Shih Tzu Poodle - Shih-Poo

The Shih Tzu Poodle is a popular Shih Tzu mix.  It is also commonly known as the Shih-Poo.  However, some people think a nicer name is a 'shoodle' ...

This mixed breed is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Poodle. The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes this crossbreed.

Appearance and Care

The Shih-Poo's weight is normally 5-15 pounds and their height is generally 10-15 inches at the shoulder.  Its ears and neck may be longer than a purebred shih tzu.

The Shih-Poo's coat can be found almost in any color or combination of colors.

In addition, the coat can be very curly, very straight or somewhere in between. Even though the coat is very long, Shih-Poo's don't shed much and are considered a hypoallergenic dog. If you are into topknots, then the long hair found on a Shih Tzu Poodle will be plenty long enough.  Of course, you can always choose to keep the coat groomed short if you prefer.

It is suggested you take particularly good care of a shih-poo's ears.  Many small dogs continue to grow hair inside the ear which can cause problems when combined with a build up of wax.  Keep your shih tzus ears clean (with a cotton ball dipped in ear cleaner) and trim any excess hair to avoid ear infections.

Personality and Other Characteristics

The Shih-Poo is very intelligent and smart. They generally are easily trained and housebroken.  One Shih Poo lover on this site described how pleased they were with how well their dog responded to obedience training ... in fact, she said she's amazed by the words and commands her dog understands. 

Another commented that hers was super easy to house train.  We wish you the same success with yours!

This designer breed is also alert, friendly and gets along well with children and other pets.  Several owners describe them as loving, fun and playful.  They typically have a calm and even temperament, although can get very exuberant when excited.   It is worth noting that this mix may not be that social with other dogs.

The average life expectancy for the a poodle shihtzu mix is 12-18 years.


Share Your Shih Tzu Poodle Photos

Here are some photos of this breed shared by visitors to our website.  Meet Chockie, Willow Grace and Frosty ...

If you currently own one of these dogs, please visit the Shih Tzu Mix page to tell everyone about your hybrid dog and to share your photos.

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