About Shihpoos

Stats and Character Traits of Shih-poos

The Shihpoo dog is a relative newcomer to the canine world, having been bred in the US Most experts would describe Shihpoos as follows:

  • Definition: Mix of Toy or Miniature Poodle and Shih Tzu parents
  • Typical Shihpoo puppy price range: $400 – $2,000
  • Pronunciation of “Shihpoo:” SHE-poo (yes, pretty much just as it is written), though some pronounce it SHIH-poo.
  • Size: toy or mini (8-15 lbs with most common weight reported being 10 lbs) and 8-13 inches to the top of the shoulder. See details on growth information here.
  • Coat: From wavy to tight curls, it is as near non-shedding as a dog can be
  • Color: Black, White, Brindle, Red, Sable, solid or mixed
  • Good with Children: Yes, though probably too small for toddlers. More on Shihpoos and Children with Autism here.
  • Intelligence: High
  • Trainability: Medium. More on easy, early commands here.
  • Activity Level: Regular Exercise, Loves playing fetch and tug-of-war, but can also rest or cuddle much of his or her waking hours. More ideas here.
  • Average Lifespan: 10-18 years (based on average parents lifespan)
  • Bark: Medium. More on minimizing barking here.
  • Health Concerns: Undetermined, though likely similar to parent breeds
  • Lap Cuddler: Yes
  • Grooming Requirements: Low if hair kept short, Medium for longer hair
  • Haircut Frequency: Generally every one to six months
  • Other Names, Spellings and Nicknames: Shih-poo, Shipooh, Shipooh, Pooshih, Poo Tzu, Shoodle, Shihdoodle, the “Teddy Bear Dog”
  • AKC Recognition: Shihpoos are not recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club