The Pomeranian Shih Tzu mixed breed dog is more commonly known as the Shiranian. Other recognized names for this dog include the Shih-Pom, Shih A Pom and the Pom-Tzu. This designer dog has grown to become a popular choice of pet over the last few years because of both its stature and personality. Shiranians’ coats vary depending on how much content of its parents it has. This dog’s double coat is usually long and flowing like that of the Shih-Tzu. Its coat is usually straight but in some cases it can be slightly curly. Its coat comes in a variety of colors and can either be a solid color or multi-colored. Some typical colors of a Shiranian include: red, black, orange, gold, chocolate, brindle and sable. This small toy dog is surprisingly energetic for its size and people can’t help but fall in love with its playful nature.
This is a clever little dog learns quickly and can understand commands and complete tasks and tricks with ease. The Shiranian is an affectionate dog that likes nothing more than being close to its owners. It has the tendency to grow over-attached to its family and if separated for too long it can suffer from anxiety and depression therefore it requires human companionship constantly. These dogs are outgoing and warm to most people which is why they do not make good watchdogs as they are more likely to start licking a stranger rather than bark at it.
This dog is eager to learn and will often go above and beyond to please its family. It also has a jealous streak and if it feels that something or someone is receiving more attention than it, they will begin to play up until they too have the same or more attention.
If socialized well this dog gets along with other animals especially if it was introduced early on.
Shiranian health problems:
Generally the Shiranian does not have as many health problems as its full-bred parents have. Both their parents are susceptible to hip dysplasia so there is the possibility that the puppy may inherit it too, however, the chances are significantly lower.
Respiration of this dog also needs to be monitored as both the Pomeranian and Shih Tzu are known to suffer from breathing problems. Their breathing problems are most likely due to the small stature of the dog and the significantly smaller nasal passages compared to other dogs.
When this dog suffers from depression when left alone which can in turn can exasperate other health problems.
The Shiranian should live indoors as it is a small dog and suffers from the extreme temperatures.
These small dogs do need a little bit of exercise everyday and the walks should be short as too much exercise is too tiring for these dogs and they many not be able to deal with it.
Pomeranian Shih Tzu grooming:
These dogs have long coats that can get easily tangled if not combed on a daily basis. Also, care needs to be taken when washing and drying these dogs and they should be towel dried instead of blow dried because their skin is very sensitive.
These are small dogs that like to play and sometimes it is not ideal to have small children play with them too much as its possible the dog can become injured.