Hybrid Origin: The Shihpoo is a hybrid between the Poodle and the Shih Tzu. Country of Origin: Shihpoos originate in the United States of America. Original Purpose: The Shihpoo is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics: Shihpoos are typically intelligent, alert, friendly and very devoted to their owners therefore proper socialization is recommended. Shihpoos are usually eager to please their owners therefore the Shihpoo is highly trainable. Shihpoos do well with other pets and animals when socialized at a young age. Shihpoos typically weigh about 10-15 lbs and are about 8-11 inches tall at the shoulder. Shihpoos can be aggressive barkers which makes them a good choice for a watchdog. Shihpoos tend to do well indoors and are not recommended for extreme heat or cold weather. Life Expectancy: Average life expectancy for the Shihpoo is 10 - 13 years.