Quick Links: Table of Contents
- Poodle Versus Shihpoo: Introduction
- Poodle versus Shihpoo: Overview
- Poodle versus Shihpoo: Comparison Table
- The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Poodle and the Shihpoo
- The Similarities Between the Poodle and the Shihpoo
- Price of Poodle versus Price of Shihpoo
- Adopting the Poodle versus Adopting the Shihpoo
- Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Shihpoo
- Do Poodles shed more than Shihpoos?
- Which is Easier to Groom, the Poodle or the Shihpoo?
- Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Poodle or the Shihpoo?
- Are Poodles good family dogs? What about Shihpoos?
- Is the Poodle Easier to Train than the Shihpoo?
- Which one drools more, the Poodle or the Shihpoo
- How Kid-friendly are Poodles and Shihpoos?
- Does the Poodle Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Shihpoo?
- Do Poodles Bark and Howl? What about Shihpoos?
- Can Poodles Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Shihpoos Tolerate Cold Weather?
- Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs. Shihpoo
- Can Poodles Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Shihpoos Tolerate Hot Weather?
- Poodle Versus Other Dog Breeds
- Conclusion: Poodle versus Shihpoo. Which One is a Better Pet?
Poodle Versus Shihpoo: Introduction
Are you thinking of getting a new pet dog, and you have narrowed down your choices to the Poodle and the Shihpoo? Well, you have come to the right place. Because in this article, we will provide you with a detailed comparison of these two dog breeds to help you decide which of the Poodle and the Shihpoo better suits you.
We will provide you a detailed discussion and comparison of dog attributes such as intelligence, price, general health, friendliness, etc, for both the Poodle and the Shihpoo.
Furthermore, we will let you know which one of the Poodle and the Shihpoo is better suited for new dog owners, for owners with kids, for owners that live in apartments, for owners with dog allergies, etc.
Importantly, we did some analysis and calculation and we obtained a number that we call the Better-Pet Score™ for both the Poodle and for the Shihpoo. The dog breed with the higher Better-Pet score is the `better` pet. We hope that these Better-Pet Scores will provide you with more insight into deciding which pet to get between the Poodle and the Shihpoo.
Our only goal here is to help you make a well-thought-out decision on your next long-term companion, be it the Poodle or the Shihpoo.
Note that there are 3 types of Poodles:
However, these 3 poodle `types` are basically the same. The only difference between them is size. Standard Poodles are big, toy poodles are small, and miniature poodles are medium-sized.
Read more about the subtle differences between the standard poodle vs. miniature poodle here and the toy poodle versus miniature poodle here.
In addition, we have articles on the detailed comparisons of the poodle to every other dog breed. Check out our articles on poodle versus other dog breeds here.
Poodle versus Shihpoo: Overview
A very important difference between the Poodle and the Shihpoo is the size difference between the two dog breeds. The Poodle is a large-sized dog while the Shihpoo is a tiny-sized dog.
Furthermore, the Poodle belongs to the Companion Dogs group. Companion Dogs were bred to be companions for humans. Their main goal in life is to be with people, and they will be very sad if left to themselves for long hours day after day.
On the other hand, the Shihpoo belongs to the Mixed Breed Dogs group. Mixed Breed Dogs are not purebred dogs.
Poodle versus Shihpoo: Comparison Table
The table below compares the Poodle to the Shihpoo based on different important factors such as Price, Health, Kid-friendliness, etc.
When a dog breed scores higher for a factor than the other dog breed, the box of the breed that scores higher is shaded green and the box of the breed that scores lower is shaded red. When there is no difference between the breeds for a particular factor then the box is shaded gray for both pets. Also, when the factor is not important in picking a pet, or when the factor cannot be compared between two pets, the box for the factor is shaded gray for both pets
Most of the factors in the table for each dog breed are ranked on a scale of 1 to 5. “1” means “worst”, and “5” means “best”.
However, some factors such as “Price”, “Average Lifespan”, etc. cannot be on a scale of 1 to 5, so they are not on a scale of 1 to 5 in the comparison table.
Later in this article, we will further explain each factor as it applies to the Poodle and the Shihpoo
|Tolerates Being Alone||1/5||2/5|
|Does NOT Shed||5/5||5/5|
|Does NOT Drool||5/5||5/5|
|Easy To Groom||1/5||2/5|
|Life Span||12 to 15 years||13 to 17 years|
|Low Prey Drive||4/5||4/5|
|Does NOT Bark or Howl||4/5||4/5|
|Tolerates Cold Weather||3/5||3/5|
|Tendency NOT to Wander||3/5||4/5|
|Calmness/ Low Vigor||3/5||5/5|
|Weight||8 to 18 pounds|
|Tolerates Hot Weather||4/5||2/5|
|Friendly Toward Strangers||4/5||4/5|
|Potential NOT to Gain Weight||2/5||2/5|
|Does NOT chew on things||2/5||3/5|
|Minimal Exercise Needs||2/5||4/5|
|Adapts Well To Apartment Living||5/5||5/5|
|Good For Novice Owners||5/5||2/5|
|Affectionate With Family||5/5||5/5|
|Easy To Train||5/5||2/5|
|Potential For Playfulness||5/5||4/5|
|Height||8 to 18 inches|
|Average Lifespan||13.5 years||15.0 years|
|Price Range||$1200 – $2000|
|Common Health Problems and Recommended Health Tests||No Data|
Next, we added the scores of the factors that can be added together for the Poodle in the table (that is, `Ease of Grooming` score + `General Health` score + `Calmness` score + …etc) and we compared it to the corresponding total score for the Shihpoo. We call these total scores the Better-Pet Scores, as we mentioned earlier. We called this score the Better-Pet score because the better dog breed will have a higher score. This is because the pet will the higher score will have minimal needs and be easier to have as a pet.
