The Shih-Poo is an adorable little dog that’s become popular with many. While this is a good thing in many ways since this Shih-Tzu/Poodle cross is such a great little dog, it can also be problematic. When a dog hits designer breed status, unethical breeders will flock to creating more for a profit. This creates under-socialized and unhealthy dogs. If you’re going to get a Shih-Poo, do your research!
Since the Shih-Tzu is usually crossed with a toy-sized Poodle in this situation, you can expect your Shih-Poo to be very small. They’ll likely also have a dense coat that doesn’t shed very much, though the exact texture will depend on which parent they take after most.
Shih-Poo – A Vocal Dog
The most important thing you should bear in mind in terms of behavior is that your Shih-Poo will likely be a watchdog. They can be incredibly vocal and are quick to let you know when something is amiss! This may not be ideal for those who live in apartments. You can teach a “quiet” verbal cue but this can take a long time to become reliable.
Otherwise, they are the perfect balance between playful and affectionate. They need a good bit of exercise every day but, especially compared to most larger breeds, aren’t too high maintenance. They can live as apartment dogs with a daily walk. They’re also highly intelligent and will need a lot of mental stimulation. Although they’ll learn fast and are eager to please, make sure to have some potty training patience. These dogs are small and may not have full bladder control until they’re around six months old. Praise them lots whenever they go in the right place and don’t punish them for accidents!
This is a dog breed that you are quickly going to fall in love with.