As a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Toy or Miniature Poodle, Shih Tzu Poodle Mix dogs (also known as a Shihpoo) are some of the cutest little creatures. Shihpoos are fun-loving and energetic and have such a zest for life. They are the kind of dogs you definitely want to adopt into your household to bring about life and energy. They are great companions for families who have a home in a small apartment or a suburban house with a large backyard to play in – they are quite the adaptable creatures to a variety of living situations. They make for a great way to cheer someone up – including yourself! If you are thinking of adopting a dog, a Shihpoo could be just the dog for you.
Here are 10 things you should know before adopting a Shih Tzu Poodle mix:
– Shihpoo dogs are best in a household with older children that know how to handle a dog in the most careful of ways. Younger children (like toddlers) can often be clumsy or handle the dog a little too roughly if you aren’t there to supervise them.
– This breed of dog has a lifespan of living to be about 10 to 15 years old.
– Like many dog breeds, Shihpoos need to be given and fed a high quality diet of dry dog food. It’s important to give them dry kibble as they tend to have dental problems and dry food helps to prevent gum disease and bad breath.
– They are companion dogs; they love people and need to be with them in the house. They should never live outdoors.
– Shihpoos are smart, but they also can be quite stubborn. Train them by motivating them with their kryptonite: food!
– Speaking of food, be careful in how much you are feeding them, as they have the tendency to overeat, which can lead to major health problems if they do it often.
– These pups love to play, chasing after balls, playing with squeaky toy animals, and dragging stuffed animals around the house.
– Don’t be fooled by their small size: these little guys love to hear themselves bark! Training them to be quiet on command can prove to be quite difficult, but very necessary.
– Shihpoos love to cuddle with their owners, so don’t be surprised to find them in your bed and night, expecting you to cuddle and sleep with them.
– They don’t need a lot of exercise as they are already energetic enough. Playing is fine, but overexerting them can be harmful to their health.
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