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Shih Poo Dog Breed Information

General Information:

Average Height: 8 in – 12 in
Average Weight:
10 – 15 lbs
Average Life Span:
12 – 15 yrs
Single, bi-and tri-colored; white with black, brown, apricot, grey, red
Area of Origin:
United States
Similar Breeds:
Shih Tzu, Poodle, Shichon (Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise), Lhasapoo (Lhasa Apso/Poodle), Bichpoo (Bichon/Poodle); any mix with a Shih Tzu or a Poodle

History and Origin:

The Shih Poo is a “designer dog” breed; bred to be an ultimate companion dog, it is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Poodle (Toy, Miniature, or even Standard). As a mix breed, the Shih Poo is not accepted into major kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, or United Kennel Club, but can be registered with a growing number of hybrid dog breed clubs. The American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry all accept the Shih Poo. Like other designer dog breeds, the Shih Poo was bred with the hopes of creating a hypoallergenic companion animal small enough to be carried if necessary, and agreeable enough to adapt to apartment or urban living. While not common, a mix between a Shih Tzu and a Standard Poodle is possible. The Standard Shih Poo will be larger than a mix with the Toy or Miniature Poodle, and may require more exercise and more diligent training than its smaller counterpart.

Personality and Temperament:

Like its parent breeds, the Shih Poo is an intelligent, friendly, and playful dog, good with anyone from children to the elderly. While it will happily play for hours, the Shih Poo is equally content to curl up on its owner’s lap all afternoon. It makes a good watch dog, as the Shih Poo can be wary of strangers; it is important to provide it with adequate socialization so that it does not become aggressive toward other people or dogs. Due to its Poodle blood, the Shih Poo can be timid, and gentle and consistent leadership from its owner will help to eliminate any reserved tendencies the dog may have. Bred to be a companion dog, the Shih Poo becomes very attached to its owner, and can suffer from separation anxiety and Small Dog Syndrome if proper care is not given to its upbringing. Overall, the Shih Poo is a delightful little dog, and is suitable for a nervous or first-time dog owner.

Exercise & Training:

While the Shih Poo requires little exercise, it does enjoy a daily walk and some play time to keep it happy and healthy. From the Poodle blood, the Shih Poo can get excited easily, and exercise will help quiet the dog down. Due to its size and generally calm nature, the Shih Poo is an ideal breed for apartment or small home living. Typically, it inherits the keen intelligence of the Poodle, and as such can be highly trainable. A companion dog to the core, the Shih Poo tends to be extremely motivated by food, and can be fairly easily trained using treats as positive reinforcement.


The Shih Poo can inherit either the dense curls of the Poodle, the long, straight coat of the Shih Tzu, or a combination coat. Regardless of the coat type, daily brushing will help keep the skin healthy and remove hair that may not fall out itself; the Shih Poo sheds little. Frequently, owners like to keep the coat clipped short for easy maintenance, and a trip to the groomers three or four times a year will help keep the coat neat and tidy. Bathe only when necessary to avoid drying out the skin.

Similar Breeds:

As a mix breed, the Shih Poo inherits qualities from both the Shih Tzu and the Poodle, however no two Shih Poos will inherit the exact same traits. In general, the Shih Poo is similar to other small Shih Tzu or Poodle mixes, such as the Shichon, Bichpoo, or Lhasapoo.

Additional Resources for Information on the Shih Poo:

 Vet Street – Shihpoo Information
Designer Dog Info – Shihpoos
Shih Tzus and Furbabies – Small Breed Dog Rescue
Poo-Mix Rescue – Rescuing Poodle Mix Dogs

Breeds Similar to Shih Poo Dogs:

Breed Information Shih Poo

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  • susan stollmack
    August 23, 2015, 1:08 am

    Trying to find out if your the same breeder that sold molly to the coulee in nyc.

  • December 20, 2015, 12:59 am

    Could you please an email regarding the price of your puppies.
    My telephone # 919-552-9202
    I live in the Raleigh area.

  • Kasandra Vaccaro
    August 11, 2016, 3:30 am


    We are starting to look for hypo allergenic dogs for our home. My husband is allergic but loves dogs, my two kids LOVE dogs. They spend summers with my mom who has 19 (yes, you read that right) in her farm. They are dying for a pup. I think we would prefer a puppy but don’t want to eliminate the possibility of adoption as well. Can you tell us a bit more about Shih poo’s? How big do they get? We have to yung boys, ages 7 and 9 and looking for a pet with a great temperament. But have heard that some breeds tend to be more Poodle and their temperament isn’t as great, in particular with kids. What can we expect? What kind of activity/exercise do they need? We want a well tempered dog, good with kids, loyal and a general campion / family member to add to our clan.

    What sort of timing can we expect? To be honest, we would prefer to get a dog in January but understand this may not always be our choice – nature dictates the when!

    Also what is the cost? We live in the San Francisco east bay, are their breeders in this area?

    Please feel free to either email or call me to discuss further.

    Thank you,
    Kasandra Vaccaro
    415 548 0644

  • Linda Cusano
    September 21, 2016, 10:46 pm

    My daughter likes the cavapoo puppy I like to get it for her for holloween.

  • November 27, 2016, 11:16 pm

    Need info on small dog that might be house broke as I am a disabled senior. Had shihpoo 15 years and just had to put down. She was ver y dear to me and spoiled rotten . I have a fenced back yard and would be able to take her for walks on a walkway around near pond so she would get daily exercise. Not able to travel to get her. I want a small dog. Shihpoo, toy poodle, small shihtzu, teadybear, Maltipoo, or such. Can’t afford a lot.

    Please email me if you can help me.

    Thank you.

  • Kelly collins
    January 14, 2017, 11:33 pm

    My wife and I just our beautiful little ShiiPoo! Can’t replace her, but we would like to find older an older ShiPoo of about 8 or 9 years old.
    Don’t know where to search for such a great puppy. Our little toy poodle needs a companion.

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