The Shih-poo is a small domestic dog. It is a crossbreed between a Poodle and a Shih Tzu.
The name Shih-poo is a portmanteau of the two breed names.
Legitimate breed associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize the Shih-poo, or any other
designer cross, as a breed in its own right. However, some major kennel clubs do accept registration of
crossbreed and mixed-breed dogs for performance events such as agility and obedience.
The Shih-poo is one of many named Poodle crossbreeds, bred in an attempt to combine the characteristics of the
Poodle, such as its high intelligence and low-shed coat, with the desirable traits of another breed—in this case, the
Shih Tzu. However, it is equally likely that undesirable traits from the parents will be produced as well, so puppies
must be carefully selected. Some Shih-poos may have a longer, more Poodle-like muzzle than their Shih-Tzu
parent, alleviating many breathing problems that Shih-Tzus can experience, such as Brachycephalic syndrome.
The size varies, and depends on whether the Poodle parent is of the teacup, miniature, or standard breed.
Typically, a shih-tzu and a miniature poodle are chosen for the parents, which results in average adult weights of
10–15 pounds. A shih-tzu and standard Poodle mix is extremely uncommon.
Shih-poos come in a wide variety of colors, such as all
black, all white, cream, sable, and any mix and combination thereof.
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