Mix: ½ Shih-Tzu & ½ Poodle

Size: 7 – 15 pounds, and 8 – 11 inches in height

Coat: Coat is long and soft, may be straight, wavy, or slightly curly, and can come in a variety of colors such as black, white, gray, brown, or apricot.  Can be solid, sabled, parti, or brindle.  Very low shedding.

*Many people with allergies prefer a poodle mix dog as their fur is more hypoallergenic than most dogs (a characteristic inherited from the Poodle).

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A Shih-Poo (also known as a Pooshih) is a mix between a Shih-Tzu and a Poodle.  They come in a variety of colors, rarely shed, and are quite small, weighing in the range of 7 – 15 pounds, and standing 8 – 11 inches tall.  They are a sturdy, well-proportioned dog that is athletic, playful and loving.  Since the Shih-Poo requires only a moderate amount of exercise, and are not excessive barkers, they are perfect for apartment living.  Most are very friendly and gentle and will make a great family dog, lap dog, or companion for the elderly.  They get along well with children and other pets.  Where the Shih-Tzu may have breathing problems due to their short snouts, the Shih-Poo can tend to bypass this problem inheriting a slightly longer snout from its Poodle parent.  Due to their long coats they will require frequent grooming.  Since they are very intelligent they can be trained fairly easily.

When considering the nature of the Shih-Poo, you must consider the characteristics of both the Shih-Tzu and the Poodle separately in order to determine the characteristics the Shih-Poo may exhibit.


The Shih-Tzu is a sturdy, lively, intelligent and happy breed. They are outgoing and confident and get along well with older children and other pets.  They are bred as a companion dog and as such are very loyal and gentle.  They love to be in the company of their owner and/or family and do not do well if left alone for long periods of time which for this breed can end up causing mischievous behavior. They do not bark unnecessarily and are not considered to be good watch dogs.  Although playful and active they only require a moderate amount of exercise.  They are considered quite intelligent and easily trained but at the same time can possess a stubborn streak requiring patience when training.  They do not respond well to harsh training methods but will do well with a consistent and calm trainer.


The Poodle comes in three different sizes, toy (10” and under, 6-9 1bs.), miniature (10-15”, 15-17 1bs.), and standard (over 15”, 45-70 1bs.).  The Poodle has been cited as being the 2nd most intelligent breed of dog.  Their exceptional intelligence, paired with the fact that they are generally very eager to please, empowers them to excel in obedience training.  They learn quickly and will delight in showing off their new tricks.  Poodles are generally very easy to housebreak.  They are loyal and devoted companions, extremely people-oriented, and crave lots of love and attention.  They are typically calm, good natured, with a sweet temperament, and the ability to bond with all members of their human family.  The standard poodle, in particular, does extremely well in families with young children, while the toy and miniatures fair better with older children.  Poodles do not do well in households where they will be left alone for long periods of time, left outside, or bound to one room of the house.  Poodles have an extremely low-shedding, dense coat which is either curly or corded and should be groomed every 6 – 8 weeks to prevent mats and tangles.  If you should so decide, their coat can also be kept short for low-maintenance.  Poodles come in a variety of colors such as silver, cream, gray, blue, black, white, apricot, red, caf-au-lait, brown, and parti-colored.  The Poodle is oftentimes referred to as the hypo-allergenic dog.  But, while there truly is no such thing as a completely hypo-allergenic dog, they are unquestionably more compatible with allergic persons than other breeds.   Being classified as highly energetic, the poodle, like most dogs, will appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk, play session, or a run at the dog park.

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Miss Macie the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: David 4/11/13
This is a picture of our 1 year old Shih Poo, Miss Macie. She is the perfect companion, very loveable, and extremely smart. She is very easy to train tricks. We have a set of bells on a hook near our back door and she rings them when she needs to go outside. She fully understands voice commands as opposed to hand commands. We would highly recommend this mixed breed to anyone looking for an energetic and loving dog!

Mr. Cash the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted: 10/13/13

Mr. Cash- the Shih-poo and BIG little man!

Jasper the Shih-Poo!

Jasper the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Melissa 3/8/14
Jasper (honey bunny boy)

Paisley the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted: 4/15/14

Paisley is a sweet 6 month old female who is lovable, playful, and smart. Her greatest accomplishment (which she spent many hours working on) is to finally be able to jump onto the couch with us. 🙂

Bella the Shih-Poo!

