14-19 lbs
United States
Shiba Inu
Shiba-poo, Shibapoo, Shibadoodle

The Poo-Shi is a small to medium hybrid breed and is a mix of a Shiba Inu and a Poodle. They are also known as a Shiba-poo, Shibadoodle, or Shibapoo and are loyal and affectionate dogs who make great family pets. The Poo-Shi combines the intelligence of the Poodle with the confidence of the Shiba Inu. They get on with children and other pets especially if they have been socialized early. They can be quite possessive especially when it comes to toys. They are affectionate and loyal and form strong bonds with their families. The breed is wary around strangers and is a good watchdog always barking to alert the family of intruders. They are prone to bark if left for long periods so will suit families where there is someone home a lot. They don’t shed much and are hypoallergenic which is great for those with allergies.

Date of Origin
Poodle, Shiba Inu

Poo-Shi Health

Average Size
Male Poo-Shi size stats
Height: 11-20 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Poo-Shi size stats
Height: 10-19 inches Weight: 14-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Cancer
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Blood
  • Knee
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Poo-Shi Breed History

The Poo-Shi is a designer dog and a cross between Shiba Inu and a Poodle. The Shiba Inu, with its wolf-like appearance and fox-like face, is a Japanese national treasure.  Bred for hunting, the Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six Spitz breeds of dog from Japan. The word “Shiba” means small but the breed may also be named after the red brushwood bushes in which they hunted. They were nearly wiped out during World War ll, and more died after a distemper outbreak in the 1950s. Subsequent dogs were bred from the only three surviving bloodlines - the Shinshu Shiba, the Mino Shiba and the San'in Shiba. These three strains were combined to form what is the current breed. In 1936, the Shiba Inu was recognized as a Natural Monument of Japan. The first Shiba Inu arrived in America in 1954, brought over by a family in the armed forces, but the first litter to be born in the US was only 25 years later. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992. With their elaborate hairdos and graceful demeanors, Poodles are commonly mistaken for pampered lapdogs. But after Border Collies they are ranked second when it comes to intelligence and are not afraid to get their feet wet. In fact they were bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters and are excellent swimmers. There are three sizes of Poodle - Toy, Miniature, and Standard with the latter the oldest of the three. The Poodle is regarded as the national dog of France where it is known as Caniche meaning duck dog, but it actually originated in Germany where it is called Pudel, or Pudelin, meaning to splash in the water. It is a very old breed with illustrations of similar type dogs on Egyptian and Roman artifacts going back to the first centuries B.C. It was in the 1400s that smaller versions were bred as companion dogs to the nobility. They were also popular as circus dogs for their ability to perform tricks. Poodles were registered by the American Kennel Club in 1886 and while initially quite rare, have become very popular dogs.

Poo-Shi Breed Appearance

The Poo-Shi is a small to medium designer dog with parent breeds being the Shiba Inu and the Poodle. They can vary in size depending on which sized Poodle is the parent breed but are usually small to medium sized dogs weighing up to 20 pounds and with a height of up to 20 inches. Common colors are cream, white, apricot, red, sable, brown, black and tan. The coats are long and can be wavy or curly. They can have the sharper fox-like features of the Shiba Inu or the softer rounder look of a Poodle. Ears can be slightly erect or hang down on the face. The eyes are dark brown and the nose is black.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Poo-Shi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Poo-Shi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Poo-Shi coat
white Poo-Shi coat
brown Poo-Shi coat
sable Poo-Shi coat
black Poo-Shi coat
fawn Poo-Shi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Poo-Shi wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Poo-Shi Breed Maintenance

The Poo-Shi doesn’t shed that much but will need regular grooming to keep their coats healthy. If your pet takes after the Shiba Inu with its thick double coat and soft and thick undercoats they may need more regular brushing. If your pup takes more after the Poodle, it will also need a lot of upkeep and probably the services of a professional groomer to do the trimming. A Poo-Shi may be hypoallergenic after the Poodle side which makes them great for allergy-sufferers. These dogs won’t need many baths as they are virtually odor-free and don’t drool at all. Check the ears regularly for dirt and brush the teeth as often as possible to prevent dental problems. The nails should be clipped when needed.

Brushes for Poo-Shi
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Poo-Shi requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Poo-Shi Temperament

The Poo-Shi is a confident, friendly and loyal dog who will prefer being around his family than being left alone. These dogs are good with children and can be good with other pets if socialized early. They are prone to being stubborn and can be possessive around what they perceive as theirs like toys so training is needed when they are pups so they can learn good habits. They are intelligent dogs like their parent breeds so will learn quickly and are very responsive. They will respond particularly well to praise and positive reinforcement. They are affectionate with their families but will be wary of strangers. Your pet will bark to let you know if an intruder approaches so make good watchdogs. Because these dogs are smart they will need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep from getting bored and potentially destructive. They are alert, energetic dogs who love to play.

Poo-Shi Activity Requirements

Although they are energetic dogs, not much exercise is needed to keep them happy and well-behaved. They will enjoy short daily walks around the neighbourhood or to the dog park and will love to play indoors with the family and children. As long as they have human companionship these dogs will be content. They will adapt well to apartment living but will also enjoy a house with a fenced in yard. They may try to escape so make sure it is secure. The Poo-Shi is quite tolerant of the heat and cold but shouldn’t be left outside for long periods. Try to exercise your pet in the morning or evening in summer when it is not too hot.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
25 minutes

Poo-Shi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Poo-Shi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Poo-Shi size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Poo-Shi size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Poo-Shi size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Poo-Shi size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Poo-Shi size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Poo-Shi size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs

Poo-Shi Owner Experiences

9 Weeks
5 People
House & Yard
Playing with toys
Playing with kids
Just got my keno he’s so lovable kissable affectionate kids love him he’s getting to know us he loves to be help I’m excited to see him grow with this family
3 months ago
4 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Levi was a curious 9 week old puppy who explored in our yard and unfortunately caught parvovirus within a few days. While he was sick, his energy was very low as expected. 2 weeks of home treatment later and he’s been quite curious and energetic. We take him out for short yard walks 3 times daily but he still seems to have more energy stored up by the evening. Levi has learned several tricks such as sit, lay down, stay, drop it leave it, turn, clean up your toys, stand, come, go, and cage. However if he is not in the mood to listen, he will turn his back on me and purposely ignore me HAHA! Levi is slightly territorial over his toys when we play fetch, but doesn’t mind someone touching his food. He only barks when he wants to play or when he senses danger and had moods of cuddling more often than moods of being alone.
3 months ago
3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Equally compliant & stubborn, easy going, likes a routine, has a favorite person, trains great (smart), eats cat poop (not smart), doesn’t like to be close (ex. cuddles), knows names (ppl. & activities), anxious & sad, vocal, doesn’t enjoy bathing, will walk in river but not swim, careful, needs a leash, chases or darts after rabbits, digs for mice/rodents, tears apart toys, barks at knocks or unfamiliar bangs, loner, tolerates cats, her nose gets her in trouble, doesn’t droll, doesn’t lick ppl., has had hip surgery & knee surgery due to genetics, no kennel, cute :)
4 months, 4 weeks ago
11 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Jack is very sweet but hyper. He is a master houdini so crate training did not work. He has 3 pet cats and a sister. He does not share toys or food well. But he is still learning. He is very smart and can sit, stay and knows leave it. But he is also a hunter, so if there are small prey around he will find it and kill it. This has been 2 rats and a bird. He does have a high activity level and loves to just run back and forth through the yard to expel energy.
10 months ago
Lily Lu OBrien
6 Months
2 People
She been a wonderful addition to the family
1 year, 2 months ago
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