Top 10 Best Selling Shihpoo Products for 2021


best selling Shihpoo products for 2021

Products Shihpoo Families Are Buying for Their Puppies

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Visitors to Shihpoo Central have appreciated the recommendations we have made for toys, foods, and products for their Shihpoos. We’ve used these same products for our own two Shihpoos, Titus and Stark, so we can offer our recommendations with confidence.

The following list includes the 10 most ordered products in the past year through our site, based on our sales reports from Amazon.

#1 Andis AGC2 ProClip 2-Speed Clipper

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Product Description:

Professional Grooming Clippers, Model AGC2, with Detachable Blade. Corded/Plug in. This model is black.

Why It’s So Popular

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, groomers shut their salon doors, leaving frantic Shihpoo families unsure about how to keep their puppies not only looking their best but also being their healthiest (grooming minimizes matting, which could otherwise cause skin irritations and infections). Home grooming became the norm for many households.

Why We Love It

We first tried a cheap pair of clippers we purchased at the local pet store. They were normally something like $80, but we found them “on sale” that day for $40. So not worth it! Three hours and a whole lot of frustration later, our oldest Shihpoo survived, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to myself.

Cheap clippers will NOT cut most Shihpoo hair. They just won’t. I’m usually a pretty big cheapskate, but spending two to three times the cost of the cheapest clippers is very much worth the price.

After getting these Andis 2-speed clippers, grooming our puppy’s curly coat felt like cutting through butter with a hot knife. The difference was night and day. So, do yourself a favor and avoid the cheapest clippers. There are more expensive clippers that are cordless or faster or have more speeds. They will probably make grooming even a bit easier, but if you’re just getting started with grooming your Shihpoo, start with the Andis AGC2.

Learn More

See our popular post on 5 Tips for Giving Your Shihpoo a Basic Haircut.

#2 Dematting Comb

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Product Description:

7″ long and 3″ wide. The teeth on this dematting rake are sharp enough to prevent pulling your puppy’s hair, and the rounded ends help make it safer on sensitive skin as an undercoat brush.

Why It’s So Popular

Shihpoo families adore their puppies, so when the Shihpoo’s coat starts to get matted, they want to provide as much relief to the dog as quickly as possible. Plus, a dematting tool is much more affordable to use once or twice a month than taking the puppy to the groomer every month or two.

Why We Love It

We have two Shihpoos. One has very wavy hair, like a Shih Tzu with a two-month old perm. His hair rarely gets matted. Our oldest Shihpoo, though, has tight curles that tend to matte if we let it go more than a couple weeks without a good combing or brushing. That’s why this busy family prefers the short puppy cut. Easier to take care of.

Still, after a month or two, we need to comb his coat, and when he gets mattes, these tools are easy to use and effective. As we gently pull it through his mattes, we undo the clumps of undercoat sticking together. Magic! Just be careful not to pull too hard. It can cause more than discomfort to your puppy’s skin.

#3 OUT! Bitter Cherry Chew Deterrent

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Product Description:

This is a massively large bottle compared to the more expensive options. At 32 ounces, it will likely last you two or three family puppies.

OUT! claims that its “non-stinging, alcohol-free formula is safe to spray directly onto your dog’s skin to discourage licking at their itchy skin, stitches, or bandages.” We never sprayed it on our puppies, but they never had any self-biting issues.

Why It’s So Popular

Shihpoos typically reach their chewing stage around 3-5 months. They don’t chew your cupboards, shoes, slippers, and furniture because they’re angry. They chew for the same reason human babies love chew rings: teething hurts, and chewing soothes their sore gums.

Why We Love It

This is a tough recommendation, but we stand by it. There are a number of dog owners who had no success with this product. I assume some Shihpoo families would be included among these households. However, it worked wonders for both our Shihpoos. Plus, at a quarter of the price of the top-rated anti-chew spray, you can afford to give it a try.

It may taste bad to the Shihpoos (we haven’t tested it on our own tongues), but it doesn’t smell bad at all, if you’re worried about that.

#4 Anti-Barking Ultrasonic Device

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Product Description:

This handheld dog training device by Zomma uses ultrasound that only your dog can hear. It also has dual LED lights that you can use in tandem with the ultrasound feature. Comes with a wrist strap. You can use it either indoor or outdoor.

There are many such devices on the market you can choose from. Just make sure you get one that has the dual LED lights option as well. It really helps.

Why It’s So Popular

Without proper training, your Shihpoo will likely bark at any movement around your front door. It’s in their DNA. The Shih Tzu was bred in Tibet to alert the monks of anyone approaching their monasteries. This simple device is effective for most Shihpoos.

Why We Love It

Our oldest puppy barks more than our youngest. Whether we had people at our front door, we were letting him out into the backyard, or we had him on a neighborhood walk, he wanted to tell the world he was there.

We tried a training whistle, but it was definitely audible for humans and only moderately effective with our dog.

We got a bark collar that we could make vibrate using a remote control (NO electronic shock, PLEASE), but we had to remember to put the collar on, which we often forgot. Plus, both the collar and the remote had rechargeable batteries that died quickly.

Our dear neighbor had a device like this one by Zomma and lent it to us. It worked immediately, even on walks where he would see other dogs. It quickly got to the point that all we had to do was hold the device in our hands and he would stop barking.

Learn More

See our post on how to train your Shihpoo to stop barking. Believe it or not, you need to train her or him to speak before you can train your puppy to be quiet.