Bella the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted: 8/18/14

Bella is a sweet 6 year old. She loves to cuddle.



Photo Submitted by: Ally 10/1/14

LOVE my arlly girl she is so awesome. great and loving dogs, true blessing …



Photo Submitted by: Suzette 10/9/14

Poppet is a gutsy little girl. Shih tzu father and shih tzu/ poodle mother

Honey the Shih-Poo!

Honey the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Jasmine 4/25/15

This is my 8 week old shih poo 1/2shihz 1/2 poodle she is very loving and the most happy little muchkin. Her name is Honey.


Harvey the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Maureen 6/1/15

This is Harvey my handsome Shih-Poo puppy


Cookie the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Eneida 6/10/15

My Poodle mix is a Shih Poo and she is amazing! My puppy is 3 months old and her name is Cookie! I love her so much! She is very energetic, friendly and loving! She just loves to cuddle. She is great with the children.
Photo Submitted by: Saana 6/14/15

My new baby


Coco the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Anna-kay 7/4/15

This is Coco. She is a shih tzu and poodle mix. She is 12 weeks and is bursting with energy. She’s very playful and loving.


Ginger the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Sonya 7/26/15

This is my sweet girl Ginger! She is everything they say Shih-Poos are…and is a wonderful companion dog! So glad that I decided to get her….



Photo Submitted by: Esthefani 7/27/15

Here is a picture of my shispoo . She’s the most loveable and a biggest blessing


Tuffie Bear the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Cara 7/27/15

This is Tuffie Bear, my 3 month old Shih-poo. So smart & loveable!


Licorice the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Cindy 7/31/15

This is my loving 6 mo. old Shih-Poo, Licorice. She is a big snuggle-bum, and loves everyone!
Photo Submitted by: Queenie 8/4/15

My 2 month-old PooShih! Super lovely



Photo Submitted by: Heather 8/6/15

This is my 5 month old shihpoo! Great companion and excellent with children. He is very playful and cuddly, he .made our family complete!


Felipe the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Sara 8/7/15

This is Felipe, he’s a ten week old shihpoo. He already knows a few tricks and commands and he’s super loving. When I sing or whistle songs he does the cutest head tilts. He was pretty much fully potty trained at 8 weeks. Really playful, cuddly, and friendly.


Mini the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Jake 8/29/15

Our shipoo mini


Kobe the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Shea 9/3/15

9 week old Shih-Poo KOBE


LeRoy the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Reese 10/7/15

This is my little Shih-Poo, LeRoy, after he got into our small bathroom trashcan. How cute!!


Cookie the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Elly Pappas 10/10/15

Meet Cookie my 4 month old Shi Poo


Bugsie the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Jillie long 10/22/15

My adorable Shih Poo Bugsie. She’s 8weeks in this photo, and is now 6 months old. I would recommend this breed to anyone wanting a fun easy to train dog. She loves children and other dogs. Changed our lives for the better.


Niko the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Marife 11/19/15

My lovable Shih Poo, Niko, at 7 mos.


Chappy the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Shirley 11/21/15

This is my boy Chaplin(Chappy). Shih Poo cross. He is two here, but three now. He inherited the poodle legs and poodle brains. He can run extremely fast, trains well, he is very intelligent and very protective of his mommy, so does bark a lot. He is possessive of his toys and loves to play. He has a good nature. I love him very much.


Mr. Bear the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: RC 11/25/15

This is Mr. Bear and he’s a 7 year old Shih Poo.


Panda the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Mar de Wendt 11/28/15

This is my Shis-Pooh Panda. She is 3 months old and she is so smart & loveable!



Photo Submitted by: Carol 12/31/15

Fozie the Shih-Poo and the best little guy ever!!!


Chloe the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Myrna 1/3/16

My ball of cuteness… Chloe. She is a shih-poo and is 10 wks old. I absolutely LOVE her!


Cloud the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Cher 1/9/16

This is my 3 year old Shihpoo Cloud. He’s such a chill and loving dog! Love him!


Starbucks the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Nickole Carla Medina 2/17/16

Starbucks, my 14 month old Shih-poo


Bentley James the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Lori 3/15/16

This is my Shih Poo Bentley James, he is a 7lb year old handsome little man… love him to death!


