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

"Find similarities and differences between Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo" Compare Maltipoo and Shih-Poo. Which is better: Maltipoo or Shih-Poo?
Name Maltipoo Shih-Poo
OriginsGermany France Italy China Tibet
Group Designer Dogs Designer Dogs
Popularity Rank558562
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Other Names Maltepoo, Maltapoo, Moodle, Malt-A-Poo, Multapoo, Multipoo, Malte-Poo, Maltapoo, Multapoo, Multi-Poo, Maltese-Poodle, Malt-oodles, MaltiPoodle, mPoo Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle Shoodle Pooshi
Breed Type Cross Breed Cross Breed
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition Continental Kennel Club American Canine Hybrid Club Designer Breed Registry Designer Dogs Kennel Club National Maltipoo Club Maltipoo Club of America Not recognized by any clubs.
Price $400-$2000 800-1200

General Appearance - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 5-20 pounds (2,5-9 kg) 8-15 pounds (4-7 kg) 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight 12.5 pounds (5,5 kg) 11.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height 10-13 inches (25-33 cm) 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Avg. Height 11.5 inches (27 cm) 11.5 inches (29 cm)

Hair & Care - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Coat Fluffy Soft Wavy Woolly Curly Straight Curly & Straight
Colors Almost all colors Apricot Gold White Grey Cream Black Black White Brown Brindle Various combinations
Grooming
Average: The Maltipoo requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Maltipoos shed none to minimal.
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Temperament Active Intelligent Affectionate Funny Obedient Companionable Companionable Intelligent Loyal Sweet
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Maltipoo's has great intelligence.
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Maltipoos are easy to train.
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Maltipoo is a playful breed.
The Shih-Poo 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.
Affection Level
Maltipoos 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
Maltipoos are a social breed.
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
High: The Maltipoo is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Maltipoos are one of the best watchdogs.
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Maltipoos are average defenders.
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Maltipoos have an 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
Wanderlust potential of the Maltipoo is strong enough to escape from home.
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Maltipoos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Maltipoos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Maltipoos adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Maltipoos 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.
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.

Good With - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Stranger Friendly
Maltipoos are stranger friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Maltipoos are kid-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Maltipoos are cat-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Maltipoos are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Maltipoo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Maltipoos are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Maltipoos are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Maltipoos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect 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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Maltipoo 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.

Health Factors - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Health Issues
Maltipoos tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems White Dog Shaker Syndrome Epilepsy Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Legg-perthes Disease Heatstroke Dental Problems
Life Expectancy 10-13 years 15-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Maltipoos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
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
Maltipoos have an average exercise need.
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Maltipoos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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 Low
The Maltipoo has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Maltipoo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Maltipoo vs Shih-Poo

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies 3-4 puppies

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  • Georgia

    Mar 21, 2020, 1:00:39 PM:

    Really good helped me figure out which one I want but should tell how long they can stay home alone