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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Papastzu is a mixed dog as her parents are two purebreds the Papillon and the Shih Tzu. She is a small cross and has talents in tricks and obedience. She is also called Papi Tzu and has an average life span of 13 to 15 years. She is a sweet and joyful dog.
Here is the Papastzu at a Glance
Average height Small
Average weight 9 to 15 pounds
Coat type Long, straight
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Slightly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Depends on coat low to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Good to very good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Good to very good – may like to chase smaller ones
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Somewhat active
Tendency to get Fat Above average
Major Health Concerns Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Eye problems, Open Fontanel, Kidney and bladder problems, Unbilical Hernia, Liver problems
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Ear infections, Dental problems, Snuffles, Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 13 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $150 to $600
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $535 to $635

Where does the Papastzu come from?

The Papastzu was created in America some time in the last ten years and is one of a large and growing number of designer dogs. This is a popular trend amongst pet owners at the moment with celebrities as well as the public owning them. Designer dogs are a deliberate creation breeding usually two purebreds together and the offspring is the intended result. Most were done in the last 30 years though some do date a bit older than that. A lot have a name that blends the parents name too. Because of the huge success of some of these dogs there has been a large increase in different ones being bred to create the next hottest dog by bad breeders and puppy mills to make money. Be careful when looking for your Papastzu as there are a lot of breeders who only care about making money. The best way to determine what the Papastzu may be like when we have no other information about their origins is to look at the parent breeds.

The Papillon

The Papillon can be found as far back as the 1500s. They were popular as a companion dog amongst noble women throughout Europe. His name is French and comes from the change in his ear appearance in the 17th century from droopy ears to upright ones which made him look somewhat like a butterfly (papillon). Back then he was also solid colored whereas today he is often white with patches.

He is a friendly and happy small dog. He likes to be fairly active and can be bossy if allowed to. He is smart and easy to train though and prefers to have a mix of active time and lap time. Some Papillons when they come from bad lines can be nervous or high strung. He gets very attached so avoid being separated for long periods.

The Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is thought to be in the top 14 oldest breeds around, coming from either Tibet or China. They were treasured as companion dogs and can be found in paintings and documents across Tibetan and Chinese history. They were referred to as little lion dogs and were docile, intelligent and happy. The first breeding pair to leave China 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 very much a companion dog. He wants to please and be with you, he is very affectionate and loves to receive it too. He will spend as much time as he can 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 Papastzu is a very lovable and sweet dog who can be gentle and loving and also energetic and playful. She is not a yappy small dog, she is full of joy and is quite obedient with a great personality. Her laid back nature mixed with liveliness makes her a great family dog and she does get on well with others. She can be curious and sometimes a little high spirited. She will expect a lot of attention from you and a lot of fussing to be give to her. She can also have that small dog syndrome that some small dogs have where they think they are bigger than they are.

What does the Papastzu look like

She is a small dog weighing 9 to 15 pounds and she has usually butterfly ears, a tail that curls up, black eyes and a short muzzle. She tends to be built more like her Shih-Tzu parent and her coat is straight and long. Common colors are brown, white and black.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Papastzu need to be?

She loves to go for walks, with her size though a long walk for her is not that long for you! A couple of 10 to 15 minute walks a day should be enough a long with her indoor play time. She should also have time off leash in an enclosed area where she can be curious and run free. Her size means she is fine living in an apartment though a yard would just be a bonus place for her to play in.

Does she train quickly?

She should be moderately easy to train using positive techniques like rewards, encouragement, praise and treats. They are eager to please and they will catch on fairly well with some repetitive obedience training. Unlike with some small dogs she also tends to house train well too. Early socialization and training are a key component to being a dog owner. She will be a better behaved, happier and more well rounded dog as a result of it.

Living with a Papastzu

How much grooming is needed?

She has a long coat and sheds a moderate amount. She should have regular daily brushing to keep it tangle free and help with some of the loose hair. It would help to have her hair trimmed on a regular basis at a groomers, and that would also be a time when you could have her nails clipped when they are too long. Bathing should be done when she needs it really as too frequent bathing can affect her natural oils. Her ears should be checked and wiped clean using a dog ear cleaning solution and cotton ball once a week. Her teeth should also be brushed at least two to three times a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

With socialization she is good with children and will be playful and affectionate towards them. It also helps when she has been raised with them. She is small so the small children should be supervised when around her just so that she does not get hurt by them. Socialization also helps her get along with other dogs and with other pets as she can be inclined to chase smaller animals.

General information

The Papastzu is an occasional barker so her noise level should be acceptable for apartment living in places where there is noise regulation. She should be fed ½ to 1 cup of dry dog food a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There are health concerns to be aware of that she might inherit from her parents. They include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea, Eye problems, Open Fontanel, Kidney and bladder problems, Umbilical Hernia, Liver problems, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Ear infections, Dental problems, Snuffles and Reverse Sneezing. To lessen the chances of your dog having any of these ask the breeder to show you parental health clearances before you buy a puppy from them. You can also check out the facilities by visiting the puppy there to see the conditions, cleanliness and health of the other animals as a way to determine whether you really want to buy from that breeder. Be suspicious of breeders who do not allow you to visit.

Costs involved in owning a Papastzu

The Papastzu puppy could cost between $150 to $600. Other costs to be ready for are for things like a collar, leash, crate, carrier, bowls, chipping and spaying. You may also want to have blood tests done, deworming and vaccinations. Some of those costs may be covered in the price of the puppy. If not they will come to another $360 to $400. Yearly non-medical costs for things like treats, toys, grooming, food, training and license come to between $535 to $635. Medical basic needs for things like check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and shots come to between $435 to $535 a year.


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The Papastzu is a happy and lovely sweet dog who will be a great companion dog for singles, seniors, couples and families. She can be demanding though so you need to be happy with a dog who will likely follow you around and will crave a lot of attention!

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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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