Poodle vs Shih Tzu

Compare the Poodle to the Shih Tzu. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Poodles and Shih Tzus.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Poodle and Shih Tzu are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Poodle and Shih Tzu are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have high grooming requirements, but the Poodle is slightly easier to groom between the two.
  • Barking - Both the Poodle and Shih Tzu are average barkers.
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Poodle vs Shih Tzu
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Silver & White Shih Tzu
Breed NamePoodleShih Tzu
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height15-24 in.9-10 in.
Weight45-70 lb9-16 lb
IntelligenceHighAverage
History
Origin CountryGermanyChina
Origin Year1200 AD618 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesNo
Medium YardYesNo
Large YardYesNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹35°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageBelow Average
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighMedium
Exercise RequiredMedium-HighLow
Top Running Speed32 mph12 mph
StrengthMediumLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceHighMedium
SheddingNoneNone
DanderNoneNone
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NamePoodleShih Tzu
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesNo
AverageNoYes
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingVery LowBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingAverageBelow Average
HuntingHighBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminVery LowBelow Average
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchAverageBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NamePoodleShih Tzu
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Addison's DiseaseYesNo
AllergiesYesYes
Bladder StonesNoYes
BloatYesNo
Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd)YesNo
CataractsYesNo
Cushing's SyndromeYesNo
DistichiasisNoYes
Dry EyeNoYes
Ear InfectionsYesYes
Ectopic CiliaNoYes
EpilepsyYesNo
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismYesNo
Juvenile Renal DysplasiaNoYes
KeratitisNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesNo
Neonatal Encephalopathy (news)YesNo
Optic Nerve HypoplasiaYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntNoYes
Premature GrayingYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesYes
ProptosisNoYes
Retained Baby TeethNoYes
Reverse SneezingNoYes
Runny EyesYesNo
Sebaceous AdenitisYesNo
SnufflesNoYes
Umbilical HerniasNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseYesNo
Appearance Comparison
Breed NamePoodleShih Tzu
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Corded CoatYesNo
Single CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
WavyYesNo
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
ApricotYesNo
BlackYesYes
Black & ApricotYesNo
Black & BrownYesNo
Black & CreamYesNo
Black & GrayYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesYes
BlueYesYes
Blue & WhiteYesYes
BrownYesNo
Brown & ApricotYesNo
Brown & WhiteYesNo
Cafe Au LaitYesNo
CreamYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
GrayYesNo
Gray & WhiteYesNo
RedYesYes
Red & ApricotYesNo
Red & WhiteYesYes
SilverYesYes
Silver BeigeYesNo
WhiteYesYes
White & ApricotYesNo
White & SilverYesNo
Black, Gold, & SilverNoYes
Black, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
Black, White, & SilverNoYes
BrindleNoYes
Brindle & WhiteNoYes
GoldNoYes
Gold & WhiteNoYes
LiverNoYes
Liver & WhiteNoYes
Silver & WhiteNoYes
Silver, Gold, & WhiteNoYes
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