If you’re hunting for the ultimate house pet or canine companion, you’re barking
up the right tree! The world’s smartest breed (Poodle), crossed with America’s favorite
breed (Shih Tzu) is my personal “Grand Champion” of all designer breeds. Click out
the Shih Tzu and Poodle profiles, and combine the two. That equals the amazing Shih
Generally speaking, the Shih Poo is a highly perceptive, family focused dog, with
a very loving and playful personality. They’re hypoallergenic (very low shed cycle),
easily trained, playful affectionate, and super cute to boot! Even if none of our
pups tickle your fancy, keep searching for the right Shih Poo, you will not be disappointed.
The Shih Poo is rather low maintenance if the coat is kept short, aka “puppy cut”.
Most clients get a shave or puppy cut 3 to 5 times per year. If you prefer a long
coat,simply use the basic center part and topknot technique, like a Shih Tzu. Make
sure no hairs are poking your dogs eyes, by continually inspecting, combing and training
it to lay properly. This is especially true as a pup when the hair is at that awkward
Studies show that first generation mix breed dogs often live longer, healthier, happier
lives than many purebred dogs. Our Shih Poo puppies are a first generation mix of
our purebred Shih Tzu (dams) and our trusty Min. Poodle (sire). Successful cross
breeding requires experience, research and a good understanding of genetics and hereditary
tendencies. Breeding half breeds to mix breeds, or mating dogs of conflicting temperament,
structure or size can be disastrous. Please research all sellers and be careful selecting
your designer breed.
Height: 8 to 14 inches
Weight: 8 to 15
Activity Level: Low
Selecting the appropriate breed is often more important than choosing which puppy.
It’s always best to refer to the AKC to obtain a general idea of the breeds structure,
temperament and care requirements before selecting your breed. We also have some
very reliable “pick of the litter” methods on our shopping tips page.
Secondly, you should try to speak with someone that actually owns the breed as a
pet, rather than just the folks trying to sell you one. Also keep in mind, how they
were initially cared for and later trained greatly determines how they look and behave
MODOG breed descriptions are based solely on our personal interpretation of, and
experience with, these particular breeds. These are not official standards and may
or may not accurately reflect the general characteristics of each breed.