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Shih-Mo History

The Shih Tzu is a medium-sized, playful, curly-haired, fluffy toy dog. The Shih Tzu is characterized by its smooth, black covering of hair, which, when groomed, forms a puffy cloud-like appearance. The coat grows significantly, and needs to be brushed every day. It is also recommended that the coat of a Shih Tzu is trimmed every six to eight weeks. The hair is clipped very close to the skin, and around the face and feet.

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Shih-Mo Physical Characteristics

The Shih-Poo is a small, medium-to-large-sized breed of dogs that originated in China. The breed, known in the United States as the Shih Tzu, is classified as a Toy Dog. They stand between 10-13 inches at the withers and weigh between 8 and 14 lbs. They have long, silky hair with a profuse mane and mustache. Their muzzle is normally shorter than their face. Their eyes are normally a shade of amber.

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Coat Colors

Short, Medium, Long

Height Range

Male Height Range: 15 – 18 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 18 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 15 – 22 lbs

Shih-Mo Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Shih-Mo Health Concerns

Liver Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Eye Problems, Kidney Problems, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, Pateller Luxation, Bladder Stones and Infections, Ear Infections, Allergies, Hernia, Reverse Sneezing, Dental Problems

Shih-Mo Temperament and Behaviour

The Shih-Tzu is a confident, sociable, and affectionate breed of small dog that makes a great pet. They are brave, smart, and well-mannered. They are generally healthy, but are prone to eye conditions and skin problems. They are easy to train, but can be difficult to housebreak.

Shih-Mo Activity Requirements

Shih-poos are a lovable, family-friendly small dog that weighs between 10 and 20 pounds. They are sturdy, intelligent, and versatile, making them great companions for just about anyone. While Shih-poos don’t require a lot of exercise and will happily rest at home, they do enjoy some outdoor playtime. A daily walk or a game of fetch is a great way to keep your dog happy and healthy. If you are looking for a low-stress, easy-going companion, a Shih-poo may be the perfect dog for you. This is a friendly, gentle breed that loves to snuggle, play, and spend time with their people. If you are looking for a laid-back dog, a Shih-poo might be just the one for you.

Miles Per Day

5 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shih-Mo is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shih-Mo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Shih-Mo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shih-Mo is part of the Unclassified group.

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