ShiChi

5-12 lbs
9-11"
United States
Chihuahua
Shih Tzu
Chi-Shi, Chi-Tzu
The ShiChi is a designer mix between the purebred Chihuahua and Shih Tzu.  As designers go, this hybrid is popular due to its looks and disposition.  The ShiChi also goes by other names, including the Chi-Shi and the Chi-Tzu and is recognized by several breed registries.  The Designer Breed Registry and its International sister registry, the International Designer Canine Registry recognize the ShiChi as does the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Dog Registry of America.  The ShiChi has a big personality, packed into a small body and is sure to win the hearts of its people.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chihuahua and Shih Tzu

ShiChi Health

Average Size
Male ShiChi size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 5-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hydrocephalus
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Distichiasis
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Dental Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Full Physical Examination

ShiChi Breed History

The ShiChi is a popular hybrid that developed in the United States in recent years.  However, there is not a lot of information available regarding the origins or breed programs for the ShiChi despite its popularity as a hybrid.  Additionally, the ShiChi can vary in size, general appearance, and disposition, making it difficult to develop a breed standard at this time.  Owners who wish to understand their ShiChi better or those interesting in adopting this popular hybrid may review the respective histories of both parent breeds for additional insight. The Chihuahua is a dog of American antiquity.  The Chihuahua developed in the region now known as Mexico and is depicted in historical accounts reaching as back as far as the 9th Century when the small companion and vermin hunter went by the name Techichi.  The Techichi was highly regarded in the Aztec culture and Toltec culture before it, and upon death, the dogs were often buried alongside their masters.  The Techichi were independent-minded yet loyal companions and vermin hunters.  Unfortunately, the Techichi faded into obscurity during the Spanish conquest of the Americas.  However, the fiercely independent and self-sufficient Techichi survived on its own and was rediscovered in the Mexican state of Chihuahua during the 1800s, where the modern-day dog draws its name.  Shortly after reemerging as the Chihuahua, the breed moved into the United States and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1904.  Today, the Chihuahua enjoys high ranking popularity in the U.S. as a companion and Toy breed. The Shih Tzu breed is one of the world's oldest dogs still in existence with archaeological evidence dating back 10,000 years ago in China.  The exact origins of the Shih Tzu are shrouded in mystery as the little companion may have developed in Tibet or China.  Regardless of its ancient history, the Shih Tzu was a treasured companion in the region though kept a secret.  By the late 1800s, the Shih Tzu's popularity in the Chinese Imperium grew due to a fondness shared by the Empress.  Upon the Empresses death in 1908, several noble families competed to produce the best quality Shih Tzus and eventually, the small dog left China for the West.  By the 1960s, the Shih Tzu was bred and recognized int he United States.  The American Kennel Club began accepting registration for the Shih Tzu in 1969.  Today, this Toy group companion enjoys high ranking popularity.          

ShiChi Breed Appearance

The ShiChi is a toy-sized companion dog usually weighing between 5 and 12 pounds, depending on its parentage.  Their heads are in proportion to their bodies with round faces, and the almond-shaped eyes are dark and prominent.  The ShiChi's ears may prick up, like the Chihuahua or may flop down, like the Shih Tzu.  Their muzzles are black, and they have small black noses.  The ShiChi's coat may vary in length from short to long, depending on which parent the dog most resembles.  Long hair ShiChis have double coats, and their top coat is sometimes wavy.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown ShiChi eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black ShiChi nose
Black
isabella ShiChi nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
cream ShiChi coat
Cream
white ShiChi coat
White
black ShiChi coat
Black
fawn ShiChi coat
Fawn
brown ShiChi coat
Brown
Coat Texture
ShiChi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

ShiChi Breed Maintenance

ShiChi maintenance is easy, especially if the coat resembles the Chihuahua parent.  They are not considered heavy shedding dogs and if the coat resembles the Shih Tzu parent, the ShiChi will have hypoallergenic qualities.  Weekly, light brushing with a bristle brush or a deshedding brush will significantly reduce the loose and dead hair trapped in the coat and keep the ShiChi looking its best.  Long haired ShiChis require a little more attention to prevent tangling or matting, especially under their carriages and around their heads and necks.  The long hair may also trap dirt, debris, and moisture but weekly or bi-weekly grooming will remove most dirt.  Owners should only bath their ShiChi when necessary as well.  The ShiChi may be prone to dental issues given the parentage and it is recommended that owners brush their dog's teeth at least three times a week.    
Brushes for ShiChi
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
ShiChi requires weekly brushing
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ShiChi Temperament

The ShiChi is a ball of energy and shows a lot of affection with its people.  They make for an excellent family dog but are far better suited to homes with older children who will not accidentally hurt the ShiChi or play rough.  The Chihuahua parent has a low tolerance for rough play, and it may be snappish if it feels threatened.  ShiChis need proper socialization as well, or they may develop timid or aggressive behaviors toward strangers.  Owners should safely expose their dogs to people, places, and other dogs at an early age to help properly socialize them as well as give them consistent and gentle training.  The Shih Tzu parent makes training easy while the Chihuahua has an independent, stubborn streak.  Every dog is different, but this breed needs a gentle, committed owner with patience.

