If you’re looking for a dog that is fiercely loyal, yet very socially capable, then a Poo Shi may be the perfect dog for you. This doodle continues to boom in popularity, particularly in Asian countries (i.e. Korea). Here are some of the top questions and answers about Poo Shis.
What are the parent breeds: Poodle + Shiba Inu
Do Poo Shis shed? Yes, but not much.
How big do Poo Shis get? Generally between 14-20 pounds.
How much is a Poo Shi? $300-800
How long do Poo Shis live? 13-20 years
Poo Shi temperament? Friendly and outgoing, extroverted
Do Poo Shis shed?
Because a Poo Shi is a mix between a poodle and a Shiba Inu (a breed that sheds a lot), Poo Shis do shed. However, they don’t shed nearly as much as purebred Shiba Inu, and compared to other dog breeds, they don’t shed as much. Shiba Inu doodle puppies also tend to shed less compared to a fully grown adult Poo Shi dogs.
Because there are different types of Poo Shis (f1 Poo Shis, f1b Poo Shis, f2 Poo Shis, etc.), your dog will shed according to the type of doodle you own. More specifically, it depends on the percentage of Poodle vs. Shiba Inu in your dog. If your dog is more Poodle, it won’t shed as much as if it was a higher percentage of Shiba Inu.
Poo Shis come in 3 different coat types: straight, wavy, and curly. A straight coat Poo Shi has very straight hair. A wavy coat occurs when a dog gets one curl gene from one parent and one non-curl gene from the other. Lastly, when each parent contributes a curl gene, Poo Shi puppies end up with a curly coat. Although this type of coat can be harder to brush, dogs with this coat are the least likely to shed.
Are Poo Shis hypoallergenic?
Truth be told, no dog breed is ever truly 100% hypoallergenic. All dogs have fur that can shed, making it a potential issue for people who have allergies. Despite being completely hypoallergenic, Poo Shis are an allergy-friendly dog breed.
This is due to the incorporation of Poodles into the breed mix. Pet dander, saliva, and urine are the three elements that produce allergic reactions. Luckily, Poodles have only a single coat with low dander, and their fur is non-shedding. Therefore, if your Poo Shi is more Poodle than Shiba Inu, your pet will be more allergy-friendly. In other words, an F1b Poo Shi will be more allergy friendly than an F1 Poo Shi.
How big do Poo Shis get?
When it comes to Poo Shi size, there are generally 2 classes: miniature Poo Shis and medium Poo Shis.
Miniature Poo Shis are between 15-20 pounds when they’re an adult Poo Shi, they’ll stand around 11-20 inches inches tall. This is a great choice if you don’t have as much space for a large dog, or if you just prefer smaller dogs. Keep in mind, though, that regardless of their size, Poo Shis have higher energy, so they still need to be able to run around and play.
Medium Poo Shis are a bit bigger, and will generally weigh between 20-40 pounds when they’re full grown. These dogs will usually stand at 15-22 inches tall.
How much does a Poo Shi cost?
Pricing for Poo Shis depends on a number of factors, although a general price tag will fall between $300-$800.
Due to their amazing personalities and relatively hypoallergenic nature, the Poo Shi can be expensive. There are also a number of other factors that affect their price, such as:
Color: Poo Shis can have different colored furs. In addition to the typical black or white Poo Shi, you can find professionals who specialize in breeding Poo Shis, specifically apricot Poo Shis, cream Poo Shis, or even red Poo Shis, among other variations. Typically, the more “exotic” the color, the more expensive the Poo Shi may be.
Coat: Breeders charge different prices based on the coat. Essentially, the more allergy friendly and poodle-like Poo Shi, the higher the pricing.
Location & Demand: Prices can fluctuate based on where you live, along with the level of demand for the Poo Shi based on the area. Bigger metropolitan cities such as San Francisco or New York will often have higher price tags because both of these places tend to have a higher cost of living, along with a greater need for allergy-friendly dogs.
Reputation of the Breeder: When you’re trying to bring a Poo Shi into your family, research is critical. While it may be cheaper to buy your doodle from an at-home breeder or from Craigslist, a good breeder can mean a world of difference. If you want a healthy, long-living dog, then it can certainly be worth spending the extra money on a reliable breeder who has done their due diligence in producing healthy pups. Keep in mind that you can also find Poo Shis in shelters and other rescue centers!
How long do Poo Shis live?
In general, Poo Shis will live between 13-20 years. However, there can still be outliers within these statistics. For example, smaller dogs usually live longer than larger dogs. An increased lifespan can also be attributed to crossbreeding (crossbred dogs usually outlive their purebred counterparts) along with the place you have purchased the dog (for a reputable breeder, you will likely see a longer lifespan for your dog).
What is a Poo Shi’s temperament?
Poo Shis are very extroverted dogs, and love to play with both humans and other dogs. Poo Shis also extremely devoted to their loved ones, and generally do great around children or with other dogs in the house.
When you think about an amazing dog, you likely imagine one that is friendly, cheerful and easy to be around. If that sounds like the kind of dog for you, then a Poo Shi might be the perfect addition to your family.