Shih-Poo Dog Breed Introduction:
The Shih-poo is a cross-breed or “designer” dog breed which mixes the Poodle and Shih-Tzu dog breeds.  This produces an smart, friendly and loyal dog that an excellent house dog and companion for most people. Visit our comprehensive breeder directory to find Shih-Poo Puppies for sale close by.

Breeder Notes:
“Shih-poos make the perfect little puppy for your family!! they are so cute and cuddly! Mommy is a shih-tzu for that sweet laid back, playful personality and is always happy and ready to cuddle or play! Daddy is a poodle so your little shih-poo is going to be smart, playful and won’t shed !! Perfect if your family has any kind of allergies ! Gorgeous, sweet, loving, smart puppies !!”

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Shih-Poo Dog Breed Origins:
The Poodle has two extremely desirable traits that most dog owners want. Firstly, they are recognized as one of the smartest dog breeds in existence, along with Border Collies and German Shepherds.  The second attribute that is highly coveted is their single coat, low shed and allergy-friendly fur.  The look of the Poodle is very specific and it’s not everyone favorite.  Many people would like to extend the desirable traits of the poodle into other breeds that they enjoy.  Thus the cross-breeding process has found the Poodle being used in many variations.  The Shih-Poo takes the history and quality of the Poodle breed and works to fuse it into the Shih-Tzu.  It helps to reduce the breathing issues and temperature sensitivity that some Shih Tzus have.  The Shih-Poo is a relatively new cross-breed, so the results may vary.

Shih-Poo Dog Breed Appearance:
The Shih-poo will receive traits from both parents.  Size will also be dependent on parents. The coat colors will be an combination of their parents colors, and the coat itself will long and either straight, curly or some combination in-between.  An average weight for the breed  is approximately 8 pounds, but they can range anywhere from 5 to 15 depending on which parent they take more of their characteristics from.  Similarly, their height ranges from 8-12 inches at the shoulder.

 

Shih Poo Puppy

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Shih-Poo Dog Breed Temperament:
Shih-Poo share a range of temperaments between the full extents of both the poodle and Shih-tzu breeds.  The general traits that you can expect for the Shih-Poo breed are that they are active, affectionate, loyal and loving.  They are not good watch-dogs or guard-dogs, but they will bark at times to alert.  In general, Shih-Poos are not for homes with small children, though some homes have been able to acclimate them to this situation.  They will do well with older childrem, other dogs and other pets, this is helped with early and regular socialization.  Shih-Poo can suffer from separation anxiety; they do not do well be left alone for long periods of time.  Lack of mental exercise and interaction can leads to many destructive behaviors and lots of barking. See Cute Puppies For Sale’s thorough Dog Breed Index to locate Shih-Poo Puppies for Sale from reputable breeders near you.

Shih-Poo Dog Breed Mortality and Health:
Shih-Poos are relatively new, so as you can see numbers are general ranges.  They can live anywhere from 12-17 years.  In general they loose any of the possible health problems of either breed, though, as with any cross, issues from either parent are possible to a degree. As we discussed, the poodle traits tend to lessen or completely eliminate any of the breathing issues found in the Shih-Tzu side of the dog.  Litter sizes range from 4-6 puppies. These are not very active dogs, so heavy activity families are probably not the best for these dogs. The Shih-Poo is a generally healthy dog breed.

 

Shih-Poo Breed

Shih-Poo Dog Breed

 

 

Shih-Poo Dog Breed Overview:
The Shih-Poo is a newer cross-breed dog which combines desirable traits of the both the Shih-Tzu and the Poodle breeds. They are smart, loyal and very loving to their families.  They are also easy on owners/family members who have dog allergies. Cute Puppies For Sale’s extensive Dog Breed Directory to locate Shih-Poo Breeders in your state.

Shih-poos make the perfect little puppy for your family!!  they are so cute and cuddly!  Mommy is a shih-poo for that sweet laid back,  playful personality and is always happy and ready to cuddle or play! Daddy is a poodle so your little shih-poo is going to be smart,  playful and won’t shed !! Perfect if your family has any kind of allergies !  Gorgeous,  sweet,  loving,  smart puppies !!

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