Shorkie Breed Information
A cross between a purebred Shih Tzu and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier, the Shorkie is one of the cutest designer breeds to ever exist. These puppies are gentle, very playful, and as loving as can be. They thrive in a family setting and do quite well with a single owner. Like their parents, Shorkie puppies are also hypoallergenic and low-shedding, which makes them one of the best companion pets for allergy sufferers. They are not only completely gorgeous but also quite affectionate with everyone they meet. True bundles of joy, these puppies will provide years of pure friendship and companionship. Adopt yours today at Puppy Love PR.
- Shorkie puppies are not a purebred breed. They are a cross between a purebred Shih Tzu and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier
- Hypoallergenic Shorkies are fantastic puppies for allergy-suffering owners
- The Shorkie temperament is perfectly suited for families with children
- Easy to groom and care for, these dogs make fantastic first pets for new owners
- They are extremely friendly
- Shorkie health is improved due to hybrid vigor
- Easygoing and very well-balanced, these puppies will adapt quickly to their new surroundings
- Toy-sized and typically very quiet, Shorkies are an excellent choice for apartment-living
The Shorkie is a beautiful blend of Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu features. The most adorable traits this breed has include a toy size, a mountain of fluff, and an adoring gaze. This breed will also impress with a variety of coat colors and an elegant yet sporty appearance.
Because they are a Yorkshire terrier and Shih Tzu mix, they may appear with varying traits even between pups of the same litter. Some may have floppy ears, while others may inherit the Yorkie’s pointy elvish ears. Some Shorkies may appear with the Shih Tzu’s short muzzle and long, straight coat, and others may have the Yorkie’s medium-length muzzle. Their colors are typically a gorgeous combination of the colors of their parents. These may include black, white, red, brown, tan, cream, gold, and silver.
The size of these cute little dogs is very petite. Once they reach their adult height and weight, they should stand between 6 and 14 inches tall and weigh on average 4 to 10 pounds.
Shorkies are fantastic little companion dogs. They adore their human parents and will do anything to please them. They also adore children and have the best personality to keep everyone entertained.
Like most mixed breeds, Shorkies can inherit the personality traits of either parent or both. They may have the Yorkie’s terrier nature or be more inclined to sit on a lap all day like their Shih Tzu parent. Typically, these gorgeous dogs will impress you with a very balanced temperament. They love doting on their pet parents, a trait they get from the Shih Tzu, and enjoy spending their energy playing fun games.
Negative traits are not usually present in these hybrid dogs. They aren’t known to be snappy or aggressive, but they can get jealous of other pets in the house if they receive less attention. They are typically friendly and will share their toys gladly with their furry siblings.
Although they have thick, fluffy coats, Shorkie dogs don’t have extensive requirements when it comes to grooming. To maintain their coats smooth and tangle-free, they need to be brushed a few times per week. Daily brushing is ideal to ensure their hair doesn’t become matted, but since this is easier said than done, a few weekly brushes will suffice.
Baths shouldn’t be too frequent as this can lead to skin irritation and the loss of good natural oils that are on the hair. Ideally, you should bathe your Shorkie every month or two with mild shampoo specifically designed for dogs.
Other steps that are necessary when grooming a Shorkie include cleaning their ears and brushing their teeth weekly. Their nails should also be clipped every month or so if the dogs are not able to file them down on their own while exercising.
The energy levels of Shorkies are moderate. Most of these sweet dogs will be happiest with one or two daily walks and a few games with their human family indoors. They are fond of going to dog parks and playing with their furry friends but are not as energetic as other small breeds and will not want to exercise for more than 20 to 30 minutes straight. Their small frame also means that they are not built to withstand intense exercise.
When playing in the dog park, it is important that you supervise your little Shorkies to make sure that larger dogs don’t injure them during play.
Although hybrid vigor protects these dogs from inheriting some of the common health problems that are passed down through purebred generations, there are still a few conditions they may suffer from. These conditions are generally non-life-threatening and are common in all dog breeds, big or small. They include cataracts, specifically during old age; hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; allergies to food or skin allergies; and Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome – BOAS, which is common in dog breeds with short muzzles.
The average lifespan of these adorable dogs is between 13 and 16 years. These dogs are renowned for their longevity, having one of the longest life expectancies. They may live up to 18 years or more, as some have before them. Their parents are also long-lived, with the Shih Tzu reaching as much as 23 years (Smokey the Shih Tzu lived to be 23), and the Yorkshire Terrier reaching as much as 28 years (Bonnie the Yorkie lived to be 28 years old).
The sweet Shorkie puppies are very intelligent, much like their parents, but they also inherit a stubborn streak which can make them a bit more difficult to train. They are not temperamental or snappy, but they do want to do things their way when it comes to training.
Like most young and small puppies, they have a short attention span and can’t stay focused on one task for very long. The best way to train them is to engage them in fun training activities that last no more than 10 minutes. Training should be a fun experience for both you and your Shorkie puppy so make sure to use lots of praise and positive reinforcement. Treat rewards are also a great way to ensure your puppy is happy during training.
Leash training and socialization are essential steps in raising a Shorkie. These dogs are naturally friendly, but they still need to be introduced to various people, places, and other pets to ensure they grow up sociable. It is best you begin socialization training as soon as your puppy arrives home. Introduce your puppy to your friends and family members gradually in a safe, low-distraction environment. This will set the stage for easier interactions in the future.
Shorkies are one of the newest designer breeds to have appeared in recent years. They are a beautiful crossbreed of a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier. Like their parents, these cute hybrids are hypoallergenic, small, and entirely delightful.
The mix is created by crossing two purebred dogs that have amazing personalities and excellent health. This is done to ensure that the new puppies inherit wonderful traits from their parents, as well as superior health. For mixed breeds like the Shorkie, great health is one of their biggest qualities. Hybrid vigor is a benefit of crossing two purebred dogs. This quality ensures that hybrids are not as likely to inherit the problems that are passed down between purebreds.
The Shorkie breed appeared between 10 and 20 years ago in the United States. The exact breeder or their place of origin is yet to be determined. There are Kennel Clubs that recognize these little hybrids, although the American Kennel Club does not yet. The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes the breed under the name Shorkie Tzu. The breed can also be registered with the Designer Canine Registry.