55 Responses to Shih-Poo

  1. TerryB says:

    I owned a shih tzu poodle for 9 years chloe, got her at 6 weeks. She was stolen last night and I haven’t been myself since. I’ve lost a part of me. She was loving, which might have been her downfall. I miss her dearly.

  2. Nadine Coleman says:

    My baby is 14 months old and I have had her since she was 10 weeks old. I am having a very difficult time potty training her. I feed her and then let her go outside in my large yard and I always tell her let’s go potty. She can say outside a considerable amount of time, and then come in and poop or pee.

    • Dennis says:

      We lay down sheets of newspaper . Her name is Penney. She is very active, runs all through the house. Very lovable.Does her duty,we throw the paper out and replace with new paper. She doesn’t go outside. We have 🦊 fox around here. So she is safe and loved .

  3. Donald L Steele says:

    Beaotiful. . We had a Shih Poo but she died. Wonderful Dog. Can you tell me if you know where
    we can find breeders in the Toronto, Canada area? Thanks . .Don L SAteele

  4. Kristina says:

    Thank you, for replying back. I will try to blend,chicken,beef,or vegetable with his dry food. I’ve tried, to put coconut oil, but he smells it, and walks away.

  5. Kristina says:

    Hello. I have a shih-poo his name is Oreo who is 2 yrs old.He doesn’t like dry food at all. I try to mix it with wet food, but then he spits it out. He’s a smart cookie.what can I do,in order for him to eat dry food once in awhile. Oh and I’ve tried so many dry food, even the blue buffalo ones etc. .

    • admin says:

      Hi Kristina,
      You may try enhancing your Oreo’s meal. Since you have already tried mixing wet food with his regular meal, reduce the quantity of dry food that you provide him to ensure you are not overfeeding him. You may add beef, chicken, or vegetable flavored meal enhancements and blend them with his dry food. Don’t feed him table scraps, as it will only cause your Oreo to shy away from dry dog foods.

  6. Debbie Brand says:

    Lisa Small;. I am so sorry to about your puppies. It’s terrible when you try to go be them what is good for them and it turns out not to be!

    I read many… Years ago to give them garlic to prevent fleas. I’ve always sprinkled it over my last two dogs food and they never got fleas! One was 12 yrs and the other was almost 15. I’m getting an 8 week old Shih poo today and I’ll continue the same preventative with her. Hope this helps!!

  7. Mahant says:

    I have a very sweet shitzupoo female she is 26 months old, she is never fascinated by food .since she was a puppy never ever ate her food if we will not feed her for two days she will not eat.till now we have to spoon feed her like a baby. Is this normal,she does not like dog food atall.
    She is recently so lazy but food is a big no no always for her

    • admin says:

      Hi Mahant,
      Since you have always fed your Shih-Poo under supervision, she might have acquired the essence of social eating. To help her come out of this eating habit, you need to train your dog to eat while you are away. Set up a baby gate and teach her to eat, with you standing behind the gate. Practice by tossing a few treats and going out of sight, then coming back, throwing more treats and again leaving the place. It will help her associate your absence with the occurrence of good things.

  8. Sammy says:

    We have two shiipoos, sisters from separate litters, they trained easily and are a complete pair. They are great friends, love people and other dogs and real cuddles. Can’t think of life without them

  9. Melissa says:

    My shipoo Dumbledore is about to be one years old this end of August and he has been horrible at ripping up my trash basket and stealing food off plates if left anywhere, example:the bathroom. He only acts up when I leave a room, and I don’t know how to get him to stop. He is creat trained, so it’s really not a punishment if I put him in there. Any advice would be wonderful. When I do leave the house he’s in his crate, if he’s baby-sat while I’m gone he’s a good boy. I just don’t know what’s making him act like this. This is recent, like a week and nothing has changed at home.

    • admin says:

      Hi Melissa,
      When your Shih-Poo steals food, he is just acting on his natural behavior. For dogs, food means excitement and that is something you don’t want. Here are a few steps that will help your Shih-Poo become calm and submissive even if food is left unguarded in front of him.
      First, get your Dumbledore to “sit” and “stay.” Then bring a plate of food close to him. You can keep it 3-4 feet away from your dog. When he comes near the plate, make a sharp sound, and tap him firmly with the fingers. Repeat this method several times to help him get over his excited state.
      Second, inspire your dog to lie down by giving him treats – even from your plate. Before you start cooking or eating, encourage him to lie “down” and make him “stay.” Reward him by offering him a scrap of your own food when he does this successfully. Repeat several times until he associates lying down or staying with receiving a treat.

    • Samantha Ledford says:

      He may be acting out as his way of showing you he is upset at you for leaving him

      • Melissa says:

        I can’t take him to store or errands when it’s hot outside, he’s safer inside with AC. Just found out we’re expecting another baby. Maybe he senses it.

