Do Shih Poo dogs shed?

Answered by Jason Smith

Shihpoos, also known as Shih Tzu Poodles or Shih Tzu Poodle Mixes, are a crossbreed between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle. When it comes to shedding, it’s important to consider the characteristics of both parent breeds.

The Poodle is well-known for being a low-shedding breed. They have a curly or wavy coat that tends to trap loose hairs, reducing the amount of shedding. Poodles are often considered hypoallergenic, as their hair grows continuously instead of shedding like most dogs. This means that instead of losing hair, their hair continues to grow and needs regular grooming to prevent matting and tangling.

On the other hand, Shih Tzus do shed. They have a double coat, with a soft and dense undercoat and a longer, coarser topcoat. Shih Tzus shed moderately throughout the year, and during shedding seasons, they can shed more heavily. Regular grooming and brushing can help manage their shedding.

When these two breeds are crossbred to create a Shihpoo, the offspring can inherit a combination of traits from both parents. This means that while Shihpoos generally tend to shed less than purebred Shih Tzus, they may still shed to some extent.

The amount of shedding in a Shihpoo can vary depending on factors such as the individual dog’s genetics and coat type. Some Shihpoos may have a curly or wavy coat like the Poodle and shed minimally, while others may have a straighter coat like the Shih Tzu and shed slightly more.

If you are considering getting a Shihpoo and are concerned about shedding, it’s important to keep in mind that no dog is completely non-shedding. However, Shihpoos are often a good choice for individuals with allergies or those who prefer a dog with minimal shedding.

To manage shedding in a Shihpoo, regular grooming is essential. This includes brushing their coat at least a few times a week to remove any loose hairs and prevent matting. Professional grooming may also be necessary to maintain their coat and keep it free from tangles.

Shihpoos are generally considered low-shedding dogs due to their Poodle parent. However, since Shih Tzus do shed, it’s important to be prepared for some level of shedding if you choose to get a Shihpoo. Regular grooming and maintenance will help keep their coat healthy and minimize shedding.