Shiffon (Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu mix)

The Shiffon is a small cross breed of the Shih Tzu and the Brussels Griffon.

Shih Tzu x Brussels Griffon = Shiffon

These cute designer dogs are lovable and protective towards their families and make great companion dogs. He is also called a Silky Jack Russell and is a friendly and loving dog breed which can at times be stubborn.

The Appearance of Shiffon Dogs

The Shiffons are resultant of two great low-to-no shed breeds the Shih Tzu and the Brussel Griffons and the offsprings are small sized weighing 8 to 15 pounds and standing 8 to 11 inches tall. They have a roundish face, round, dark eyes, a round, black snout, and floppy ears covered with long hair.

They have a soft, fine, smooth and silky coat. Common coat colors include black, brown, cream, red, tan and white or a combination of two.

Shiffon Pictures

Quick Information

Other NamesSilky Jack Russell
ColorBrown, black and tan, red, cream, white
CoatSoft, Silky, Smooth
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Breed GroupDesigner Dog, Companion Dog
SizeSmall Sized
Hieght8 to 11 inches
Weight8 to 15 pounds
Life Span/Life Expentancy12-15 Years
TemperamentProtective,Playful, intelligent, aggressive, sweet,
HypoallergenicCan be from the Brussels Griffon side
Barking LevelOccasional
Energy LevelActive
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with Other DogsYes
Country of OriginUSA
Competitive Registration/Qualification InformationACHC, DRA, IDCR, DDKC, DBR

Temperament & Behavior

The Shiffon dogs are very cheerful in nature and they have a charming personality to bring a smile at anyone’s face. He is an energetic, happy little doggie who often described as rambunctious and curious pet.

They are too possessive of their owners, territory and family members, and all things that ‘belong’ to them. As a result, they may be stubborn, irritable, and even aggressive at times. However early socialization at an early age will help the Brussels Shih Tzu mix learn exactly what behavior you expect from him.

They get along well with children and other pets if socialized from early puppyhood. Loyal and protective of their family, the Shiffons make a great guard dog, perfectly adapted to live in apartments and small houses. They are not really quiet-natured and would guard their families and homes at night, while a single noise or stranger would make them yap and bark.

They love to be around people and families, and leaving them for long periods is not a great thing, as they may suffer from separation anxiety.



This dog breed is clever, intelligent, sensible, act obediently towards their trainers. This little pup is full of energy and will love to play with you and your loved ones all the time. Owing to their small size they do not require much exercise.

They love walking along with human companions and playing indoors is a part of their daily activities. A daily walk, jog session at the nearby park will be great for them. This will channelize their energies and keep them mentally fit too. They enjoy going on long trips. Lack of exercise can become destructive for them.


The Shiffon will require a moderate amount of grooming. They have low to moderate shedding tendency depending on the coat he has. A longer coat too will need more bushing to keep it free of tangles. Regular checking and wiping his ears clean once a week and brush his teeth two to three times a week will keep him tidy and free from allergies. Bathe him only when necessary. Trim his nails every other week unless he wears his nails down on his own.

Health Issues

The Shiffon has the average lifespan of most small to medium dog breeds, which is 12 to 15 years. The Shiffon dogs are relatively healthy breed with only a few health risks to watch out for like Patellar luxation, Eye problems, Kidney and bladder problems, umbilical hernia, liver problems, allergies, ear infections, dental problems, Hip dysplasia, snuffles and reverse sneezing. It is always advisable to consult a vet and get a regular check-up for your pooch to keep away general health issues!

Training Tips

The Shiffon is a moderately easy dog to train who is obedient and loyal to his owners. The hybrid dog may be stubborn at times, but it responds quite well to training and learning tricks readily. The Brussels Griffon Shih Tzu mix can easily be taught to perform a wide variety of tricks.

They are intelligent, sensitive and clever with obedience training. But remember, praise and encouragement is the key to success. If you treat them, you will only encourage them, as they enjoy acting like your attendant jester, always ready to entertain you. So, it would be wise if you will hold patience and be consistent in your training techniques.


A Shiffon dog generally lives on a trimmed diet. Only one bowl of food is enough to keep them healthy, jolly and active. So it is recommended to feed with the best quality of food. Their diet should contain all the necessary proteins and vitamins that help them survive for long and remain healthy. Optimal nutrition provided to them can reduce the health problems in them to some extent.

Shiffon Puppies Pictures

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