Shih Poo is a Poodle mix with Shih Tzu. Its trusting nature makes them an ideal family pet. This breed was first developed in the United States in the 1980s. The SHIH POO is known for its intelligence, friendly demeanor, and low-shedding coat. It is an ideal companion for those who want an intelligent and affectionate dog but don’t have the time or energy to groom one regularly. The breed's history is steeped in centuries of breeding practices that have produced this unique hybrid canine.
Shih Poo is bred in three varieties:
- The Toy
- The Mini
- The Standard
Temperament & Personality
Shih poo puppies are obedient, calm, and have an even temper. They are not usual barkers but have a louder voice than the Shih Tzus. Being a Poodle mix with Shih Tzu, they tend to borrow the temperament of their parents which makes them always keen on pleasing their owners. They are smart and brilliant which makes them very easy to train. This breed is affectionate, and loving and likes to spend quality time with its family members. Also, it is an ideal companion dog for older adults. They are also shy towards unknown people and are not significant watchdogs.
The Shih Poo is known for its gentle and affectionate nature, making it an ideal companion for families with children. They are also highly intelligent and easily trained, making them an excellent choice for first-time dog owners. With proper socialization, Shih Tzu Poodle puppies can get along with other pets and people of all ages.
Despite their small size, the Shih Poo is full of energy and loves to play. They have a strong desire to please their owners, making them loyal companions who will always be by your side when you need them most.
Shitzu poodle mix dogs require a moderate amount of activity, but it can vary depending on the traits it inherits from its parents. These small dogs will enjoy short walks or jogging regularly with ample of playtime in the yard. It needs a companion every time as it doesn’t like to stay alone and suffers anxiety. They can play indoors with toys or with their owners for extra activity.
They will also love to attend agility and obedience classes, it will not only keep the dog active but will also allow it to apply its mind. Additionally, puzzle games will also help the dog to get mental stimulation.
As its parents, the Shih Tzu poodle mixes will require high maintenance as they have curly to wavy hair which needs brushing every day to get rid of dirt and dead hairs. Infrequent brushing will make the coat dull and tangled. Its hindquarters require particular attention underneath its shoulders and behind its ears. The dog is an average shedder and does not shed much.
Owners keep Shih Poo haircuts depending upon their coat type. It can also experience tearing problems, so checking its eyes and cleaning them with a damp cloth is very crucial. Frequent bathing is not necessary, but it is crucial when incredibly filthy. Its droopy ears retain moisture and wax, which will require cleaning every week to prevent painful ear infections. Teeth brushing every week twice or thrice will avert tartar collection and tooth decay. Nails will need clipping when they overgrow. Few owners trim their coats occasionally to maintain their hair growth.
It does not catch many diseases but can suffer some health problems which they inherit from their parents.
- Eye Problems
- Invertebral Disc Disease
- Addison's Disease
- Brachycephalic Syndrome
- Sebaceous Adenitis
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Otitis Externa
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Cleft Lift or Palate
- Full Body Physical Examination
- Blood and Urine Protein
Random veteran checkups and occasional tests will keep the dog healthy.
Shih Poo dogs can be highly intelligent and trainable, but they can also have a stubborn streak. Consistency and positive reinforcement are key to training a Shih Poo.
House training should be started early, and patience and consistency are crucial. Crate training can also be helpful in this process.
Obedience training is also important for a Shih Poo. Basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and heel should be taught to help with behavior and control. This can also help to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Socialization is also an important aspect of training for a Shih Poo. They should be exposed to different people, animals, and environments from an early age to help them become well-adjusted and confident adult dogs.
Its eating habits and calorie intake require supervision as it is an overeater. Raw meat diet or 1 cup of commercial dry dog food will be sufficient for the dog. Kibble is good for this breed, as they develop teeth issues and can suffer from tooth decay. Kibble will prevent bad breath and gum infections.
A diet that includes lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, or turkey, and complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa, or sweet potatoes are recommended. You should also consider high-quality dog food that is formulated for small breeds.
It's important to also monitor their weight as Shih Poo has a tendency to become overweight. You should feed them the appropriate amount of food for their size and level of activity, and avoid giving them table scraps or too many treats.
It is also important to provide fresh water at all times and monitor their food and water intake to ensure they are getting the proper nutrition. Consult with your veterinarian for the specific nutritional needs of your Shih Poo.