Not a pure-breed dog, Shih-Mo is a hybrid between American Eskimo and Shih Tzu. The small to medium sized breed shares quite some resemblance with the parent breed. The body resembles the American Eskimo with fur color and has ears of a Shih Tzu. Shih Tzu is one of the ancient breeds that originated in China. They make great companion dogs, and an ideal choice for apartment dwellers.

Physical Appearance:

Shih-Mo is a gorgeous designer dog with a long, thick and straight coat. The curled tail, soft coat and long legs give it a beautiful appearance. The muzzle of Shih Mo resembles to that of American Eskimo. It mainly comes in white and cream color. They tend to shed moderate amount of hair.


Shih-Mo is loyal and protective, and tends to be aggressive towards intruders. They are intelligent breed and learn tricks quite fast. In fact, training them is much easier than Shih Tzu. They are less stubborn than Shin Tzu, and are fun-loving and friendly like Eskimo. The breed prefers to stay indoors, and require moderate amount of exercise. They remain calm most of the time and play all by themselves. However, they do enjoy company of other people and pets. They give a warning bark, but do not become aggressive at strangers.

Health Concerns:

Shih-Mo is not known to have any major health concerns or allergies. Some of the less common issues of concern include breathing problems, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia and liver dysfunction. They are susceptible to cold weather, and need to stay warm during winters. Make sure to groom the coat regularly to reduce shedding of hair. They need proper nutrition to stay active.

Quick Look Box:

Size: Small (12 to 18 inches- height)
Avg Lifespan: 11 to 13 years
Temperament: Gentle, loyal and Friendly
Allergy friendly: No
Kid Friendly: Yes