Country of Origin: The Shiffon is a “designer breed” made up of the Shih Tzu and the Brussels Griffon, created in the United States that has gained popularity in the last decade. The Shiffon is not a pure breed and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, however, it is expected to be bred from a pure Shih Tzu and a pure bred Brussels Griffon. The Shiffon is, however, recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Breed Registry. Due to the fact that the Shiffon is a mixed breed, there is no specific breed history explaining the origin or purpose of the breed's creation.
Size: The Shiffon will typically reach heights of 8-11 inches tall and an average weight of 6-15 pounds.
Coat: The Shiffon can appear in any variety of coat possible for the Shih Tzu or the Brussels Griffon. The Shiffon's coat can appear short and hard or long and fine, and will typically exhibit the wire beard of the Brussels Griffon. The coat of the Shiffon can come in virtually any color and may exhibit a black mask.
Character: The Shiffon is a lovable and rambunctious breed. While the Shiffon is a mixed breed and the demeanor of the dog may vary, the Shiffon is typically a very affectionate and spirited. The Shiffon is very eager to please and will likely warm up quickly to new friends, however, they can be suspicious of strangers. It is also recommended that the Shiffon reside in homes with older children, as they may not exhibit the patience necessary for dealing with small children. It is not uncommon for the Shiffon to forget their size and they are always up for a challenge so it is best to supervise well around other animals. The Shiffon will get along swimmingly with your other family pets, however, for the best results it is always recommended to socialize early.
Temperament: The Shiffon is a mix of the Shih Tzu and the Brussels Griffon. A mixed breed dog can have a combination of any of the temperament and characteristics of any breed involved. It is recommended that you thoroughly research all breeds involved in your mixed breed puppy to ensure that you are amenable and prepared for any of the possibilities.
Care: While there are no recorded health problems associated with the Shiffon, it is necessary to research the Shih Tzu and Brussels Griffon breeds to ensure you are aware of all possible health concerns. The Shiffon is a relatively low maintenance breed, requiring only weekly brushing and monthly baths. The Shiffon's face should be wiped down daily to remove any food that may get caught in the beard and the ears should be cleaned once a week.
Training: The Shiffon should be a relatively easy breed to train. They are intelligent and eager to please, however, you must be a firm and consistent pack leader. It is necessary to ensure the dog knows his place in the pack to avoid little dog syndrome.
Activity: The Shiffon, while a small package, has big energy that will need to be expended on a daily basis. A good long walk and maybe some outdoor playtime will keep your Shiffon happy and healthy. If your Shiffon does not receive the necessary exercise they may become high strung and destructive.
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