Shih Tzu and Miniature Poodle Mix

Shih Tzu and Miniature Poodle Mix

Hybrid Breed

Shih Tzu + Miniature Poodle


How about the Shipoo?

As with most small dog breeds, it is important to get them socialised from an early age, especially when it comes to the contact with young children. Shih-Poos are expressive dogs that need a lot of attention and like to have company. Due to their tendency to bark a lot, it is important to train your Shih-Poo puppy accordingly so that the barking does not become excessive. If the puppies inherit the stubbornness of the Shih-Tzu, it will be necessary to take many potty breaks until the animal is house-trained. High quality, easily digestible food is recommendable in order to keep this designer dogs fur nice and shiny. As far as their surroundings are concerned, they are quite adaptable, they will feel comfortable whether they life in an apartment with a single person or in a multi-person family household.

  • Pedigree: Poodle, Shih-Tzu
  • average weight: 3.5 - 8 kg
  • average size: 20 - 28 cm
  • average lifespan: 15 years or more
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Origin USA
Life expectancy 10 - 16 years
Care requirements high-maintenance
Activity level low
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character of the Shih-Poo Cross

This little domestic dog is a cross between Poodle and Shih-Tzu. The intention of the Shih-Poo breeders was to combine the characteristic features of the two breeds, the intelligence and the little amount of shedding of the Poodle with the lovable nature of the Shih-Tzu.

This is a very intelligent, attentive and friendly dog which is loyal to its owners and shy of strangers. They put great importance towards satisfying their owners, which is why they are considered to be easily trained and able to quickly learn new tricks. They are also ideal companions for elderly people, love to be pampered, but also sufficient exercise is very important. Shih-Poos have very good hearing and are also used as watchdogs.


  • active
  • educable
  • family-friendly
  • friendly
  • intelligent
  • vigilant


  • Family Dog

Health aspects

These adorable dogs have a longer snout than the Shih-Tzus, which makes breathing much easier for them. However, they often struggle with problems such as entropium, patellar luxations (knee joint injuries), cataracts and hip dysplasia, and their ears are also particularly sensitive. In order to avoid parasites, you should have the very hairy drooping ears checked regularly. Regular tooth cleaning and grooming appointments are a necessity for them.

Buying a Shih-Poo

A Shih-Poo puppy is suitable for people who are looking for an active lap dog and a cuddly companion. Before buying a Shih-Poo, you should make sure that it is an established breeder you are considering buying from and take a look at the living conditions in the kennel as well as paying attention to factors such the animal not having watery eyes. A reputable Shih-Poo breeder can be recognised by the fact that before adoption they tell you as much as possible about the background of the four-legged friend, such as the bloodline, health and nature of the parents. One should also be aware that no breeder can give you a one-hundred percent guarantee on how the characteristics of the animal are gonna be. The price of the animals ranges from 500 to 1000 euros.

Shipoo breed description

Because of their short fur, they are well suited for allergy sufferers. Shih-Poos can be black, white, cream, brown, or a combination of these colours, and the fur can be smooth, wavy, or curly. Their size depends on whether a Teacup Poodle, Miniature Poodle or a standard breed was used in breeding, usually Miniature Poodles are paired with Shih-Tzus.

Fur length medium
Fur curly
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail fanned out
Anatomy slim
Size ♀ 20 - 25 cm
Weight ♀ 4 - 8 kg
Size ♂ 20 - 25 cm
Weight ♂ 4 - 8 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers, Beginner, Seniors


white grey brown cream
  • Overweight

    Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!

  • The dog can live up to 15 years. But this, of course, depends on the health.

  • A Shipoo is a small breed of dog and grows to a maximum height of 28cm.

  • A Shipoo can cost a good 1500 euros and is extremely rare.

  • Yes, the Shipoo makes an excellent city dog, family dog, and beginner dog breed. In addition, the poodle (which is crossbred) is said to be hypoallergenic and therefore appears suitable for allergy sufferers.

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