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Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo" Compare Cavapoo and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Cavapoo or Shih Tzu or Shih-Poo?
Name Cavapoo Shih Tzu Shih-Poo
OriginsAustralia China China Tibet
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank55520562
Reviews561
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Other Names Cavoodle Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle Shoodle Pooshi
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. International Designer Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry Not recognized by any clubs.
Price $1200-$1800 $800-$1200 800-1200

General Appearance - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Size Small Medium Small Small
Weight 12-24 pounds (5.4-11 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) 8-15 pounds (4-7 kg) 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 18 pounds (5.7.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) 11.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height 11-18 inches (28-45 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Avg. Height 14.5 inches (36.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) 11.5 inches (29 cm)

Hair & Care - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Coat Curly Wavy Straight Dense Curly Straight Curly & Straight
Colors Black White Chestnut Tricolor Apricot Cream Sable Red sable Phantom Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Black White Brown Brindle Various combinations
Grooming
Advanced: The Cavapoo requires a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Cavapoos shed moderately.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Temperament Gentle Loving Intelligent Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Companionable Intelligent Loyal Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Cavapoo is an excellent dog breed.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Cavapoos are very easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
Cavapoos, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Cavapoos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Cavapoos need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average: The Cavapoo barks occasionally.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Cavapoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Cavapoos are not the best to protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Cavapoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Cavapoos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Cavapoos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Cavapoos have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Cavapoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Cavapoos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Cavapoos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Stranger Friendly
Cavapoos are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Cavapoos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Cavapoos are average friendly towards cats.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Cavapoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Cavapoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Cavapoos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Cavapoos are generally with other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Cavapoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Cavapoo breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Health Issues
Very healthy dog breed.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Heatstroke Dental Problems
Life Expectancy 10-15 years 10-16 years 15-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Cavapoos have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Shih-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Cavapoos have an average exercise need.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Cavapoos are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Shih-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Cavapoo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shih-Poo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Cavapoo has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Cavapoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Cavapoo vs Shih Tzu vs Shih-Poo

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-8 puppies 2-5 puppies 3-4 puppies

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