- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 9
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Shih-Poo
- COLOR(S):Black, white, gray, brown, or apricot. May be solid or sable.
A Shih-Poo is a Poodle hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Poodle and a Shih-Tzu and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Poodle hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The cross with the Poodle is usually because of the Poodle\'s non-shedding coat.
The Shih-poo is loyal, loving, and affectionate. They are not recommended for homes with small children. They do well with dogs and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom or loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking. They are outgoing but very wary of strangers. Shih-poo\'s are quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
The Shih-poo requires frequent brushing to prevent matting and tangling and occasional professional grooming. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly clean the ears of debris and hair to prevent infection. The Shih-poo\'s have a low tolerance to extreme heat and cold. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss.
They may be prone to such health issues as ear infection, spinal disc disease, PRA, diabetes, anemia, heart disease, and epilepsy.
The Shih-poo is well suited for apartment living. They are relatively active indoors and should have a variety of safe toys to keep them occupied. Shih-poo\'s enjoy family play sessions, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a fenced yard.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The Shih-poo may be difficult to housebreak. The crate training method works best. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.