A Shiffon is a hybrid dog that has been developed by crossbreeding a Shih Tzu and a Brussels Griffon. It is a small type of a dog specifically developed for being a family dog and a great pet. This dog is one of the many designer breeds that have been developed only recently. Crossbreeding of pure breed dogs has brought to many successful combinations.
Whether it was by accident or on purpose, the Shiffon was successfully bred and has started to gain a lot of popularity. But this is still a hybrid, so many characteristics about it are still not set. There are still some parts that have to be standardized in order for this breed to get officially accepted by any Kennel Club.
History & Origins
A Shiffon was developed very recently. It is a part of the wave of designer dogs that have been getting more attention with a recent run of crossbreeding done by many breeders. The requirements here are a small and loveable dog which would be good for a companion or a family dog. This is why crossbreeding a Shih Tzu and a Brussels Griffon was done. There are still no confirmation if this was done on purpose or it happened by accident but the fact of the matter is that their offspring, the Shiffon, has started getting momentum ever since it was developed.
A Shih Tzu belongs to an ancient breed of dogs coming from China. The Brussel Griffon hairs from Belgium, as its name testifies, and has great fur. Both of the dogs make for great pets, which is perhaps the reason why a Shiffon was created. There are still no standardizations as many hybrid breeds tend to have different characteristics, even in the same litter. It will take more time until they decide that a Shiffon is going to be accepted by any Kennel Club.
Shiffon Characteristics & Temperament
A Shiffon is a pretty loveable, small dog. They are curious and energetic. These dogs like running and playing and are great to keep in an apartment as they do not require so much space. But there are some things that you have to be aware off. They can be territorial and jealous. They have a pack leader mentality and will try to undermine other dogs. A Shiffon usually makes a connection to a single member of the family and can become jealous with other people if they display too much emotions between each other. If not trained properly they can be aggressive, but they are not prone to separation anxiety as you may think.
These dogs may be stubborn at times, which may make some difficulties when training them. But if you re patient and provide they with treats it will become easier both for you and the dog. Walking them is pretty important and they will require a certain amount of exercise. They are lively and energetic dogs and that is why they still need some training. But what is very important for these dogs is that you socialize them. If you do it when they are really young it will help you get a well-mannered dog.
Appearance, Colors, Size
A Shiffon is a small type of a dog. This is pretty normal as both of its parent breeds are small types of dogs. Females are usually smaller than males and they can be between 8 and 10 inches in size and weigh between 8 and 11 pounds. Male ones are 10 to 11 inches and weigh 12 to 15 pounds.
The coat will depend based on the dominating side of their parents. They can have two variants, a short and wiry coat like the Brussels Griffon, or long and silky hair like the Shih Tzu. The color is uniform and they come in various different ones. They can be brown, black, or a combination of the two. Some will also come with white markings on some parts of their bodies. Some Shiffon dogs may be bearded but almost all of them have hair growing around their eyes. Also, they usually have floppy ears, brown eyes and a tail which is likely to curl.
A Shiffon has pretty decent health standards and is a pretty healthy dog. They only suffer from similar problems as their parents do. They need to be checked for certain issues or conditions that they suffer from in order to prevent them. This can easily be done with a vet. Their lifespan is estimated to be somewhere between 12 and 15 years, which is standard for a dog of their size.
Some concerning issues and conditions in regards with their health include. You have to be aware of problem like Patellar Luxation, Cataracts and Hip Dysplasia which can be pretty damaging for a dog. Other minor ones include allergies and revers sneezing.
Grooming & Shedding
A Shiffon does not shed so much. They are mostly moderate shedders. These dogs do not require so much grooming but if you end up with the one with long hair, there is a lot of work to be done. The ones with short hair only require moderate brushing. They ones with long hair need that you brush them more frequently and also clip the hair from time to time. Also important is to clip the hair around their eyes, so they can see well.
Giving your Shiffon a bath is necessary but you do not have to do it too much. If you plan to showcase your dog, that in that case you can do it more. But in most situations it is not necessary. Dental hygiene is needed and also clipping their nails, which will help you make your dog neat and healthy.
Shiffon Price and Breeders
Being that a Shiffon is a hybrid breed, they do not have an exact pedigree. Nevertheless, there are some quality breeders located in various places around the world. These dogs can be found even for a 100 dollars a piece, but if you care about the quality you will not mind spending more. They cost even somewhere up to 800 dollars for really quality dogs.
Organizations like the Shiffon Rescue Info Center do a great job when it comes to adopting Shiffon dogs. Some of these puppies are left without a home and if you are willing to provide it to them, you can contact this group and pick one up. Adoption is a better way for you to get a suitable dog for yourself without paying too much and yet doing a good deed in the process.