Breed: Shih Tzu Poodle Mix
Temperament: Happy and playful, good with kids
Lifespan: 14 years
Recommended for: Anyone
Maintenance: Low to Medium
Other Names: Pooshih, Shih-Poo
Shih Tzu Poodle dogs are a relatively new small dog breed formed of a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. These dogs usually have a silky, curly coat, but each dog's characteristics depend on the percentage of Shih Tzu and Poodle genes the dog inherits. Most Shih Tzu Poodles, more commonly known as "Pooshih" or "Shih-Poo" dogs, have a long coat like both parent breeds and weigh between 4.5 and 5.4 kilograms. Their size varies, depending on the quality of their diet, their pecking order in the litter and their parent's sizes.
This small dog breed blends seamlessly into families with children. Pooshih dogs have a happy, playful and mischievous temperament. The dogs' high intelligence allows them to pick up tricks and housetrain quickly. Shih Tzu Poodles love attention. However, they may become snappy if teased.
Health and lifespan
The Shih Tzu Poodle mix was designed to weed out ailments in their parent breeds. For that reason, Shih Tzu dogs have very few health issues and usually live up to 14 years. For instance, introducing a more poodle-like muzzle helped eliminate the Shih Tzu's breathing problems. With exercise, Shih Tzu Poodle dogs will remain healthy into their older years.
Shih Tzu Poodles housetrain extremely quickly for their above-average intelligence. They make excellent indoor pets, especially since they don't shed much. Individuals looking for a companion will find company with this friendly dog. Although this small dog breed is fairly active, it does not require daily walks, but they do enjoy an occasional trip to the park.
The Shih Tzu Poodle mix is a hypoallergic breed. They shed very little and are naturally very clean animals. Bathe this breed only when necessary. To keep their coat looking silky, hire a professional grooming service to trim their hair. Owners must take care to avoid matting and tangling of the Shih Tzu Poodle's luxurious coat. The extra work it takes to maintain this dog's coat will be worth the hypoallergic benefit.