No, the Shih-Poo is not just a funny name. This breed is a so-called hybrid breed, being a cross between a Shih-Tzu and a Poodle. They get their smartness from the Poodle side and their very soft, loving and gentle nature from the Shih-Tzu side.
Shih-Poos are becoming more and more popular, and we understand why. With a Shih-Poo you are getting a smart but not as active, cute-looking dog.
They love to seek attention and get spoilt by their owners. Sleeping in your bed and taking over the couch is just what the Shih-Poo wants.
Daily outings are a must, but it need not be too strenuous or busy. This is a trait from the Shih-Tzu, who likes to take it easier and enjoys daily comforts. Though beware, Shih-Poos can easily develop little dog syndrome, as they like to be pampered and fussed about.
Their coat is a mix of silky smooth hair with some curls through, which are inherited from the Poodle. If a stick or leaf gets caught in their coat they will make sure you remove it immediately, as they are just precious. Regular grooming is required to avoid matting.
|Life expectancy:||10-15 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||very low|