Shih-Poo Basics

Are you ready for some action, Shih-Poo style? The Shih-Poo (also known as a Shoodle) is a fun-loving and energetic little designer dog. His zest for life is intoxicating. A mix of Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle, he'll have everyone in the family running around, chasing a ball alongside of him. Although he doesn't need loads of exercise, he is spunky when he wants to play. Shih-Poos will race around the house or run around the yard; it doesn't matter much to him. This crossbreed is a great companion for families who live in small apartments or have large backyards in the suburbs. He's quite adaptable to a variety of living situations. Always a clown, the Shih-Poo seems to have a way of cheering people up and making even the saddest person smile. He has a magnetic personality and people of all ages are drawn to him.

Shih-Poos are playful and energetic dogs. They love to chase after balls, play with squeaky toys or drag stuffed animals around the house with them. Generally, the Shih-Poo makes a great playmate for older, respectful children but won't tolerate harsh handling or hair pulling. Because the Shih-Poo is a crossbreed, some are accepting and affectionate toward strangers while others are reserved or shy around them. They love to cuddle with their owners and expect to sleep in bed with them at night.

Life Expectancy
Because this is a relatively new crossbreed, the data is limited regarding life expectancy. Breeders believe that the average lifespan for the Shih-Poo is between 10 and 15 years.

Exercise Requirements
Although energetic, the Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of vigorous exercise. Short but brisk walks in the morning and evening is all that is necessary to keep this spunky little guy fit. He will happily run around the home playing with a ball or other toys. Romping and playing in a grassy backyard with children or racing around a dog park with his canine pals is also appreciated by the Shih-Poo. This is not a hybrid breed that will enjoy jogging or hiking with his owners. Playing is great but too much exertion is counterproductive to the Shih-Poo's health.

Recognized Clubs
The American Kennel Club does not recognize the Shih-Poo as a true breed of purebred dog. The registry organizations that do recognize the Shih-Poo as a crossbreed are the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.

Shih-Poo coats can be long and silky or short and curly or even somewhere in between. Colors are as various as those in the rainbow. Major differences in coat style and color can occur within the same litter of Shih-Poo puppies. Brushing is essential and should be done at least twice weekly. The Shih-Poo's coat might need seasonal trimming; it all depends upon the type of coat the particular dog has. Bathing is necessary each month as he may develop skin issues.


The term English Cream Golden Retriever is used in the U.S. to distinguish dogs with very recent genetic lines from European kennels vs those from generations of American lines. Overseas they are simply referred to as Golden Retrievers but there are four main differences between those recently bred in Europe and those bred in the United States.

The English retriever is definitely a healthier dog than the American retriever, as discovered by comparing studies by the Golden Retriever Club of America vs. The British Kennel Club. 62% of American Goldens will die because of cancer, while English Golden's are 37% less likely to die from cancer. The average lifespan of an English Golden is 15% (19 months) longer than the American retriever. Additionally, English Goldens have been rigorously tested for multiple generations to weed out dogs with higher genetic tendencies toward chronic issues such as hip and elbow dysplasia.

Even though American Goldens have good personalities, the more mellow temperament of the English Goldens sets them apart as an exceptional family pet.

The English retriever has a stocky build, a blockier head, and is built a little lower to the ground, making them a more resilient dog.

The English retriever often has that desirable, lighter-colored coat.

Out of all the breeds of dogs in the world, the Golden Retriever is still coming out on top of the Most Popular list and for very good reason: these canine companions are amazing! From being a dedicated family member to a must-have hunting partner, the Golden Retriever has been winning the hearts of dog-lovers for decades. Let's delve into the realm of the popular English Cream Golden Retriever to discover why so many folks are claiming, "they're awesome!" Creamy-Colored Coat We may be more accustomed to seeing the Golden Retriever with a tawny, caramel colored coat, but the pups that take a ride on the ,lighter side, are still just as valuable. In fact, according to AKC standards the acceptable color of a Golden is anywhere from a pale cream color to a deep coppery gold. Albeit, the cream coated Goldens are generally less often seen. Those pet parents that have one are even more delighted by its rarity. When it stands out in the litter you know you have a special dog, when out of a litter of 10 puppies, one of them can show up with a light cream colored coat. According to Daily Golden, two tawny-colored Golden Retriever parents can produce offspring in a variety of tones and hues, including the English Cream Golden Retriever. Does this make him or her extra special? Although, reputable breeders of Golden Retrievers try to produce puppies with stunning good looks, personalities are also vitally important. The Nose Knows Did you know this beloved breed of dog was intended for hunting and retrieving when it was first introduced in the 1800?s? The English Cream Golden Retriever has a powerful sense of smell and is actually in the top of its class when it comes to sniffing out game and of course, retrieving it. Today the English Cream Golden Retriever is not only used as a fowl retriever and family companion, but is also excellent at search-and-rescue and bomb-sniffing missions. Beauty and Brains Most people would consider themselves, extra lucky, if they had both beauty and brains. Then the English Cream Golden Retriever must be lucky too, because not only it is gorgeous, it is number four, out of the top ten, in the intelligent breed category,stunning light blond hair and super smart. Must be nice! Voted Super Popular! It's always nice to be popular and the English Cream Golden Retriever certainly is. Movie-Famed We already know the Golden Retriever is popular, smart and so good lookin, but did you know this breed has been used on many television shows and movies? Goldens were used as canine companions in the 1980s and 90s having been featured in the long-running sitcoms of Punky Brewster, Full House and on Empty Nest. Golden Retrievers have also made movie appearances on Homeward Bound and the Air Bud franchise, as well as several commercials. People who are pet parents of the English Cream Golden Retriever also want to show them off.