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Shih Poo Breed Information

Shih Poos are gentle, sweet, family-oriented dogs who thrive on attention and love deeply. Cute and cuddly, clever and attentive, Shih Poo dogs are wonderful family companion pets. Shih Poo puppies are adorable, joyful little teddy bears who love to play and cuddle.  
A highly sought-after designer Doodle breed, the Shih Poo is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Mini, or Toy, Poodle. 
 Precious, fluffy and small, Shih Poos have an average weight between 8 and 18 pounds with an average height between 8 to 17 inches.   

BREED TYPE / MIX Doodle Hybrid / Poodle crossed with a Shih Tzu ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Clever, Affectionate, Gentle, Loyal, Loving ADULT WEIGHT 8-18 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 8-17 in LIFE SPAN 10-15 yrs

Shih Poo Characteristics

  • The Shih Poo sheds very little and is considered hypoallergenic
  • Incredibly sweet and loving, the Shih Poo is a magnificent emotional support dog
  • Shih Poo dogs are highly adaptable - they are more than happy to live in both small city apartments and large country side homes
  • Not overly vocal, yet vigilant and alert, the Shih Poos are efficient watch dogs
  • Shih Poo puppies are playful and highly social. They are friendly with children, other pets, and strangers
  • Small, easygoing, and non-aggressive, the Shih Poos are wonderful travel companions  
  • The Shih Poo adapts well to both active and laid-back lifestyles
  • Cheerful and attentive, the Shih Poo is best suited for families with or without children, singles, and seniors
  • The Shih Poos live longer healthier lives due to hybrid vigor 

Shih Poo Breeders

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Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with the nourishing and raising of a Shih Poo puppy. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment. Only the nation's best Shih Poo breeders can provide the best quality of life. The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Shih Poo breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. 

Shih Poo Appearance

The cute and cuddly Shih Poo has a well-proportioned sturdy-built body, a medium sized muzzle, dark round expressive eyes, an alert expression, a button nose, cute floppy ears, and a fanned tail.  The adorable Shih Poo is small in stature with an average height between 8 to 17 inches and an average weight between 8 and 18 pounds. The Shih Poo coat has hypoallergenic low-shedding properties and it can come in a variety of gorgeous colors such as white, black, brown, apricot, brindle, gray or color combinations with various patterns and markings. The Shih Poos can inherit the stunning curly coat of the Poodle parent, the beautiful long straight coat of the Shih Tzu parent or they can have their own unique combination of both. 

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Shih Poo Temperament

Affectionate, fun, cuddly, and sweet, the Shih Poo (also known as Shi-poo, Shoodle and Shih Doodle) dogs are ideal family companion pets.  The gorgeous Shih Poos are happy, cheerful little dogs with an infectious good mood. They love to be pampered and spoiled and are known to repay their family in return with lots of kisses and cuddles. Social, outgoing and friendly, Shih Poo dogs very much enjoy playtime in dog parks where they can interact and make friends with other dogs. Shih Poo puppies are bright and energetic little fluffs with a mind of their own. They love to run around, bounce and play just as much as they love to crash on a lap and cuddle for hours on end. The Shih Poo puppies are also known to be a bit on the stubborn side and will respond best to yummy rewards and praise-based training (perhaps a cheerleader or two to help with the process). The lovely Shih Poo is a non-aggressive, loyal, and devoted dog, with a calm temperament and a lot of love to give. The Shih Poos greatest quality is their remarkable ability to sense their family’s needs. They are known to thrive as emotional support dogs and have a great reputation for cheering up everyone they meet.  

Curious in nature and explorers at heart, Shih Poos like to be aware of their surroundings and will inspect every inch of the house twice over just to be sure nothing is missed. They love to meet new people; explore new places and they are small enough to travel everywhere. The Shih Poo pups are affectionate and crave attention, but they are not overly dependent. A squeaky chew toy (their favorite) is a great way to keep them busy and content when they are alone. 

