The Yorkie Shih Tzu mix is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Shih Tzu. These loving and loyal dogs make the perfect companion dog. Due to their small size they are considered to be ‘toy’ dogs. Most Shorkie-zu dogs take after the Terrier side and resemble it in looks. It has a medium length coat and floppy ears. These small dogs have short bodies and a curled up tail just like its Terrier roots. Shorkie-zus can be found in a variety of colors but as they grow older their color changes. Shorkies come in red, black, gold, chocolate, white or black with a tan saddle. This dog’s hair is typically shiner than other breeds and it is also a non-shedder, perfect for allergy sufferers.
The Yorkshire terrier Shih Tzu mix temperament:
This dog has a sweet nature and it is usually very playful. Socializing these dogs is very important. While the Shorkie gets along with children and other animals, it is best to socialize them to ensure there are no problems as sometimes this dog can be too playful. This intelligent dog is easy to train and is eager to please its owners. The Shorkie is best known for its affectionate nature and it loves just spending time with the family as it craves the companionship of humans. This dog adapts well and does not make a lot of noise. It is well-behaved and can even be taken on vacation due to its calm nature. It also has a tendency of being stubborn at times; however, it responds well to praise, love and treats.
Shih Tzu Yorkie mix size:
This is a very small dog and usually is no taller than 11 inches (27cm) and weighs between 6-14lbs (2.5-6kg). Because of its small size it needs to be cared for properly and parents need to be mindful of child and dog play as the dog can get easily injured.
Shorkie health problems:
The Shorkie is generally a healthy dog due to its cross breeding, however, it has been known to inherit some of its parents’ health conditions. Some health problems that a Shorkie could suffer from are: hip dysplasia, thyroid and eye problems. Parentage needs to be investigated to check whether these issues are present in the dog’s parents. If looked after well this dog enjoys a long life and can live to be between 14-19 years.
This dog can be kept in an apartment but needs human contact all the time as it tends to get easily attached to its owners. The Shorkie is sensitive to adverse weather conditions and if you live in a hot climate, it is advised to keep its hair short and if you live in a freezing cold environment, a special sweater needs to be purchased and worn by the dog when it’s outside.
This dog needs maintenance in order to keep its coat in good condition. If it has a long coat, it needs to be brushed almost on a daily basis to keep its hair from tangling. To reduce the maintenance of hair brushing, it is also advisable to have your dog’s hair trimmed or clipped. If you do have its hair cut, this will need to take place every 8 weeks or so.
This is a great first dog and because it does not require a lot of exercise it is perfect for older people looking for a companion. It is also a great dog for families but parents need to be mindful of very small children and the Shorkie because it is a fragile dog.