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Shihpoo Dog Breed… Everything You Need to Know at a Glance!

Shihpoo = Shih Tzu + Miniature Poodle

The Shihpoo is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle. He may only be a small dog, but packs a powerful personality into his little frame.

Now we all know…

That cute puppies are always in “fashion” and the Poo Puppies are as cute and adorable as they get.  That’s why we wanted to take a moment and discuss the “breed” in a bit more detail so that if you are currently considering purchasing a Shihpoo puppy or better yet adopting a Shihpoo rescue dog, you’ll have a better idea of what that will be like.

Because…

The last thing that we would like to see happen here at IndulgeYourPet is to see someone choose to adopt a dog for all the right reasons only to be someone that just isn’t quite “right” for a particular breed.

So, without further ado let’s dive right in!

Shihpoo Dog Breed Fast Facts

Country of Origin: United States

Original Purpose:  Companion animal

Height: 8 to 15 inches

Weight: 7 to 20 pounds

Dog Breed Classification:  “Designer” or “Hybrid” dog breeds are currently not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)

Life Span: 15 or more years

History of the Shihpoo Dog Breed

The Shihpoo dog breed is a cross between a Toy Poodle and a Shih Tzu. The Poodle is from Germany and the Shih Tzu is from Tibet, China.

When was the Shihpoo first developed and where?

We don’t know that for sure.   That said however, it is generally believed that the Shihpoo was first developed 25 to 30 years back in the United States, but we can’t be sure.

What we do know for sure is…

That these dogs have become quite popular since the 2000s. Everyone likes cute puppies these days and the Poo Puppies are adorable.

The American Kennel Club refuses to recognize the Shihpoo as it is a mixed-breed dog or designer dog.

 Physical Characteristics of the Shihpoo Dog Breed

Appearance

Shihpoos are small dogs that vary in size depending on which side is more dominant. If the Poodle side is more dominant, then the Shihpoo can grow to a height of 15 inches. If the Shih Tzu side dominates, you can expect this dog to have a height of 8 to 10 inches at the shoulder level.

Shihpoo’s also…

Have a small, compact and lean body shape. They are short-legged dogs and have a low base. Their face is almost human like and they often have an expression that makes them look like they are pleading for something.

Coat

Shihpoos have a thick and moderately long double coat – soft undercoat and coarse topcoat. The coat can be of different colors such as black, white, brindle, gold, black and white, parti-colored and brown and white. These dogs do shed a lot, which is why you should make it a point to brush their coat once every day.

Temperament and Personality of a Shihpoo

Shihpoo puppies are better suited to a home with older children, kids who are at least 6 or 7 years old and know how to behave with dogs.

The problem with toddlers is that they get too excited around puppies, and do things like pull at the puppy’s tail or ears, or try to mount it like a horse!

No dog likes to be disrespected like that.

Some breeds such as Saint Bernard are blessed with infinite patience and can tolerate such antics by kids. But small breeds such as the Shihpoo- not so much.

And…

Don’t be surprised if the Poo Puppies snap at a toddler who takes too many liberties with it. That could scare your toddler and he or she may never want to play with a dog again.

You don’t want that. So, wait until your child is at least 6 or 7 before bringing one of those cute Shihpoo puppies home.

The thing about Shihpoo’s…

Is that they are smart but have a mind of their own. It’s not so easy to train them. You should use a mix of firmness, love and food rewards to train these little puppies.

Health Problems

The Shihpoo is a healthy dog breed with an excellent life expectancy of 15 years of more. That’s pretty good for a dog. In fact, that’s as good as it gets. But like all dog breeds even the Shihpoo is susceptible to certain health issues such as…

  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Dental Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease

Fortunately

None of these health issues are life threatening by any chance. But these are recurring problems, so the treatment for them can cost a lot.

This is why…

We here at IndulgeYourPet also recommend that any new pet owner take a moment and see what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy for your new animal.

Now will a pet insurance policy be right for everyone?

No, probably not.  But until you fully understand what these policies “will” and “won’t” cover and how much these pet insurance policies cost, how will you know if one might be right for you?

For more information on who we feel currently offers the “best” pet insurance policies out there, we would encourage you to check out our Best Pet Insurance Policies article.

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