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Japanese Chin / Shih Tzu Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Front view - A small white dog with long hair, a round head with a pushed back face, a black nose, dark eyes with rust stains around them and long hair hanging off of her ears that hang down to the side standing on a tan tiled floor.

Kikko the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 5 years old—"This was the best dog I have ever owned! Shih Tzu's are known for getting along well with cats but unfortunately known for being "stocky" in bone structure and therefore become less athletic as they age. With the mix of Japanese Chin, their bone structure is lighter and more athletic. They joyfully run and jump but have that way-cute appearance from the Shih Tzu breed. They also have a nice lower toned bark (while not barking too much) they will bark and talk to you (if you know what I mean)! Maintenance wise, I always keep the head in a puppy cut. It's easy and so cute!"


The Jatzu is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Japanese Chin and the Shih Tzu. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of thecharacteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

  • ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
  • DBR = Designer Breed Registry
  • DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
A little, long haired, black and white dog with ears that hang to the sides, wide round dark eyes, a black nose and a white chest sitting down

Gino the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 3 years old—"Gino loves playing and grunts like a little pig when he's excited. Loves chicken chips as well."

Front view of a white thick coated, longhaired dog wih a round head and drop ears with long hair on them standing outside in grass looking to the left with her tongue hanging out.

Kikko the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 5 years old

View from the top looking down at a white and tan longhaired dog sleeping next to a thick coated seal point cat that has a pushed back face and a very thick coat laying own on a tan rug and a tan plaid blanket. The cat is larger than the dog and has wrinkles around his face making him look like an old man.

Kikko the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 5 years old sleeping with the cat

Side view of a tan and white small fluffy puppy with a tail that curls up over her back on a red leash outside next to a sidewalk curb with the words As a Puppy in black letters at the bottom of the image.

Kikko the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) as a puppy

A shaved white with tan Jatzu is standing on a sidewalk and looking forward

Jack the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 7 months old. Luckily Jack has not inherited the big underbite commonly found in the Shih Tzu breed.

Close Up - A tan Jatzu is sitting on a pink blanket on top of a rust-colored couch

Ginger the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 14 months old and 7 pounds

A tan Jatzu is laying on top of a person with its mouth open and it is wearing four shiny pink shoes

Ginger the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 14 months old and 7 pounds

A small tan Jatzu puppy is standing on a rug and it is looking up

Ginger the Jatzu (Shih Tzu / Chin mix) at 14 months old and 7 pounds