The Better-Pet score for the Poodle is 88 out of 125 while the Better-Pet score for the Shihpoo is 84 out of 125.
Based on their Better-Pet scores, the Poodle is a better pet than the Shihpoo. So, you should get a Poodle!
The Most Remarkable Differences Between the Poodle and the Shihpoo
Below is a list of where the Poodle and the Shihpoo are most different:
The Similarities Between the Poodle and the Shihpoo
The Poodle and the Shihpoo are very similar in certain aspects. Below is the list of where the Poodle and the Shihpoo are most similar:
Size (Weight and Height) of Poodle versus Shihpoo
Now, let us discuss the difference in size between the Poodle and the Shihpoo.
Poodles come in three main size categories. These three size categories are referred to as the three varieties of the poodle. Poodles of different varieties are basically the same except for their size differences. The poodle varieties based on size categorization are:
There is another variety of poodle that is not recognized in the USA but is recognized in Europe. This poodle size variety is called the Moyen Poodle. In size, the Moyen Poodle is smaller than the Standard poodle but bigger than the miniature poodle.
See below the figure that compares the different poodle sizes:
On the other hand, Shihpoos weigh 8 to 18 pounds when fully grown. Shihpoos are 8 to 18 inches when fully grown.
Price of Poodle versus Price of Shihpoo
The average price of the Standard Poodle puppy is $1980. The price of the Standard Poodle typically ranges from $1400 – $2500. However, the price of a Standard Poodle can be as low as $200 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 2524 Standard Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
The average price of the Miniature Poodle puppy is $2500. The price of the Miniature Poodle typically ranges from $1500 – $3000. However, the price of a Miniature Poodle can be as low as $350 and as high as $15000. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 1190 Miniature Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
The average price of the Toy Poodle puppy is $2760. The price of the Toy Poodle typically ranges from $1894 – $3500. However, the price of a Toy Poodle can be as low as $450 and as high as $9835. We obtained this price information by reviewing the prices of 872 Toy Poodle puppies listed for sale from various sources.
To know about standard poodle prices and standard poodle buying advice, check out our article on standard poodle cost.
To know about miniature poodle prices, check out this article on miniature poodle price.
To learn more about toy poodle price and for toy poodle buying advice, check out this article on toy poodle price.
The average price of the Shihpoo puppy is $1590. The price of the Shihpoo typically ranges from $1200 – $2000. However, the price of a Shihpoo can be as low as $300 and as high as $4325. We obtained this price information by collecting and reviewing the prices of 283 Shihpoo puppies listed for sale from various sources.
The Poodle is more expensive than the Shihpoo.
|Price Range||$1500 to $2800||$1200 to $2000|
The charts below show the price distribution for the Poodle and Shihpoo. For different price points, the charts show how many Poodle puppies or how many Shihpoo puppies are listed for sale at those price points.
A breakdown of the prices of Poodles. The typical price range is shaded Green.
A breakdown of the prices of Shihpoos
Note that a lot of factors determine how much you can expect to pay for the Poodle puppy or the Shihpoo puppy. This includes if health screening tests have been performed on the puppy, if the puppy is from a famous pedigree, the US State where the puppy is bred, etc.
Nevertheless, when looking from a puppy, look at buying a puppy only from well-established breeders that breed puppies primarily for the love of dogs, and secondarily for profit. Do not buy a puppy from one of those puppy mills that mass-produce puppies in bad living conditions for maximum profit.
You may also consider adopting a dog instead of buying a dog.
Adopting the Poodle versus Adopting the Shihpoo
You may consider adopting a dog instead of buying a puppy. Many Poodles and many Shihpoos are currently available for adoption.
These adorable and cute dogs are waiting in dog shelters hoping that someday someone will rescue them. Furthermore, adoption costs are lesser than the cost of a new puppy. Dog adoption costs are usually around $300. In addition to your local dog shelter, a good place online to see dogs that are available for adoption is petfinder.com.
Below is an adorable Male Poodle named Bruce that is currently available for adoption on Petfinder.com. You can find other lovely adoptable Poodles like Bruce on pefinder.com.
Also, like Poodles, Shihpoos are also available for adoption. For example, Huey is a Male Shihpoo that is currently available for adoption on petfinder.com. You can find more Shihpoos like Huey that are up for adoption on petfinder.com.
Noodles is the name of another Poodle (Male) on petfinder.com that is looking for a new home.
