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Breed Information, Personality & Facts

ShihPoo is a hybrid breed that comes from breeding Shih-Tzus with Toy Poodles. It naturally inherits the best features from both parents. These loving dogs love to curl up on their owners’ laps and sleep.


The average Shih-Poo size usually varies between 8-13 inches.


Shih-Poos generally weigh around 8-18 pounds.


Shih-Poo is a relatively recent designer breed that originated in North America. They are a cross between Shih-Tzu and Toy Poodle. It is not clear who created this breed. However, it is easy to conclude the purpose of this hybrid. The crossbreed combines the perfect family dog like Shih-Tzus and hypoallergenic dogs like Poodles.

Since the Shih-Poo is a hybrid, its features could predominantly resemble either parent.


Sometimes, they may get a curly fur coat from the Poodle parent. On other occasions, the Shih-Poo may have straight fur from the other Shih-Tzu parent.


In some cases, they may also have a combination.


Shih-Poos come in various colors, from brown to black, white, and, at times, a combination of colors.


Living Needs & Health Care
Hybrids generally have better health than pure breeds and can live up to 16 years. However, they might be susceptible to health issues common to their parents’ breeds.


These paw buddies tend to overeat and may gain weight. Therefore, it is essential to maintain a dietary schedule for them to avoid them being overweight. Besides their diet, as is common for most breeds, it is vital to keep their ears clean and dry after bath time. Dental issues, too, need to be avoided by cleaning regularly and using dental chews.


Shih-Poos require regular grooming at an interval of 6-8 weeks. Besides that, they need to be combed and brushed daily. These small dogs must be carefully trimmed under the tails, lower bellies, and armpits.


Exercise & Training
Shih-Poos do not really qualify as athletic dogs. However, they enjoy regular walks and love playing around the park and the house. Shih-Poo owners must plan and hold training sessions regularly.


Owing to their stubborn nature, Shih-Poos require positive reinforcements in the form of treats while training.


Shih-Poos are susceptible to dental issues. Therefore, they must be fed minimum treats and eat high-quality food. Furthermore, Shih-Poos must not be fed freely as they tend to gain weight quickly.


As is typical with most breeds, their diets change throughout their lifetime. The diet is determined based on weight, energy levels, and general health.


Shih-Poos are known to be playful and friendly. Although tiny, these dogs are pretty courageous and make a good choice as watchdogs. Their friendly nature makes them a suitable pet option for senior citizens and families with children.


Besides their fun side, Shih-Poos may also be slightly stubborn. So, to train them, they need to be motivated with treats. However, they have a high energy level and love to play.


Fun Facts
⦁ Shih-Poos enjoy being the center of attention.
⦁ Their agility and obedience make them good contestants for dog sports.
⦁ You do not need ample space to adopt a Shih-Poo. They adapt well to limited spaces as long as they can run around freely.