  10. Valerie Stein says:

    I have a 3 month old ShiPoo, she only weighs a little over 2 lbs. and doesn’t seem to be getting any bigger. How much will she weigh full grown.

    • Jessica says:

      I have a 4 year old shih-poo you I’ve had since she was 2 months. She’s not a big eater, just basically her food and little scraps here and there. Cici is about 11 lbs which my vet says is a good size for her.

    • Samantha Ledford says:

      I had a mini shihpoo and she only weighed 3lbs full grown (about 2 years old when weighed) and her vet said she was perfectly healthy. Really depends which type of shihpoo you have on how big he/she will get.

  11. lisa bosworth says:

    I have a male shihpoo who is very fussy with food and is not a big eater. He spits food out when he’s had enough and prefers fat on meat rather than meat although he likes ham and lamb chops. He won’t eat dog food in jelly sauce or gravy. I’ve been feeding him pouches of food from wilkinson which are more like our food with no sauce but he’s gone off them. Can anyone let me know what main meal I can give him

    • Jessica says:

      My Shih-Poo had trouble eating when she was a puppy. When she was about 4 months old I was trying to feed her brands like Eukenuba and Iams, which she did not like. It also made her sick. I switched to Royal Canan for Shih-Tzus and she loves it. She has been eating it for 4 years now.

      • Kimberly says:

        I have a 10wk old shipoo n at 6wks old she was crying alot n getting into the other animals food including the cats. I Thot it was cuz she’s a puppy,but the vet suggested royal canine so I waited a few wks before buying it cuz it’s a bit pricey for me,but she’s so happy n full,the food is small bites n she loves it n is very content.

    • Rolanda says:

      Hi Lisa I have a Shipoo 5 mo old I was told by the breeder to only give Ceaser Dry food. I also have Lhasa poo they are brothers. Same mother but different fathers. I purchased both puppies from the same breeder. And she suggest the same thing. They both luv the Dry Ceasar food. Walmart carries a big variety. Good luck to u.

  12. renee pilgrim says:

    Hello, We just bought home our 9 week old shih poo 5 days ago. She is just the cutest. We are seeing a different temperament than stated. She is very fiesty. She fights, bites on shoes, grabs on pant legs, not aggressively but it’s strange to see our dog, Roxie so active at this stage. Is there any information you can give on taming her aggressive personality at only 9 weeks old.

    • admin says:

      Biting, mouthing, and play-fighting are common learning behaviors for a pup. Since they do not have hands, they tend to investigate objects or explore the new environment with their mouth. Similarly, play-fighting with littermates is a fun way for puppies to develop coordination, positive interaction, social and physical skills. If your 9-week-old pup is very mouthy or overly active, you may give her a little shake and scold her in a low-toned voice. If Roxie does not quit play-fighting or biting with every correction, scold her in that low growling voice and flip her over on its back, and gently hold her in that position until it stops struggling.

    • Joy Schwartz says:

      My suggestion is a “shake can.” Fill an empty can with four nickels and tape shut. When there’s bad behaviour, shake the can and say “NO!” They learn quickly as the noise is startling. This has worked for my two wonderfully!

    • Debbie Brand says:

      Hi Renee! I just got an adorable Shi-poo a couple months age myself. My little Shatzy sounds just like yours! If you have come up with any other ideas to help with these problems, please share! Would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks

  13. Kelly says:

    My sweet little Shih-poo, Arlo, is 16 weeks old. He’s coming along with some of his training, but we cannot get a handle on crate training. I’ve tried everything from rewards to praise to having a personal trainer come out and help, but as soon as he can’t see me, he will poop in it no matter how small or how big the crate is. He definitely has separation anxiety from
    Me. He only does this when he is alone. Most of the time I have other people who can watch him for me, but there will be times I need him
    In his crate (like, so I can go to church) and I feel like I am torturing the poor thing. I’d love some advice.

    • admin says:

      When you are in the house, have your Shih-Poo familiar with being in his crate. The more time he spends the more it will help him feel safe and secure in his crate. Begin with short periods but gradually increase the time. Feed him in his crate and give him his favorite treat, which will act as a stress reliever. Moreover, you may turn to classical music to ease your dog’s stress and calm its nerves. Scientific studies show that Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and the like may induce more restful and relaxed behavior.

      • Kelly says:

        Thank you very much. I will try this. It’s so hard to hear him cry.

