There are many small hybrid breed puppies out there that are popular; however, one of the most popular are Shih Tzu Poodle mix puppies. This adorable Shih Tzu and Poodle mix is commonly referred to as the Shih Poo.
Shihpoo (Shipoo) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Shih Tzu and a Poodle
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 13 – 18 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 10 pounds
» Average height of approximately 9 – 11 inches
» Training difficulty – Low
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
This very popular breed has become quite the sought after pet over the last few years because of their sweet and intelligent nature and their irresistible good looks. If you plan to make a Shih Poo a pet in your home, there are a few things that you should consider about the breed.
Shih Poo Characteristics: The Best of Both Worlds
Hybrid dogs are typically bred in order to achieve a puppy that has the best of both of the parent breeds. In the case of the Shipoo, the goal was to achieve a dog that had the intelligence of a Poodle and a coat that sheds very minimally as with the Shih-Tzu.
While these puppies typically have luxurious waves and curls, their hair is not usually as kinky as a Poodle or as straight and long as a Shih-Tzu. The length, thickness, and characteristics of the hair will depend greatly on the hair of the parents and whether or not the breed is a multi-generation cross.
Regardless of the hair type, the colors of this breed can greatly vary. You can find Shih Poo puppies in colors ranging from solid black or champagne to patchy brown and sable or black and white.
This breed is classified as a smaller breed and is typically no larger in weight than about ten pounds. They usually stand about eight to ten inches from the ground.
Most of these dogs will have a long tail, long bushy ears, and eyes that are set more into the head, which also helps prevent injuries to the dog’s eyes. Their muzzle usually is a bit longer than the average Shih-Tzu.
Caring for the Shih Tzu Poodle Cross
This breed of dog is bound to brighten the atmosphere of your home with its enthusiastic personality and loving nature. In order to get the best from your Shih Poo puppy, you have to ensure that you can give him what he needs in order to be healthy.
Both the Poodle and the Shih-Tzu are known for having lovely coats that must be properly groomed. The Shih a Poo is no different and will need to be brushed daily, trimmed and groomed often, and cleaned on a regular basis.
This breed is very active in its beginning puppy years, but over time your puppy will calm down somewhat. Your adult Shih Poo will need regular walks and exercise in order to stay healthy but will also get a great deal of exercise and enjoyment indoors as well.
Shih Poo health problems are very minimal as with most hybrid breeds. One major health concern with the Shih-Tzu was that its short muzzle often caused breathing problems, but the Shih Poo usually inherits a longer snout from the Poodle, which alleviates this issue.
Another condition that you should be aware of is collapsing trachea, which can sometimes be caused by using tight collars and leashes around the neck instead of using a harness.
The Shih Poo life expectancy is typically well into the teen years with the proper care and nutrition. Regular vet checkups and a good diet will ensure that your Shih Poo will be around as a family member for many years to come.
The Ideal Home for the Shih Poo
While Shihpoo puppies can adapt well to just about any living environment, this breed is best kept indoors. They will not handle extreme temperatures very well and will be much healthier and happier as an indoor pooch.
This friendly dog will have no issues with other pets in the home. In most cases, he will merely see every creature in the house as another playmate and will quickly warm up to other dogs, cats, or other animals.
If you have one or more children in the home, the Shih Poo is a great choice for your household. This breed is very docile and friendly and will most likely become very loyal and protective to the children in the home.
Depending on the size of the parents, the Shih Poo will typically not be very large and is perfectly suited in small homes or apartment areas. The average size in weight is about eight to ten pounds.
Shih Poo Personality and Trainability
The personality that the Shih Poo displays is quite delightful. This is a very sweet little dog that has an overall composure that can only be described as loving and loyal.
In just a matter of a few days, it’s likely that you and your new Shih Poo will most likely have already formed a lasting relationship and a special bond.
Shih-Tzu puppies have had a bad reputation in the past as being a bit stubborn and harder to train than most smaller breeds. Thanks to the intelligent lineage of the Poodle in the Shih Poo breed however, these puppies should be quite easily trained or housebroken.
As with any other small or toy breed, the Shih Poo will need to be shown discipline and structure in order to be the best pet for you and your family.
Never let your new puppy feel as if he is the leader of the pack and can do what he wants in the home because this will cause problems with training.
So, it does not matter if you are looking for a friendly and lovable companion or a playful pet, the Shih Poo will provide you with the best of both. You and your family will quickly fall in love with the alert and playful attitude that the Shih Tzu Poodle mix puppies will display.