Breed a Shih Tzu with a poodle and if you’re lucky, you get Perry. This one-year-old Shihpoo is downright adorable and a puparazzi’s dream. Not only does he have his own Facebook page but line of eCards sure to brighten anyone’s day.
“You can be the hydrant or be the dog … Be the DOG arf arf.”
Perry lives in Chicago with his pet parent Oveda, who wasn’t fortunate enough to have dogs growing up. She’s making up for lost time now and pampers Perry to no end. When Perry couldn’t make a trip west with her, the Shihpoo spent a week at Paradise 4 Paws, a premier resort for cats and dogs.
Thinking of making a Shihpoo a member of your family? Here’s something to consider from VetStreet.com:
Choose a Shihpoo if you have older children who understand how to handle a dog carefully. Toddlers can be clumsy and may hurt a Shihpoo unless you can always be there to supervise their interactions.
Shihpoos are smart but may be stubborn. To train them effectively, you’ll need to figure out how to motivate them. Often, this involves food rewards or somehow inspiring the dog to believe that what you want him to do is his own idea.
At their best, Shihpoos are playful, friendly and affectionate, always happy to sit in a lap and give a little love. They generally weigh 7 to 20 pounds, depending on the size of their parent breeds. For their size, they are courageous and make excellent watchdogs, but they can be on the yappy side.
Other Quick Facts
Shihpoos are companion dogs. They love their people and need to live in the house, never outdoors.
Shihpoos have a moderate activity level that is adaptable to their owner’s lifestyle. They will enjoy a walk or active indoor playtime each day. Some Shihpoos love being in the limelight, and (health permitting) they do well in such dog sports as agility, obedience and rally.
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