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Daisy Dog

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Daisy Dog - Shih Poo and Bichon Frise Mix
The parents of Daisy Dog. Left: Shih Poo, Right: Bichon Frise

The Daisy Dog is a very popular hybrid or mixed breed at the moment in America. This one rather than being made up of two purebreds has at least three in the mix, those being the Poodle, the Bichon Frise and the Shih-Tzu. This is a great lap dog, family dog and companion suitable for those with allergies too. She has a life span of 13 to 17 years and has talents in military work, racing, watchdog, sighting and herding.

Here is the Daisy Dog at a Glance
Average height 10 to 12 inches
Average weight 10 to 30 pounds
Coat type Dense and silky
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low
Brushing 2 to 3 times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good, best in more mild climates
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good
Good with other Pets? Very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Fairly low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Yes
Good Pet for new Owner? Yes
Trainability Easy to train and often quicker than many dogs
Exercise Needs Slightly active – one long walk is sufficient
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Patellar luxation, eye problems, Umbilical hernia, portosystemic liver shunt, Addison’s Disease, bloat, Cushing’s Disease, epilepsy, LPD, Von Willebrand’s Disease, vaccination sensitivity
Other Health Concerns Allergies, hip dysplasia, JRD, Bladder stones and bladder infections, ear infections, dental problems, Reverse sneezing, skin problems
Life Span 13 to 17 years
Average new Puppy Price $850 to $3000
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $350 – $500

Where does the Daisy Dog come from?

There is some discussion about the origins of the Daisy Dog as there are several breeders you can find online who claim to be the creators of this designer dog, though Jennifer Peterson stands out among those as the most vocal of them. She claims that the Daisy Dog started in the 1950s with her mother and that she grew up with Daisy Dogs and continued the breeding tradition. She says the idea behind the dog was to have a low to non shedding dog, shaggy, cute with a great personality. She also says she cannot reveal exactly which breeds go into her Daisy Dogs. In order to better understand this breed let’s take a look at the 3 purebreds that most breeders say go into the mix.

The Poodle

A very old breed of dog, the Poodle is actually first from Germany though it was the French who bred it into three sizes and created the art of Poodle sculpting! The standard size was used as a retriever for waterfowl hunters, the miniature was used to sniff out truffles in the forests, and the smallest the toy size was a companion mostly to the rich and noble. In fact they would often carry it around with them in their large sleeves earning it the nickname the sleeve dog. Circus performers saw the intelligence of the Poodle and took them in to create shows and dressed them in costumes and sculpted their fur. The wealthy who saw this adopted the clipping and also even dyed the fur. He was registered in Britain in 1874 and in America 12 years later.

The Poodle today is a clever devoted dog, loyal to his owners, affectionate and a great family dog. He is easy to train and his wariness of strangers makes him a good watchdog. He is sensitive so can not be left alone for too long. While others may see him as aloof when he warms to you he is loving and quite playful and entertaining.

The Bichon Frise

The real origins of this breed are unclear though some think they come from a Barbet. They come from the Mediterranean and can be found back as far as the 1300s. French sailors or Italians brought them from the Canary islands and once in Europe they became very popular. They could be found in the courts of royalty and were a favorite of the noble and wealthy. This popularity remained until after Napoleon III, at which point he lost favor and did not find it again until the late 19th century. Now deemed a common dog though it was noted for its intelligence and used in circuses and by organ grinders. After World War I the French decided they should preserve him and he was recognized in France in 1934.

Today the Bichon Frise is a cheerful little dog, wants to be at the center of everything and loves attention. He wins over everyone with his charm and also has a playful side to him. He does not like being left alone though and can suffer from separation anxiety. He is intelligent but has an independent streak, still he is a good learner and does well learning obedience and tricks.

The Shih-Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is one of the oldest dog breeds still around. You can find bones in China of this breed dated back as far as 8000 BC! It is thought they were bred in Tibet or China and they became valued by the Chinese dynasty. Marco Polo reported in the 1200s that Kubla Khan kept small lion dogs to keep his lions calm. Some think this is a reference to the Shih-Tzu. He is mentioned throughout Chinese history here and there and can be found in various art depictions. In 1861 Empress T’zu Hsi came to the throne and she loved all animals especially this dog. She had breeding programs, protected them and it is reported they were even trained to sit up and wave their paws when she walked past. In 1928 a pair were brought to England. In 1969 they were recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Today he has the same purpose he has always had, to be a companion. He wants to be with you always, and does not do well when left alone for long periods. He is affectionate, eager to please, loves your lap, alert, friendly and clever. While he loves it best when he is giving and receiving adoration he can still be lively at times too.


