Shih-poo

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Shih-poo
Shih Poo Barton 2.jpg
A Shih-poo
BreedsPoodle, Shih Tzu
Other namesPooshih
 
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Shih-poo
Shih Poo Barton 2.jpg
A Shih-poo
BreedsPoodle, Shih Tzu
Other namesPooshih

The Shih-poo is a small domestic dog. It is a cross between a Poodle and a Shih Tzu.[1][2] The name Shih-poo is a portmanteau of the two breed names.

Associations such as the AKC, the UKC, and the CKC, do not recognize the Shih-poo, or any other designer cross, as a breed.

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Appearance

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-poo may have a longer, more Poodle-like muzzle than their Shih-Tzu parent, alleviating many breathing problems that Shih-Tzu can experience.

Shih-poo/Shih Tzu
Shih Poo-Shih Tzu.jpg
Cross between Shih Poo and Shih Tzu(3/4 Shih Tzu, 1/4 poodle)

Size

The size can vary, since this dog is a mix between a poodle which can be teacup, miniature or standard and a shih tzu. Usually up to 10 pounds as adult size.

Color

Shih-poos come in a large variety of colors. They obviously lose a minuscule amount of hair, but it is minor to such an extent as to be considered a breed that does not shed.

See also

References

  1. ^ Planet Dog: A Doglopedia, by Sandra Choron and Harry Choron, Houghton Mifflin (2008), ISBN 0-618-51752-9
  2. ^ The Complete Idiot's Guide to Designer Dogs by Margaret H. Bonham, ISBN 1-59257-369-X