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Bully-Tzu History

The Bully-Tzu is a medium-sized hybrid or designer dog that is a mix between the Bulldog and the Shih Tzu. The origin of the name is unclear, being either the “bull” in the bulldog or the “tzu” in the Shih Tzu, or both. The breed was developed by breeding a purebred English Bulldog and a purebred Shih Tzu. The mix does not always produce a dog that looks similar to either parent. The appearance can vary depending on which genes prevail in the mixed pup. The Bully-Tzu is a mix between two medium sized dogs. The appearance of the bully-tzu can vary from a heavyweight with a broad face with a tapered snout, like a bulldog, to a heavier muscular body with a flat face and wide set eyes, like the tzu, to a lean bull type with large bone structure. The bully-tzu is sturdy, compact, and athletic.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Bulldog, Shih Tzu

Bully-Tzu Physical Characteristics

The Bully-Tzu is a medium, large, or giant-sized crossbreed that has short legs, a long tail, and stocky physique. They have a short, thick, wrinkly, or fluffy coat of many different colors and markings. They have a flat face with a wrinkled forehead and a rounded skull. The eyes are typically are round, dark in color, and a friendly expression. The ears are flat and wide. The nose is circular and narrow. The teeth meet in a level or scissors bite. The tail is typically docked, but left undocked is not uncommon. The feet are round and compact. They have a medium-length back, barrel shaped rib cage, and muscular, solid limbs.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brown, White, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 25 – 30 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 25 lbs

Bully-Tzu Health

Description of breed health.


8-12 yrs

Bully-Tzu Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Entropion, Hip Dysplasia, Reverse Sneezing, Allergies

Bully-Tzu Temperament and Behaviour

The Bully Tzu is a playful, social, and outgoing breed of dogs. They are often independent and stubborn, but may also act clingy and needy. They are generally patient and mellow, but can be aggressive towards other household pets and animals. They are devoted and protective of their family, but can be wary of strangers.

Bully-Tzu Activity Requirements

The Bull Terrier and Shih Tzu cross, the Bully-Tzu, was developed to be a companion dog. They are friendly, intelligent, and loyal, making them great pets. The Bully-Tzu is not a very active breed, but they do require regular play and interaction. While your Bully-Tzu doesn’t need hours of activity, they do need regular exercise. A good walk around the block or some time in the yard will help your Bully-Tzu stay healthy and happy. Consider adopting a Bully-Tzu if your lifestyle doesn’t require lots of exercise and social interaction. They are cuddly, companionable dogs that are happy to spend time with their owners.

Miles Per Day

5 miles

Activity Per Day

20 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bully-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bully-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Bully-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Bully-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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