5-12 lbs
United States
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.
Date of Origin
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
Nose Color Possibilities
black ShiChi nose
isabella ShiChi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream ShiChi coat
white ShiChi coat
black ShiChi coat
fawn ShiChi coat
brown ShiChi coat
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
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
ShiChi requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

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 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male ShiChi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male ShiChi size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female ShiChi size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs

ShiChi Owner Experiences

6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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.
2 months, 1 week ago
Cocoa Pebbles
2 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Cuddling and watching her playing
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.
4 months, 3 weeks ago
4 Months
2 People
finding hidden snacks - "hot and cold"
Playing Ball
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!
8 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
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
10 months, 3 weeks ago
3 Months
4 People
House & Yard
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
1 year ago
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