ShiChi Activity Requirements

The energy levels of the ShiChi are moderate, and they enjoy short bursts of energy.  However, exercise should not be intense or prolonged.  The ShiChi is small enough to get all of its daily activity completed inside the home and does not need a lot of space to move around.  The ShiChi is also more likely to nap than run about but will gladly follow its owner from room to room just to spend time with them.  Their size and activity levels mean the ShiChi is perfectly adapted to small space and apartment living, and this breed does not tolerate weather extremes.  Cold weather is particularly difficult for the ShiCHi.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes

ShiChi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $25.00

ShiChi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male ShiChi size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
12 Months
Male ShiChi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
18 Months
Male ShiChi size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs

ShiChi Owner Experiences

Charlie
5 Months
2 People
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I’ve only had this pup for a few weeks and he’s so sweet. He loves all my other dogs(3), shows no fear even though the other 3 are 50-65lb dogs. Its rather cute & entertaining to see them all play together. Be lets me brush him, clip his nails & bath with absolutely no issues. He is shy/scared of only a couple of really minor things, one is he will not cross over the outdoor threshold by himself, I must pick him up and carry him out to the yard. Kinda strange but I’m okay with that. He is definitely a great cuddler and just loves everyone. So happy I decided to get this little guy...
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Angel
10 Weeks
2 People
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My Angel isn’t even 12 weeks yet but I can honestly say she is one of the most easily trained pups I have ever known. Within one week of me getting her(she was 8weeks) she had basically learned to go to the door when she wanted to go out to potty. She is such a sweet girl and likes to play but is completely happy with just laying by my feet or in my lap for a nap. Overall extremely intelligent and affectionate and I couldn’t ask for a better companion!
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Archie
3 Years
4 People
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This is the most amazing dog i have ever had. Everyone who meets him falls in love. He is super playful and very loving (he never leaves your side). He can also be a bit possessive (he does not like it when other animals get attention). He is really the cutest thing and i would not change anything about him. He is easy to train. The best thing of all- he NEVER smells bad. I really don't understand how but he naturally has a very good scent. He is a ray of sunshine in my life and I am convinced ShiChi is the way to go.
2 months, 1 week ago
Patience
8 Weeks
4 People
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She a baby I’m new here trying to get tips
2 months, 1 week ago
Charlie
9 Weeks
4 People
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so good he's so affectionate and energetic and cute i LOVE him i've been begging for a dog for years and i finally got one and its so perfect
3 months, 1 week ago
Bella
2 Years
4 People
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Oh, she’s sassy! Not for impatient dog owners. She’s an angel/devil and bosses the other dogs around. We had to stop her from bullying our shy shih tzu. She’s incredibly sweet to everyone and EXTREMELY ENERGETIC! Let me tell you she never gets mature, she’s like a two year old puppy chewing on shoes and breaking rules. A baddie for sure! Super funny and cute dog, we all adore her! Makes my day happy, she’s amazing!
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Teagan Moira
5 Months
3 People
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A huge ball of energy. We play the song "Bad To The Bone", and she knows it's playtime. She nips fingers still, and she hasn't learned to climb up the stairs yet. She loves our American Foxhound, and tried to get him to play with her. She's fearless of the cats, who are bigger than she is. She loves to be held, but doesn't sit still for very long at all. We have a playpen in the living room, so we know where she is at all times. We just love her to death. She really is Bad to the Bone!
5 months ago
Levi
2 Years
3 People
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Levi’s great, there was a litter of six puppies, and us and our relatives adopted five, the sixth was already adopted. Fantastic dog!
6 months ago
Missy
5 Years
2 People
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Missy is the best breed of dog I have ever had, everyone who comes into contact with her falls in love. Although she is a little timid at first due to me getting her while in college and not being able to socialize her as I should have, after an hour or so she jumping around the new friend and won’t stop bugging them until they give her loves. She is my very best friend and I can’t imagine a better breed!
6 months, 1 week ago
Keelie
12 Months
7 People
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She’s fun loving. Well trained loves to cuddle and loves to entertain the kids but will also climb on bed or couch to be close to you to take a nap. Hardly every naps long. Hears noise she’s up someone walks in room she’s up. Barks a lot. At everything. Hates a bath loves her belly rubbed. Loves to be close to you. The kids love her .
6 months, 3 weeks ago
oliver
6 Weeks
3 People
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it was fun honestly it has green eyes and brown light brown fur
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Mommas
2 Years
2 People
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Shes the best most loving dog I've ever met
