The Shinese: A Complete Guide

Dogs are pure essences of love. They always strive to be the best companion to their owners, to make them happy, and content.

Bringing a dog into your life is basically like bringing a furry, little ball of happiness into your everyday schedule.

It is fun, it is fulfilling, it is a bond that you will never want to let go of as the decade goes by.

However, dogs aren’t always the easiest to take care of.

They can be high maintenance, and cause a lot of stress in your life. It is a lot of additional costs to add to your budget, and it will take up a lot of your free time outside of work.

However, every friendship needs work, and this is a friendship that deserves it.

The Shinese is a new hybrid breed that is one of the many that have arisen throughout the designer dog craze this century.

The Shinese is easy to train.

These are dogs that have been specially bred for companionship, and with a background like that of the Chinese, it is bound to be a great one.

The Shih-Tzu is said to be one of the oldest dogs around and has lived on for centuries as companions to the monks.

They would act as watchdogs in the lamaseries and were also popular amongst Chinese royalty, including the emperor.

The Pekingese is very similar to that of the Shih-Tzu and was also a popular dog amongst Chinese royalty.

The Pekingese was barred from going outside by the emperor, as it was believed that it was a special, mystical breed.

In 1860, five were brought back to England and were immediately renowned by Queen Victoria herself.

With the Shinese, you are getting nothing less than the ideal companion dog.

Coming from a long line of acclaimed loyalty and love, the Shinese is bound to be great with kids, and incredibly easy to train for first time owners.

To help you pick the perfect dog, I have constructed a guide on the Shinese for you to determine whether or not you should consider this beautiful little lap dog.

I will be going through its physical traits, behavioral traits, costs and a flurry of other factors that’ll help you make your choice.

Choosing a dog can be stressful, but this manual is designed to make it a little bit simpler.

Would you look to learn more about the amazingly adorable Shinese? Well then keep on reading to find out!

Shinese Puppies – Before You Buy…

Before you run off to the breeder in excitement, you need to prepare for your puppy’s arrival.

There’s a lot of factors that go into raising a puppy efficiently, so you need to make sure you are ready for this commitment.

A puppy is a 10-15 year bond, and you need to dedicate yourself to their health, and their happiness.

Things you can do to prepare for a puppy include:

  • Make ample space in your household to accommodate the Shinese. The Shinese is a toy breed, and therefore it can adapt to a slew of household environments. Whether you live in an apartment or a mansion, the Shinese will find a place for comfort.
  • Purchase various toys and equipment. The Shinese will need to be stimulated from a young age, and interactive toys and games are the perfect way to do this.
  • Times in which you or other members of your family both train and socialize the Shinese. You may need to change your work schedule around to socialize with the Shinese puppy, or it may become anxious and destructive. If you have a family member home at all times, this will not be a problem.
  • Colour choice.
  • Gender choice.
  • Spaying/neutering choice. The process of spaying/neutering will prevent your dog from reproduction, while also preventing a series of serious health conditions.

What Price are Shinese Puppies?

The Shinese is the descendant of two incredibly popular breeds. Therefore it isn’t going to be the cheapest of dogs.

Although, because it is a crossbreed, it will provide an excellent alternative for those wanting the traits of a Shih-Tzu or a Pekingese, but don’t have the bank to stretch for them.

When purchasing from a breeder, a Shinese is most likely going to cost around $600-$650, which is more expensive when in comparison to other toy breeds such as the Taco Terrier.

However, when compared to the $1000+ price points the Shih-Tzu and Pekingese, this is a bargain. It might be out of the price range for most first time owners, but it is a worthy investment.

If you want to seek the Shinese out for a lower price, consider searching throughout various adoption shelters.

These dogs often sell for an incredibly cheap, and are already desexed, and vaccinated. The Shinese is a designer breed though, and maybe hard to find outside of specialist breeders.

Where to Find Reputable Shinese Breeders?

The Shinese is a designer dog, meaning that a collection of breeders all participated in perfecting the cross-breeding of the Shih-Tzu and the Pekingese.

But there are thousands of breeders out there today, and it can be hard to choose the right one.

