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A Shih-poo dog
Foundation stockPoodle, Shih Tzu
Variety statusNot recognized as a standardized breed by any major kennel club.
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Shih-poo is a small domestic dog. It is a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Shih Tzu.[1] The name Shih-poo is a portmanteau of the two breed names. The Shih-poo is also known as the "Pooshih", not to be confused with the "Poo-shi", which is a Poodle and Shiba Inu cross. Shih-poos have notable references in popular culture.[2][3]

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 (desirable for people with pet allergies), 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.

Shih-poos come in a wide variety of colors, such as all black, all white, cream, sable, tan, and any mix and combination there of.


The size varies, and depends on whether the Poodle parent is of the teacup, miniature, or standard breed. Typically, a shih-tzu and a miniature poodle are chosen for the parents, which results in average adult weights of 8-18 pounds. Additionally, Shi-poos can stand at 8-15 inches tall. A shih-tzu and standard Poodle mix is extremely uncommon.


The Shih-poos' parent breeds share many temperament traits, more so than appearance. Therefore, it is easier to generalize their personality. They are normally intelligent, alert, friendly, and devoted to their owners though they can often be shy around strangers and like many small dogs they need to be properly socialized around young children. They are demonstrative and seem to enjoy being fawned on and being the center of attention, doing poorly in kennels because they want their owner's company.

Shih-poo's are usually very intelligent and eager to please their owners. These traits make them very trainable. They learn quickly and seem to enjoy showing off tricks. They can be highly vocal and tend to bark readily. However, without proper training barking can become excessive.


Shih-poos are known to have a lifespan of up to 15 years or longer. Some Shih-poos have a longer, more Poodle-like muzzle than their Shih Tzu parent, alleviating many breathing problems that Shih Tzus can experience, such as brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome. However, the shorter snout common to Shih Tzus can be obtained as well. Shih-poos have also been linked to entropion, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, and cataracts.[4] Another minor but can start to be pricey problem, is the shih- poo's ears, they deal with a lot if not maintained and cared for correctly. [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Planet Dog: A Doglopedia, by Sandra Choron and Harry Choron, Houghton Mifflin (2008), ISBN 0-618-51752-9
  2. ^ Why men are more prone to get little, fuzzy dogs, by Matt Katz Cherry Hill Courier-Post, 5 Jan 2006
  3. ^ Hannah West in the Center of the Universe, by Linda Johns, p. 91, Puffin (2007), ISBN 0142407569
  4. ^ "Shihpoos". Embrace Pet Insurance. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "Shih Tzu Dog Ear Infection". Miracle Shih Tzu. Retrieved 2019-02-11.