The Shih-Poo is a hybrid or crossbreed developed from a Shih Tzu and Poodle. Its appearance consists of features of both types of dogs. Its coat should be luxurious in appearance and to the touch. The coat varies in length and may be straight or curly, or a combination of them both. Its head is definitely round and moderate in size. It has a wide, but short muzzle with a large nose. The eyes are large, but do not protrude excessively. Its ears are moderate in size and sit just above its eyes. The ears are usually long and hang at its jaw line. It has an elongated neck that extends to its straight back. The back is firm and generally long for its body. The breed stands on front legs that are straight and back legs that are well angled.


The Shih-Poo is a devoted family pet. It is sociable and generally coexists peacefully with other pets (including dogs). This breed has a playful side that children enjoy. The energy level and feistiness of this bred varies. Types that are high-spirited are not suitable companions for very young or small children. This breed is very smart and learns quickly. It typically responds well to training.

Height and Weight

The Shih-Poo is about 8-11 inches tall and weighs about 10-15 pounds.

Health Problems

As with most hybrid breeds, the Shih-Poo is generally a healthy breed.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Shih-Poo is a breed that is not suitable for outdoor suburban living. The best environment for this breed is one that is spacious. It can adapt to living in an apartment, as long as there is sufficient room for it to be active.


As long as it resides in a spacious environment, the Shih-Poo should obtain much of the exercise it needs on its own. A daily walk or playing is recommended for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Shih-Poo has an average life expectancy of 14-17 inches.

Litter Size

The Shih-Poo has an average litter size of 4-6 puppies.


The Shih-Poo is bred from a Shi Tzu and Poodle, two breeds that require significant grooming. The breed does not shed heavily, but requires a lot of regular grooming. The coat should be brushed several times a week. A professional groomer can trim the coat nicely.


There is no definite origin of the Shih-Poo.




The coat of the Shih-Poo can vary widely. The breed is generally a dark brown, gray, or white color. Orange markings are also acceptable for this breed.