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Country of Origin, History of Shih-Poos
There is no known date or person who started the Shih-Poo breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1990s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Shih Tzus and Toy Poodles to develop Shih-Poos to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Shih-Poos became more and more popular.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Shih-Poo is the result of a cross of the Shih-Tzu and the Toy Poodle or the Miniature Poodle. If it was a Toy, the resulting dog will be smaller than if it was a Miniature. To best understand the traits of your dog, research both the Shih-Tzu and the Poodle and you’ll learn which traits are from which breed.
The Shih-Poo can be an affectionate, sociable, playful little dog. They love to be the center of attention, but can also be sweet cuddlers. They have a lot of energy and want to be where you are. They learn easily if you are consistent and positive.
They travel well. They make a good dog for anyone, but are especially good for a retired senior or couple who have time to pamper them and take them on errands and trips. They are hypoallergenic.
Whether the Shih-Poo coat is curly like the Poodle or silky like the Shih-Tzu or a combination, they are hypoallergenic. They can be white, black, brown, brindle, and various color combinations.
13 – 20 pounds
8 – 13 inches
Temperament of the Dog
The Shih-Poo makes a great dog for a family with a fenced yard or a retired couple traveling in an RV. They are sweet, affectionate little dogs who like to be the center of attention, but feel that being with you is the most important thing. They are intelligent and fairly easy to train if you start early and make it fun. They love to play and can get most of their exercise with playing and a few walks for potty breaks.
Early socialization is important so that the Shih-Poo does not show shyness around guests in your home. They can be barkers, so be prepared to teach them good etiquette. They may develop separation anxiety if left alone for periods of time, so a companion dog is helpful to them, especially as they get a little older.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
The Shih-Poo is a great indoor dog who can even live happily in an apartment or RV if he gets walks to meet people, explore his surroundings, and go potty. It is best to keep him on a leash to protect him from larger dogs and animals. He can be happy in a house with a fenced yard – and getting a walk or two a day.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Shih-poos love to play with kids. Kids should be supervised with the Shih-poo until they learn to play gently and not squeeze too hard when hugging.
Early and consistent training is important with the Shih-Poo. They need someone who is an alpha in a loving and positive way. Socialization should start early and should expose them to a variety of adults and children and various animals.
How active is the breed?
Shih-Poos are very active and playful. They will play with toys and love it when their people play with them. They enjoy walks and time at a dog park because they are also very social if socialized early.
The wavy or curly fur of the Shih-Poo should be brushed a couple of times a week to prevent mats. Pay special attention to underarms and hind quarters and behind the ears. Check the ears for dirt or inflammation. Be prepared to wipe around his eyes several times a day and even administer Angel Eyes or another similar product if he has tear stains around his eyes (more common in light colored dogs). Brush his teeth at least three times a week and clip toenails every 3 to 4 weeks. Many people have their Shih-poos professionally groomed several times a year to keep them in tip-top shape.
The Shih-Poo can inherit health problems from either the Shih-Tzu or the Poodle. They can be born with a cleft lip or palate that needs surgery as a youngster. Be especially aware of eye problems, brachycephalic syndrome (breathing issues), and ear infections. Other things can develop include Addison's Disease, Mitral Valve Disease, Invertebral Disc Disease, skin issues, Entropion (eyelid folds inward and eyelashes damage the eye – easily fixed), Corneal Dystrophy, and Urolithiasis (kidney stones). Be vigilant about vet exams and ask for tests for blood and urine proteins and exams for the heart and eye.
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
4 – 6 puppies
National Breed Clubs: none known
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
DBR = Designer Breed Registry
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
Group: Mixed Breed Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.
Also Known As: Shihpoo, Shih-Doodle, Shihdoodle, Shi Poo, Shi-Poo, Shipoo, Pooshi, Shoodle
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