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A Shih-poo
Breeds Poodle, Shih Tzu

The Shih-poo is a small domestic dog. It is a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Shih Tzu.[1][2] The name Shih-poo is a portmanteau of the two breed names.

Legitimate breed associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize the Shih-poo, or any other designer cross, as a breed in its own right. However, some major kennel clubs do accept registration of crossbreed and mixed-breed dogs for performance events such as agility and obedience.


The Shih-poo is one of many named Poodle crossbreeds, bred in an attempt to combine the characteristics of the Poodle, such as its high intelligence and low-shed coat, with the desirable traits of another breed (in this case, the Shih Tzu). However, it is equally likely that undesirable traits from the parents will be produced as well, so puppies must be carefully selected. Some Shih-poo may have a longer, more Poodle-like muzzle than their Shih-Tzu parent, alleviating many breathing problems that Shih-Tzu can experience, such as Brachycephalic syndrome.


The size can vary, since this dog is a mix between a poodle which can be teacup, miniature or standard and a Shih Tzu.


Shih-poos come in a large variety of colors, like black, brown, white, and mixes in between.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Planet Dog: A Doglopedia, by Sandra Choron and Harry Choron, Houghton Mifflin (2008), ISBN 0-618-51752-9
  2. ^ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designer Dogs by Margaret H. Bonham, ISBN 1-59257-369-X