Learn More About the Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix aka Shinese

Shih Tzu Pekingese MixThis sweet looking dog with a long mane is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Pekingese. They are also commonly known as the Shinese, Shih-teze and Peke-A-Tzu.

This dog is not really considered to be a breed itself; instead, it is seen as a hybrid dog. These sweet-looking lap dogs make cute and loving pets with its long silky manes, large endearing eyes, and small squashed faces with a short muzzle.

They come in a variety of different colors that they inherit from the parents, including gold, brown, black, and white.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix History

To get a better understanding of the history of the Shinese, we need to first take a look at the history of both the parent breeds.

The Shih Tzu is known to be one of the oldest breeds of dog in the entire world. Hailing from Tibet and also China, the breed was used as a watchdog for the monks.

Eventually, this breed made its way into the royal courts and became a companion of the emperor, who named the dog Shih Tzu after “little lion.”

The dog made its way around the world and was adopted into the American Kennel Club in 1969.

The Pekingese has a similar history to that of the Shih Tzus as royals also loved them. People believed the Pekingese had unexplained powers, so they were kept in palaces and deemed royal, and they even had their own servants to wait on them.

They were not allowed to be owned by anyone else, and people didn’t even know about this breed until they were found in a temple during the opium wars in the late 1800s.

This dog breed was then brought to England and given to the queen, who became very fond of them, and they were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1906.

It is unknown when people started to breed these two purebred breeds together, but we know this is still a relatively new crossbreed.

Shinese Appearance

You will easily notice both traits from the Shih Tzu, as well as the Pekingese parent in this mixed breeds looks.

This is a small dog breed that is known as a designer dog breed. Most likely, your Shinese will not weigh more than 16 pounds in weight and will stay very short in height as well.

They have the look of a squished in flat face, which most small dog breeds have. They do get wrinkles around their face that will need to be cleaned to prevent bacterial infections.

Shinese’s have very long and sometimes wavy hair that will come in a variety of different colors. Their floppy ears match the length of their face, and they are somewhat a round dog.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix Temperament

This sweet and small dog’s appearance often fool people, and it can be an unusually energetic and playful dog for its size.

It is a fiercely loyal dog, and if separated too long from its owners, it can suffer from anxiety and depression.

Shinese are also a protective dog breed, and despite its small size, it can be quite tough and makes a good guard dog against strangers and even other larger dogs.

It adapts easily, but it is wary of people they are not familiar with, so if you intend to introduce your dog to many different people, it is better to do so from the outset so early socialization can occur.

While it does like to be around people, it also enjoys its own independence, and it prefers to walk about alone rather than be carried like some owners prefer to do with toy dogs.

It is also an intelligent dog and easy to train especially when positive reinforcements are used, as it likes being spoiled.

Shinese Coat

The Shih Tzu Pekingese mix has a naturally long coat of hair. This is a thick double coat that will need to be maintained often.

Of course, the hair of the dog is going to be long, but it can also be wavy.

The coat can get tangled up very easily, so it is important that you have an established grooming routine to get out tangle and knots in the hair.

Even though this dog breed has a lot of hair it doesn’t shed as much as other dog breeds with a double coats.

What colors do they come in?

The Shinese mixed breed can come in a few different colors such as:

  • Black
  • White
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Gray
  • Fawn

They can have either a black or brown nose and they typically only have brown eyes.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix Size

Shih Tzu Pekingese MixThis small dog measures about 10-13 inches (25.5-33cm) in height and weighs between 10-16lbs (4.5-7kg).

Shinese Health Problems

This dog has an average life expectancy between 10-15 years if cared for properly. While they don’t experience the number of problems their purebred parents do they are susceptible to breathing issues which is mainly due to their flat face.

They also can suffer from asthma, and it is possible for them to suffer from mild asthma attacks if the weather is too hot or humid.

They also have sensitive skin and can suffer from skin allergies mainly caused by fleas or ticks, so topical based treatments need to be used, and hypoallergenic soaps should be used for bathing.

Because of their long facial hair, they could also be prone to eye irritation and infection due to bits of grit and dust getting caught in their hair and being transferred to their eyes; therefore it is advised that the hair around its eyes should be kept trimmed at all times.

Life Expectancy of a Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix

Mixed breeds tend to have a longer life expectancy than their parent purebred parts. once you have to different purebred breeds mixed together, it cancels out some of the health issues purebred breeds develop.

The Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix can live an estimated life span of 12-15 years which is quite a long time.

