I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Owning a dog as unique and diverse as a Shih Tzu Rottweiler mix can be a very interesting thing to do as a dog lover.
The only problem is that when you choose to go down such a unique and specific path with your choice of dog, you can wind up with an animal that might be more than a little challenging to control.
What that is the case, might we recommend that you take a read through this simple guide to owning a Shihweiler?
It should break down the most essential factors that you need to keep in mind.
What Are These Cross Breeds?
Like any popular dog mix, this cross is a dog bred with a very particular and specific look.
When you first look at one, you might not believe it’s what it says it is.
Some people believe they are mythical dogs entirely. Given the total difference between a Rottweiler and a Shih Tzu, it’s easy to see why people might feel that way.
However, the crossbreed is a very real dog mix.
They are often a bit of a nightmare to own and can often be a bit more adventurous and wilder than either of the parent breeds.
If you would like to avoid having a dog that is around the house that might be a bit too much for those with low time or stamina levels, then you might wish to look at something else.
If you like a dog that asks a lot gives a lot back in return, though, you’ll love these hybrid dogs!
Appearance, Looks & Size
When you see these types of dogs, you might think you are looking at a plush dog at first.
More often than not, these are dogs that are very funny looking.
Furry and firm, they are normally like tiny little balls of fur for the vast majority of their early years.
However, one thing to note about the look of them is that, as a relatively new breed, there are still some uncertainties around the way that one looks.
As such, you should be prepared for having a dog around the place that might seem a little out of place compared to the normal look of a dog of this kind.
Normally, thanks to the high coat quality of both of its parents, they have beautiful and durable coats.
Expect plenty of shedding, though; thisus a breed that certainly does not hold back on its shedding needs.
As such, be prepared to put in the hours grooming this dog as you do all that you can to keep that coat in fine condition and looking swell.
In terms of their size, they can be very different in terms of sizes.
One thing we do want to notice is that most of the time they tend to be quite light dogs, with an average of around 45lbs. however, again, this is a breed of dog without a great deal of present and verifiable information.
Those who have owned these types of hybrids, though, tend to find they are often quite small dogs.
If you want something at home that is not going to push itself around too much and cause too much havoc, start your search here!
Personality, Traits & Temperament
The looks might be a mystery, but one thing we can tell you about the Shihweiler mix is that they have very odd personalities.
One thing to note immediately about this breed of dog is that, with the Rottweiler in there, they can shock you with their power and ferocity.
Most of the time it’s all good-mannered and meant to be a joke, but a young cross breed might not realise it is pushing the boundaries too far.
For example, watch them around children and strangers.
They are often loving and exuberant, but they can be a bit too aggressive in their fun.
Young babies and children in particular should be kept at arm’s length from a Shih Tzu and Rottweiler mix at first.
Watch it closely – if you see it acting even slightly too rough, admonish it.
These are smart canines, so expect them to listen to you as soon as you put the foot down and give it a telling off.
Behaviourally, they are dogs that pick up your information quite quickly – but often will do just about anything until they are told otherwise.
So, don’t mistake that zeal for anger or ferocity.
Most of the time, they are anything but.
They just like to play and can often go a bit too far.
However, just remember that this is a relative to the Rottweiler.
These are not dogs that are here to mess around: so expect it to, in moments of panic or uncertainty, revert back to the Rottweiler way of dealing things: plenty of front and aggression.
However, with enough training and with enough time spent around the family, expect these types of dogs to calm down a fair bit.
It’s a weird kind of dog breed, but well worth persevering with.
Exercising & Fitness
- The art of exercise with a Shih Tzu Rottweiler mix is going to be quite tough. For one, they are energetic dogs, taking after their Rottweiler history.
- At the same time, though, they have odd exercise requirements.
- Do you spend a lot of time at home? If so, you and your new canine companion might not get on too well.
- Extensive exercise is needed, but they need to have exercise that is quite strenuous on the body. This can be hard to provide if you lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- Getting to form a relationship with your new dog, though, comes from being able to spend time together in the great outdoors.
- Expect your mix to become quite aggressive at home if you do not get them outdoors enough. If you cannot do this, look for another breed.
- This is not a dog that deals well with being stuck inside all day. If you are not home for a large portion of the day and cannot trust it to stay in the garden, consider other dogs.
Feeding, Food & Diet
Alright, so this is going to sound strange.
The dietary needs of these types of mix dogs are not really known – it’s a dog-by-dog basis aspect.
However, before you go to the vet, take one thing into mind immediately: the Shih Tzu Rottweiler mix can potentially eat its own faeces.
This comes from the Shih Tzu side of its heritage, and it’s an unpleasant trait.
Your dog, though, will keep on doing this until you tell them otherwise.
We recommend trying to get as much fish oil and glucosamine into their diet, either through food or through supplements, as this will help to limit some of the health issues that we will be listing for you below.
In terms of the actual diet, though, just be prepared to experiment and to look around.
The thing with these types of mix breed dogs is that they tend to have quite poor health issues, so take into account the risk of things like allergies.
If you do this, you should be much more likely to be left with a dog who is not going to be too much work for you.
That is why we recommend that you take a look at feeding your dog based on the expertise of a vet: they can help you to spot allergic reactions and dietary limits that need to be dealt with.
A problem with the Shih Tzu Rottweiler mix is that they tend to have serious issues with both allergies and dysplasia.
Joint dysplasia is horrendously common in these animals, and this could lead to some serious problems over time.
Try and keep this in mind, as it should be a problem that is going t plague most of its life.
If you don’t get it enough exercise and enough food to combat the problem, you could have a serious issue on your hands.
By the same token, though, make sure you get your new dog checked out for anything you can.
A health check-up at the vet is essential, and don’t buy from anyone who is offering you a puppy mix without guarantees of their health.
Given the genetic diversity from one parent to the next, this is something that can become problematic.
Your most serious issues are dysplasia, but these mixes can have very particular and specific personal problems.
Keep that in mind, and you should be able to keep your Shihweiler cross relatively health.
A good diet and exercise regime will go some way to ensuring that your canine can live with a happy standard of living.
This is a breed that can have a lot of issues, though, so if you are not willing to put up with that potential then look at other mix breeds.
This is a dog breed for those with the time, patience, and resources to care for them accordingly.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen