The Shihpoo is created by the crossing of two breeds: Shih Tzu and Poodle. They are commonly referred to as “designer dogs” and are one of the most popular of the crosses. The ideal Shih-poo is sturdy, compact, and solid. They should be well-proportioned in appearance and possess a lively and keen expression. Shih-poos are very simialer in apperance to the Cavoodle (Cavalier x Poodle) but have a shorter snout.
The Shih-poo is loyal, loving, and affectionate. They are outgoing but very wary of strangers. Shih-poo’s are quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
The coat of the Shih-poo may be long, straight, and profuse; curly or a combination. They are very low to no shedding.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The Shih-poo may be difficult to housebreak. The crate training method works best. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
The Shih-poo is well suited for apartment living. Shih-poo’s enjoy family play sessions, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a fenced yard.