The Shih-poo is loyal, loving, and affectionate. They are not recommended for homes with small children. They do well with dogs
and non-canine pets they have been raised with. They do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. Boredom
or loneliness will lead to destructive behavior and incessant barking. They are outgoing but very wary of strangers. Shih-poo's are
quick to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds. Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The
Shih-poo may be difficult to housebreak. The crate training method works best. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed
methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.