What do Shih-poos look like?
There may be differences in each Shih-Poo puppy’s appearance depending on what parent breeds genes are more predominant. Generally, the Shih-poo has a well-balanced physique. He has a broad body with a muscular chest. He has a levelled back and short front legs.
His face and eyes are big and round. His nose usually has the same colour as his coat. When it comes to the jaw, some Shih-poos possess stable jaws whilst others have undershot jaws.
Shih-poo’s coats may vary. Some may inherit the poodle's short, hypoallergenic coat. Others may obtain the long, flowy yet less hypoallergenic coat of the Shih Tzu. The Shih-poo’s coat comes in multitudes of solid colours or a particular pattern.
Do Shih-Poos shed?
All dogs shed including the Shih-poo. However, a Shih-Poo that inherited the poodle’s coat sheds minimally than other breeds. His hypoallergenic coat makes him a good canine companion for dog lovers who have allergies.
What are the grooming requirements of a Shih-poo?
The frequency of brushing a Shih-poo’s coat depends on the type of coat he has. If he possesses the poodle’s coat, brush him at least two to three times a week.
If he inherited the coat of his Shih Tzu parent, daily brushing is needed to keep it mat- and tangle-free. Bring him to a professional groomer at least every six to eight weeks to get his coat trimmed to keep it healthy and clean.
Bathing should be done only when he starts smelling awful or looking very dirty. Be sure to use mild dog shampoo as his skin is sensitive and prone to allergies. If possible, apply a dog conditioner on his coat too to make it shiny and healthy.
Shih-poo's parents breed Shih Tzus and poodles, both are prone to tear stains. Thus, it is no surprise that Shih-poo inherited it as well. Gently wipe away the stains using a clean, damp cloth.
The Shih-poo’s ears are floppy and thick with fur. This can cause dirt and wax build-up inside his ears. Check and clean his ears at least once every other week to avoid ear infections.
Trim his nails at least every one to two months. If you hear clicking of nails every time he walks, this is also a good sign that it's time for nail trimming. The Shih-poo is prone to dental problems, thus daily tooth brushing is a must. It is the most effective way to keep periodontal diseases at bay.