15-23 lbs
United States
Shih Tzu
Beagle Shih-Tzu mix

The Bea-Tzu dog has been developed by crossing the Beagle with the Shih-Tzu which has produced a dog noted for its intelligence and great demeanor. This dog is an ideal companion dog, and doubles as a watchdog as it is very loyal and protective in nature. Being a small to medium sized dog, it is ideal for apartment living if it has enough exercise. They are very playful and great with children, being a devoted friend and ardent protector without being aggressive. Although they are fairly active dogs, they can adapt their activity to suit their humans and as long as they are part of the family, they are happy. They will enjoy a run in the dog park to freely socialise with other dogs (and humans) and if you have a small yard, it needs to be well fenced so they can run around safely.

Companion dog, Watch dog
Date of Origin
Beagle and Shih Tzu

Bea-Tzu Health

Average Size
Male Bea-Tzu size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 16-25 lbs
Female Bea-Tzu size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 15-23 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Kidney Problems
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Invertebral Disk Disease
  • Liver Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Reverse Sneezing
  • Dwarfism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasound
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Blood and Urine Tests

Bea-Tzu Breed History

The Bea-Tzu history is hard to find, especially who started the breed and when. If you are thinking of getting one of these dogs, do your research on the breeder before you buy to ensure they are an ethical breeder. Since the history of the Bea-Tzu is non-existent, we need to look to the parent dogs to get a better understanding of them. The Shih-Tzu comes from Tibet and China, and is one of the oldest breeds still around. Often referred to as the little lion dogs, they were treasured as companions. The first breeding pair arrived in England in 1928 and was recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1969. They love affection and lots of attention. The Beagles history is a little unclear but it is known that they were used for hunting but became less popular in the 18th century when foxhounds became the more popular hunting dog of the time. In the 1800s, they arrived in America where they were bred to be a smaller dog. In the 1940s till the late 1950s they were one of the most popular breeds around. Today, they are often used in drug detection or as tracking dogs because of their amazing noses. The beagle is a sweet dog, they have a profound sense of humor but can also be a little on the naughty side. Training and socialisation is important and they love their food, so this can be used as an occasional treat to bribe them to be good! The Bea-Tzu has the best of both dogs, and is a robust healthy dog that loves to please and needs loads of affection and attention.

Bea-Tzu Breed Appearance

The Bea-Tzu is an attractive small dog that has a large head in proportion to its body. They have a shorter muzzle than the Beagle parent dog, and have a heart shaped nose like the Shih-Tzu. The body of the Bea-Tzu is slim and short, almost athletic in build, with short straight front legs. The eyes are brown and they have droopy ears which gives them an endearing appearance. They have longer hair around their face, giving them a whimsical look. With their long, furry curved tail and their soft silky coat, the Bea-Tzu is an overall healthy dog who is compassionate, loveable and affectionate. Their coloring can vary from pale cream or white, to black or even tricolor.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Bea-Tzu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Bea-Tzu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Bea-Tzu coat
white Bea-Tzu coat
brown Bea-Tzu coat
cream Bea-Tzu coat
gray Bea-Tzu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Bea-Tzu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Bea-Tzu Breed Maintenance

The Bea-Tzu needs consistent grooming for his coat to remain tangle free. A daily brush with a firm brush will help sort out any tangles, while an occasional trip to the groomers may be required for a quick trim. Their hair does grow quite fast but they don’t need stripping, although the longer hair on their face may need a trimming to keep clean. Bathing should be on an ‘as needs’ basis, only when they really need it. When bathing, use a proper dog shampoo that is mild on their skin to avoid allergies. Apart from coat care, they need their nails clipped if they are not wearing them out, just be careful not to clip into the quick part of the nail. Wipe out the inner ear with a soft damp cloth, and brush his teeth about three times a week to ensure your Bea-Tzu stays in excellent health. If you train them while young to be used to the grooming process, you will find they will love this time and attention you are giving them.
Brushes for Bea-Tzu
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Bea-Tzu requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Bea-Tzu Temperament

The Bea-Tzu is a sweet loyal dog who loves to cuddle with his owner and will take all the affection they can get! They love to be with their family all the time, as they consider themselves part of your pack. This dog can be very playful and yet protective. The Bea-Tzu makes an ideal family dog, who will take it on himself to protect the children and yet will willingly join in any fun and games that the family instigates. They mix well with people and other pets if socialised early in life, and will become a favorite with other dog owners in the pet parks. For a small dog, the Bea-Tzu has a big personality and plenty of love and affection to share. They will be your loyal companion and respond best to praise and rewards during training. Eager to please, yet a little bit stubborn, you need to be patient and firm but fair with this breed. They are good watchdogs alerting you to visitors. Some dogs of this breed can be barkers, while others may only bark occasionally. 

Bea-Tzu Activity Requirements

The Bea-Tzu dog is moderately active, and loves to play. They will enjoy a daily walk or visit to the dog park, but don’t need lots of special exercises. A yard is not a requirement for this dog as long as they get a chance to go for a walk or burn off some steam interacting with other dogs and people. They do love to play, jump and run around so if you do have a yard, ensure it is well fenced. As for environment, this hybrid can live just as happily in a house as in an apartment, and will adapt to town or country living without a problem as long as they are with their beloved family. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Bea-Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Bea-Tzu Owner Experiences

Mr. Cooper McCartney
8 Years
2 People
We loved our Cooper. He just passed 2 weeks. He was the best dog ever. We miss him.
7 months, 1 week ago
10 Weeks
2 People
I'm totally in love with his affectionate personality.
9 months, 3 weeks ago
8 Weeks
2 People
very affectionate and sweet dog. New to our pack of others.....scottie, westie and shih tzu
10 months, 2 weeks ago
8 Weeks
2 People
Throwing his toys for him
I've only had him for 2 weeks..but I can tell he's gonna be a sweet smart dog
1 year, 1 month ago
Book me a walkiee?
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