The Shinese is a hybrid of the Shih Tzu and the Pekingnese. A small dog, the Shinese will usually weigh less than 16 pounds and stand up to 13 inches in height. The Shinese is a playful dog with a lot of energy and a desire to protect his humans; he will bark at strangers approaching or crossing his path, alerting you to their presence. The hybrid has a tendency to be stubborn and training will be necessary to establish who is in charge. You can expect the Shinese to do well with children and other pets, though supervision may be required to ensure his safety with larger animals and young children.
The Shinese will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from one or the other parent breeds, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each breed. The hybrid will be small, weighing less than 16 pounds, with large, dark eyes. He will usually display a long mane, a face described as “squashed” or “flat” and a short muzzle. The head of the Shinese will typically be somewhat round and he will have long, floppy ears. Most Shinese will have small legs and a short tail covered in hair.
The Shinese will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the Shih Tzu and Pekingese. Typically, the Shinese will have a lot of energy and be very playful. A dog of the hybrid will be very loyal to his human family and will prefer to be with them; in fact when separated from them for too long he can become anxious and depressed. He will be protective of his humans and will bark to alert them to strangers. This hybrid tends to be wary of new people; early socialization will be helpful for him to develop comfort around others. The Shinese does enjoy his independence and will prefer to walk on his own rather than be carried all the time. Owners of the Shinese say he is bright and easy to train, particularly with positive reinforcement.
The activity requirements of the Shinese will vary by the particular dog and the traits that he inherits from his parents. The Shinese will usually love playing outside and should be encouraged to do so. A fenced in yard is ideal, where he can run and play free of his leash. The hybrid will also enjoy going on a walk or a jog while on his leash; in fact, the Shinese loves to run. This hybrid may struggle in extremely warm temperatures so caution should be taken to ensure he does not overexert himself when it is very hot. When inside, the Shinese will typically be relatively inactive, ensuring that he will do fine in an apartment.