Shih Poos are mixed designer dogs, hence it may be difficult to determine, with much certainty, how a particular pooch may turn out. To get a better understanding of the Shih Poo’s temperament, it may be helpful to study the personalities of both the Shih Tzu and Poodle dog breeds.
Poodles are renowned for being loyal and intelligent, while Shih Tzus are playful and quite affectionate; Hence, you can expect a Shih Poos personality to be a mix of the qualities listed above.
That said, Shih Tzu Poodle mixes have been described as affectionate and friendly dogs that do extremely well in a family setting. In return for its displays of affection, the Shih Poo demands constant attention from its family, and absolutely doesn’t tolerate being left alone at home.
The Shih Poo is a lap dog, and will gladly spend the majority of the day cuddled up on your lap.
The Shih Poo’s relatively small size makes it perfect for apartment living. However, the Shih Poo is pretty versatile, and can adjust to just about any living condition. You may also want to keep the Shih Tzu satisfied, as this pooch has a tendency to bark until its demands are met.
Interaction With Children And Other Pets
The Shih Poo is quite playful, and enjoys running around and playing with kids that know how to handle and respect it.
Shih Poos tend to be hostile towards other dogs. But with proper and early socialization, you can teach your pooch to be amicable towards cats and dogs.
Shih Poos are fairly intelligent and highly trainable, but if you end up with a pooch that inherits most of its Shih Tzu parent breed’s genes, then you should be prepared for a pooch that is quite stubborn and enjoys doing things at its own pace. And it is this stubborn streak that makes this pooch better suited for experienced dog owners.