Sheltie Tzu

15-20 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
Shih Tzu
It you like small, furry dogs, you will love the Sheltie Tzu. This designer dog is a mix of the Shetland Sheepdog and the Shih Tzu. They are typically about 15 to 25 pounds in weight and approximately 10 to 16 inches tall. They are excellent family dogs that love children and other pets, including cats. They are generally easy to train but they can be difficult to housebreak so you have to be consistent and patient. Their coat can get matted easily so they have to be brushed often but they do not shed much and they are very healthy dogs that can live well into their teens.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shetland Sheepdog and Shih Tzu

Sheltie Tzu Health

Average Size
Male Sheltie Tzu size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Female Sheltie Tzu size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Deafness
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hemophilia
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Hearing Tests
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • DNA

Sheltie Tzu Breed History

Due to the fact that the Sheltie Tzu is a new designer breed, you have to look at the histories of the parent breeds. The Shetland Sheepdog originated in the Shetland Islands in Scotland in the 1800s from the King Charles Spaniel, Northern Spitz, the Pomeranian, and the Border and Scotch Collies. They were bred to herd sheep, horses, and other animals on the farm but others preferred to keep these sweet-natured dogs as pets. Sometime before 1917, the Shetland Sheepdog was brought to England by members of the British Navy after going to the Shetland Islands for training. They made it to the United States in 1908 but were not acknowledged by the American Kennel Club until three years later. The Shetland Sheepdog is now the 24th most commonly bought breed in the United States. The Shih Tzu has been around since the Tang Dynasty when they were bred in China as companions and watchdogs to royal families. They are friendly and alert dogs that do not need much exercise but do need extensive grooming. They were bred from the Tibetan Mountain dog, Pekingese, and Lhasa Apso and can be traced back to the sixth century. They soon became popular with the common people but nearly became extinct during the Chinese Revolution. There were only a handful of Shih Tzus left, of which the modern Shih Tzu descended. The breed started to become popular in other countries such as England, Norway, and the United States in the 1900s but they were often confused with the Lhasa Apso, which looks very similar to the Shih Tzu. It was not until 1938 that the standards were set to discern between these two breeds. However, they were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 31 years later, in 1969. The breed is now the 20th most well-liked breed in America.

Sheltie Tzu Breed Appearance

The Sheltie Tzu is a small, furry dog with a round head, floppy ears, and an alert expression, and their muzzle may be short or long, depending on which parent your dog takes after. Most have medium to long fur that is silky, dense, straight, and soft. They can be just about any combination of colors such as black and white, brown and black, white and chocolate, tan and red, white and blue, silver and tan, or any combination of these colors. They are short dogs, usually less than 16 inches tall and they have a black nose with either brown or blue eyes.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Sheltie Tzu eyes
brown Sheltie Tzu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Tzu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Tzu coat
brown Sheltie Tzu coat
red Sheltie Tzu coat
cream Sheltie Tzu coat
fawn Sheltie Tzu coat
blue Sheltie Tzu coat
silver Sheltie Tzu coat
white Sheltie Tzu coat
sable Sheltie Tzu coat
brindle Sheltie Tzu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Sheltie Tzu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheltie Tzu Breed Maintenance

Grooming your Sheltie Tzu can be a chore because the double coat of the Shetland Sheepdog and the long, silky coat of the Shih Tzu make their coat easily matted and difficult to brush through. You have to use the proper tools, which include a stainless-steel comb, dematting tool, and a premium pin brush that will penetrate their thick undercoat. The best thing to remember is that if you brush your dog often enough, the mats do not get bad. Many Sheltie Tzu owners have their dog groomed by a professional and keep their coats short to make their maintenance easier. Trim your hybrid's nails bi-weekly and brush their teeth each day if possible. This dog should also have his ears checked regularly to see if moisture is accumulating; keep the ears dry so that yeast and bacteria do not find a home within the warm ear canal.
Brushes for Sheltie Tzu
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Sheltie Tzu requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheltie Tzu Temperament

Both parent breeds are lovable and friendly breeds that get along well with children and other pets. They even enjoy playing with cats and other small pets like rabbits and guinea pigs. However, you should not leave them alone with small children or animals. The Shih Tzu breed has trouble with housebreaking issues so your Sheltie Tzu could be difficult to housebreak. It is essential that you use positive reinforcement and be consistent with training from the start. The breed is intelligent and alert but they can be stubborn. While they do love attention, they do not seem to mind being alone so you do not have to worry about separation anxiety.

Sheltie Tzu Activity Requirements

The Sheltie Tzu enjoys playing and running around as much as other dogs but they can also be a bit lazy sometimes. In fact, this breed has the tendency to become overweight if they do not get enough exercise. It is recommended that your Sheltie Tzu get at least 45 to 60 minutes of activity every day. This can include running around in a fenced yard, chasing other dogs at the dog park, taking a couple of brisk walks around the neighborhood, playing a long game of fetch, or even hiking in the woods. This breed may also enjoy herding activities, agility, or obstacle course training.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Sheltie Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.60
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$24.00 - $48.00
food bag monthly cost

Sheltie Tzu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Sheltie Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Sheltie Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Sheltie Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

Sheltie Tzu Owner Experiences

7 Weeks
2 People
Just got him so much.cant wait to go on adventures with him.
4 years, 3 months ago
5 Months
6 People
House & Yard
So far she is probably one of my most favorite dogs.. She’s so sweet, thoughtful, obedient, funny, entraining and pleasant. Best dog I’ve ever had. Well balanced with activity, entertaining herself, affection and sleeps all night with a few solid naps during the day. No problems with her and We all just adore her daily she has perked up my life. Great companion dog could be easily trained to be a therapy dog or service dog because of her Tentative and caring/thoughtful nature. I think she would do great in agility training as well.
2 years, 11 months ago
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