7 months, 1 week ago
Zen
4 Months
2 People
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Zen is an amazing bundle of puppy. He's very sweet and irresistibly charming. He's also a con-artist! One day his training seems to be a breeze, the next day he acts like he's never heard of the command your trying to get him to do. He's playful, but loves his sleep time too. He's also very nosy, if he senses you move while he's asleep he pops right up to see what's going on.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Pip
10 Years
4 People
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These are super sweet dogs, Pip is 10 years old and still very playful. She has a nice stubborn character which is sometimes very funny. Pip loves to walk, I can easily walk with her for an hour. She hates rain but loves snow. She barely sheds. As usual, Pip has dental problems with small dogs
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Baxter
8 Weeks
3 People
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We have only had him for a few days. He already knows his name. He is starting to learn to sit!
8 months ago
Ori’ana
5 Months
7 People
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She is so friendly, whenever I open the door for someone she run outside to them. She feisty but sweet.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Oreo
18 Months
5 People
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Oreo love riding in the car hanging out the window and she so small but she think she a big dog. She smart and learns fast. Everybody she meets loves her. Loves to play and eat but most of all she loves me❤️
1 year, 1 month ago
Luna
3 Months
2 People
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Luna picks up things very quickly got her at 5 weeks of age bottle fed her and had her trained to fetch within a few days then a few more days sits and waits for a command to get a treat. potty training is a completely different story.. she goes where ever she wants tears apart her wee wee pad and will only go on it through out the night never during the day.. that is the only part driving me crazy but other than that I love my baby girl to pieces and spend every free minute I have with her
1 year, 2 months ago
Lani
1 Year
4 People
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Very hard to train outdoors, skittish, anxiety.
1 year, 3 months ago
Loki
3 Years
4 People
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Loki is adoreable he can be fiesty which is difficult as cant do certain things like eyedrops, teeth, he has a dog friend but does go nuts at strange dogs, he barks alot somedays , he is bonkers when hes playing he flys about he loves his toys , he doesnt eat much but will want human food hes fussy he is sweet and likes cuddles and licking
1 year, 3 months ago
Finlay
7 Weeks
4 People
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He has been the absolute best! He knows his name, goes to bed on his own, starting to learn sit. All at almost 8 weeks! We are absolutely smitten to have him in our family.
1 year, 5 months ago
Lily
7 Years
4 People
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It's been great so far she loves getting dressed up and going for walks
1 year, 5 months ago
Onnie Mae
5 Years
3 People
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Onnie Mae loves to chase cat's and squirrels.
1 year, 6 months ago
Molly
2 Years
2 People
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Never thought of myself as a small dog person but she changed my mind. She can do anything a big breed can do sports wise. Love running around,has a sharp nose, very motivated by food and toys so it come in handy for training. A real delight to have around. She has a goofy personality and loves to please others and me especially. Make everyone laugh
1 year, 6 months ago
Kisses Bella
3 Months
3 People
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awesome so adorable
1 year, 7 months ago
Odie
6 Months
4 People
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This little guy is amazing, I have a 13 year old beagle, he gets on great with, plus 4 cats. He plays with the cats and they quite like him. Hes taken quite a shine to me and is my shadow, follows me everywhere. He loves praise, and house training hasnt been hard, just tell him hes a good boy. Loves toys! Play time and quiet time. Wonderful pup! Love him too bits. Hes our baby.
1 year, 10 months ago
Cocoa Pebbles
2 Months
2 People
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Our baby is the sweetest and smartest little girl. She was sold to us too young unfortunately (the owners lied. She was only 6 weeks old) but learned her name within a week and was potty trained in 5 days! She still has accidents but that's because of her age and playfulness and is quite rare. She's spunky and unafraid, and loves everyone and everything.
2 years ago
Kato
4 Months
2 People
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We love this little guy...he is affectionate and cuddly and loves to play. He is a climber, I make him obstacle courses and climbers and he loves the challenge and triumph!
2 years, 4 months ago
Charlie
3 Years
3 People
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My dog is extremely affectionate with everyone very easy to train in a sense of house training and no crate needed, very playfull always up to something (stealing socks personally) loves to nap any where!! Massive personality and loves when you speak to him
2 years, 6 months ago
Tinyy
3 Months
4 People
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Very playful,but she wears herself out quick. Loves to nap with me. Follows me everywhere and I love it! she loves saying hi to others but looks for me always. She is loyal And smart and a little sneaky too. Perfect puppy to me, my new baby. Yes, she's spoiled
2 years, 8 months ago
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