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The Shih-poo is a Shih Tzu - Poodle mix. He is extremely devoted to his family. He is affectionate, happy, playful, and gentle.  He craves and enjoys attention and affection from humans, so he will not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. This breed has a playful side that children enjoy, however he will not be pleased if little ones are rough with him and tease him. He will get along well with other dogs and family pets. This breed is very intelligent and learns quickly. He typically responds well to obedience training and he loves learning tricks to entertain you with. While the Shih-poo is not an outside dog, he will appreciate a daily walk. He usually gets sufficient exercise during indoor play time, and is well suited for either house or apartment living. He’s very alert and makes an excellent watch dog. Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years.


The Shih-Poo is about 8-11 inches tall and weighs about 10-15 pounds. The coat of the Shih-poo may be long, straight, curly - or a combination. They come in a variety of colors, including: black, white, gray, brown, and apricot. They may be solid, sabled, or multicolored.


The Shih-poo does not shed and is considered to be hypoallergenic. He requires daily brushing to prevent matting and tangling - and professional grooming every few months. Bathing should be done when necessary. For ease in care, keep your Shih-poo clipped into a short “puppy cut”.