        • Fay lawson says:

          I have tried this my shihpoo liked his crate but still when I left him he got so distressed he pooped and weed all over and also got his jaw fast in the crate I did leave him lots but still the same and he does not stop crying so I don’t leave him alone

          • Fay lawson says:

            My shihpoo is Teddy 17weeks old

          • Fay lawson says:

            I have tried this my shihpoo liked his crate but still when I left him he got so distressed he pooped and weed all over and also got his jaw fast in the crate I did leave him lots but still the same and he does not stop crying so I don’t leave him alone he is 17 weeks old I do feel a bit tied as I live on my own can’t afford a behaviorist

  14. Carol king says:

    I have an 8 week shih poo . I’m trying to lease train her . Because she is so fast . Also I can’t get her to come to me . I take her out every 45 min to an hr. She sleeps thru the night . Will pee out side but when we come back in she will pee again on my hardwood floor won’t use a potty pad . So I keep her crated. Hoping soon I can start letting her around the room

  15. Susan VanDyke says:

    I have a 12-year-old shi poo with cataracts, and I have two questions. first, since he is almost completely blind, taking him to a groomer now is not an option as he is very aggressive when he hears the scissors snipping. Any thoughts on how I can groom him at home and keep him from becoming frightened? and what info can you give me on eye drops that are sold online for cataracts. Thank you.

  16. Ronda Etheridge says:

    I have a shihpoo that is turning 6 the 22 of march he thinks he is human and gets very jealous around others that comes around me. I’m currently watching my sister shih tzu that is 7/8 weeks old and my dog is madder than hell at me he grouse and snap at the puppy. He’s so mad at me that it’s hard for me to get him to eat. He won’t come near me like he use to. What do I need to do to get him to quit being a spoiled brat?

    • admin says:

      Relax your dog by trying to show your affection for it, especially when the other dog is around. Ask your sister to bring her dog at your place, while you pat and hug and embrace your Shih-Poo in front of it. Give them toys to play, or just something interactive that keeps them busy TOGETHER. This phase in your dog’s life will soon go.

  17. Lisa Small says:

    I owned a two year old Shih-poo and she was wonderful. I took her to the vet for a regular check up and they gave her a flea medication as a preventive. She died in her sleep. I looked online and found out that flea medication has killed over 700 dogs last year. I also called my groomer who told me that three dogs died this week of flea medication that he knew in his shop. She did not even have fleas. BE CAREFUL OF FLEA MEDICATIONS THEY ARE NOT SAFE. Dawn dish soap work I love this breed they are great.

  18. BB says:

    I have a shihpoo who is a female . Sweet as can be but will not stop pooping and peeing in her crate .. we have tried everything ! Any help would be great . Thank youn

    • admin says:

      Peeing and pooping in the crate can be for many reasons, most of which are psychological, rather than physical. For instance, if your dog’s crate is too big for your pup, it will have the natural tendency to use one side of the crate to pee and poop, and sleep on the other side. In such cases, you should give the crate training patiently and affectionately. However, such issues can also be due to bladder infections, or any other health problems. Visit a veterinarian if you see the problem persists!

      Best of luck!

    • Ann Cochran says:

      We lost our Shihpoo Feb 14 and would love to have another one! Can you tell me where you got your dog?

      • Laurie says:

        Facebook shih poo family page. Lots of breeders on there. Good luck!

      • JOHN Midea says:

        The best place . That treats all their breeds great is Puppypuppy-buy.com

        Excellent people. Good luck

      • Jackie lee says:

        Have girl Puppy shipoo

      • Rolanda says:

        Do u live in the DMV? The person I got both my Lhasa poo Shipooh from they are brothers same mom she’s a poodle. But this person is really reasonable and My I luv my both of my babies. Take a look

      • Barb Langley says:

        Don’t know if you got a puppy yet? We are selling our 13 week old shih poo. We live in Middlebury, IN
        We are older & the training is too much for us to handle. I have PTSD my husband thought it would be good for me but the little guy is just too much for my anxiety.
        Let me know

  19. Maria lettiere says:

    I have a shin tsunami mint poodle that shakes allot…He was just 2 yrs old. Had him since 6 mos old….Why does he shake so much…He’s very playful and a goog dog, except he Barks allot,,,,Thanking you in advance….Maria Lettiere..

    • Maria Lettiere says:

      I have a shin tsunami mint poodle that shakes allot…He was just 2 yrs old. Had him since 6 mos old….Why does he shake so much…He’s very playful and a goog dog, except he Barks allot,,,,Thanking you in advance….Maria Lettiere..

      • Kristy says:

        My mom has one too that shakes a lot. Good question why they shake a lot??

        • admin says:

          Shaking or trembling in small dog breeds could be for many reasons, especially due to hypoglycemia, liver shunt, or neurologic responses like seizure. However, it can also be a sign of pain, cold and stress as in, when something changes in the household or strangers are introduced. If you can’t find out the reason yourself and fix it, you should consult a vet immediately.

      • Nancy says:

        I have a 2 year old Shi Tzu. When I first got him at 6 months, he shook terribly, but he was also willing to be cuddled. For us it turned out that he was scared. Even now, while he is “Mr. Pollyanna” and loves people and other dogs, he can still easily become frightened in new surroundings or when he’s insecure. When he is insecure/frightened, he very literally shakes and while I hold him closely and he seems to like that, he still shakes until the threat is gone or we get into a place he’s familiar with. Don’t know about the medical things as that is not his case, but they certainly are not very brave!

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