Peanut the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Holly Sparks 4/9/16

Peanut, 11 week old Shih Poo!! So sweet & loveable! 🙂


Kikka the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Janet Saliba Corrado 4/11/16

This is my little princess her name is Kikka and is 2 years old shihpoo. she loves to play with her soft toys and love’s to be cuddled. We love her so much.


Felipe & his Shih-Poo brother!

Photo Submitted by: Sara 4/12/16

Felipe at 10 months 🙂 and his new shihpoo brother.


Emilio & Bo the Shih-Poos!

Photo Submitted by: Sara 4/12/16

Felipe’s other shihpoo brothers, Emilio and Bo 🙂


Maisy the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Peggy 5/22/16

Maisy our smart & entertaining 1 year old Shih Poo


Romeo the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Ashley 5/26/16

My 6 month old Shih-poo Romeo!


Boris the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Kate 6/5/16

Boris my 6 month old Shih-poo, I can’t imagine life without him x x x


Sugar the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Kria 6/6/16

Sugar is her name, she is sugar & spice & everything nice ❤ I love her so much she’s a 4 month old shih-poo


Bentley the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: April 6/27/16

This is bentley the shih-poo 2 months old


Maxx the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Meshelle 7/9/16

This is my 1yr shih poo son Maxx , he is the love of my life. I spoil him and take him everywhere I can. I would not agree with the statment about him not being a watch dog he barks and alerts you everytime he hears the slightest noise.


Daisy the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Chelsey 7/20/16

This is my Shihpoo Daisy at her first puppy class. She is so sweet and smart. She also is very curious and stubborn at times. She’s had play dates with dogs ranging from chihuahua to husky and loves kids! She is 14weeks and currently weighs 7 lbs.


Cocoa the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Annie 7/22/16

Meet Cocoa our now 14 week old Shihpoo puppy. I cannot believe what an amazing dog she is. Fully potty trained within a few days of bringing her home at 10 weeks. No accidents. Very easy to train. Learned sit, stay, give paw, lay down and dance all within a week. Very sweet and intelligent breed.. Definitely recommend a Shipoo for anyone looking for a great family dog and companion.


Dientes the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Lesly Cruz 8/2/16

This is my 10 week old, shih-poo Dientes. I love him so much! He is very energetic and loveable, In the process of training him but I expect great results. 🙂


Willow the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: MacB 8/7/16

This is our Shih-poo Willow at 5 months!


Murphy the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Murphy 8/18/16

Murphy the Shih-poo just turned 5


Gracie the Shih-Poo!

Photo Submitted by: Mona 9/13/16

This is our shih poo , Gracie , at 8 weeks …
Our baby girl 🙂
She’s fiesty and attacks her big brother constantly ,
and loves to hop like a bunny
The most adorable thing I’ve ever seen !
We love her endlessly 🙂 ❤️

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Neighbor December 2, 2016 at 10:52 am

I don’t have a Shi/Poo, but my neighbor does. I think it is a male. It is only 3 months old. Live in NC. They leave it outside, almost 24 hrs a day. It hasn’t gotten really cold yet, but I am still concerned. I don’t want to seem like a nosey neighbor, just really concerned for the dog. What should I do?


meg December 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

You have every right to be concerned! No one likes to be considered a nosy neighbor, but it’s simply cruel to leave a young pup outside like that for so many hours, not to mention in the cold. Dogs can get frostbite just like people, and even die in cold temperatures. I encourage you to call your local animal control, or police department; it’s just the right thing to do. Even if you feel your neighbor doesn’t know any better or isn’t intentionally trying to hurt the pup, the authorities will likely let them know. You can make your call anonymous if you don’t want them to know. The Humane Society has an article on this topic which can further help you…“What to do if you see a pet left out in the cold”…thank you for bringing up this topic perhaps it will help others should they come across a similar situation. I hope you will come back and keep us updated on the situation.


Pat June 2, 2015 at 7:52 pm

We are interested in adopting/buying a young shih pooh and we live in Scituate, Mass. Not sure where we can find one, any advise is appreciated.


Pat June 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

We live in Scituate Mass and are very interested in adopting/buying a young shih-pooh. Are there any breeders you can recommend?


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