The size of the Shih Tzu and Pitbull mix, which is also called a PitShih, falls between that of the medium-sized American Pit Bull Terrier and the tiny Shih Tzu.
When fully matured, your Shih Tzu Pitbull mix will measure anywhere between 10 to 25 inches. Similarly, your Shih Tzu Pitbull mix will weigh anywhere between 15 to 30 lbs.
The Shih Tzu Pitbull mix is a fairly new breed, and therefore it is impossible to predict with a high degree of accuracy how a first generation Shih Tzu Pitbull mix will look. However, you can expect the pup’s appearance to fall in between the appearance of the parents.
In most cases, however, Shih Tzu Pitbull mixes end up inheriting the Shih Tzu’s flatter face. While this gives the Shih Tzu Pitbull mix an adorable look, it also puts these pups at a high risk of developing the respiratory problems that are common to brachycephalic breeds.
The coats of the parent breeds are the complete opposite of each other. The Shih Tzu has a dense double coat with long and silky hair, while the American Pitbull Terrier has a medium coat with very short fur. In most cases, Shih Tzu Pitbull mixes will have a short haired coat with the Shih Tzu’s silky texture.
The parent breeds come in a wide variety of colors, and therefore, a Shih Tzu Pitbull mix could be brown, black, white, liver, yellow, chocolate, brindle, or a combination of these colors.