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Shih Poo History

The Shih Poo is a new and highly sought-after designer Doodle Breed. The Shih Poo, also referred to as the Shi-poo, Shoodle and Shih Doodle, is a cross between a purebred Shih Tzu and a purebred Miniature or Toy Poodle.  
By combining the sweet affectionate nature of the Shih Tzu with the agile mindset and hypoallergenic qualities of the Poodle, professional breeders aimed to gift the world with a new and amazing breed. In the year 2000, in the United States, breeders achieved their goal and created the sweet Shih Poo that would go on to steal the hearts of many.  
The Shih Poo is the fur baby of two ancient and highly popular breeds. Although the Shih Poo breed is new and doesn’t have much history yet, we can take a look back at the history of the Shih Tzu and Poodle parent breeds to better understand the designer Doodle breed.  

The Shih Tzu is one of the most ancient breeds in dog history. A dog of royalty, the Shih Tzu has been raised among emperors and kings and has been a favorite companion pet at royal courts around the world. The Shih Tzu has been represented in Chinese culture, paintings and drawings, dating as far back as the 6th century. Also referred to as “lion dogs” in Chinese history, the Shih Tzu dogs are as athletic and agile as they are cuddly and cute. The Shih Tzu is known to excel at canine agility sports and is a most adored companion pet worldwide.  

The Poodle, a dog of many talents, is a member of the world canine aristocracy. Sophisticated, versatile and exceedingly bright, the Poodle has gathered a great number of achievements throughout its breed history. Having originated in Germany as a working dog used in hunting, the Poodle moved on to perform in the travelling circus across Europe. The Poodles impressed with their extraordinary performance and stunning looks wherever they traveled and soon found favor among the aristocrats and nobility of Europe and the United States. Poodles are champions at a wide variety of canine sports, famous cinematic stars and greatly loved companion pets.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shih Poo? A Shih-Poo is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between the Shih Tzu and a Toy Poodle.

How small are Shih Poo’s? Shih Poo’s measure between 8 to 18 inches in height and can weigh between 8 to 18 lbs.

What coat colors are available? The coat color of a Shih Poo will vary. They can come in black, brown, white, cream, apricot, gold, red and brindle or a combination of all or some of those colors.

Will I need to regularly groom my Shih Poo? Yes. Daily to a few times per week brushings along with regular scheduled professional grooming appointments every 4 to 6 weeks will keep your little ones coat soft and clean.

Will a Shih Poo make for a good family pet? Shih Poo’s are sweet and loving in nature and get along with everyone, but are best suited for older people who are retired or not as active. Because of the Shih Poo’s small stature, they can be easily injured by overly excited children. They also really enjoy the company and comfort of older people.

Are Shih Poo’s easily trainable? Shih Poo’s are very intelligent and eager to please, but they also come with a bit of a stubborn streak. With patience and consistency, they will be trained in no time.

How much exercise will my Shih Poo need? Since they are smaller dogs, they will require less exercise. Daily walks between 20- 30 minutes will be plenty to keep them fit and active. They also love to have indoor play, so make sure to keep lots of safe toys available to them.

What is the life expectancy of a Shih Poo? The average life expectancy of a Shih Poo is between 14 and 17 years.

What is the temperament of a Shih Poo? These spirited little pups are full of love and energy. They are companion dogs, so they thrive in the company of others, but prefer the company of older adults.

Do Shih Poo’s bark a lot? Like most small breeds, Shih Poo’s tend to bark more than larger breeds, but they are not as yappy as some toy breeds. Training them to control their barking is best when it is corrected at a very young age.

Does the Shih Poo shed a lot? No, they have very minimal shedding. They make for great companions for those that suffer with allergies.

What kind of coat does the Shih Poo have? The coat can vary depending on which parent they take after more. Their coat can be wavy and wiry like the poodle or soft and straight like the Shih Tzu. It may also be a healthy mix of both.

Do they adjust well to their living environment? Yes, they adjust very well. They are just as happy and content in a small apartment as they are in a big home.

Are Shih Poo’s anxious dogs? Shih Poo’s tend to get anxious when left alone. They need to be around people, so it is best not to leave them for long periods of time. If they become too upset or anxious they can get destructive.

Can I register my Shih Poo with the American Kennel Club (AKC)? No. Unfortunately, the AKC doesn’t register cross breeds.