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Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle" Compare Shih-Poo and Toy Poodle. Which is better: Shih-Poo or Toy Poodle or Schnoodle?
Name Shih-Poo Toy Poodle Schnoodle
OriginsChina Tibet Germany France United States
Group Designer Dogs Companion Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank562449591
Reviews110
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Other Names Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle Shoodle Pooshi Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Teacup Poodle, French Poodle, Pudle, Teddy Poodle Cross between the Poodle and the Schnauzer.
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred Cross Breed
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition Not recognized by any clubs. Dog Registry of America Inc. Not recognized by any clubs.
Price 800-1200 1000-1500 600-800

General Appearance - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

Size Small Small Large Medium
Weight 8-15 pounds (4-7 kg) 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg) Male: 6-9 pounds (3-4 kg) 20-75 pounds (9-34 kg)
Avg. Weight 11.5 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 7.5 pounds (3.5 kg) 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height 8-15 inches (20-38 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Avg. Height 11.5 inches (29 cm) Up to 10 inches (25.4 cm) 12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

Coat Curly Straight Curly & Straight Dense Curly Thick Wiry Curly Soft Wavy
Colors Black White Brown Brindle Various combinations Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black Gray Silver Brown White Apricot Sable Black & White Black & Tan
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Easy to groom: The Schnoodle doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.
Toy Poodles shed none to minimal.
Schnoodles are low shedders.

Characteristics - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

Temperament Companionable Intelligent Loyal Sweet Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Smart Active Loyal Intelligent Watchful Playful Protective
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Outstanding: Toy Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Very smart: Schnoodle is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Toy Poodles are very easy to train.
Schnoodles are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed.
The Toy Poodle is a playful breed.
The Schnoodle is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Toy Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Schnoodles are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Toy Poodles are a social breed.
Schnoodles are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Average to high: The Toy Poodle is a vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Schnoodle rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Toy Poodles are good watchdogs.
Schnoodles are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Toy Poodles are average defenders.
Schnoodles strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Schnoodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Toy Poodles have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Schnoodles have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Toy Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Schnoodles have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Toy Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Schnoodles 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.
Apartment Friendly
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Schnoodles are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Toy Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Schnoodles adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Toy Poodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Schnoodles do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
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 - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

Stranger Friendly
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Schnoodles are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Toy Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Schnoodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Toy Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Schnoodles are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Toy Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Schnoodles are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Toy Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Schnoodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Toy Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Schnoodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Toy Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Schnoodles do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Toy Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Schnoodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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 Not really
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Toy Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Schnoodle 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 - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

Health Issues
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Toy Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Schnoodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Heatstroke Dental Problems Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Canine Diabetes Mellitus Ear Infections Epilepsy Heart Murmurs Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Skin Allergies Slipped Stifle Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Cataracts Legg-perthes Disease Patellar Luxation Epilepsy Diabetes Addison's Disease Gastric Torsion
Life Expectancy 15-16 years 14-16 years 10-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes No
Energy Level
Shih-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Toy Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Schnoodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need.
Toy Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Schnoodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Shih-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Toy Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Schnoodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 2 to 4.5 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 Shih-Poo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Toy Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Schnoodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Toy Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Schnoodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Shih-Poo vs Toy Poodle vs Schnoodle

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 3-4 puppies 2-4 puppies 3-6 puppies

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