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Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-12-2003 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PooGirl13     Edit/Delete Message

This is the dog my hubby & are are planning on getting soon. I think I've done as much research I can on the internet..there's not a lot out there on them!

I'd love to here from Shih-poo owners.. anything you can tell me about them based on your own experience.

-Do they make (relatively) good watch dogs?
-Are they easy to train?
-What have you noticed in their temperament? (I realize this is largely specific to your dog..but, it will be nice to get an idea)

I'm still thinking of questions but those few will get me started.

Thanks very much

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posted 08-12-2003 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PooGirl13     Edit/Delete Message
See.. thought of another question already:

-Where did you get your shih-poo? I've only found a few breeders and I'd like to make the best choice possible.

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posted 08-12-2003 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
shihpoo's are sweet dogs. watch dogs maybe?mine lets me know if someone is in the yard but i'm not to sure how they are protective wise because they are small dogs.they're considered lap dogs because they're so affectionate.they love to cuddle

they train very easily when you train your pup make sure you have treats on hand.they learn fast and they are very smart

temperment- shihpoo's are submissive. mine just recently got rid of an attitude prob. but the attitude he had was my fault because i let him think he was boss and i gave him everything he wanted but after 2 days of him being shown he's not boss anymore he straitened out.they're good with kids i have 3 and he's wonderfull with them.

i bought max from a pet shop but you could check they usually have some poo mixes there.

here's a couple shihpoo websites
for info. on the shihpoo

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posted 08-12-2003 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Xyrus     Edit/Delete Message
I currently live with a shih-poo, I don't say i own him because although I paid for him, he is more like a family member than a pet, he gets treated the same.

to answer your questions
1) good watch dog, he barks when a stranger knocks on the door or enters without being introduced, I think that is what is requested of a small dog

2)training, from my experience if only one person trains them they are easily trained, but you must start them immediately....pottie training was simple, my dog did not want and will not do his business indoors (illness excluded).
3)temperment, my dog is as sweet as pie, curious as a mouse, quiet as a kitten, a true lap dog who loves people of all ages and kisses everyone.

I got my dog from a private owner whose dogs mated mistakenly . But I saw the pictures on some of the breeders website and he looks similar.

Enjoy them, if I ever get another dog I would stick with this type, I have had only the best experience. People think he is still a puppy and comment that he looks like a puppy and he is eight years old. he is starting to behave like an eight year old..ignoring puppies and not letting other dogs sniff his rear by dropping his butt, however, he is not and has never snapped at anyone for any other reason than them removing a half eaten bone from HIS kennel. He has never biten anyone or anything...and he was raised with an agressive cat and a hyper youth.

Hope this helps you.

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posted 08-12-2003 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mexicanbeauty     Edit/Delete Message
I have a 6 mth. old shih-poo. His name is Turbo. He is adorable and we love him to death. At first my fiance wasn't too fond of him because he is such a small dog, but he quickly changed that. As far as your questions. Turbo isn't a very good watch dog. He's too sweet. And he is a very lovable pet. He sleeps in his own little bed beside of ours. And he was tremendously easy to train much to my surprise. We also have a pitbull/boxer and she was too hard to train so we ended up having to make her an outside dog. After having her, I was afraid at first when we got Turbo that maybe he wouldn't train either, but he did and very quickly. He stays in his bed until I get up at 6:30 and then he gets up and he goes straight to the door to go pee. Hope this helps you out some. GOOD LUCK

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posted 08-12-2003 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Non shi-poo owner but just want to say that when you go to inspect a litter, ask if the paernt dogs had been health inspected and what the outcome was. Ask if their dogs are certified for any amount of time. Small dogs tend to get things like luxating patellas eye problems and (seizures) especially in poodles. I am sure there are other things. But try to find out if the parents are as healthy as possible otherwise you end up paying a small fortune in vet bills. I know someone that had bought a parti-standard poodle and it was the hardest thing for her to do but she had to bring him back to the breeder becuase his health problems were too costly. I know it is a hard thing to do and some would have kept him and endured the vets and large bills. But if a person cannot afford these things then its best to try and find a very good breeder. It IS very much worth the few extra hundred dollars. Good luck. My poodle was not so lucky she was the product of bad breeding and has degrenerative arthritis at the young age of 6 1/2. I got her from the shelter and will keep her for the rest of her life. I had gotten her on pet insurance so it has been very helpful. You may want to do this also.

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posted 08-12-2003 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PooGirl13     Edit/Delete Message
You have all been very helpful, thank you!! Off to check out the websites that were given, thanks again everyone

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