Shorkie is a mix breed of Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier. Also known as Shorkie Tzu. It is short loyal, energetic and perfect companion for seniors and becomes excited to please them. Training rewards when motivated or else will do what he wants but stubborn sometimes. Fleece undercoat with silky long top coat of black, white, brown, tan, red, chocolate, gold, silver, fawn or any combination of these. Stands tall 5-14 inches, weighs 6-15 pounds with lifespan of 11-16 years and hypoallergenic.
Have a Quick Look at Who the Shorkie’s Parents are:
|Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Yorkie, mostly the father of Shorkie is a small purebred dog. Found its way from Europe to America in 1870s and was first recognized by American Kennel Club in 1885. They are alert, brave, stubborn with hunting nature, small size but large personality companion dogs.||Mostly the mother parent of Shorkie, Shih Tzu is a small toy dog breed of ancient times originated from China. Got its way to the other parts of the world in the 20th century and recognized by American Kennel Club in 1969. Also known as the Lion Dog, is social, loyal, energetic, alert, stubborn with watchdog characteristics.|
With the brief introduction of Shorkie’s parents, you got the idea what a Shorkie Tzu is going to be. But you are going to explore more than your expectations by reading the whole article.
Shih Tzu Mixed with Yorkie Terrier:
Also known as Shorkie Tzu, Yorkie Tzu, Shih Tzu Yorkshire Terrier Mix, and Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier. Shorkie is the most popular name of this breed. This hybrid dog recently developed in America by crossbreeding Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier is still in the development stage, but in expert’s opinion, it will be developed as a new pure breed within years. The intention of breeders behind developing this breed was to combine positive traits of two parent dogs, i.e. attractive appearance, great personality, indoor suitability, friendliness, minimal shedding and to get a new better breed, but the situation can get worse too.
Don’t you worry by reading the whole article you will have all the necessary information to buy a perfect Shorkie puppy!
Shorkie’s Cute Appearance:
The new designer breed Shorkie may look like either parent or mix of both, know all their appearance possibilities below:
|Head||Rounded skull, with darker and longer hairs, often trimmed to be easily manageable.|
|Eyes||Sparkling, large, blue or brown, with alert expressions.|
|Nose||Tiny, black, brown or blue.|
|Body||Flat back with small body.|
|Legs||Short and fine-boned.|
|Tail||Short, thin, curled over the body.|
|Coat||Fleece-like undercoat with medium to long silky shiny soft straight, sometimes little wavy upper coat|
|Color||Black, white, brown, tan, red, chocolate, gold, silver, fawn or any combination of these.|
|Height:||Fully grown stands tall between 5-14 pounds.|
|Weight:||Weight ranges between 6-15 pounds when fully grown.|
Both the parents Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier are minimal shedders making the Shorkie a minimal shedder and an excellent choice for indoor living.
Any apparent characteristic explained above cannot be predicted before Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier Puppy’s birth.
Daily grooming task includes brushing the teeth for healthy teeth and gums, coat combing to prevent mats and tangles, and washing the face and eyes to protect from tear stains and debris. Wipe the ears once a week to protect from ear infection. Need a bath twice a month or before it begins to smell. Schedule visit to groomer every four to eight weeks depending on its fur growth to have Shorkie’s perfect looks all the time by hair trimming, nail clipping and removal of hair from foot pads.
Important: Use dog shampoo for bathing because of their sensitive skin that gets dried and is irritated by the use of human products.
Sweet nature, affectionate, loves spending time with family, eager to please the owner. Shorkie is energetic, loves to play fetch games. Adapts well to living conditions, calm and doesn’t make much noise but it is necessary to socialize in early age to ensure good behavior with strangers. Alert and loyal watchdogs, entertain kids and guards them outdoors. Intelligent, have a strong personality that may lead to stubbornness but minimized with training because they respond well to love, praise, treats, and rewards. Need to be around people all the time, suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for too long which results in excessive barking, housebreaking, and destructiveness.
The Essential Challenge – Training:
Easy to train but stubbornness can become a challenge, take long time to learn something because of short attention span, so you need to be patient. Short training duration up to fifteen minutes twice a day with positive reinforcement will be rewarding with Shorkies, focus on single training at a time and move to next when mastered. Starting early is a plus, he will learn the basics faster. Early socialization is also important which eliminates the development of negative behaviors.
