Shichis are long-haired, cute, little crosses of the Shih Tzu and the Chihuahua. These designer dogs are affectionate, though also known to be aggressive. However, their characteristics and the intensities of behavioral traits primarily depend on the dominant genes. This also holds good for the long/short coat type a shichi will inherit. If the Chihuahua parent of the puppy had short hair, it is likely to produce a combination of short hair with wisps of longer ones, or possibly the reverse.
These dogs can have erect fox-like ears like the Chihuahua, or floppy ones like those of the Shih Tzu. Their roundish face is studded with dark, almond-shaped eyes, a black muzzle, overflowing with childlike expressions.
|Also known as||ShiChi, Shi Chi, Shi-Chi, Chihuahua / Shih Tzu Mix|
|Coat||Long, medium, straight|
|Colors||White, Black, Brown, Brown & White, Cream, tri-color (rarely)|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/expectancy||12 to 15 years|
|Weight||5-18 pounds (for full grown male and female)|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-10 inches|
|Temperament||Protective, aggressive, affectionate, lively, playful|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
Though the temperament and demeanor of these canines vary from individual to individual, they share the general virtues of sobriety, loyalty and childishness. The shichi is an adaptable dog, and would very easily cope itself with the ambiance and atmosphere of its family, nor do they require a lot of space. All this makes them a good apartment dog.
They would love to play with their owners and family, and even the kids. However, very young children are not ideal for them since the kids can often injure this little pet through rough and tumble play.
They get excited easily, and are not much open to strangers if not socialized, and would end up yapping when they are around. Though, once acquainted to anyone unknown, they wouldn’t hesitate to show their friendliness. They are lively and active, looking forward to a great deal of attention from their family members, and love to spend all day with them.
Apparently, shichi puppies can present some challenges during training. However, proper techniques, early socialization, frequent praises can make the job easier. Reward them for good behavior, allow them to mix with other pets and children of your family. Let them know your neighbors and friends, and how to deal with unknown faces. ShiChis are a little slow to housebreak, though kenneling them is an effective method, which has proven to be successful on them, just like it is on the Shih-tzus.
Approximately, this cross will need ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food daily to thrive properly. Divide this into two servings. Keep an eye so that the little one gets a proper nutrition through its meals, which is very necessary for its everyday growth.
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