Shihmo (Shih Tzu / American Eskimo) Breed
The The Shih-Mo is a hybrid designer dog that is obtained from a cross between an American Eskimo and a Shih Tzu. The hybrid has been a popular mix for the last 20 years. This small dog possesses the combined characteristics of both parents to create a delightful companion. The Shih-Mo is relatively short and stands only 12 to 18 inches and weighs 12 to 20 pounds. Females tend to be a bit smaller than males. The Shih-Mo has long, silky fur and comes in shades of cream and tan. He is affectionate and lovable. The Shih-Mo is usually considered an excellent companion for small children or seniors. He adores being a lapdog and having ample amounts of attention lavished on him.
The Shih-Mo is an excellent combination of its two parent breeds. The Shih Tzu tends to be a laid back lapdog and the American Eskimo loves to play and is bursting with energy. The Shih-Mo loves to be cuddled on a warm lap but is always ready for a fun walk and a bit of playtime. His desire to play is one of the reasons why the Shih-Mo excels as a child’s companion. He will benefit from a daily hour-long walk but if his owner doesn’t feel like walking then he is happy to play indoors. His versatility is one of the reasons why he is an ideal apartment dog. The Shih-Mo bonds closely with his owner and make an exceptionally loving companion.
Unlike many other small dogs, the Shih Mo loves children and is a great companion for youngsters. He is also ideal for a senior because he requires very little care and loves to while away his hours as a spoiled lapdog. The Shih Mo is ideal for anyone with other pets because he gets along well with dogs or cats. He tends to be a very happy dog who is always willing to please his owner. When a stranger approaches, he is protective and may bark. The Shih-Mo is not an excessive barker like some small dogs. He makes a wonderful apartment dog as long as he is allowed adequate time outside for a change of scenery.