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Shihpoo

Throughout the year Little Rascals UK often have Shihpoo puppies for sale. So, if you are looking into buying a Shihpoo please speak to us. We will be able to help you find your new Shihpoo puppy. If you have a long journey and are looking for a Shihpoo puppy near you “don’t worry”, why not use our delivery service.

Key Breed Facts

The Shihpoo breed is also commonly known by the names Shih Tzu x Poodle, Shih-Poo, Shipoo, Shi-Poo, Shi Poo, Shihpooh, Shipooh, Shitzpoo.

Lifespan: 12 – 15 years

Pedigree Breed Status: Not Pedigree – Hybrid Dog Breed

Height
Males 20 – 38 cm
Females 20 – 38 cm

Weight
Males 3 – 9 kg
Females 3 – 9 kg

Breed Characteristics

Size

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Small (4/10)

Exercise

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medium (6/10)

Training

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very easy (8/10)

Shedding

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minimal (2/10)

Grooming

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very high (10/10)

Children

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not very good (3/10)

Health

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average (6/10)

Cost to Keep

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average (5/10)

Being Alone

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very short periods (2/10)

Intelligence

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above average (7/10)

Introduction

The Shihpoo is a relatively new cross breed developed using the Shih Tzu and either a Miniature Poodle or Toy Poodle. They are cute small dogs that can have the curlier coat of the Poodle or the longer and much straighter coat of the Shih Tzu. Shihpoos tend to inherit many of their parent breed traits which includes the fact that puppies from the same litter can be a variety of colours and colour combinations.

Since the Shihpoo first arrived on the scene, these little dogs have found their way into the hearts and homes of many people thanks to their adorable looks and fun-loving, affectionate natures. The Shihpoo can be the ideal mix of lap dog and family fun.

History

The Shihpoo was first developed in the United States by breeders who were hoping to create a dog allergy sufferers would be able to own and live with. Breeders also wanted to develop a breed that boasted masses of character, intelligence and a small dog that loved being around people. The Shihpoo has since become a popular choice both as a companion and family pet thanks to their affectionate, loyal natures and adorable looks.

Today, the Shihpoo is fast becoming one of the more popular cross-breeds and although not yet recognised by the Kennel Club, many local breed clubs have been established and are enjoyed by many owners.

Appearance

The Shihpoo may inherit either of their parent breeds physical traits with puppies in the same litter having quite different coats. Some puppies may throw more to the Poodle and have lovely curly coats whereas other puppies could have the coat of a Shih Tzu. However, in general they gentle yet well-muscled bodies although some dogs do have longer muzzles than others depending on which of the parent breeds they take after. It really depend on whether a Toy or Miniature Poodle was used in the breeding programme. At Little Rascals Pets we always use the Toy poodle stud dog in order to maintain a well-balanced dog with nice proportions. One of their endearing traits being their floppy ears and alert, keen albeit mischievous expressions.

Shihpoos Heads tend to be broad and nicely rounded with a good width between a dog’s eyes. Other endearing traits include their whiskers which stand well off their faces and their cute beards. As previously mentioned, some Shihpoos have shorter muzzles whereas others have longer ones having inherited more a Poodle look. Their noses tend to match the colour of their coats. They have nicely proportioned neck.

Shoulders are well laid back. Their front legs are on the short side, yet strong and well-muscled.

They tend to have compact, sturdy bodies with nice broad chests and level backs. Their hindquarters are well muscled and strong with a dog’s back legs being short with muscular thighs. Feet are rounded in shape and firm being nicely padded and well covered in hair. They have plumed tails which the Shihpoo tends to carry nicely curled over their backs.

When it comes to their coat, the Shihpoo can either have a lovely, short, curly coat much like the Poodle or they can inherit a longer, straighter coat of the Shih Tzu.

Some dogs have a combination of both, but all Shihpoo’s have coats with a luxurious and soft feel to them. They can be a variety of colours which includes the following: Apricot, Black, Black and Tan, Brown, Cream, Red, Sable, White, Parti-colour.

Temperament

The Shihpoo is known to be an intelligent, fun-loving and affectionate small dog thanks to the fact they can inherit many of their parent breeds personality traits. They are outgoing, affectionate natures. However, because they are such a new cross breed, it is very much luck of the draw as to how a puppy turns out bearing in mind that early socialisation and the environment your puppy is bought up within plays the most important role of all.

Shihpoos can be a little boisterous when young which means their training has to start early, the way they are handled always has to be firm and very fair. It’s all too easy to spoil a puppy because they are so cute, but this can lead to a dog growing up to be wilful and unruly.

It’s really important for these dogs to be well socialised from a young age so they grow up to be confident, outgoing mature dogs. Their socialisation should include introducing them to lots of new situations, noises, people, other animals and dogs once they have been fully vaccinated.

