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Nicole Cosgrove

June 11, 2021
The Bea-Tzu is a mixed breed who has two purebred parents, the Chinese Shih-Tzu and the Beagle. He is a Small to medium cross who often takes part in tracking and agility. He is a very compassionate and sweet dog, loyal and loving with a life span of 10 to 15 years.
Here is the Bea-Tzu at a Glance
Average height 9 to 15 inches
Average weight 15 to 25 pounds
Coat type Medium to long, straight, soft
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Slightly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Depends on coat, low to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good to very good – may try to chase them!
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to high
A Good Apartment Dweller? Good to very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Moderately hard – can be stubborn
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Very high
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral Disk Disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, CBS, Patellar luxation, Kidney problems, bladder problems, Umbilical hernia, liver problems,
Other Health Concerns Hip Dysplasia, Dwarfism, allergies, ear infections, dental problems, reverse sneezing, snuffles
Life Span 10 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $450 to $800
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $355 to $455

Where does the Bea-Tzu come from?

The Bea-Tzu is one of the newer examples of a designer dog. Designer dogs are mixed dogs bred deliberately, usually the direct offspring of two purebred . A lot of these dogs are given a name that combines part of the parent’s names. There is a real mix of opinion on this phenomena. A lot of doggy people are against them because they see them just as mutts, they are offended by the price some breeders are charging for them, they point to the many mutts already around that need re-homing in shelters and they argue that a lot of these combinations are not a good idea. While some of their concerns are valid the biggest one that is true is that these designer dogs have directly led to a large number of bad breeders and puppy mills. If you are drawn to a Bea-Tzu be sure to research the breeder before buying from them, check the shelters if you are willing to re-home a dog and take your time over it. Since we do not have any information on where, who and when they were bred here is a look at the parents to get a better feel for them.

The Shih-Tzu

The Shih-Tzu comes from either Tibet or Chinese and is one of the oldest breeds still around. They were treasured as companion dogs and were referred to as little lion dogs. They were docile, intelligent and happy. The first breeding pair to leave Chinese and come to England happened in 1928. In 1969 he was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Shih-Tzu today is still a great companion dog. He wants to please you and be with you, he is very affectionate and loves to receive it too. He is happiest when in your lap and is a happy little dog when he has lots of attention. He can be lively and likes to play and is friendly too.

The Beagle

The Beagle history is a little uncertain. He was used for hunting for a time but they fell out of favor in the 18th century when foxhounds became popular. However farmers continued to use them and that stopped the breed from disappearing. In the 1800s they went to America and there they were bred to be smaller. In the 1940s till the 1950s they were one of the more popular dogs there.

Today the Beagle is a sweet dog, funny but also quite naughty! Training and socialization is important and since they love their food so much occasional treats to bribe them to be good is recommended!


The Bea-Tzu is a sweet, intelligent and loyal dog. He loves to cuddle and show his affection and get lots of attention and loving in return. He can be protective and playful too. He is energetic and could be a great family pet. He is a surprisingly compassionate dog and is very easy to love. He will be dedicated and committed to you and will prefer to be around you as much as possible.

What does the Bea-Tzu look like

He is a small dog weighing 15 to 25 pounds and measuring 9 to 15 inches tall. He has a shorter nose than the Beagle, a broad head and droopy ears with brown and round eyes. He has front legs that are short and a slim and short body. His tail is long and curves. His head is large compared to the rest of his body. His coat is straight, soft and common colors include cream, black, tan, gray, brown, white and tricolor.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Bea-Tzu need to be?

He is a fairly active dog, he will need a couple of walks a day at least along with some play time. It would be good if he also had a chance to run around some either at a dog park or in a yard. Access to a yard is not a requirement for him though as long as he gets outside time and exercise in other ways. He loves to play, jump and run around. Some of that they can do indoors.

Does he train quickly?

This is not an easy dog to train, it can be moderately difficult for some in fact due to his stubbornness. Stay patient, start young with early socialization and training and be firm but fair. Avoid scolding or punishments, stick to using treats as rewards and motivators. Praise him when he does well even for the small things. If you need to get some help ask professional trainers for advice or take him to a doggy school. Sometimes the Bea-Tzu is easier than others, you can get some that are more eager to please. With training and socialization you can avoid issues like small dog syndrome.

Living with a Bea-Tzu

How much grooming is needed?

He has moderate needs for his grooming. His coat will need brushing every day as it can tangle easily and he may need an occasional trip to a groomers for a trim. He will not need stripping but the hair around his face can get long and will need trimming and to be kept clean. Bathing should just be done as he needs it using a proper dog shampoo only. Brush his teeth two or three times a week and check his ears and wipe them clean once a week. His nails should be clipped if they get too long but that could be left to a groomer or vet if you are not comfortable with it as care needs to be taken not to cut through the quick.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children, he will play with then, be energetic with them, but also be loving, affectionate and protective of them. Without early socialization with other dogs of other sizes he can develop small dog syndrome but with socialization he gets on well with them. He may also like to chase other pets and smaller animals though usually he just wants to entertain himself.

General information

He can be a good watchdog and will bark to alert you. His barking otherwise can range quite a bit, some find he only barks occasionally and other say he can be quite vocal. He will need to be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of dry dog food a day, split into two meals.

Health Concerns

To avoid having problems with hereditary conditions only buy a puppy when you have seen health clearances for both parents and when you have visited him first at the breeders. Health concerns that his parents could pass on to him include Intervertebral Disk Disease, eye problems, epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, CBS, Patellar luxation, Kidney problems, bladder problems, Umbilical hernia, liver problems, Hip Dysplasia, Dwarfism, allergies, ear infections, dental problems, reverse sneezing and snuffles.

Costs involved in owning a Bea-Tzu

A Bea-Tzu puppy could cost between $450 to $800. Other costs include getting a crate, a carrier, collar and leash, bowls, having him dewormed, given initial shots, blood tests, micro chipped and eventually neutered. These come to between $455 to $500. Yearly costs for medical basics like vaccinations, pet insurance, flea prevention and check ups come to between $460 to $560. Yearly costs for basic needs that are not medical in nature like treats, food, toys, license and training come to between $355 to $455.


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The Bea-Tzu is a lovely dog but not easy to predict when it comes to how easy he is to train and problems with larger dogs. He will be very loyal, sweet and compassionate though and you will absolutely realize any effort for him is worth it!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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