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The Shih-Poo is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Poodle. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Oliver the Shih-Poo at 7 years old


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ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
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Chanel the Shih-Poo at about 2 years old—"Chanel is a very intelligent and lovable dog. Chanel's dad was a Poodle and her mother was a Shih Tzu. Chanel inherited the smartness from her dad and the sweet and lovable genes of her mom. Her coat is like silk, very shiny and soft; I think the texture and softness is from her father’s genes since I've seen lots of purebred Shih-Tzus and the texture of their hair is silky but thicker."


Shih-Poo - Shih-Tzu / Poodle cross

"This is Chase. He is almost 1 ½ years old in this picture, and a mix between and Poodle and Shih Tzu. He is very ornery, and beats up on his brother Storm (a 2½-year-old Weimaraner) constantly. He is very friendly, and thinks he’s as big as Storm (his brother)."


Chase, the Shih-Poo at 2 years old. (Chase has his eyes closed)

Chase the Shih-Poo at 2 years old (Chase has his eyes closed)—his owner says, "He’s still a handful!!"  ;-)


"Dezi (left) and Jude (right) are both Shih-Poos. Dezi is a year old, and she is attention seeking and mischievous. High energy and social, but has picked up some bad habits from my other dog Jude. Jude loves attention, and can become jealous of Dezi. He is an obsessive barker and is high energy also. Loves to please his owner, and has developed little dog syndrome. Both of my dogs I love dearly and are excellent family pets."


Shih-Poo         Shih-Tzu /  Poodle Cross

Rufus at 8 weeks


Shih-Poo         Shih-Tzu /  Poodle Cross

Pepper at 3 ½ months


Shih-Poo         Shih-Tzu /  Poodle Cross

Pepper at 3 ½ months


Shih-Poo         Shih-Tzu /  Poodle Cross

Pepper at 3 ½ months


Maggie the Shih-Poo as a 4 month old puppy

Maggie the Shih-Poo as a 4-month-old puppy

Maggie, the Shih-poo all grown up at 3 years old

Maggie the Shih-Poo all grown up at 3 years old—"Maggie has been a very healthy dog. She doesn't shed, but needs to be groomed every 6 to 8 weeks. Her weight is 16 lbs. Maggie is very smart. She was potty trained within a couple of weeks. On walks she does not require a leash. She gets along with other dogs, although Maggie can be shy with people she does not know. She is a great watchdog. Nobody can get in the house without her knowing about it."



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