By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Weshi or Westie Tzu is a small-sized dog produced by crossing a West Highland White Terrier and Shih Tzu. The sturdy little Weshis come with a pair of deep-set dark eyes, prick ears, a black nose, deep chest, and muscular limbs. Bred to be a happy and friendly companion, the Westie Shi Tzu mix will enrich your life with its mischief.

Weshi Pictures

Quick Information

Alternative NamesWest Highland Tzu, Shih Tzu Westie Mix, Westi Tzu
ColorBrown and white, brown, black and tan, white, black and white, black
Breed TypeCrossbreed
CategoryToy, Terrier
Lifespan12-15 years
Weight16-20 lb
Height9-10 inches
TemperamentLoyal, energetic, intelligent, playful
Good with ChildrenYes
Country Originated inUSA
Competitive Registration/ Qualification InformationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR

Westie x Shih Tzu Puppies Video

Temperament and Behavior

The Weshi is a good-natured dog adaptable to any living situation, whether it is a city apartment or a country farm. It is a social animal, affectionate with everyone, including strangers and older children.

Although it usually does well living in houses with multiple dogs, two members of the same sex may start a fight to establish dominance in the pack. Because of its inherent prey drive, it cannot adapt to small pets like rabbits, birds, gerbils, and cats.



Aside from walking and jogging with its people, the Weshi likes to play games of fetch, throw squeaky toys around, and romp through the yard to survey its domain. Since it is a lively breed, its energy can be channeled into flyball, obedience, or agility courses.


The Westi Tzu’s coat, being easy to groom, requires daily brushing in addition to trimming around the eyes, ears, and on the feet. To keep it clean and glossy, wipe its fur frequently with a wet cotton cloth and bathe when it has an unpleasant smell.

Health Problems

Your Weshi dog is prone to some diseases and health conditions including allergies, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, bladder infections, cataracts and other eye disorders.


The smart, devoted Weshi dogs are easy to train provided they are not treated in a harsh way.

Obedience Training: Since the Weshi dogs are sometimes stubborn, you need to teach your little pet to obey commands like “Sit,” “Come,” and “Stop.” Start training your Weshi puppy indoors, and then move outdoors. Have some treats in the pocket and give one every time it responds to your instructions. Practice at intervals when training outdoors with distractions.

Leash Training: Owing to their chasing instincts, teaching them to walk on the leash without pulling on it is a necessity.


Weshis can get affected by skin and food allergies, so a diet containing meat-by-products, soy, garlic, wheat, corn, beef, and artificial flavors should be avoided. Provide your pet dog with one to one-and-a-half cups of quality dry kibble per day.

9 responses to “Weshi”

  1. AMY Jo says:

    Hi I’m looking for a Weshi ASAP. My current Weshi is getting older and would really like for a pup to follow in his foot steps. Ive searched all over the internet for one and no luck please help. I live in Utah but I’ll take anyone who can help.

  2. Matt Haines says:

    Looking for a female puppy, we live in NC. We recently lost our family pet after 12 wonderful years. She was amazing and we were lucky to have her in our lives.

  3. Ruth A Urrutia says:

    Contact me at ruthurrutiawhite@gmail.
    And I will give you a phone number

  4. Annette says:

    I am looking for a Westie/Shih Tzu male puppy. I have unfortunately had to put my 16 year old Weshi down yesterday. He was the sweetest little boy.

    I am in Ontario and trying to find someone who breeds these adorable mixes.

    Can anyone offer some help?

  5. Carita Connors says:

    Looking to buy a Weshie female. Extremely interested. Please email me about any you have now or in the near future.

  6. Angela Rivera says:

    I am looking for a male puppy Weshi. I live in East Texas.

  7. Larry and Nancy Zbichorski says:

    We are looking for a female Weshi puppy we live in wisconsin

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