Daisy Dogs are a loving and intelligent companion and make a great family dog. She is clever, travels well, loves to curl in your lap and receive attention. They can also be entertaining and alert, eager to please and are very trainable. She is a very sweet dog, adaptable and compliant. As long as she is with you she is happy to be cuddling or active. While she is small she is sturdy and not fragile in body or temperament. Because of her need for companionship and to be at the center of attention she is not a dog that can be left alone for long periods of time.

What does a Daisy Dog look like

She is a very cute looking dog which is part of why she is so popular. She is small to medium in size weighing 10 to 30 pounds and standing 10 to 12 inches tall. She is study with a wide broad head and ears that hand down. Her eyes are almost almond shaped and sparkle giving her a lively expression. Her nose is black and her muzzle is on the short side. Her coat is dense but silky and can be a number of colors including blue, brown, silver, black, gray, brindle, red and white.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Daisy Dog need to be?

She is small but she still needs to be active each day to keep her happy and healthy and prevent any destructive behavior as the result of boredom. At least one long walk, or a couple of medium length ones, plus some play time would be good. Don’t forget she will need mental stimulation as well as physical, she is smart and will need some toys, play, training and so on that keep her mind occupied too.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and very trainable. She is eager to please, adores the attention training gives her, the praise and rewards you should be using with positive training methods, and she is an obedient dog so will listen and try to obey your commands. Early socialization and training are still essential as with any dog. She should train quicker than many other dogs as long as you avoid harsh methods, being sensitive she does not respond well to them.

Living with a Daisy Dog

How much grooming is needed?

She is low to non shedding and is hypoallergenic so suits even families or people with allergies. She is fairly low maintenance, she will need a brushing two to three times a week, a bath when she gets especially dirty and her ears checked once a week. As she can be prone to ear infections be sure to look for smells or signs of infection and keep her ears clean by wiping them once a week, though avoid actually inserting anything into her ear. She will also need her teeth cleaned at least three times a week and her nails clipped of they get too long.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Children should be taught how to interact correctly with dogs just as much as dogs should be socialized and trained on how to deal with children. This dog is good with children, other dogs and other pets. She is playful with them and affectionate towards them.

General information

Daisy Dogs are best in moderate climates, somewhere not extremely cold and not extremely hot. She is not a good watchdog and is not likely to bark to alert you to a stranger’s presence. She is an occasional barker and will need to eat 1 to 2 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, divided into two meals.

Health Concerns

Usually they are quite a healthy hybrid but there are health issues that the parent purebreds are prone to that it is possible for the Daisy Dog to also have. These include Patellar luxation, eye problems, Umbilical hernia, portosystemic liver shunt, Addison’s Disease, bloat, Cushing’s Disease, epilepsy, LPD, Von Willebrand’s Disease, vaccination sensitivity, Allergies, hip dysplasia, JRD, Bladder stones and bladder infections, ear infections, dental problems, Reverse sneezing and skin problems. To avoid having problems with the health of your puppy ask for a health clearance certificate for the puppy and for her parents.

Costs involved in owning a Daisy Dog

The price of this designer dog is one the most widely spread due to its popularity and competing breeders ranging from $850 to $3000. Price of a puppy does not indicate better chances at health. You need to visit the breeders, make sure they are not a puppy mill or something similar. Other initial costs for a collar, crate, leash, carrier bag and medical tests, spaying and a micro chip come to $455 to $500.

Average annual medical expenses for health insurance, recurring medical needs like shots, check ups and flea prevention come to $460 to $550. Average annual non-medical expenses doe food, treats, toys, license and training come to $350 to $500.


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The Daisy Dog is a lovely sweet dog that is suitable for almost everyone. As long as you are happy with a small to medium dog she would be good with a senior, a couple, a family with children, active or not so active, house or apartment. She will give you lots of cuddles and be a loving and devoted friend.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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