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Papillon / Shih Tzu Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Front view - A little gray and white dog wearing a red and white polka-dot belly band standing on a tan carpet with a tiled floor behind it.

Juliet the Papastzu (Papillon / Shih Tzu mix) at 1 year old— "Juliet is the light in life. She loves people and Hates being alone. She is a very playful and loves to be outside, however also seems to wander if not kept in a contained area or on a leash. She weighs a little over 6 lbs."

Other Names
  • Papi Tzu

The Papastzu, also called Papi Tzu, is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Papillon 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 the characteristics 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
  • DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • DBR = Designer Breed Registry
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Recognized Names
  • American Canine Hybrid Club = Papastzu
  • Designer Breed Registry = Papastzu
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Ori-Pei x Pug = Papastzu
  • International Designer Canine Registry® = Papastzu
A white with red longhaired Papastzu dog is laying in a plaid red dog bed biting a red ball looking to the left.

Lulu the Papastzu (Papillon / Shih Tzu mix) at 1 year old laying in her bed with her red ball in her mouth.

A fluffy, black and white Papastzu dog is being held belly-out in the lap of a lady in a pink and white sweater. The puppy is wearing a yellow collar looking forward.

Pressley the Papi Tzu is ½ Shih Tzu and ½ Papillon. Her owner says, "She is just a joy! In this pic she is 8½ weeks old and weighs 1.8 pounds."

Close up front side view - A fuzzy looking, tan and black Papastzu puppy is standing on a bed and partially on top of a green and white pillow.

"Toast the Papi Tzu puppy at 3 months old is a Papillon / Shih Tzu mix."

A perk-eared, very fluffy, soft-looking, tan and white Papastzu puppy is sitting on a tan carpeted floor looking forward

"This is Gumbo the Papi Tzu puppy at 3 months old. At 6 months he weighed 4.5 lbs. He is a bundle of joy. He doesn’t bark much at all and is very lovable. He can jump like a Papillion, but has the shorter legs of a Shih-Tzu. Everyone that sees him always asks me what type of dog he is because he’s so cute. I love my little Gumbo."

View from above looking down at a bat-eared, fluffy, white with black and tan Papastzu puppy sitting on a tan tiled floor looking up. There is a leopard patterned dog bed behind it. The dog has black coloring outlining its white ears.

Gumbo the Papi Tzu all grown up at 8 years old—"He's a full 5.5 lbs. Gumbo has been the best lovable dog ever! Everyone loves him and always wants to take him home!"

Side view of two small Papastzu dogs laying down on a human's bed - One dog is an adult and is black and white and the dog laying in front is a brown, black and white puppy that has all four of its paws stretched out.

"Brutus and Maximus, my two Papi Tzus—Maximus is a Papillon / Shih Tzu mix, and Brutus is a miniature Papillon / Shih Tzu mix. This picture is of Brutus at 4 months and Maximus at 1 year. They are adorable, sweet little boys. Maximus likes to chew socks and loves to look out the window. Brutus likes to follow Max around and do everything his big brother does."

Left Profile - A furry, black with white Papastzu is standing in grass looking towards the camera. Its tail is curled up over its back.

"Betsy is a Shih Tzu crossed with a Papillon. Her mother is the Shih and her father is the Pap. She is shown here at about 6 months old, and is an absolutely wonderful dog. She is obedient, gentle, sweet, happy, energetic, but most of all loving. Betsy from day one has been as good as gold. She was housetrained within the first few days. She has never chewed anything forbidden and if when she was really little she took what was not allowed, the minute you saw her she would drop it!! We have had Betsy now for nearly 4 months and she has not once growled!! The most placid dog I know."

Front side view - A furry, shiny black with white Papastzu puppy is laying in grass looking forward.

Betsy the Shih Tzu / Papillon mix as a 2-month-old puppy in the grass

Front side view - A smiling, long-haired, scruffy-looking white with black Papastzu dog is laying on top of a person that is laying in the backseat of a vehicle looking forward with its head slightly tilted to the right.

"This is Luci, my 6-year-old Shih-Tzu / Papillon mixed breed. Luci is a wonderful dog, with one exception: In the house, she is extremely yappy, alerting to every possible sound. Other than that, she loves everybody and everybody loves her. She loves to go for long walks and is learning to be around other dogs, though she'd much prefer to be in someone's lap."

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