Dog Breed Info & Guide: Bulldog and Shih Tzu Mix Cross Dogs
This is the name commonly used to refer to a puppy that is half bulldog and half shih tzu (another being bulls**tz). Your puppy could be from a bulldog mother and shih tzu father, or the other way around, or it might be the puppy of two Bull Tzu parents.
What Do I Need to Know About Designer Dogs?
Purebred dogs are those that have only one breed, unlike a Bull Tzu that is going to have two breeds. This is an issue because whilst the standards for pure breeds are very strict those for designer dogs are less so. It's easy to say what a purebred bulldog will be like, but a mixed dog is going to be more varied. He will have aspects of both his parents, and the ratio of mother and father will be different even in puppies in the same litter.
How Big Will My Puppy Grow?
According to the AKC, a male bulldog will be around fifty pounds, whilst a female will be around forty pounds. Bulldogs are small to medium sized dogs in general. A shih tzu on the other hand is a very small breed, weighing only between nine and sixteen pounds when fully grown.
A Bull-Tzu is going to be somewhere between these two sizes, depending on the puppy and depending on whether the mother or father was a Bulldog. However, it's safe to assume that your puppy isn't going to be a giant, and your new pup is probably going to grow into a small dog.
What Will His Coat Be Like?
Shihtzus are famous for having very long and beautiful hair that requires tons of maintenance; Bulldogs on the other hand are short haired dogs that have a coat that is easy to maintain. The coat of a Bull-Tzu will vary considerably. It's possible that your dog will have longer hair like its shihtzu parent - though not quite as long as a purebred shihtzu, or he might have short hair like his bulldog parent.
The majority of Bull-Tzus have something between the two, medium length hair that requires just a little maintenance to take care of.
Are There Any Coat Concerns?
That's going to depend heavily on your individual dog. The longer his hair the more maintenance and grooming he will need, and it is possible that a Bull Tzu will need regular visits to a groomer. Short haired dogs will not require a groomer, however, though they might need a jacket in very cold weather.
What Is the Breed's Personality Like?
Bulldogs are very affectionate and also very lazy! There's nothing a bulldog likes more than to nap all day, so they're not particularly active dogs, though they are very social. Shihtzus are also known for being affectionate and sociable, but they're much more active and playful. Again, your dog's personality & temperament will depend on its parentage, but the chances are that you're going to get a friendly and sociable dog that isn't too active.
How Much Exercise Do Shih Tzu Bulldogs Need?
Not much is the answer to that. A Bull-Tzu is probably going to be quite small, which already means that he needs less exercise than a larger dog. But that bulldog laziness gene will probably mean that your puppy will enjoy sleeping on the couch more than running all day in the garden!
Are There Any Specific Health Concerns that Bull Tzus Have?
Specific health concerns connected to bulldogs are hip problems and breathing problems. Those associated with the shihtzu are eye problems and back issues. However, both these breeds are considered to be very healthy breeds of dog.
There are no health concerns associated particularly with Bull Tzus, but it is possible that they may inherit one of their parent's predisposition towards hip, breathing, eye or back problems. If you have a concern, it's always best to consult your vet.
Is a Bull Tzu Right for Me?
Bull Tzu puppies are a great choice for most people, though they're not too active so sportsmen might not be the best owners for them. If you want to know if a Bull Tzu is right for you the best idea is to visit one. Find local breeders and ask to visit, and if that's not possible try looking in online forums for Bull Tzu owners to get more info.