The Shihpoo, also known as a Shoodle or a Poo-Tzu, is an adorable mixed breed between a Shih Tzu and a Miniature or Toy Poodle. This fairly new designer breed was first noticed in North America in the last few decades. Shihpoos are cheerful, easygoing, and devoted, and would be comfortable in most living situations. They are ideal for an older, retired person, but will also be fine in a family with calm, older children. This is a good breed for new pet owners, but the Shihpoo can be stubborn if it inherits certain traits from its Shih Tzu parent. They are an intelligent, sensitive, and lovable breed who would like nothing more than to be spoiled and cherished, and they do make great emotional support therapy dogs. The Shihpoo is typically 8-18 inches high, and usually weighs between 7-20 pounds. The height and weight can vary due to what size Poodle the Shih Tzu is bred with. This is a breed with a long life span, commonly between 13-17 years. Their thick coat can be either curly or straight or a mix of both, and with a wide range of colors. The Shihpoo’s coat can be white, cream, gray, black, brown, liver, apricot, and often with a tawny or dappled pattern. Due to the coat being easily matted daily brushing is essential, and they would do well with monthly professional grooming appointments. Due to the Shihpoo being a smaller breed it does have a propensity to suffer from dental issues, so daily brushing of their teeth is important. Their exercise needs are in the medium range of between 20-30 minutes a day. Typically a few short walks and quick little potty breaks would suffice. They do get along with other pets, but as with any dog early training and socialization is important. The Shihpoo is commonly a healthy breed and with routine veterinary care, they should live long and happy lives.
Each dog breed can be prone to develop certain diseases or conditions, be sure to research your specific breed before making a purchase to ensure you´re prepared for any challenges that may arise. This information is only a generalization and we make no guarantees on any breed related to personality, appearance, or typical health characteristics.