The Poo-Shi, also called a Shibapoo or Shiba-Poo, is a cross between a Shiba Inu and a poodle. The poodle is an extremely popular breed, originating in Germany and standardized in France where it is the national dog. Poodles have very old roots, with European carvings of the breed dating back to the 15th century. The other genetic branch of the Poo-shi belongs to the Shiba Inu, small Japanese dog originally used for hunting. A basal breed, it is considered one of the only remaining ancient breeds of dogs.
The Poo-Shi is generally a medium-sized dog with a wiry coat much like the poodle side of their family. However, their size can vary widely depending on which side of their genetic makeup they favor, with adults ranging anywhere from 15 to 70 pounds. The most common colors for Poo-Shis are black, brown, cream, golden, and white. Genetic inheritance doesn’t always result in a breeder’s expectations, and the Poo-shi puppy might carry other genes from its parents, receiving a different phenotype.
The Poo-Shi, much like its parents, is a faithful and attentive companion. Known to be friendly, independent, and intelligent they make good family dogs. The breed is also an effective watchdog and fairly easy to train.
The Poo-Shi is only moderately active, and requires less exercise than the average dog. However, regular walks should be provided to dogs living in an apartment, but a yard with a bit of space to run will do nicely for dogs living in a house. With an expected lifespan of 12-15 years, this breed falls in the average range of longevity. Though this breed has no specific health problems, it should still get regular check-ups to the veterinarian.