While there is still a lot of breeders specializing in the Shinese that are professional and ethical, there is an increase in those trying to make a simple cash grab on a popular hybrid,

Things to look for in a reputable breeder include:

  • A clean, hygienic area in which the dogs are kept pending purchase. The dogs need to be accommodated in a safe, healthy way when awaiting an owner.
  • A clear effort to bathe, groom and feed the dogs. You’re paying good money for the Shinese, so the breeder needs to have kept them well presented.
  • The breeder’s an ability to socialize and train the dogs. The breeder should act as a temporary owner, providing stimulation and love to the puppies it has.
  • Extensive knowledge and history with the Shinese, as well as its parent breeds.
  • An effort to assist you post-purchase with any further information and recommendations regarding raising a Shinese.

3 Little-Known Facts About Shinese Puppies

  1. The Shinese has a double-layered coat.
  2. Although considered as cute and adorable, the Shinese is known to be very protective, making for a great guard dog.
  3. Ancient Chinese and Tibetan lore state that both the Shih-Tzu, and the Pekingese are descendants of Lions!

Physical Traits of the Shinese

The Shinese doesn’t need a large amount of exercise.

The Shinese is a crossbreed, so it can inherit the traits of both of its parent breeds. The only thing that is guaranteed in the complexion of the Shinese is that it’s going to be incredibly cute!

The Shinese is a small dog with a thick coat, that can be any shade of black, white, brown, tan and red. It has dark brown eyes and a stubby nose that can either be black or brown.

Its face is often described as ‘squashed,’ which gives it a funny, adorable demeanor. One of the cutest physical traits of the Shinese is its long, floppy ears, that droop over its head like a big hat.

How Big is a Full-Grown Shinese?

The Shinese is a toy dog, meaning that it is incredibly small in size. The Shinese is small enough to carry around the neighborhood, and it makes for an incredibly good late night lap cuddle!

Lengthwise, the Shinese grows to around 10 inches but can reach maximums of 13 inches.

Weight wise, the Shinese tends to reach a mass of 15 pounds, with 12 being the median. Both genders tend to be the same length and weight as each other.

What is the Shinese’s Life Expectancy?

The life expectancy of a dog is something all owners want to know. It helps the owner plan how long they have with their dog, as well as cherish every moment they can.

Life expectancy boils down to the health of the dog, so it can alter depending on this. It’s essential to schedule occasional trips to the vet for your dog to live its best life.

The Shinese is expected to live anywhere between 12-15 years, which is the average for most small breeds.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Shinese

The Shinese is an excellent addition to any family.

The Shinese loves human company. It is loving, obedient and compassionate to its owners, and will become anxious if separated from them for too long.

It is incredibly easy to train and will love to learn tricks with its family.

The Shinese loves its family very much, meaning that it is an incredibly protective canine. It will bark if threatened by strangers, making it an incredibly good guard dog.

Although it is incredibly attached to its owner, the Shinese also loves feeling independent. It will like to walk instead of being carried and will enjoy any positive reinforcement you can provide.

The Shinese’s Diet

The Shinese has a fairly mild diet that isn’t too fussy, or hard to provide. It will stick to a basic regime of fruits, dry dog food, and kibble.

It tends not to enjoy meat as much as other dogs, as it finds it hard to digest.

The Shinese will eat around 1 cup of food per day. You will be looking at costs that total around $30 a month.

How Much Exercise Does the Shinese Need?

The Shinese isn’t an overly active dog, which makes it great for apartment dwellers and the elderly.

It will love to walk around the park and go to the beach, but in the end, most of its exercise requirements can be met with indoor activities.

The Shinese is going to need around 25 minutes of exercise per day, and 6 miles of walking per week.

Shinese Health and Conditions

Serious Issues

  • Entropion
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Skin Fold Dermatitis

Minor Issues

My Final Thoughts on the Shinese

Overall, the Shinese is a great companion dog for any owner.

It’s easy to train, doesn’t need a large amount of exercise and is an excellent addition to the family.

 

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OVERALL SUMMARY

6
Cost to Buy
10
Cuteness Level
9.5
Family Safety
9
Friendliness
4.5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
9
Exercise Required
10
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 8.1 / 10

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Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in BuzzFeed, Dogtime, and ModernDog.