The Shiffon is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Brussels Griffon dogs. These are designer dogs that are known to be extremely cute, and are much sought after by dog lovers. A combination of two great low-to-no shed breeds, the shiffons are small sized dogs with a roundish face, round, dark eyes, a round, black snout, and hanging ears covered with long hair.
Despite their small size, these dogs have a well-defined body completely covered with smooth, silky straight coat. Affectionate and protective of their family, the shiffons make a good guard and family dog, perfectly adapted to live in apartments and small houses.
|Common Nicknames/Other Names||Silky Jack Russell|
|Coat||Soft, smooth, silky|
|Colors||Brown, black and tan, red, cream, white|
|Type||Companion dog, Designer dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||6-15 pounds (both full grown males and females)|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-11 inches|
|Personality Traits||Protective, intelligent, aggressive, sweet, playful|
|Good with Children||Moderately|
|Good with Pets||Moderately|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, IDCR, DDKC, DBR|
These dogs are cute little jealous rambunctious canines. They are too possessive of their territory, owners and family members, and all things that ‘belong’ to them. This, at times, can make them irritable, and even aggressive. They are not really quite-natured, and would guard their families and homes at night, while a single noise or any suspicious element would make them yap and bark. Otherwise, the shiffons are rather playful dogs with a great demeanor.
They are cheerful, charming, curious, companion dogs that would roam around their loved ones all day, seeking for a little care and affection. They get along well with other pets and children, especially older children, as they are with strangers, if socialized from early puppyhood. However, they don’t know they are small, and might try to dominate larger dogs, or get too excited while playing with kids, and eventually ending up getting hurt. So, do not leave them alone for long periods of time.
Though the shiffons are stubborn at times, but are perfectly loyal pets. Making you happy makes them happy; and it is this very modest instinct that helps them respond quite well to training, and learning tricks readily. Shiffons can easily be taught to perform a wide variety of tricks.
However, never be rude to your little one, because then, you might at the same time summon behavioral issues in its adulthood. Rather, insist on a positive reinforcement-based approach. They are intelligent, clever, and sensitive with obedience training. But remember, praise is the key to success. If you laugh at them, you will only encourage them, as they enjoy acting like your attendant jester, always ready to entertain you. So, it would be wise if you will hold patience, and give them some good praises during the process of training, as and when they learn something new.
All your shiffon pup needs is a consistently calm trainer. Also remember that, each and every dog has to learn a new routine in a new home, and it’s your duty to make training a success. To succeed at housebreaking, crate, or obedience training, you should expect more of yourself than you do expect of your dog. These dogs like to bark, and anti-bark training might be necessary. Let them learn that, bad behavior is not at all acceptable. Teach the puppies at-home dog etiquette. Teach them, it’s you who is the leader of its ‘pack’. This should also be effective in warding off possibilities of general psychological issues like little dog syndrome.
Nothing more than a general small-dog diet. But make sure your puppy is getting enough protein and all the regular nutrition. It is always good if you are cooking your dog’s diet, but if not, feed your little one with the best quality food available in the pet stores.