Shih-Poos, like their Poodle parent breed, are often described as being hypoallergenic which prospective owners take to mean that they will not affect those with allergies to dogs. However, those with dog allergies are allergic to the dander that the dog produces, and not to a specific coat or hair.
What does Hypoallergenic Mean?
Do Shih-Poos shed?
The shih-poo was bred with the intention of creating a cross breed that is hypoallergenic. Shih-poos do, in fact, shed less and this can help a lot with allergies. This is especially helpful with older children. However, there is no evidence that they are entirely safe from allergies, because they still produce the danger that often causes allergies.
Are Shih-Poos good apartment dogs?
Although energetic, the Shih-Poo doesn’t require a lot of vigorous exercise. Short but brisk walks in the morning and evening are all that is necessary to keep this spunky little guy fit. He will happily run around the home playing with a ball or other toys the rest of the time. Romping and playing in a grassy backyard with children or racing around a dog park with his canine pals will also be appreciated by the Shih-Poo. This is not a hybrid breed that will enjoy jogging or hiking with his owners. That’s too much. Playing is great but too much exertion is counterproductive to the Shih-Poo’s health. So keep that in mind if you enjoy being a particularly active dog owner. Normally, they will need 30 to 40 minutes of proper exercise each day.
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Shih-Poos shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don’t have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Shih-Poo dogs could be the best choice if you don’t tolerate dog hair. The Shih-poo makes for an allergy-friendly dog that does not trigger a reaction in people with specific allergies and asthma.
How to prevent allergies
Groom your Shih-Poo
Cost is a huge factor in any financial decision. Buying a shih-poo is not cheap. The average cost of buying the Shih tzu Poodle mix is around $600, but if you are purchasing from a top breeder, the cost can be as high as $1,800 to $6,300. Remember, that’s just the cost to buy. The cost of owning and caring for the shih tzu poodle mix is about $1,200 a year– this includes food, check ups, emergencies, and grooming. That puts your cost for caring for pets just over $100 a month.
Single person, or family, just make sure your Shih-Poo gets lots of love and attention. Shih-Poos should never be kept outside and will require regular vet check ups, dental cleanings, and grooming. Frequent potty breaks can also help if they inherit their Shih Tzu parents’ propensity for stubbornness and territorial marking.
Designate Dog-Free Zones
The Shih-Poo, or in its other names, the Pooshi, or the Shoodle, is a new designer dog breed, the result of cross-breeding the Toy Poodle and the Shih Tzu with each other. New hybrid dogs partly from the Poodle have been popular since the middle of the 20th century when the Cockapoo stole everyone’s hearts with its low-shedding coat, loving personality, and intelligence. This is the reason why, since then, breeders always go back to the Poodles, in order to involve them in the creation of a whole new breed.