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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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 $1,162.50. 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 $2,000 upwards to $5,000 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 $700.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,162.50
Average Price: $700.00
Top Quality: $2,000.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 12332 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 2020

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 12332 Shih-Poo - Shihpoo dogs.
  • 1. Shihpoo
  • 2. Oreo
  • 3. Daisy
  • 4. Teddy
  • 5. Puppy
  • 6. Buddy
  • 7. Bandit
  • 8. Max
  • 9. Cookie
  • 10. Cocoa
  • 11. Rose
  • 12. Sammy
  • 13. Dexter
  • 14. Lilly
  • 15. Molly
  • 16. Bella
  • 17. Lucy
  • 18. Milo
  • 19. Toby
  • 20. Sally

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My name is Tonya and just a few pets that are part of our family. I have been doing this on the side for the past 4 years. We have a male poodle we mix some of our females with. Then we have a French bulldog. I got the best of both words I can have all my favorite breeds and enjoy the puppies as well as see other people getting their dream pet. We live in the back of a little farm so they have tons of areas to run and have fun and experience life to the fullest. They have plenty of animals, kids, and adults they react to. We love them and want the best for their puppies too.

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Anonymous asked:
I am looking into getting a shih poo. I have three little girls ages 4,3 and 1. We have had experience with a chihuahua (so we know how to handle the barking) before for 13 years (had her as a puppy). And my daughters have lots of experience with puppies so they’re great with them and very gentle. My work hours are 8-5 and I’d go home on lunch breaks to help care for the puppy. But would it still be ideal to get a shih poo? Or a different kind of dog? We live in an apartment so a small dog is ideal. Want to know if shih poo is a way to go or a different breed of dog?

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The Shih Poo is a mixture between the Miniature Poodle and the Shih Tzu. Both of these breeds are very attached to their owners and crave both the attention of their owners, but companionship from their owners as well. Your family in general sounds like you have enough experience to be perfectly fine with this mix. However, even with you being able to come home at lunch time, that is not enough time that a new puppy will need. Small breeds mean small bladders, so the puppy will need to be let out every 2 hours for the first couple weeks before gradually upping that time so that the puppy can be house trained properly. Before getting a puppy, I would talk with a neighbor, family member or friend to see if they would be able to spend time with the puppy while you are gone. If they can, then you can set the puppy up for success. If not, then it may be better if you go to a rescue and find a small breed dog that is between the ages of 1 - 4 years old. This way the dog is already house trained and most likely understands the routine of the family leaving for most of the day and then coming home.

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Purchasing a 2yr old Shih Poo from a friend. She paid $900 for it as a puppy and we are trying to figure out what the appropriate price should be. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Whenever someone is trying to find a new home for their dog, it is always hard to determine what, if anything they should charge for the dog. Normally if the animal is going from friend to friend, a lot of people will not have a purchase price. While others do. At this given point, I always suggest that the 'purchase' price should be the price it cost to have the animal spayed/neutered. This way, the previous owner is aware that the new owner can afford a basic surgery for the animal, and the previous owner is reimbursed for having the animal altered. The price of the dog as a puppy should never come into factor unless the dog is a a breeding dog and has been a proven stud or bitch.

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I have a male Shih Poo, about 1& 1/2 years. I rescued him from a mess. He has attached himself to me intensely. I have had him for 2 weeks. He has not socialized. Any advise please, I want to see him have fun. I am a senior, and want to walk him. He always has to walk behind me at home, this tells me a lot.

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When looking at both the breeds your dog is mixed with, the Shih Tzu and the Miniature Poodle; it is clear that this dog is sensitive. Both breeds are known for sensitivity and an eagerness to be with their owners as much as possible. Your dog has been through a lot and is just now learning that you are security in his life. Being that you've only had him for two weeks, give him a little more time to adjust. Afterwards, reach out to a local Positive Reinforcement trainer and sign him and yourself up for classes. Even if he knows all the basic commands, the socialization aspect of group training will be perfect for him to start off slow. Bring lots of yummy treats for him and remember to keep yourself calm and confident. Don't feel bad for him or he'll pick up on that energy and wonder why you are upset or sad in what is supposed to be a new/happy situation.

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How to get a ShihPoo to eat kibble, without all of the begging an pleading?



First off, if a dog is having trouble eating or doesn't seem like he/she wants to eat their kibble; a vet visit is in order. There could be something going on such as a tooth ache or a sensitive stomach that is keeping the dog from eating. Once a vet as ruled anything medical out, it is all a behavioral trait that needs to be corrected. Give the dog half the daily needed kibble in the morning and wait 20 minutes. If the dog has not eaten by then, take the food away. Do not give your dog any treats or other food items throughout the day. In the evening, give your dog the same kibble for another 20 minutes. Dogs will not starve themselves once they realize they are not going to get their way and get something else. Breaking this habit can be hard and seem harsh; but it needs to happen cold turkey if you want your dog to eat when you give the food and not beg or hold out for something better. Keep in touch with your vet throughout the process so that your dog can be monitored for its health.


Well, I have a 7 year old shih-poo and I disagree completely. My vet told me they are not good eaters and that is true. If he doesn't feel like eating, I coax him over to this food bowl and pet him and give him a morsel. If he eats it, he usually starts eating the rest. He is not overweight and I feel he needs to eat and this is how I do it. Shihpoo's are stubborn and sometimes you need to give a little TLC to get through. Now, aft he eats all his food and drinks all of his "juice", he gets a treat. Aft a while, they learn that if they eat all their food, they will get a treat and they do it; but once or twice a week, I still have to coax him. (his juice is water mixed with a teaspoon of canned dog food...I do this because he will not drink water and he needs water so this gets the water in him). Tough love does not work with my Stu; it just makes him extra stubborn.

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Updated: 10/24/2020