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Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu" Compare Miniature Poodle and Shih Tzu. Which is better: Miniature Poodle or Shih Tzu?
Name Miniature Poodle Shih Tzu
OriginsGermany France China
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank43520
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Other Names Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Carniche Moyen, Barboncino Miniatura, French Poodle, Pudle, Zwergpudel Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section.
Breed Recognition 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 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
Price 1000-1500 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Size Small Small
Weight 15-17 pounds (7-8 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 16 pounds (7.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg)
Height 11-15 inches (28-38 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Avg. Height 13 inches (33 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm)

Hair & Care - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Coat Dense Curly Thick Dense
Colors Apricot Black Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Shedding Level
Miniature Poodles shed none to minimal.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Miniature Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Miniature Poodles are very easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Miniature Poodle is a playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog 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.
Affection Level
Miniature Poodles 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.
Social Needs
Miniature Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Miniature Poodle is a vocal breed.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Miniature Poodles are good watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Miniature Poodles are average defenders.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Miniature Poodles have lower than 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.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Miniature Poodles tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Miniature Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Miniature Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Miniature Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Miniature Poodles 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.
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 - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Stranger Friendly
Miniature Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Miniature Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Miniature Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Miniature Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Miniature Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Miniature Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Miniature Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Miniature Poodles 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.
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.
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
Miniature Poodle breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu 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 - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Health Issues
Egészségesek Miniature Poodle fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Egészségesek Shih Tzu fajták, de vannak bizonyos egészségügyi problémáik, amelyeket rendszeresen ellenőrizned kell az állatorvossal.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Bloat Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia 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
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 10-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes
Energy Level
Miniature Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Exercise Need
Miniature Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Sleeping Need
Miniature Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
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.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
The Miniature Poodle has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Miniature Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Miniature Poodle vs Shih Tzu

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 2-8 puppies, average 5 2-5 puppies

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  • lesley carson

    Jul 15, 2019, 7:22:37 PM:

    I think miniature poodles are recognized by the AKC