Shih-Poo.

Other Names:

Shoodle, Pooshi

Price Range:

$500 – $1,000

Size:

Small

Dog Group:

Toy

Coat Length:

Medium

Energy:

Medium

Kid Friendly:

Medium

Life Expectancy:

15-16 years

Available in these colours:

Characteristics & Tendencies:

TENDENCY TO DIG30%

30%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

SNORING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

DROOLING10%

10%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

EXERCISE NEEDS52%

52%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

GROOMING NEEDS75%

75%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

BARKING30%

30%

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LOW

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MEDIUM

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HIGH

APARTMENT FRIENDLY

HYPOALLERGENIC

About the Shih-Poo

The Shih-Poo is one of the more recently developed Poodle hybrids and is usually bred from Toy Poodle and Shih-Tzu parents. These dogs have inherited some of the best qualities from both of their parents, such as being hypoallergenic and cuddly companions. This makes them an ideal indoor dog, where they will place themselves at the heart of family activities and on the lap of their favourite person.

Like all hybrids, many of its physical and behavioural characteristics are variable, depending on which parent’s traits it inherits, but the Shih-Poo is generally intelligent and a somewhat stubborn dog. This is a cheerful cross that loves to play, but because of its dainty build it may find young children too inconsiderate, so is better suited to older families. Similarly, although it will usually be sociable towards other dogs, it can easily be injured by larger animals, so must be supervised in its play and other interactions.

They are energetic little dogs that are always ready to play. They are also renowned for their love of noise, be that the sound of their own voice, or the squeak of a favourite toy. They also want to be snuggled on their owner’s lap or share a bed or sofa, but care must be taken not to spoil this feisty character, who can become too full of his own self-importance given the chance.

FEEDING

How much do Shih-Poos eat?

1 – 1.5 cups of food a day

TEMPERAMENT

Are they kid-friendly?

They make great playmates for older and respectful children

EXERCISE

How much exercise?

30 to 40 minutes of daily exercise

LIVING

Do they need a lot of space?

They make great playmates for older and respectful children

Top health issues

What are the most common health issues for Shih-Poos?

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Clef Palate

IN DETAIL

Common Shih-Poo diseases & conditions, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment in detail:

Feeding

How much does a Shih-Poo eat?

High-quality dry kibble twice a day is more suitable for this dog as they are prone to dental problems including premature teeth loss which dry food can help to combat. It is best to ensure the kibble is suited to their age (i.e. puppy, adult or senior) and if possible, kibble formulated for small dogs breeds (this means a smaller size biscuit making it easier for them to digest). They also have a tendency to overeat (and to beg for human food too), it is important to monitor their food intake to avoid them putting too much weight on.

Shedding

How often does the fur fall off?

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. The Shih-poo makes for an allergy-friendly dog that does not trigger a reaction in people with specific allergies and asthma.

Grooming

Are Shih-Poos high maintenance?

While these are adorable dogs, remember that they will require frequent and persistent grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed. Professional recommend that a Shih Poo gets groomed every four to six weeks. Because the Shih-Poo is a small dog, and a member of the poodle family, the poodle puppy clip is one of the best clips for a Shih-Poo in the winter. If you choose the poodle puppy clip, the groomer will shave the hair around the face, neck, feet and base of the tail. The rest of the coat is left at a longer length. In addition, you will have to brush or comb your Shih-Poo every few days to help prevent the fur matting or tangling. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. A careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early.

Exercise

How much exercise does a Shih-Poo need?

Although energetic, the Shih-Poo doesn’t require a lot of vigorous exercise. Short but brisk walks in the morning and evening are all that is necessary to keep this spunky little guy fit. He will happily run around the home playing with a ball or other toys the rest of the time. Romping and playing in a grassy backyard with children or racing around a dog park with his canine pals will also be appreciated by the Shih-Poo. This is not a hybrid breed that will enjoy jogging or hiking with his owners. That’s too much. Playing is great but too much exertion is counterproductive to the Shih-Poo’s health. So keep that in mind if you enjoy being a particularly active dog owner. Normally, they will need 30 to 40 minutes of proper exercise each day.

Vet Visits

How often should a Shih-Poo visit the vet?

Wellness checks, once per year for adults and twice per year for seniors, is an important part of care. The vet will run a complete blood count, urinalysis and stool sample testing. Your dog will be checked for any possible developing orthopedic issues, breathing issues and vision and hearing will be checked. Early diagnosis is the best chance for both a good prognosis and effective treatment. Routine maintenance for your dog gives you a chance to track your dog’s growth and development and discuss any concerns with your vet and forms a key part of preventative care.

Family Suitability

Are Shih-Poos kid-friendly and sociable with humans?

Shih-Poos are unlikely to be tolerant of younger children, who may not necessarily respect boundaries, so care should be taken when introducing small children to this dog. If they have been exposed to small children as a puppy, and the child is always supervised and taught to respect the dog’s boundaries, there should be no problem with this dog breed being welcomed into the family. In general, the Shih-Poo is a social and playful little dog with lots of love to give, but they may be a little shy and wary of strangers.

Trainability

Are Shih-Poos difficult to train?

The Shih-Poo’s stubbornness comes to the fore in training. Although the Poodle is famed as one of the most intelligent of dog breeds, the Shih-Poo is generally a reluctant and uninterested pupil. All dogs are capable of learning, but owners need to be prepared to devote time and no small amount of patience to young Shih-Poos to raise a well-mannered and obedient adult. House-training, too, can be a slow process, and crate training is strongly recommended to avoid facing a mess on the kitchen floor every morning for 12 months. They can really be challenging, but if you’re consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.

Compatibility with other pets

Do Shih-Poos get along with other dogs or cats?

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. However, they are average friendly towards cats. But there are times that Shih-Poos can get along with other animals if they are introduced slowly and calmly. Thus, early socialisation will help this go smoothly but should always take precautions to avoid destructive responses of the dog.

Need for company

How often do they need to be around humans?

Shih-Poos are affectionate, intelligent, and outgoing. They are very trusting with everyone and thrive on human companionship. This makes them in need of a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone. They tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them. These dogs do best when a family member is around or if you take them to work.

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