When it comes to choosing the best lap dogs, Shih Poo is one of them. It is a small-sized dog that is loyal and filled with playfulness.
Also known as Shoodle, it is a cross between Shih Tzu and Miniature Poodle. It has a low-shedding coat and a compact body. If you are looking for a dedicated companion for you that won’t leave you alone anywhere, Shih Poo is the ideal dog for you.
Being one of the most popular designer dogs in most countries, dog lovers are keen to know more about this breed. We too receive several questions and concerns about Shih Poos which is why we have made this quick FAQ guide about the breed.
Let’s find the frequently asked questions about Shih Poo below.
Shih Poo FAQ
Does Shih Poo shed?
No, Shih Poo has a low-shedding coat and you won’t be witnessing too much dog hair in your home. Interestingly, both of the parent breeds; Shih Tzu and Miniature Poodle have low-shedding coats and Shih Poo inherits this trait from both of them. But remember, you need to brush and groom more often to get rid of extra hair.
How often a Shih Poo should be groomed?
More often. You should groom your Shih Poo pup at least twice a week to avoid tangles and mats. Along with that, you should get your puppy groomed by a professional groomer every second month.
How often should I bathe Shih Poo?
You should bathe your Shih Poo every second week or whenever needed.
Can we leave our Shih Poo alone for a long time?
Shih Poo dog can be left alone for a short time only. If you leave them alone for a long time, they may become destructive.
Are Shih Poos hard to train?
Your Shih Poo dog may give you a tough time in training. You should start training them from an early age and it is highly recommended to teach them basic commands such as “sit”, “stay”, “down”, and “come”, etc.
How big is a full-grown Shih Poo?
A full-grown Shih Poo may reach up to the height of 15 inches and may weigh around 20 pounds. It takes about a year for Shih Poo to reach maturity and full size.
What is the average cost of a Shih Poo puppy?
The cost of the Shih Poo is determined by several factors such as color, gender, breeder’s reputation, and the bloodline of parents, etc. On average, you will find a puppy for around $500-$3000.
Are Shih Poos aggressive?
No, they aren’t and they do well with almost everyone but it is recommended to train and socialize them from an early age.
Does Shih Poo like to Cuddle?
Well, a cuddle is a small word for Shih Poo. Your Shih Poo pup will try to be with you like a shadow every time wherever you go. Along with that, he’ll sleep with you, he’ll watch tv sitting on the couch with you or on your lap, and try to please you.
Are Shih Poos good with other pets?
Yes, they are highly-social and really very good with other pets. But if you have a large-sized dog such as a Great Dane, considering not getting a Shih Poo puppy or they may get injured very easily.
Can Shih Poo swim?
As Poodle is one of the best swimmers, Shih Poos are most likely to inherit this trait from them.
I am confused about which gender should I get, male or female?
In our opinion, both the genders are wonderful. The best practice is to neuter/spay your dog on time that keeps them calm and peaceful.
Are there any differences between Shih Poo and other Doodles?
Yes, there may be a lot of difference between 2 different Doodle breeds. For example, Shih Poo is the product of Shih Tzu and Poodle and both of them have a low-shedding coat which is inherited by Shih Poo, and on the other hand, Bernedoodle is the product of Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle, and the Bernese is a high shedding breed so the Bernedoodle may have a shedding coat. We can easily pinpoint many other differences between Shih Poo and other Doodles.
Wrapping it up:
So, these were 13 frequently asked questions about Shih Poos. If you also had the same questions in your mind, we hope you have got the answer. If you have any more questions about this lovely breed, please ask us through the comment form below.