Shih-Poo Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shih-Poo so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the Shih-Poo have? The dog breed also known as...
|Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy PoodleShoodlePooshi|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is Shih-Poo recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Shih-Poo recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shih-Poo breed?
|Not recognized by any clubs.|
How much does the Shih-Poo puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Shih-Poo price:
If you choose to purchase the Shih-Poo, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shih-Poo for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shih-Poo gets to a happy place.
The Shih-Poo, or in its other names, the Pooshi, or the Shoodle, is a new designer dog breed, the result of cross-breeding the Toy Poodle and the Shih Tzu with each other. New hybrid dogs partly from the Poodle have been popular since the middle of the 20th century when the Cockapoo stole everyone’s hearts with its low-shedding coat, loving personality, and intelligence. This is the reason why, since then, breeders always go back to the Poodles, in order to involve them in the creation of a whole new breed.
The exact origin of the hybrid breeds is always surrounded by a lot of mystery. The trend of creating new hybrid breeds started around the 1980s, in North America, with crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new breeds. These hybrid dogs were an instant hit because they always inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of their ancestors. Even though there are always disadvantages to these new hybrid breeds, designer dogs became insanely popular in the last 30 years. Unfortunately, this popularity does not mean, that we are certain about every detail of these hybrid breed’s ancestry, and the intention which led the breeder to develop these dogs.
The Shih-Poo is a result of two breeds, each with long and detailed histories, going back to several hundred years. The Shih-Tzu is considered to be one of the 14 oldest dog breeds in the world, originating from China. Whereas, the Toy Poodle finds its origins in Germany, also dating back to hundreds of years. Even though it is not totally clear when the breed was created, or by whom, but it is considered to be true, that there were many reasons to create the Shih-Poo. This hybrid breed was developed in order to make the perfect companion in the city and also in the countryside, with the added benefit of their hypoallergenic coats. Shih-Poos inherited the Shih Tzu’s loyalty and their cute physical appearance. From the Toy Poodle, the breed got their sophisticated looks and their outstanding intelligence.
Being a relatively new breed, the dogs can come in a variety of sizes and colors even from one litter, thus each individual specimen’s uniqueness is unpredictable. Moreover, most of the Shih-Poos are first-generation specimens, which means, that both of their parents were purebreds, one was a Toy Poodle and the other was a Shih Tzu. The breeding cycle did not reach the stage when breeders could make the second generation, “pure” Shih-Poos just yet. Mainly, this is the reason why this hybrid breed, did not get recognition from any of the major kennel clubs.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Shih-Poo size:
How much does the Shih-Poo weigh? Shih-Poo weight:
|8-15 pounds (4-7 kg)7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the Shih-Poo? Shih-Poo average weight:
|11.5 pounds (5.5 kg)|
How tall is the Shih-Poo? Shih-Poo height:
|8-15 inches (20-38 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? Shih-Poo average height:
|11.5 inches (29 cm)|
What type of coat does the Shih-Poo have? What does this canine coat look like?
|CurlyStraightCurly & Straight|
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shih-Poo's coat?
How to groom the Shih-Poo and how often?
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Shih-Poo is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Shih-Poo dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle? Shih-Poo shedding level:
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Shih-Poo dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
What kind of personality does the Shih-Poo have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Shih-Poo? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Shih-Poo dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Shih-Poo sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Shih-Poos don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle need? Shih-Poo social needs:
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Shih-Poo dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle bark?
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Shih-Poo good as a watchdog?
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do Shih-Poo dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Shih-Poos are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential |
Do Shih-Poo bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shih-Poo? Why do dog bites happen?
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shih-Poo do?
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shih-Poos need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Shih-Poo to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shih-Poo roam?
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shih-Poo have high prey drive?
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Shih-Poo good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog |
Where Shih-Poo dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly |
Are Shih-Poo dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shih-Poo and children:
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Shih-Poo dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Shih-Poo good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shih-Poo dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Shih-Poo is not a good choice.
Office Friendly |
Are Shih-Poos good office dogs? Do Shih-Poos make good office friendly dogs? Can Shih-Poos be office dogs?
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shih-Poo dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle temperament with senior people? Are Shih-Poo dogs good for elderly owners?
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shih-Poo dogs get along with other pets? Are Shih-Poo dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Shih-Poo breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Shih-Poo is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Shih-Poo is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Shih-Poo is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Shih-Poo is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a boat dog?
|Not really |
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shih-Poo be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Shih-Poo is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do Shih-Poo dogs have health problems?
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems |
What health problems does the Shih-Poo breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shih-Poo breed? Health risks of Shih-Poo:
Life Expectancy |
How long do Shih-Poo dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Shih-Poo be?
Is the Shih-Poo breed hypoallergenic?
Shih-Poos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Shih-Poo have?
Shih-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Shih-Poo dogs require per day?
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
Shih-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the Shih-Poo need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shih-Poo risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Shih-Poo's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shih-Poo's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to cold weather conditions|
The Shih-Poo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the Shih-Poo drool?
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Shih-Poo could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Shih-Poo. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Shih-Poo pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Shih-Poo pregnancy time period:
Reproductive cycle of the female Shih-Poo: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the Shih-Poo have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Shih-Poo have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Pros & Cons of Shih-Poo
- Intelligent Rank: Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
- Hypoallergenic: Shih-Poos do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
- Grooming: Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
- Shedding Level: Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.
- Drooling tendency: The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Stinkiness: The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
- Adaptability: Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
- Dog Friendly: Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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- Todd Christensen
Mar 1, 2020, 12:10:57 AM:
We loved our first Shihpoo boy so much we now have two. We wanted a dog that would not cause our son's allergies to flare up, an indoor dog that does not demand an hour of exercise a day, and a dog that does not shed. They are great cuddlebugs!