Shih-Poo - Shihpoo

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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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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.
The Shih-poo is loyal, loving, and affectionate. They are not recommended for homes with small children. They do well with dogs and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom or loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking. 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 Shih-poo requires frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangling and occasional professional grooming. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly clean the ears of debris and hair to prevent infection. The Shih-poo's have a low tolerance to extreme heat and cold. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss. They may be prone to such health issues as ear infection, spinal disc disease, PRA, diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and epilepsy.
The coat of the Shih-poo may be long, straight, and profuse; curly; or a combination.
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. They are relatively active indoors and should have a variety of safe toys to keep them occupied. Shih-poo's enjoy family play sessions, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a fenced yard.
Male: 10-15; Female: 10-15 lbs
8-11 inches
Variety of colors that include black, white, gray, brown, apricot; may be solid, sabled, and parti
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2018

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How much do Shih-Poo - Shihpoo puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Shih-Poo - Shihpoo varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Shih-Poo - Shihpoo puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Shih Poo Shihpoos sold is $687.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Shih-Poo - Shihpoo with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,400 upwards to $5,700 or even more for a Shih-Poo - Shihpoo with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Shih Poo Shihpoos sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $687.50
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,400.00 to $5,700.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 10375 Shih-Poo - Shihpoo puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a Shih-Poo - Shihpoo puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Shih Poo Shihpoos true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Shih-Poo - Shihpoo Names for 2018

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 10375 Shih-Poo - Shihpoo dogs.
  • 1. Shihpoo
  • 2. Oreo
  • 3. Puppy
  • 4. Daisy
  • 5. Buddy
  • 6. Max
  • 7. Teddy
  • 8. Bandit
  • 9. Dexter
  • 10. Rose
  • 11. Sammy
  • 12. Cocoa
  • 13. Cookie
  • 14. Lilly
  • 15. Molly
  • 16. Bella
  • 17. Sally
  • 18. Dallas
  • 19. Lucy
  • 20. Toby

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Member Since: October 2009
Location: Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
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My name is Dr. Susan Istre. The first thing you need to know-- is that I am not a breeder! I get my pups from a couple of breeder friends I know and trust. I only get the smallest, cutest pick of the litter babies to be a part of my animal assisted therapy program. I work with children and adults in my private practice counseling clinic in Dallas, Texas and take the pups to work with me daily. I have been doing this for several years and the puppies are a big hit! They calm and motivate clients to engage in the therapy process. The pups also help us to teach children to pick up on non verbal social cues. They are loved and adored by all my clients. Hardly any child complains about coming to therapy because they know they will be warmly welcomed with tail wagging and puppy kisses, My puppies are all healthy and happy. They are all hypo allergic and non shedding and have been vet checked and are current on their shots. They stay at my house and are a part of my family. I potty pad train all pups and start their outside training as well. I use Cesar Millan dog training techniques to help shape them into the most well behaved pups around! I only have a few pups at a time, except at Christmas and other holidays when clients beg me to get more. They trust that I will choose the best pups and give them the most healthy and loving start. They have all turned out to be wonderful family pets! I get pictures and updates on their lives weekly! People are so happy with their pups that they often call me back to get a sibling. I spend a lot of time and money on my pups. I guarantee they are well worth any extra cost that must be passed on to you in order to support the continuation of my animal assisted therapy program. A portion of the proceeds is also donated to an animal aid group each year. It is a win-win for everyone involved! Check out my professional website at

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Anonymous asked:
Within the last month or so my 4 year old ShihPoo has decided she does not want to sleep through the night. Prior to this she would go to bed herself and sleep 10 hours. Now she is getting up and wandering about 2-3:00 am in the morning. she does not bark or cry just wanders around. We do sleep with the window open but she has her own bed and wears pjs at night. We have done this since she was a pup. Any ideas?

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Please take the clothing off of your dog. Clothing restricts the dogs ability to warm/cool themselves when they need too. It also constricts them being able to sleep in a comfortable position, move correctly and show off body language to other animals and people. Most likely your dog has out-grown the clothing you are putting her in and she can not sleep through the night because she is uncomfortable. Take the clothing off and take her to the vet for a full work up to make sure it is not a medical problem.

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I have a 9 month old shihpoo puppy that I am having a hard time potty training him. He breaks everything and chews on everything even though he has a lot of toys. When I'm home, he doesn't do much mischief, but when I'm not home - he's a terror and he gets into everything and eats on everything! Please help me - I don't know what to do with him. I call him the devil dog.

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First and foremost, set your dog up for success, nor failure! Your puppy is a puppy and should not be left alone in the house to do as he pleases. He should be crated when you are away and instantly, nothing will be chewed on/eaten. Secondly, you may have to go back to basic's when it comes to house-training. Have him on leash attached to you at all times when you are home. Every 2 hours, take him out and praise him when he uses the bathroom. Then go back in the house with him still on leash. When you leave your home, put him in a crate that is the right size for him so that he doesn't use the crate as a bathroom. The correct size of crate is one where the dog can stand and then lay down comfortably, but not be able to use the bathroom at one end and go to the other corner comfortably. The crate is meant to be their room and to keep them from wanting to mess where they sleep.

Anonymous asked:
I got my shihpoo as sort of a rescue she is wonderful but weighs only 5 pounds is it common or does she have other mix on her?

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The Miniature Poodle is a very small breed of dog and it is possible that because your dog was a rescue she may have been in a situation where she was denied proper nutrition that stunted her growth. As long as your vet deems her healthy, just focus on that and have a long, happy life with her.

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I just had to put my 9 year old shih poo down because of a liver problem. What is the average life of a shih poo? She was a female. Are liver problems in small dogs common?

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Whenever a dog is not a purebred, the only way to determine the average life span of that dog is to take the average life span of the breeds in the dog. The average life span of the Shih Tzu is 10 - 16 years while the average life span of the Miniature Poodle is 15 years. So a Shih-Poo could live anywhere from 13 - 14 years old on average. Liver problems can be seen in both breeds, but it is not a common health problem. I'm sorry for your loss and I hope that doesn't discourage you from getting another companion when you are ready.

Anonymous asked:
I have an 8 month old male shih poo whose companion was attacked by a boxer and unfortunately had to be put down. Since then he has been very anti social, hiding, not playing really, and crying at times. We are considering getting him another companion/playmate. Is this a good idea or not?

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If your pup witnessed the attack then not only is your puppy grieving from the loss of his companion; but has also been frightened and scared with the memory. You must contact your local Positive Reinforcement trainer and start socializing and training your puppy like it's day one. Another companion may be a good idea; but you must make sure that your dog does not become over-protective of this new companion because of the loss of the previous one.

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Updated: 2/18/2018