Auss Tzu Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Miniature Auss Tzu

The Auss-Tzu is a small- to medium-sized hybrid dog produced from cross-breeding the Australian Shepherd and the Shih-Tzu; it is said that Auss-Tzus were first conceived in Australia. Oddly enough, they are considered toy dogs in the herder category. They are somewhat rare although there appears to be a growing popularity due to the dog's relatively small size and hard work ethic. They can be a little bit headstrong due to one of their purebred parents having a millennia-long history of royal treatment (literally!) but more often than not, the Shepherd side is strong enough to make them highly amenable.

Auss Tzu Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid12-15 yrs.10-15 in.20-45 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

Below are the details and specs for the Auss Tzu dog breed.

Auss Tzu Breed Description

Auss-Tzus are usually medium-sized dogs but they can remain small as adults too. They tend to weigh 20 to 45 pounds and likewise have a very wide range in height, from 10 to 15 inches on average.

Your Auss-Tzu should be good with family, friends, kids and dogs, but there is always the small chance that his personality may have more Shih-Tzu than Shepherd, and that may mean he is picky, prone to impatience and a bit aloof like his Shih-Tzu ancestors through the ages. They can make good watchdogs but should be trained early to curb barking concerns.

Auss-Tzus are in the medium- to high-maintenance range: they usually have long hair, a fair amount of health concerns and a somewhat significant exercise requirement. If they do inherit the long hair of their smaller Shih-Tzu parent, they will need to be brushed daily to prevent matting. Regardless, they will need to have their ears, eyes and teeth checked regularly — especially their ears to gently clean them (once a week is fine) and to make sure no bad odors persist. An hour-long daily walk is practically recommended, and at least a few weekly visits to the dog park should be done too.

Most Auss-Tzus come in a combination of two colors: white, black, tan, brown and/or gray. They are usually comfortable in most climates, and when kept happy and healthy, they usually have a life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years.

Auss Tzu Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Auss Tzu as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry