Shih Poo Puppies For Sale
The energetic designer breed Shih Poo is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Toy or Miniature Poodle. Though, there is little known history on the origin of the Shih Poo, what we do know is that throughout history there have been many Shih Tzu and Poodle mixes. These adorable and easy to love dogs were developed to make perfect compact companions with the added benefit of hypoallergenic coats.
Appearance and Grooming
With their alert expression and sturdy little frames, these dogs may have the curly coat of a Poodle or the long, straight coat of a Shih Tzu. Like both parent breeds, the Shih Poo can come in a multitude of solid colors including white, black, gray, brown and apricot or in a parti-color pattern. Daily brushing as well as visits to the groomer every 3 to 4 months is essential for keeping your puppy matte and tangle free.
These puppies are playful, friendly and affectionate, always happy to sit in a lap and give a little love. Their inherited behavioral traits from both parent breeds will assure a clever and spirited little dog. Though social in nature, they can also be quiet and quite shy with strangers. Proper socialization at an early age will give them the confidence that they need to be comfortable in most environments and with most people.
Family and Companionship
While quite intelligent, these loveable pets may not be the best choice for first time dog owners, as their sometimes stubborn streak can make them difficult to house train. Yet, their sweet and loyal nature makes them ideal companions, especially for retirees looking for a four-legged friend to spend their golden years with. Nothing will make you smile quite like having a Shih-Poo bouncing around your home.
The amount of exercise that your puppy will require will vary by the particular traits that they inherit from their parent breeds. Most often they will need a moderate amount of exercise for both physical and emotional health. A short to medium length walk on a daily basis will be adequate for a dog this size. Additional exercise can be easily achieved through play by allowing your puppy to play outdoors in a fenced in area.
Training and Socialization
Loyal to a fault and cute as they come, this little ball of love will tax even the most patient and experienced of professional dog trainers, so new dog owners should not try to take on such a task. Hiring a trained professional is the best choice for this little independent and comedic character as persistency and routine is key when it comes to both training and socialization. Introduce your puppy to new sights and sounds in addition to professional training early on to form a well rounded and behaved dog.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Shih-Poo is a mixed breed dog that is a cross between the Shih Tzu and a Toy Poodle.
Shih Poo’s measure between 8 to 18 inches in height and can weigh between 8 to 18 lbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The average life expectancy of a Shih Poo is between 14 and 17 years.
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.
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.
No, they have very minimal shedding. They make for great companions for those that suffer with allergies.
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.
Yes, they adjust very well. They are just as happy and content in a small apartment as they are in a big home.
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.
No. Unfortunately, the AKC doesn’t register cross breeds.
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