10-16 lbs
Shih Tzu
Peke-A-Tzu, Peke-Tzu, Shih-teze, Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix

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.

Date of Origin
Shih Tzu and Pekingese

Shinese Health

Average Size
Male Shinese size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Female Shinese size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Pateller Luxation
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
  • Eye Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • KCS
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eye Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • Respiratory Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Shinese Breed History

The Shinese is a relatively new hybrid, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have long histories. Genetic testing has proven that the Shih Tzu is one of the oldest breeds in existence. It is believed that the breed began in Tibet, having been bred by Tibetan lamas as a miniature lion. The breed acted as a companion and a watchdog of the monks in the lamaseries. Many myths surrounded these little dogs; one belief was that they were incarnations of household gods. Another was that they housing the souls of lamas who had not achieved nirvana. The dogs were given by the lamas to Chinese rulers as tribute and the Chinese imperial court gave them the name Shih Tzu, which means “little lion” or “lion dog”. Because some of the dogs had been given to those outside of China, once imperial rule in the country ended, the breed was able to continue. Some of the dogs were brought to England; all modern Shih Tzu’s descend from only 14 dogs. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. A legend tells of the Pekingese being the result of a lion and marmoset who fell in love. There was belief that the dogs had mystical powers that offered protection for the palaces and temples. Initially, the dogs were only owned by royalty and even had their own servants. Upon the death of his human, the dog would be euthanized and buried with him in order to join him in the afterlife. The dogs were not allowed to leave the palace until they were discovered during the Opium Wars of 1860 when five Pekingese were found during the invasion of the Imperial Summer Palace. These dogs were brought to Britain and one was given to Queen Victoria. The dogs were quickly popular in Britain, however because they were so rare they were very expensive. The breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1906.

Shinese Breed Appearance

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.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shinese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shinese nose
brown Shinese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shinese coat
white Shinese coat
brown Shinese coat
fawn Shinese coat
red Shinese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shinese wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shinese Breed Maintenance

The Shinese will have a long, thick coat of fur that will require daily brushing in order to remove tangles and avoid it becoming matted. Professional grooming every few months is recommended in order to maintain his long thick coat and make it easier to manage. The face and eyes of the Shinese should be checked on a daily basis for anything that might cause irritation to his skin. The hybrid is an average shedder, though frequent brushing will cut down on the hair you find throughout your home. As with all dogs, you will want to brush the teeth of your Shinese two to three times per week to ensure his long term dental health and his nails should be trimmed as necessary.
Brushes for Shinese
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency
Shinese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shinese Temperament

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.

Shinese Activity Requirements

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. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes

Shinese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Shinese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shinese size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Shinese size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Shinese size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Shinese size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 12 lbs
18 Months
Male Shinese size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Shinese size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 13 lbs

Shinese Owner Experiences

16 Months
3 People
Smart and lovable...barks at strangers and other dogs.
1 year ago
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
Hide & Seek
He's very healthy. He loves to play and he's affectionate. He does bite if you pick him up when he's too tired or he doesn't want to do something, but generally, he's quiet and calm.
1 year, 6 months ago
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