Try to be consistent throughout your dog’s life. A Shihpoo is never happier than when they know their place in the pack and who they can look to for direction and guidance.

This in turn will increase your dogs confidence, health and wellbeing.

Intelligence / Trainability

The Shihpoo is a smart little dog having inherited their intelligence from both parent breeds and in particular from the Poodle. As such they are easy to train, but the downside is that they can also be a little wilful and stubborn at times so bear in mind they learn new things fast which means they can also pick up bad habits just as quickly.

As such, their training has to begin early and it has to be consistent and always fair throughout a dog’s life so they understand what’s expected of them.

The key to successfully training a Shihpoo is to make their training as interesting as possible and to avoid too much repetition. It’s also a good idea to keep training sessions short which helps dogs stay focussed on learning. They do respond extremely well to positive reinforcement which always brings the best out of these intelligent and quick witted little dogs.

Children and Other Pets

The Shihpoo is a great choice for all families weather the children are younger or older. Just please always be mindful to teach your youngest how to hold and play with your puppy in the most gentle and loving ways possible. Puppies have lifelong memories for those who love and care for them on a daily basis and as we all know will give that love back in return.

Any interaction between toddlers and a dog should always be well supervised by an adult to make sure playtime does not get too boisterous.

When dogs have been well socialised from a young enough age, they generally get on well with other dogs they meet and if they have grown up with a family cat in a household, they usually get on well together too.

Health

The average life expectancy of a Shihpoo is between 10 and 15 years when properly cared for and fed an appropriate good quality diet to suit them.

Shihpoos may be prone to inherit health disorders that affect their parent breeds. We at Little Rascals Pets have all our stud dog tested to improve our genetics and minimise any risk. The health conditions that may affect the parent breeds the most are as follows: Breathing issues, Patellar subluxation.

Grooming

A Shihpoo can inherit more of a Poodle type coat or they can have the longer, straighter coat of the Shih Tzu as such it really does depend on their coat type as to how much grooming they need. However, one constant is the fact that their coats benefit from being professionally groomed normally 3 to 4 times a year to keep them tidy. This very much depends on how “Pretty” you want them to look Shihpoos also tend to suffer from tear staining under their eyes which needs to be gently cleaned on a regular basis if necessary.

They shed steadily throughout the year so it is usually necessary to stay on top of things and to remove dead and shed hair from a dog’s coat. It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax is allowed to build up, it can lead to a pain (please call Little Rascals Pets if you’re unsure).

Exercise

The Shihpoo is an energetic, intelligent small dog and as such they need to be given the right amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation for them to be truly happy, well-rounded characters. Ideally they need to run in the garden for at least 30 to 40- minutes exercise a day they don’t really need to be on a lead, except in public or at the park.

A shorter walk in the morning is fine, but a longer more interesting one in the afternoon.

Always make sure the fencing is secure to keep these active, little dogs in because if they find a weakness in the fence, they could escape and get into all sorts of trouble.

With this said, Shihpoo puppies should not be over exercised because their joints and bones are still growing. This includes not letting a dog jump up and down from furniture or going up or down the stairs. Too much pressure placed on their joints and spines at an early age could result in a dog developing problems later in their lives.

Feeding

If you get a Shihpoo puppy from any breeder, they will give you a feeding schedule, at Little Rascals Pets we always recommend Royal Canin Mini Junior and it’s important to stick to the same routine, feeding the same puppy food to avoid any tummy upsets. You can change a puppy’s diet, but this needs to be done very gradually always making sure they don’t develop any digestive upsets along the way.

If they do, it’s best to put them back on their original diet and to discuss things with the vet or us at Little Rascals before attempting to change it again.

The older Shihpoo dogs are not known to be fussy eaters, but this does not mean they can be given a lower quality diet. It’s best to feed a mature dog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening, making sure it’s good quality food that meets all their nutritional requirements.

Average cost to keep/care for a Shihpoo

If you are looking to buy a Shihpoo, you would need to pay anything from £500 to £850 for a well-bred puppy. The cost of insuring a male 3-year-old Shihpoo in England may be £25.45 a month for basic cover but for a lifetime policy, this would set you back £46.12 a month (quote as of October 2016). When insurance companies calculate a pet’s premium, they factor in several things which includes where you live in the UK, a dog’s age and whether or not they have been neutered or spayed among other things.

When it comes to food costs, you need to buy the best quality food We suggest Royal Canin. This will cost between £20 – £25 a month. You need to factor in normal veterinary costs which includes their second vaccinations and thereafter their annual boosters, the cost of neutering or spaying a dog (if you want) when the time is right and their yearly health checks, all of which can add up.

As a rough guide, the average cost to keep and care for a Shihpoo would be between £50 to £70 a month depending on the level of insurance cover you opt to buy for your dog.

For any advice on the best choice of puppy for you please call Little Rascals Pets on 01522 789191

 

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