixes to check out and research: Mal-Shi (Maltese and Shih Tzu), Shorkie (Yorkie and Shih Tzu), Shiranian (Shih Tzu and Pomeranian), Shi-Poo (Shih Tzu and Poodle), and Shichon (Shih Tzu and Bichon).