The Shitzpoo is a crossbreed of a Shih Tzu and Toy or Miniature Poodle.
They are simply a dream, with their fluffy hair and captivating eyes. He is cute and alert absolutely adorable.
They originated in the United States, with the hopes of creating a new hypoallergenic dog. The Shitzpoo was also crossed to be small companions, just enough to be lap dogs and be carried around, but not too fragile.
They normally weigh between 8 to 18 pounds and live 10 to 15 years. The Shitzpoo tends to overeat, so you must carefully monitor their eating habits. He needs to maintain high quality diet of dry food. This is necessary because this crossbreed tends to have dental problems, including premature tooth loss. Dry food can help to prevent this, as well as caries, gum disease and bad breath.
Though they typically have a cheerful disposition, these precious pups are quite stubborn, in particular when it comes to training! You want to institute crate training with them, because it works best. They are treated motivated, so using them to eventually follow your commands is suggested, because they have relatively short attention spans.
The Shitzpoo is a playful and energetic dog. They are rather content playing with toys around the house and often! They are good in households with children, but not a young toddler age. Because the Shih-Poo is a crossbreed, some are accepting and affectionate toward strangers while others are reserved and shy. One thing is for sure – they love to cuddle with their owners like their Shih Tzu gene!
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Shitzpoo as a true breed of purebred dog. They are currently recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.