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).
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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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!
Photo Submitted: 10/13/13
Mr. Cash- the Shih-poo and BIG little man!
Photo Submitted by: Melissa 3/8/14
Jasper (honey bunny boy)
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.