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13-20 lbs
Shipoo, Shi-Poo, Shi Poo, Shihpooh, Shipooh, Shitzpoo

The Shih-Poo is a hybrid of the Shih Tzu and the Poodle (most often the Miniature Poodle). The hybrid is usually small, weighing between 13 and 20 pounds and will typically be obedient to his humans. The Shih-Poo is friendly and affectionate and while he will seek to please his owners, he will usually be shy around those that he does not know. This hybrid will do well with kids and other pets and as they tend to be bright; the Shih-Poo is usually easy to train. Your dog will love getting attention and will sit happily in your lap - he has plenty of love to return as well.

Date of Origin
Shih Tzu and Poodle

Shih-Poo Health

Average Size
Male Shih-Poo size stats
Height: 8-13 inches Weight: 13-20 lbs
Female Shih-Poo size stats
Height: 8-13 inches Weight: 13-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Invertebral Disc Disease
  • Sebaceous Adentitis
Minor Concerns
  • Otitis Externa
  • Entropion
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Urolithiasis
  • Cleft Lift or Palate
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Full Body Physical Examination
  • Blood and Urine Protein Screens

Shih-Poo Breed History

The Shih-Poo is a relatively new hybrid on the scene and the history books are not out on him yet, though the two breeds that make the hybrid have well documented, interesting histories. Believed to have originated in Tibet, the Shih-Tzu is one of the oldest existing breeds, having been developed by Tibetan lamas. Dogs of the breed were companions and watchdogs to the monks in the lamaseries. There are a myriad of myths around the Shih-Tzu, to include their being incarnations of household gods. The breed was named by the Chinese imperial court after having been given to Chinese rulers by the lamas. The breed almost went extinct once imperial rule in China came to an end. Fortunately, some of the dogs had been given to individuals outside of China. The modern breed of Shih-Tzu comes from 14 dogs that had been brought to England. The Poodle is a popular breed that is one of the oldest breeds in existence. Thought to have originated in Germany, the Poodle we know today evolved in France as a combination of dogs like the Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian and French water dogs and the North African Barbet. It is also thought that the Poodle is a descendent of Asian herding dogs or that the breed has ancestors from the Asian steppes who came with the Moors in the 8th century, arriving in Portugal after conquering the North African Berbers. The Poodle was used for duck hunting and at one point gypsies trained dogs of the breed as circus dogs. The smaller versions of the Poodle were created by breeding small Poodles with one another. The first Poodle was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1888.

Shih-Poo Breed Appearance

The Shih-Poo will inherit traits from both of his parent breeds; as with all mixed breeds, you can anticipate that he may inherit more physical characteristics from one or the other parent breeds, or a relatively equal combination of traits from each breed. The Shih-Poo will typically be a very small dog, with an average weight of 13 to 20 pounds. The coat of the Shih-Poo will vary based on the traits that he inherits; it can be curly, short or long (or anywhere in between) and silky. He can be seen in coat colors of gray, brown, black and white. The amber eyes of the Shih-Poo will usually be round and sparkle with an air of mischief, and being a very cute combination of his parents, he will appear to be a huggable teddy bear.

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

Shih-Poo Breed Maintenance

The Shih-Poo will often have hair that is wavy to curly and that will require brushing on a daily basis. Without regular brushing, the hair of your Shih-Poo can become tangled and matted. Particular attention should be paid to his hindquarters, behind his ears and underneath his shoulders. Some find it helpful to visit a professional groomer three-to-four times annually for a trim to put his coat back in tip top shape. Fortunately, the breed does not shed much. The Shih-Poo may experience tearing problems, so checking his eyes regularly and cleaning them when necessary is important. His ears should also be cleaned and checked on a weekly basis. As with all dogs, the teeth of your Shih-Poo should be brushed several times per week and his nails should be clipped as needed. 

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

Shih-Poo Temperament

The Shih-Poo will inherit his behavioral traits from his parent breeds, the spunky Shih Tzu and the clever Poodle. Quiet and eager to please, the Shih-Poo will be obedient towards his humans while being shy with strangers. Typically, the Shih-Poo will be intelligent, playful and affectionate, enjoying spending time with his family whether it be in their lap or accompanying them on adventures. The Shih-Poo will have a lot of energy and will enjoy playing with toys like stuffed animals and balls. This hybrid will do well with children and other animals, though they do not appreciate hair pulling or being handled roughly, which may be challenging should smaller children be in the home. On occasion, the Shih-Poo can be stubborn, particularly when involved in training. Take him to obedience classes regularly; this will give him a chance to shine and learn that structure can be fun. 

Shih-Poo Activity Requirements

The activity requirements of the Shih-Poo will vary by the particular dog and the traits that he inherits from his parents. The Shih-Poo will need a moderate amount of exercise for his physical and emotional health. A dog of this size and temperament will enjoy a short to medium length walk on a daily basis. As the breed loves to play, additional exercise can be easily achieved by allowing your Shih-Poo to play outdoors in a fenced-in yard. Keep him company though; he is not keen on being left alone and may dig his way out. As these canines are small, they are also able to play inside with their family for additional activity. The Shih-Poo will enjoy both obedience and agility activities which will be great for keeping active, while allowing him to use his keen mind as well.

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

Shih-Poo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Shih-Poo Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shih-Poo size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Shih-Poo size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Shih-Poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Shih-Poo size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Male Shih-Poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female Shih-Poo size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 16 lbs

Shih-Poo Owner Experiences

3 Months
6 People
We love our shihpoo so much. She's so cuddly and very affectionate. But there are times that she tends to bark a lot, I don't know if she's just asking for food or she just wants to play. There would be an instance where in all of us needed to go somewhere and we don't have a choice, but to leave her at home. It really breaks my heart to hear her cry. We are so trully grateful and very happy to have a shihpoo in our family.
2 months ago
2 Months
9+ People
House & Yard
I'm still learning and so far i love him and ill take care of him!ill tell you more about it when he grew up already 😊
2 months, 1 week ago
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