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Old 02-20-2013, 04:00 PM
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Shih Poo

Hello!

This may be a long shot, but I am looking to purchase a Shih Poo puppy for my daughter as a birthday present.

We are a young family, own our home, have a vet, fenced in back yard, and someone is always home at our house. My husband actually works at a Doggie-Day-Care facility, and gets discounts on grooming for working there. I used to work as a Veterinary Assistant. Basically, I am saying that we are good people, with lots of dog experience and can offer a great home!

I have settled on a Shih Poo because I like them . From what I have read, this mix will suit our needs.

We like to purchase within the first week of April. We live in Pennsylvania, in the Allentown area.

Does anyone know of a breeder of Shih Poos in this area, that might have puppies available in April? I would seriously appreciate your help!!

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While I doubt anyone here is going to be able to find you a reputable "Shih Poo" breeder, as there is no such thing as a reputable designer dog breeder, we can help you find a reputable Shih Tzu or Poodle breeder.

Here's a link to help you in your search:

All AKC-Recognized Breeds Puppies for Sale - AKC Breeders - Puppy Tips


Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Breeds

Also, here's the sticky on designer dogs, and why you should reconsider purchasing one. If you are looking for a "hypoallergenic" breed, the Poodle would be great.

The truth about designer dogs.


Please read it thoroughly, and educate yourself on why you are interested in either of these breeds (as in, see what behaviors these breeds display, health issues, etc, not just because you like it), and how you can purchase one responsibly. Or rescue one, and save a life.

For the sake of the dogs that are being used for profit by horrible people, and who are dying in shelters every day, don't purchase a designer dog.

Do the responsible thing and save yourself possible a ton of money, future heartache, behavior issues and high vet bills, and get a purebred pup from a reputable breeder or go to a shelter and find a "designer dog" that has been discarded. I can guarantee you, you can find the perfect best friend for your family without supporting people like backyard breeders and "designer dog" (mutt) breeders.

You will also be saving the ridiculous amount of money you'd be paying for a mixed breed dog that can be found in shelters, and that money can go towards your new dog's vet appointments, training classes, and just plain spoiling. On top of that, if you go to a shelter or Shih Tzu or Poodle rescue, your dog will already come to you spayed/neutered, with all of it's shots, health and possibly temperament testing.

Please reconsider.

From a fellow Meghan.
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Hi Meghan!

Thanks for your reply!

Unfortunately, shelters in my area have mostly large breed dogs and pitbulls. I am not interested in either. Also, any breed specific rescues that I have found for Shih Tzus will not adopt to us because my daughter is four. We are more than able to take excellent care of a dog/puppy.

I am open to a purebred Shih Tzu. I have read up on them, and feel that they would suit our lifestle. I would not want a purebred poodle. I like the Shih Poo mix aesthetically, and do not know of a purebred dog thats looks similar to this mix. But, like I said, we also like pure bred shih Tzus.
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The thing about shi-poos is that because it is a mix of two different breeds, the end result of appearances (and coat type) is quite a toss up. So if looks is all you are going by, I'd urge you to reconsider. (I'd urge you to reconsider anyways, for some of the reasons Megs87 described.)

By the way, I'm sure you are aware that your state is notorious for puppy mills. Please use extra caution and diligence in selecting your breeder. If you have any questions about any of them, this forum is a great place to ask. (We're pretty good at finding red/yellow flags.)

Check out all of the pages from the "Before You Get a Dog" menu from this page: Home | American Shih Tzu Club There is a lot of helpful info there. Here's a list of recommended screenings for the parents: Shih Tzu Breeder Guidelines This is a decent page for health info: Shih Tzu Dog Breed Information and appropriate screenings the parents should have. More health concerns: Learn about Shih Tzu diseases

IF you still go with a Shi-Poo, make sure the parents have all of the health tests required for both breeds. So they should be tested for the above and below: Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Information and Canine Health Information Center: CHIC Information for poodles. You can at least confirm all of the OFA results at offa.org.

Good luck. Shihtzus make great little companions.
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Along with taking a look at the AKC registered Shih Tzu breeders and other wonderful info in the other links, here's some links for you if you choose to adopt:

Shih Tzu Rescue and Adoption- Adopt a Shih Tzu Near You

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Shih Tzu Rescue Groups < Pennsylvania >
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Puppies and young children do not mix well... Lots of bites and injuries so please no matter what you decide, always supervise your child and understand what is appropriate and not appropriate handling.
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Have you looked into toy poodles or shih tzu's individually?

Breeding mixed dogs is always a crap shoot. The dog could look or act WAY more like one breed than the other. What specifically about the shih-poo appeals to you? If you have a specific list of requirements, many people here would be more than happy to give you some breed suggestions that you can buy from responsible breeders.
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if you don't like poodles then why do you want a dog that is 50% or even more poodle and will likely have some of not all the aspects of the poodle temperament?
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Hi Meghan!

Thanks for your reply!

Unfortunately, shelters in my area have mostly large breed dogs and pitbulls. I am not interested in either. Also, any breed specific rescues that I have found for Shih Tzus will not adopt to us because my daughter is four. We are more than able to take excellent care of a dog/puppy.

I am open to a purebred Shih Tzu. I have read up on them, and feel that they would suit our lifestle. I would not want a purebred poodle. I like the Shih Poo mix aesthetically, and do not know of a purebred dog thats looks similar to this mix. But, like I said, we also like pure bred shih Tzus.
Looks are the last thing you should use to determine getting a dog.
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Please stick to a pure bred. We don't need anymore Designer dogs, the shelters are loaded with them.
Why ruin another two breeds.
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