Shih Tzu Yorkie mix puppies are a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu. Sometimes spelled Shorki, these puppies have the temperament and personality traits of both breeds in which can make them a delightful option. Some of the best traits include intelligence, playfulness and independence.
Shorkie (Shorkie Tzu) Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 16 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 14 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 11 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
Characteristics and Personality Traits of the Shorkie Tzu
Shih Tzu and Yorkie mix puppies are lively, energetic, and very affectionate. They are great with kids and love cuddling and sitting on the laps of their owners.
In a house full of people, they will generally choose a favorite person; however, they will still socialize with everyone in the home.
Although they are loving creatures, they can be spunky and aggressive. Despite their small stature, it is not uncommon for these dogs to become aggressive towards larger dogs and sometimes towards strangers as well.
Training Your Shorkie Pup
Because of their strong will, housebreaking these pups can be difficult on occasion. Like their parent breeds, they have a great deal of intelligence which translates into an independent streak.
Therefore, potential owners must be very consistent when it comes to training this breed and they must also be extremely patient. Your Shorkie puppy will test the limits to see what he can get away with despite your best efforts. Therefore, it is imperative that you follow through with the dog training schedule you create.
Additionally, crate training typically works well with these pups. Throughout the crate training process, you must be sure and use the same consistency that you used with obedience training.
Shih Tzu Yorkie mix pups love rewards like small, edible treats, but you can also reward them with chew toys and miniature balls. Because Shorkie pups are so playful, you can also reward your pup by playing with him when he is successful with training.
Feeding a Shorkie Tzu
During mealtimes, these pups will not eat much and they also tend to be somewhat finicky eaters.
However, these pups have particular nutritional considerations because of their small stature, and you must meet their nutritional needs in order for them to stay healthy.
As puppies, they generally weigh between one and three pounds. For them to grow at the proper rate, they must consume a certain amount of calories which, in this case, is approximately 165 calories per day.
Grooming Your Shih Tzu Yorkie Mix Puppy
Like their breed parents, these pups have a long, full coat. You will need to brush your puppy’s coat regularly to keep it free of tangles. It’s also a good idea to shampoo your pup’s coat to remove dirt.
Your puppy’s hair will continuously grow, and you may eventually decide to get it cut. Many owners take their pups to get groomed every two months or so but grooming can be expensive, which is why many owners learn to cut their dog’s hair.
Many pet stores offer training to owners who want to keep their puppy’s hair short and you can also purchase books and videos that will train you to cut your puppy’s hair. If you live in a warm climate, you may want to cut your pup’s hair regularly to keep him cool and comfortable.
Lifespan and Common Health Issues of the Shorkie
When well cared for, these dogs can live well into their teen years. However, nothing is guaranteed so being aware of potential health problems facing this breed is important.
Both breeds can suffer from patellar luxation, portosystemic liver shunt and hypoglycemia. Yorkshire Terriers can be afflicted with distichiae, LCP Syndrome and Hypoplasia of Dens while Shih Tzu can suffer from Hardarian Gland Prolapse which is also known as “Cherry Eye.”
In spite of all this, the good news is that hybrids of both breeds tend to be much healthier than purebreds. The truth is that this cute, cuddly breed will grow into a strong, healthy dog with the proper training and care. Shih Tzu Yorkie mix puppies are wonderful companions that adults and kids can enjoy.