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Life span

15 Years


9 Kg


Hybrid Dogs

Shihpoo Overview

The Shihpoo is a small sized dog breed that's a cross between a Shih Tzu and Poodle. This dog breed is very intelligent, friendly, alert and forever devoted to their owners. The  Shihpooh will go out of its way to please their owner and love to learn new tricks and perform in front of an audience.

This dog breed is known to be rather vocal, so will need continuous training to prevent this from becoming an issue. They’re very good around children of all ages; making them an ideal pet for a young family.

The Shihpoos often come in various colours such as white, black, cream and tan and also a combination of all. Their size depends on the size of their breeding parents. Normally, they average 8-15 inches tall and weigh between 8-10 pounds.

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Shihpoo Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Shihpoo crossbreed has become increasingly popular over the last 10-20 years. The Shihpoo is a hybrid of both the Poodle and Shih Tzu and is usually small, weighing between 13-20 pounds. 

Shihpoo Temperament

The Shihpoo has a lovely temperament and placid nature. They're very affectionate, loving and kind which makes them an ideal dog for a family. They can be cheeky and love to play games with their loved ones. This cute bundle of fur is happy to spend endless hours cuddled up on your lap as well as spending time outdoors with their family. 

Shihpoo Training

The Shihpoo can be hard to train as they do have a stubborn streak. Training must be consistent and rewarded when they do good. Obedience training is good for the Shihpoo and all owners must be patient when training and not expect miracles on the first day of training. Training your Shihpoo should start when they're young. 


The Shihpoo have different types of fur, ranging from straight to curly which depends on the genes they inherit. It is recommended to visit the Groomers every 4-6 weeks to have your Shihpoos coat groomed professionally. Their coat requires regular brushing every 2 days to prevent tangles and matte from forming. 

As with all dog breeds, they need their teeth brushing on a daily basis as well as their ears, eyes and paws checked. 


The Shihpoo like many other dog breeds is predisposed to several health issues. When looking to buy a puppy, it is important to use a responsible breeder and ask the right questions on genetic testing. The Shihpoo can develop any of the following health conditions:

  • Eye problems 
  • Mitral valve disease 
  • Intervertebral Disc disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome 

Shihpoo Exercise Needs

Shihpoo requires a moderate amount of exercise on a daily basis. This dog breed loves to spend time outdoors but also enjoys spending their time chilling with their loved ones indoors. Two walks a day for 30 minutes each is sufficient for the Shihpoo. As well as daily walks, they enjoy playing games indoors with their loved ones and also need mental stimulation to help keep them happy and well-balanced. 

Children and other pets

The Shihpoo is good with children and other household pets as long as they are socialised correctly from a young age and trained to behave. The Shihpoo is a wonderful dog breed and makes an amazing addition to any family. Young children and small pets should always be supervised when playing with your Shihpoo to prevent any accidents with rough play.