Shih-Poos have been a popular breed for the last 10 to 20 years, though they may have been around for longer.


The Shih-Poo is a mix of the Shih Tzu and Poodle breeds. This crossbreed is smart, playful, and affectionate. Along with sporting a cute, alert expression, it has a sturdy body and a courageous bark despite its size. Because of this, the Shih-Poo can be an excellent guard dog.


Varies depending on mix.

  • Lifespan:

    10-15 years
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  • Temperament

    Shih-Poo puppies are intelligent, fun-loving, and sociable. Generally, this crossbreed inherits the guard-like instincts of its Shih Tzu's parent, making vigilant watchdogs. Shih-Poos can be stubborn and yappy, so special training may be needed to moderate these behaviors. They are also better suited in homes with older children.

  • Barking

    Barks if Necessary

  • Adaptability

    • Adaptability to apartment living

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    • Good for novice owners

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    • Tolerates being alone

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    • Tolerates cold weather

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    • Tolerates hot weather

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    • Family Friendly

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  • Exercise needs

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    • Playfulness

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