Have you been looking at Shih-Poo puppies in your quest for a new best friend?
Here’s what you need to know! Caliandcola…
Where To Get Shih-Poo Puppies
For the most part, mixed breed dogs are usually quite easy to find in shelters. However, this isn’t the case with them all, and the Shih-Poo is a classic example of this. The Shih-Poo is a designer breed, which means its desirability has shot up and people really want them these days. That means they’re not often found in shelters so if you’re committed to adopting, you might have to look at another breed.
For the most part, if you want a Shih-Poo puppy, you’re going to have to go to a breeder.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a dog from a breeder, but you should make sure the breeder is ethical. Backyard breeders — or worse, puppy mills — often spit out designer dogs that have health and temperament issues because the breeder is in the game purely for profit. Bella…
To make sure you’ve found an ethical breeder, check for the following green flags:
- AKC-registered parents (as mixed breeds can’t be registered with the AKC)
- Health testing records for the parents
- Shot records for the puppies
- A spay/neuter contract to ensure they aren’t contributing to backyard breeding
- A willingness to let you meet the parents
- Transparency when it comes to answering questions
The average cost of a Shih-Poo is around $952. Anything significantly lower than this is a red flag.
Remember, when purchasing a Shih-Poo, you’re paying for the quality of the dog too. If you get tempted by that $50 Craigslist ad, you may owe a lot in vet bills later! Yzma…
The Shih-Poo is a small dog that will be a direct mix of its parents. It may have the curly Poodle coat, but likely will still be tiny, as toy Poodles are used to breed these. They can come in a variety of coat colors.
The thing to be most aware of with these dogs is that they can be pretty vocal. They make good watchdogs, which is handy if you like to be alerted to anything amiss, but the barking can be relentless. You can try teaching the ‘speak’ and ‘quiet’ commands so you have some control over this, but they are naturally inclined to talk, so it’s a hard thing to train out of them! Coffee_g_20…
They are playful and affectionate dogs that make great family pets. These dogs do well with children and other pets as long as introduced slowly and properly.
They tend to be intelligent and pick up on things quickly, but it’s important to have patience when it comes to potty training. As they’re small dogs, it might be a while before they have full control of their bladders. Lots of patience and positive reinforcement when they go in the right place will help them get there.
Shih-Poo Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Shih-Poos may develop health problems that Poodles and Shih-Tzus are prone to, such as hip dysplasia. Health testing the parents will help prevent this, as well as keeping up with preventative vet visits.
Otherwise, your puppy will have the same veterinary needs as any other dog. You should make sure they get their puppy shots, usually starting at around eight weeks old (though your breeder may start them sooner). This will be a series of three or four injections to protect them against parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases. A Rabies vaccine will be administered at the end of this, and you can choose some optional ones too.
Monthly flea and heartworm prevention medicine is essential too, usually in the form of a pill. Maui…
When it comes to picking food for your puppy, most owners choose raw or kibble. There are advantages to either, though most owners have strong opinions on which is best!
With kibble being the most popular choice, there are a few things to bear in mind.
The first is that you should never choose a grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
The second is that you should do your research on the ingredients. Sometimes, food — especially cheap food — is more full of filler than nutrients, which can be a real problem when it comes to making sure your dog gets everything they need. Ask your vet for advice on brands when in doubt. Gypsy…
For these puppies, you might want to choose a small dog brand specifically.
Some owners choose to forego kibble altogether and feed raw, which has many benefits. Just make sure you use meals prepared by a dog nutritionist who knows what they’re doing, as dogs are omnivores who need a lot of things in their diet. Many subscription services can deliver raw meals right to your door.
The good news about these puppies is that they’re often great for those who suffer from allergies. However, their coat — despite the lack of shedding — will still need to be professionally groomed every now and again.
Otherwise, you should keep up to date with cleaning their ears and teeth. Nail care is also essential. Trim or file down their nails with a Dremel every six to eight weeks to ensure they aren’t tapping on the floor and causing them discomfort, as they could get caught on something! If your dog is uncomfortable with the process, provide lots of high-value treats to give them a positive association with it.