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 $725.00. 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 $1,500 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: $725.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,500.00 to $5,700.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 11031 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 2019

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 11031 Shih-Poo - Shihpoo dogs.
  • 1. Shihpoo
  • 2. Oreo
  • 3. Puppy
  • 4. Daisy
  • 5. Buddy
  • 6. Max
  • 7. Teddy
  • 8. Bandit
  • 9. Rose
  • 10. Cocoa
  • 11. Cookie
  • 12. Dexter
  • 13. Lilly
  • 14. Sammy
  • 15. Bella
  • 16. Molly
  • 17. Lucy
  • 18. Milo
  • 19. Sally
  • 20. Sam

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Location: Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas
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I am a very small in-home breeder and all of my dogs are very well cared for and are very social and well adjusted. Each of my dogs is treated monthly for flea control. My vet comes to my home every 6 months to administer heartworm injections to all of my adults and yearly to provide rabies vaccinations and all other immunizations needed. My dogs are free to come in and out as they please thru their doggie doors. They all have their special toys and enjoy their sweaters in the winter. Their environment is a constant 76 degrees and their areas are cleaned daily. My dogs and puppies are never caged unless it is to go to the vet or airport. All my dogs and puppies are very social and love attention. All puppies come with a full health cert/vet exam, current immunizations, de-worming according to vet schedule and each comes with a little blanket with mom and sibling's scent to help with the transition. All our puppies are microchipped prior to going to their new homes and come with a washable puppy pad for continued training. All puppies come with a Eukanbua puppy kit and a small bag of puppy food. I charge a flat rate of $300.00 for shipping. I offer a full health guarantee on all of my pups. I have never had any complaints and I invite all my customers to view the testimonial page of my website. These are real customers that have provided real testimonies. I encourage anyone buying a puppy from me to visit me and see where the dogs and puppies are being raised but I also know this is not possible for all and I will work with you any way I can to ensure you have as much information as possible before purchasing a puppy from me. Please feel free to visit my website at, my email address is, and my home phone is 254-646-3375 and my cell is 817-964-8874. Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns.

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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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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.

Anonymous asked:
I’m interested in purchasing a Shih poo. I work in retail so my work schedule changes a lot. And I live alone. I’ve had a Shih poo before when I was younger but I’m wondering with me living alone and being at work would a Shih poo be right for me?

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And adult Shih Poo seems like it would be better with you than a puppy. Since you work a full shift and the times of your shift change around, it can be hard to work with a puppy and that schedule. I would suggest contacting a breeder to see if they have any adult dogs available for adoption. If not, then you can always look at rescues and see if a dog of the Shih Poo cross is available. One that is already house-trained and does not have separation anxiety so that you can go to work and not have to worry.

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Updated: 3/23/2019