A Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix sometime is also known as a ShiChi or Shi-Chi. This breed is not a purebred dog, it is in fact a crossbreed between a Chihuahua and Shih Tzu.
The temperament of a Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix is a combination of the characteristics found in either breed. Generally a Shichi is very local, gentle, and has a childlike behavior. This breed is a very playful breed. They love children, and can be very friendly to anyone even strangers. They are very active, and has a very lively temperament. The Shih Tzu Chihuahua mix can be a bit difficult to train because they have a very short attention span. You need to have a trick or two to train this breed properly.
This crossbreed has no known health problems, but it could adopt some hereditary ailments from their parents. These ailments are obesity, eye problems, respiratory problems, and hypoglycemia. The most important part that you need to check before buying a Shichi is the eyes, because both Shih Tzu and Chihuahua breed are very prone to eye problems.
Their coat highly depends on which genes of their parents are more dominant. They can sometime take the long and wavy coat of a Shih Tzu or a short coat of a Chihuahua, but more often they adopt the combination of those two. They generally have shorter undercoats and medium topcoats that are soft and wavy. A Chihuahua Shih Tzu Mix puppy need a regular grooming for their coat to avoid tangles (usually 3 times a week).
Because both of its parents are small dogs, a Shih Tzu and Chihuahua mix tend not to grow very big, and their average weight is between 1.5 to 3 kg. In the United States, the price of a Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix puppy is around $250.
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