Shih-Poo Puppies Dog Breed Information

The Shih-Poo is a mix of a Shih-Tzu and a small Poodle, like the Miniature or Toy Poodle. It gets traits from both breeds. Because it’s a mix, big dog clubs like the American Kennel Club don’t officially recognize it, but other groups do, such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, and Designer Dogs Kennel Club.

Shih-Poos are known for their cute and attentive looks, along with their small but sturdy bodies. They can take after either parent or a mix of both. Usually, they’re very loving and loyal, often sticking close to their favorite humans.

Shih-Poos are friendly, playful, and loving dogs, just like their affectionate parents. They really care about their families and enjoy being around them.

When they meet other dogs, strangers, pets, or kids, they’re usually fine as long as they’ve been introduced properly. But because they’re small, it’s better if younger kids learn how to be gentle with them.

Even though they’re small, Shih-Poos are brave and watchful, which makes them good at guarding the house. But sometimes they bark too much and can be a bit protective. Teaching them early on to stop barking too much and to be nice to everyone helps them grow up to be well-behaved and confident.

Shih-Poos are very adaptable. They’re comfortable living in apartments or bigger houses and can handle different weather conditions, although they prefer moderate climates. Because they’re small, they might need extra warmth in winter when going outside briefly. Since Shih-Poos crave affection and enjoy being with people, they don’t like being left alone for long.

Although Shih-Poos may inherit advantageous genetic traits, they remain susceptible to health problems common in their parent breeds. The health of Shih-Poo puppies largely hinges on responsible breeding practices and the well-being of their parents.

Potential health issues for Shih-Poos include hip dysplasia, eye conditions, patellar luxation, von Willebrand’s disease, epilepsy, and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Reputable breeders take steps to screen their dogs for these conditions to prevent them from passing on to offspring. To address potential health concerns, it’s essential to discuss the health and genetic background of the parents with the breeder and request any available health clearances.

Shih-Poos are smart and can learn easily, but they might be a bit stubborn, especially for new dog owners. Taking puppy classes can help with training, making sure it’s clear and positive.

Teaching them to go to the bathroom outside might take some time, but with consistent training, patience, and some tricks, it’s possible. Using a crate can also be useful. Shih-Poos respond well to being rewarded for good behavior, whether it’s with praise, treats, or playtime. Showing them what they get out of it encourages them to keep doing the right thing.

Shih-Poos can have different types and colors of fur, like long and straight or short and curly. Most have curly or wavy fur that doesn’t shed much.

You might see either type of fur from their parents, which are both known for being fluffy. To keep your Shih-Poo’s fur nice, brush them a few times a week at home and take them to a groomer every month or two.

Besides fur care, make sure to trim their nails regularly and brush their teeth often to keep them healthy. Also, check their ears and clean them when needed to prevent infections.

Shih-Poos are moderately active and can adapt their energy to fit their family’s lifestyle. Daily walks and indoor playtime are good for them. Some Shih-Poos can join in on longer walks and even take part in activities like rally, obedience, and agility. But check with your vet first to make sure it’s okay for them, especially while they’re still growing, to avoid any harm to their bones and joints.

As one of the tiniest dog breeds, a Shih-Poo typically ranges from 8 to 15 inches in height and weighs between 7 to 20 pounds. Looking at the size of the mother dog can give you an idea of how big a fully-grown Shih-Poo might be.

On average, Shih-Poos typically live for around 10 to 15 years, though some have been known to live even longer, with a few reaching up to 21 years of age.

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