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Shih Poo – Q&A

December 9, 2018

Shih Poo

Looking for a cute and adorable little dog that enjoys cuddling and playing in equal measure? Meet the Shih Poo, the crossbreed result of the Shih Tzu and Poodle. Taking the very best from his parents, the Shih Poo is a loyal, intelligent, affectionate and independent dog. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the breed:

Do Shih Poo shed a lot?

No. One of the reasons so many people find the breed attractive is because they come with minimal shedding. This makes them particularly suitable for dog lovers looking for hypoallergenic breed options. Bear in mind though, that they require more grooming than other breeds in order to maintain their hygiene and good appearance.

How long do Shih Poo live?

Most have a life expectancy of 12 to 17 years. Interestingly some have lived up to 21 years. Generally, crossbreeds tend to be healthier than their parent breeds, but they are still susceptible to the same diseases as their parent breeds, albeit to a lesser extent.


How big do Shih Poo dogs get?

Their size depends on the size of their parents. Specifically, differences in size will depend on whether the Poodle parent was a miniature, teacup or standard size. As such, they can grow to 8-20 pounds and stand at 8-15 inches.

Do Shih Poo bark a lot?

Like most other toy breeds, they tend to bark more than larger breeds, but they are not as yappy as some toy breeds. Training them to quiet down at your command is important though.

Do Shih Poo puppies change color?

They might. Since they have Poodle genes, their coats could become lighter as they grow older, similar to Poodles. Color changes may seem more pronounced after grooming, but it’s only because the pup’s true color is more clearly seen after clipping.

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Now that you have some useful information on the Shih Poo, you can decide whether you want one as your next puppy. Give My Next Puppy a call on (703) 870-7555 for more details on this and many more breeds you can choose.