Living Conditions

This dog needs to be kept indoors and out of any extreme weather, especially heat. They are also perfect dogs, in terms of size, for apartments and condos as long as you take them outdoors on a regular basis.

Shih Tzu Pekingese MixShih Tzu Pekingese Exercise

These dogs do not require a lot of exercise however they should be taken out daily to prevent them from becoming bored and mischievous.

Small breed dogs get very lazy and content staying inside, but it is important to get your dog outside for at least 25 minutes a day.

This will help combat laziness and the chance of your dog becoming overweight. Just remember how fast 25 minutes actually goes by.

A quick walk around the neighborhood will easily suffice in their daily exercise requirement.

Shinese Feeding

As you may already know, the Shinese is a small dog breed that is classified in the toy group category. As a small dog breed, it is important to be feeding your dog high-quality small dog breed food.

When you give your dog a small breed dog food, the kibble will actually be smaller and easier to digest than the food that is made for large breed dogs.

The Shinese only needs one cup of dry dog food per day. The food should be broken up into two smaller meals, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

Avoid giving your dog table scraps no matter how much they beg. Extra calories and fatty foods will lead to weight gain in your small dog. It is very easier for smaller breed dogs to become overweight because they are not as active as large dog breeds.

Another thing to consider is getting a flat dish for your dog to eat out of; this is due to their face’s flatness. A flat dish will allow your dog to breathe easier while eating.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix Grooming

Their hair is long, and therefore it needs to be brushed with a metal pin comb daily to keep it free of tangles and shiny.

Their hair around the eyes needs to be trimmed and kept short, and cleaning around the eyes with a wet Kleenex is necessary to prevent eye infections.

Shinese Training

This can be a very difficult mixed dog breed to train because they are quite stubborn.

To help combat some of that natural stubbornness, start training your dog as a puppy if possible. You can start with basic training such as potty training, obedience, and positive reinforcement.

As your puppy gets older, you can start working on more intense training such as more obedience as well as working with your dog’s separation anxiety.

Remember always to reward and praise your dog when they are training because it makes them feel happier, and your dog will enjoy what they are learning.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix Puppies

Since the Shinese is a mixed breed and not a purebred breed, it isn’t as expensive as the parent parts of this breed.

You can still find reputable breeders that breed Shinese dogs, but this designer mixed breed will cost around $600 to $1,000.

Remember, it is not just the cost of the puppy that you are going to have to spend money on. There are veterinarian visits, food, toys, bedding, etc. that you will need to purchase for your dog.

Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix Litter Size

Small dog breeds do not have a lot of puppies at one time due to their small bodies.

You can expect a pregnant Shinese to have between two and five puppies in a litter.

When your dog is pregnant make sure you take her to the veterinarian to see how she is progressing and how the puppies are doing.


This is a great dog for older people who are looking for a companion. It is also considered to be a family dog, however; care needs to be taken with the dog around small children due to its small and fragile body.

Close relatives of the Shinese

Here you will find a list of other dog breeds that help makeup and closely resemble the Shinese breed:

11 thoughts on “Learn More About the Shih Tzu Pekingese Mix aka Shinese”

  1. hello,

    thank you very much this was very helpful information, do u have any info about the pregnancy and puppy care of this breed

  2. My beautiful 7 year old passed away on April 3,2018. I have been looking for one and have been unsuccessful. Please email me if u have any Shinese puppies!Thank you
    live in New Mexico

  3. My baby girl Kiya was 2 months from being 18 years old. As she got older I ‘d give her a short haircut to help with the heat. She saw me through a whole lot of crap including breast cancer. The connection we had was indescribable. I was so lucky and so blessed to have her. And she did believe she was a 100lb. Guard dog. I tried to spoil her as much,and then some, as she did me. I hope I succeeded. She was simply spectacular.

  4. My Shinese boy is 2 years old and happy go-lucky bundle of joy.
    They seem to little characters with stubborn streak. All in all, I won’t ever go back to any other breed.

  5. Thanks for the helpful info.
    Our Shinese, Milo is such a blessing to our home. He’s 2 yrs old now. So playful and was really easy to train, both potty and obedience. He even knows how to wait as we pray for his food. It’s the cutest thing ever!

  6. We have the Shih mixed with pekingese. Stubborn and still loving. He has sensitive skin. Unfortunately, he is so aggressive.he will bark and growl if anyone in the family trys to take him from the other family member. He is all the above described personally traits.


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