#5 Andis Steel Comb

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Product Description:

7 1/2″ steel comb by Andix. Silver.

Why It’s So Popular

Shihpoos need combing, even if they inherit wavy hair from their Shih Tzu side. Brushes may work too, but this comb serves a variety of roles, from preventing the formation of mattes, to guiding you as you cut or clip your puppy’s hair, to fluffing and finishing the grooming process.

Why We Love It

We’ve had this comb for about three years now and still use it regularly. It’s great as a guide when grooming with clippers or scissors at home to avoid nipping or even cutting your puppy’s skin. Plus, we try to use it regularly – although we’re not perfect at it – to keep the matting down.

The rounded tips on the teeth mean you won’t scratch your puppy’s skin. Plus, this comb is both lightweight and strong. It just feels DURABLE.

#6 Nylabone Multi-use Chew Toy

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Product Description:

Durable chew toy with peanut butter flavor Shihpoos love. It’s textured with nubs and ridges to soothe teething puppies while also promoting clean teeth. It’s just over 9″ long and 4″ wide, so it’s NOT for small puppies.

Why It’s So Popular

Teething puppies need something to chew on… besides your shoes and the sofa. This chew toy is durable. It’s size means it’s great for Shihpoos 6 months old or older as a chew toy or a fetch toy.

Why We Love It

Our puppies love playing with this toy. While we have used it for tug of war (their all-time favorite game), we enjoy it for its unpredictable bouncing on the backyard lawn. We try to role it like a wheel for them to chase, and when it pops up in the air unexpectedly, the dogs can’t resist it.

It’s a bit big for teacup Shihpoos (under 8 lbs or so), but our 14 lb and 18 lb Shihpoos have no trouble with it.

They’ve misplaced it a couple times in the backyard, but whenever I find it (under the wheelbarrow and behind the dirt pile), they immediately come to attention, hoping I’ll have a game of fetch with them.

#7 Bullibone Nylon Dog Chew Toy

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Product Description:

Nylon Bone with an easy-to-grip bottom. Improves Dental Hygiene, Easy to Grip Bottom, and Permeated with Flavor. Be sure to get the SMALL size for your Shihpoo.

Why It’s So Popular

Chewable, long-lasting, and flavored (it comes in bacon, beef, or peanut butter varieties).

Why We Love It

These things seem to last FOR-EV-ER. Our puppies didn’t want to put them down, even when they weren’t teething. We’d regularly catch our oldest with his Bullibone trapped between his paws, gnawing away happily at it.

Plus, unlike rawhide, the Bullibone doesn’t get slimy and disgusting. A couple of times, our puppy snuck his Bullibone outside, where we found it covered in dirt. No problem. A simple rinse in the sink, and it was good to go again.

#8 Nerf Rubber 3-Ring Tug Toy

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Product Description:

Lightweight, Durable and Water Resistant, 10.5″, Blue/Green/Orange

Why It’s So Popular

Don’t let the reference to Medium/Large Breeds deter you. Shihpoos LOVE tug-of-war, and this is a great toy for it. That said, don’t expect your 4-month old to get much use from it. Wait until your puppy is about 10 lbs or so (usually 9 months) before getting this toy.

Why We Love It

Why do we love this toy? That’s simple: Epic Tug-of-Wars. ‘Nuff said.

#9 Pet Botanics Training Rewards Treats

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Product Description:

Pet Botanicals make these treats from Pork Liver (yum). They contain no controversial preservatives like BHA, BHT, or Ethoxyquin. The bacon flavor proves irresistible for most Shihpoos, but they also come in chicken, salmon, beef, and even duck and bacon flavors.

A single pack weighs 20 ounces, so it should last a few months. They also come in 4-ounce and 8-ounce packages.

Why It’s So Popular

Shihpoos respond well to tasty rewards and training treats. Contrary to what you might read on Facebook groups or elsewhere online, Shihpoos are very intelligent and can easily learn just about any trick you want to teach them. These treats can be a big help. However, you’ll need to be consistent in your training and offer regular refresher courses to keep your furry friend responsive to your commands.

Why We Love It

The very first thing we bought for our oldest Shihpoo was a bag of these treats. They’re already pretty tiny, but we could break them in two or even four sometimes and still use them for motivation during training sessions.

Use them regularly with your dog (not as replacements for meals, of course), because they will get hard after about two or three months. Although not as good of a deal, you might consider the 4-ounce or 8-ounce bag if you’re worried about not getting through the treats quick enough before they get hard.

#10 Bil-Jac VetDogs Skin & Coat Soft Treats

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Product Description:

These treats, made from chicken, come in a 10 oz bag. A portion of each purchase helps support the training of assistance dogs for our veterans and active duty service members with disabilities.

Why It’s So Popular

Dogs love ’em. Families love supporting our military service members. And they work well for training.

Why We Love It

We got these treats when we brought home our second Shihpoo. Of course, we love them because purchases help to support the training of dogs for our veterans, but here’s a goofy but real reason we liked them. You can easily break each treat into five pieces. The star-shaped treat is ideal for making them last. You don’t have to feel you are filling up your tiny Shiphoo’s little tummy with treats because the pieces are the perfect size.

Todd Christensen

Founder and lead blogger at ShihpooCentral.com, Todd loves his family's two Shih-poo puppies, Titus Rex and Stark Antonio (aka Sir Titus Whitus and Baron von Wigglebutt). He and his wife have four wonderful human children as well, and he doubles by day as a financial educator facilitating budgeting, credit building and debt elimination workshops.

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