If you’re looking for a small dog that makes a great family pet, a Shih Tzu Brussels Griffon mix is a wonderful choice. Also known as a Shiffon, these lovable dogs demonstrate the best characteristics of both breeds.
Shiffon Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Shih Tzu and a Brussels Griffon
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 12 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 12 inches
»Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
Characteristics of the Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu
When you buy a new puppy, the first thing you’ll want to know is what the adult dog will be like and the best way to do this with a mixed breed is to look at the characteristics of the different breeds that make up the dog.
Shiffon puppies are no exception to this rule. Shiffons have the gentle, loving, outgoing nature of both the Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon breeds. They are fiercely loyal and protective and are wonderful with other pets and children who are gentle.
One negative characteristic of both parent breeds is the tendency to be rather stubborn and difficult to housebreak. This is definitely an issue with Shiffons, but with consistent and gentle housebreaking training, they can become great dogs for apartment settings.
Exercising Your Shiffon Dog
These dogs make terrific pets for families living in apartments. Despite being active dogs, the Shiffon gets most of its exercise merely running around inside the house. Walking them outside once a day is generally sufficient and is a chance to give them fresh air and a change of surroundings.
Training Your Shiffon Dog
A Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu mix can often be difficult to housebreak and train. Despite their generally sweet nature, they tend to be quite stubborn and may even display signs of Small Dog Syndrome.
Small Dog Syndrome occurs when a smaller dog feels the need to take on the role as the pack leader. It mostly happens when a dog feels insecure or if there is a lack of discipline or guidance. The dog may begin to chew on furniture, bite, ignore commands, and act in an aggressive manner.
Training your puppy requires patience, love, and gentleness. These particular dogs need calm, consistent training or else they may feel threatened and begin to display aggression therefore, consistency is key.
Health Issues in Shiffon Puppies
Both the Brussels Griffon and the Shih Tzu have similar health problems. They tend to display eye, ear, respiratory, and kidney issues. The Shih Tzu is also prone to very poor dental health. Dogs from this mix may have similar health issues even though the severity of symptoms may have been somewhat bred away.
In spite of a touch of stubbornness and some health concerns, a Shih Tzu Brussels Griffon Mix is a terrific choice for owners who are looking for a great family dog.