To support its independent nature crate training is the best idea. It involves giving the Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier puppy his very own secure space where his bed and toys are placed. Sleeping in that crate will also boost house-training.
Important: Never be harsh while training a Shorkie, he will not perform if not given respect.
Young Shorkie puppy will be more energetic, but with age adult Shorkie will prefer to sit around and enjoy spending time on your lap or sofa. This apartment dog generally requires 20-60 minutes of exercise per day; they will run around the house, will chase you and can also be your hiking companion. Due to stubborn nature, they don’t prefer to follow you when not in the mood, but positive treats can get it moving.
Fast fact: Dry Kibble is the best food for a Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier, prepared by reputable brands specifically for small active dogs.
Food requirement of a dog depends on its size, metabolism and activity level, so feed your doggy accordingly. Shorkie needs nutrients rich and full of protein food to ensure healthy and strong growth. A healthy Shorkie needs to eat around 40 calories per pound of body weight in a day. Start feeding four times a day when you bring the puppy home at the age of eight weeks then gradually reduce to 2 meals a day when adult Shorkie reaches the age of twelve months.
Designer dogs are considered to be healthier than pure breeds, Shorkie is healthier and hypoallergenic too. But all the potential health problems must be taken care of when you bring them home.
- Tooth Decay
- Tooth Loss
- Gum Problems
- Lens Luxation
- Progressive Retinal Apathy
- Respiratory Distress
- Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome
- Thyroid Disorders
- Collapsed Trachea
- Reverse Sneeze
- Portosystemic Shunt
- Kidney Stone
- Renal Dysplasia
- Allergies to Medications and Anesthesia
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
Don’t you worry these problems can be eliminated by occasional tests including X-Rays, MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound, Radiographs, Blood Tests, Urinalysis, Chemical Analysis, Electroretinogram, and Physical Examination.
Crossbreeds normally live longer than their parents due to better health. Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier usually has a life span of 11-16 years, much longer than other small breeds.
Ideal Home for a Shorkie:
Suitable for apartment living, but may bark loud that disturbs the close neighborhood. Avoid having a Shorkie if you have small children who don’t understand its independent, stubborn nature, also it can get hurt easily if mishandled, may lead to internal injuries. Perfect companion for seniors and families with children grown enough to understand its sensitivity and temperament.
Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier is a designer dog breed best for indoors and sensitive to temperature, need to wear a sweater in winters and more often grooming in summer.
How to Get a Shorkie?
You can get one from a rescue group where some adult Shorkie is waiting for a new home, with that cost of buying a puppy will be saved. But wait, think of negative aspects too, no one knows the past medical history of a pet and his parents in the rescue group so saving the cost of buying can be leveled with potential medical bills.
The best among all the ways is to buy a Shorkie pup from a reputable breeder. Many breeders want to continue their breeding due to appearance and temperament of Shorkie but sometimes only for the sake of money. It is important to find breeders that want to improve on genetic issues and characteristics of this breed; they will choose both healthy parents with the excellent temperament to have a perfect Shorkie. If you are not satisfied with a breeder then better walk away.
Sometimes breeders cross a pure breed to Shorkie to dilute its personality on any pure breed side either Shih Tzu or Yorkshire Terrier. You can also have a pure breed Shorkie who’s both parents are Shorkies from a reputable breeder, but these Shorkies are still rare.
No breeder can predict the puppy’s exact appearance before its birth.
Designer breed’s puppy litter size is always different depending on mother breed. In the case of Shorkie, Shih Tzu is mostly the mother, so the number of puppies in a litter is close to five.
When you first visit the Shorkie puppy at the age of six weeks it should be friendly and confident to say hello with the weaving tail, can be little to weigh two pounds at the age of eight to ten weeks when come home. Shorkie puppy will be a fully grown Shorkie by the age of twelve months.
Cost to Have A Shorkie:
The rare designer breed’s price can range from 300-2000 dollars depending on the reputability of breeder, health and other characteristics of Shorkie’s parents and their popularity and demand in a certain area. Annual medical and insurance may cost 400-600 dollars. Other costs including training and grooming may range between 500-700 dollars.
Don’t compromise on selecting a reputable breeder for low costs that result in higher annual spending.
Registries for Shorkie:
Shih Tzu mixed with Yorkie Terrier is not currently recognized by any Kennel Club including American Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club. However, following registries recognize Shorkie as a new designer dog breed.
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
- Dog Registry of America Inc. (DRA)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
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