Also, Mac is an adorable Male Shihpoo on petfinder.com that you can adopt.
You can find more Poodles and Shihpoos that are available for adoption on petfinder.
Tolerates Being Alone: Poodle versus Shihpoo
Poodles do not like to be left alone.
Poodles, by nature, are companion dogs. They like and thrive on human companionship more than most dog breeds. Poodles do not like to be left alone. Leaving a poodle alone for more than 4 hours day after day will cause separation anxiety and isolation distress in a poodle. If you plan to get a poodle, make sure you can be around your poodle most of the time, or arrange for a dog walker.
See our article on how long you can leave a poodle alone.
Shihpoos do not like to be left alone.
Do Poodles shed more than Shihpoos?
Poodles do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.
Although all dogs shed, and poodles are no different in this regard. But poodles shed less than many other breeds of dogs. However, if you own a poodle, you will not have the problem of having balls of dog hair on your couch and over your house. This is because the curly coat of the poodle traps the hair and other things that the poodle sheds. Therefore, people that are allergic to dogs tend to tolerate poodles better.
Check out our articles to learn more on why poodles do not shed, and on standard poodle shedding, and on shedding in toy poodles
Shihpoos do not shed a lot. They are good for people with dog allergies.
Which is Easier to Groom, the Poodle or the Shihpoo?
Poodles require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.
To learn more about how to properly groom a poodle, check out our article on how to groom a poodle.
Learn more on how to take care of a poodle here.
Shihpoos require a lot of grooming and they are not very easy to groom.
Which Dog Breed is more Dog-Friendly, the Poodle or the Shihpoo?
Poodles get along very well with other dogs.
Poodles get along very well with other dogs. Poodles are very friendly. However, it is up to the other dog to reciprocate the friendliness. Some dog breeds are just unfriendly and aggressive.
Read this article to learn about the dog breeds that get along well with poodle and the dog breeds that do not along with poodles.
Shihpoos do not get along well with other dogs.
Are Poodles good family dogs? What about Shihpoos?
Poodles are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
Poodles make a good addition to a family. They love kids and kids love them.
Learn about standard poodles as family dogs here, and about how family-friendly are toy poodles here..
Shihpoos are great family dogs. They are very affectionate with family.
Is the Poodle Easier to Train than the Shihpoo?
Poodles are very easy to train.
Poodles are easy to train because they are intelligent and eager to please their owners. However, it is important that you begin training a poodle to make the most out of their natural intelligence. Moreover, training your Poodle should be based on positive reinforcement and repetition. Be sure to give your Poodle praise when he obeys a command and ignores your poodle`s bad behavior.
To learn more, check out our article on how to train a poodle.
Shihpoos are not easy to train.
Which one drools more, the Poodle or the Shihpoo
Poodles do have a very low tendency to drool.
Shihpoos do have a very low tendency to drool.
How Kid-friendly are Poodles and Shihpoos?
Poodles get along well with kids. They are kid-friendly.
Shihpoos get along fairly well with kids. They are quite kid-friendly.
Does the Poodle Have a Higher Prey Drive than the Shihpoo?
Poodles have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.
Shihpoos have a very low prey drive. This means they get won`t chase after smaller pets. They tend to get along well with other pets.
Do Poodles Bark and Howl? What about Shihpoos?
Poodles are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.
Shihpoos are not very vocal. They do not tend to bark and howl.
Can Poodles Tolerate Cold Weather? And can Shihpoos Tolerate Cold Weather?
Poodles can moderately tolerate cold weather.
Shihpoos can moderately tolerate cold weather.
Wanderlust Potential: Poodle vs. Shihpoo
Poodles have a moderate tendency to wander. This means that they sometimes get distracted by other animals or objects.
Shihpoos do not have the potential to wander after things that capture their attention. They tend to stay around where you leave them.
Can Poodles Tolerate Hot Weather? Can Shihpoos Tolerate Hot Weather?
Poodles can tolerate hot weather.
Shihpoos cannot tolerate hot weather. They are not suited for hot environments.
Is the Poodle Better for Apartment Owners than the Shihpoo?
Poodles adapt very well to apartment living.
Shihpoos adapt very well to apartment living.
Which is Better for New Dog Owners, the Poodle or the Shihpoo?
Poodles are very good for new dog owners.
Shihpoos are not the best dogs for new dog owners.
Poodle Versus Other Dog Breeds
You may also be interested in how the poodle compares to other breeds aside from the Shihpoo. So, see below the links to the comparison of the poodle to other breeds:poodle versus Patterdale Terrier poodle versus Bernedoodle poodle versus Puli poodle versus Poodle poodle versus Pug poodle versus Central Asian Shepherd Dog poodle versus West Highland White Terrier poodle versus Caucasian Shepherd Dog poodle versus German Wirehaired Pointer poodle versus Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Conclusion: Poodle versus Shihpoo. Which One is a Better Pet?
In summary, there is nothing like a better dog breed or a worse dog breed. The important question to ask is which dog breed better matches your interests and lifestyle. We hope our discussion above will help you in deciding which dog breed between the Poodle and the Shihpoo better suits you and your family.