14 Responses to Shichi

  1. Anne says:

    My shichi Dude is a rescue dog my neighbor gave to me after finding him living with a homeless man, who accepted $50 for him. He was less than 4 1/2 lbs when he was 5 or 6 months old, and he has grown up to a young adult of 9 lbs at a year old. Took about 4 months to completely potty train to go outdoors. He has the protective temperament of the Shih Tsu, whose ancient forebears were interior temple dogs. He also is highly intelligent and independent natured as chihuahuas are known to be. I have read that Shih Tsus are one of the original 9 breeds, known for over 2,000 years. In any case, Dude knows exactly what to do if he is on duty and there is anything that gets his attention. He barks one time only, and just “mff”s and growls a little and investigates until he knows who or what it is. He is super-friendly, loves children, and likes to cuddle and play with his people and canine pack members. He also has a romantic thing for our two mama cats, which will probably recede when I find him a little girl for a life partner. Most people who see him can’t resist his charm, as he is the cutest thing a lot of them have ever seen. He has the big head of a puppy, even now when grown, so he is super adorable. He is personable, assertive, playful and trusting. Best dog ever!

  2. Rina says:

    Hi nice page. I have a shichi that is 2 years old. She is short hair and shreds but is so soft. She cried alot as a puppy and i started training right way. She is 5 lbs and now she is such a sweetheart. I have to put a bell on her because she is so quiet. She rarely barks and love to lay next to me. She is truly my friend. I move this year fron NC to CA 5 days in the car and she was great. We mix breed you never know what you are going to get and i was lucky with her.

  3. Karen says:

    Ours LOVES to sit on our shoulders. She is the sweetest little thing ever. Kammi is almost 8 weeks old. A little hard to train during play time and after she eats. We find ourselves rushing her to the Pee Pad, but during the day or night she will get up from her nap inside her kennel and pee on the pad perfectly. Never on her blanket.

  4. Brittany says:

    My girl is 6 months old and is only 2 pounds. She will never be bigger than 3 pounds tops. She is not aggressive at all and has long hair like the shih Tzu but it’s a single coat. You can see straight to her skin. She is not Hypoallergenic and is almost constantly shedding. She is fine with small children and isn’t yappy and doesn’t really bark and never growls. She has never bitten and gets along with everyone and everything.

    Now so far she’s been a breeze to train, is extremely attached to me and does have Hypoglycemia and some food sensitivities.

    You can never know exactly how a mix breed dog is going to turn out even if you’ve seen a million of them and they all are basically the same. There are always variations. It would be nice if pages like this would let people know that before they expect to get exactly what you all have described and end up with something completely different.

  5. Colleen says:

    These little furbabies love to be loved. In my opinion, they can’t get close enough to their humans. Mine sits on my neck as well (Shaggy’s 5yrs). My suggestion is to redirect them if you notice the snuggling. The chewing, I invested in a kong toy. You can put treats inside and that will keep them occupied to figure out how to get the treat out (long enough to not chew up your items). I’ve also noticed, these furbabies love squeaky toys and laser pointer, just like a cat lol. Cat toys with bells inside the ball shape (cat toys). I love my Shaggy, love this breed dearly. Hope this helps all who have a snuggling, playful ShiChi furbaby.

  6. Neta says:

    I just got Brother and sister! These little guys are adorable!3rd Day and I am so in love!the are so funny,wrestling,running,hopping across the yard. They love there toys.they also seem very smart.

    • Robin says:

      I just got a brother and sister too!! Omg,SO cute. I had to laugh reading what you wrote, wrestling, running and the hopping, they are so funny. I find them very smart. Learned their names quickly and doing well with the piddle pads (although they don’t feel the need to poop on them!) They learned treat real quick. They are precious 🙂

  7. Elanie says:

    What the best food for the shichi?

    • admin says:

      There is no breed-specific diet for this cross. Like we mentioned in the article, ½ to 1 cup of good quality dry dog food daily is enough for your pet.

  8. Lashawn says:

    I love my dog. This is my first pet. H he’s 10 weeks old. However he’s spoiled rotten. He won’t poop on the wee wee pads. Cries if I don’t carry him EVERYTIME we leave the house. Very friendly in the house. Outside he cried loudly. In the car cries loudly unless he can sit on my shoulder. He’s chewing up all my shoes. Won’t play with his chew toy or teething ring. He only wants to b bite my stuff. I named him Chewy. How can I break these bad habits that I helped create. How can I get him to walk on a leash. I’ve been trying at home but he rolls onto his back and cries, then I give in and pick him up. He wants to be held most of the time and i think if I don’t stop it he will get worse as he gets older. He looks more like a shih tzu than a chihhuah. Please any suggestions.

    • Meg says:

      Just like a small child, if you walk away then turn back and say come on, he will come. He would rather come than be out of your site. Even walk out of site then walk back and call. This should only take a few times.
      It’s time consuming, but we make sure nothing is available for our little shichi (Scarlet) to chew. I have a five year old so there are lots of small piece toys here. Also, try a tug string. Ours loves to chase it, like a cat does, across the floor. Hope this helps.

    • DeeDee says:

      Mine likes to sit on my shoulders too. Wow

    • Laura says:

      This sounds like a carbon copy of my shi chi puppy

    • Kim says:

      Hi Lashawn..
      I would suggest getting a spray that you can get at the pet store. You spray it on items like shoes. I believe it’s called Bitter Apple. It tastes horrible to them. When he tries to chew on it, the taste will be a deterrent (hopefully). You can always ask your local pet store for any advice on walking, training, etc.. Hope this helps!

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