All About the Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix

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 become a popular choice of pet over the last few years because of its stature and personality. This small toy dog is surprisingly energetic for its size, and people can’t help but fall in love with its playful nature.

In this article, you will find information about how to care for the Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix. I will also share with you the type of living conditions this dog requires, as well as feeding and exercise requirements.

What is a Shiranian?

The Shiranian, also known as a shi-pom or pomtzu, is a hybrid designer breed that has been crossbred from a Pomeranian and a Shih Tzu. Both of the parent breeds are purebreds and part of the toy group. 

People love this hybrid breed because of how small and cute the dogs come out to be. They are very friendly, playful, and intelligent little dogs. 

Since they are a mix of two breeds, they can look rather different based on what genetics they receive from each parent. Therefore, you will not find a bunch of Shiranians looking completely like each other.

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix History

The origin of the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix is the same as your dog’s parent’s origin from the Pomeranian and Shih Tzu. When it comes to mixed breed dogs, there isn’t a lot of information on when they first get developed. To learn more about this mixed breed, you first need to learn about the parents that make up this breed.


The Pomeranian is actually a descendant of a large spitz dog. This breed originated in an area called Pomerania, hence the name. They were later brought to Europe and bred down to the smaller size that we know today. Pomeranians were originally around 30 pounds until they were bred down.

This is what turned the breed around to become a lap dog and not a working dog anymore. They eventually got brought over to the United States and joined the AKC in 1888.

Today the Pomeranian is still a very popular dog breed in the United States. This breed is also used to make other designer mixed breed dogs.

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu’s have been known all the way back to ancient Chinese civilizations. This is one of the oldest dog breeds on the planet. They lived with only the royals back then. They were later brought to Europe in the 1930s.

The only true way that you could get a Shih Tzu is if it was gifted to you. When it was gifted, the breed eventually made its way around the world. The breed has been more refined and later came to the United States. The Shih Tzu was registered with the AKC in 1969!

Today the Shih Tzu is an extremely popular dog breed. Some dog owners like to take their dogs to competitions. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to what you can do with your Shih Tzu.

Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Appearance

As you may already know, the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix is a small dog breed only weighing four to fifteen pounds in weight. This mix will be great for someone who has a condo or even an apartment.

This breed does have a double coat, and you can choose to keep your dog’s coat long or short. The coat can also take on a straight look or be slightly curly. The coat of your Shih-Pom can also come in various colors, which you will see below.

Shiranian Coat

Shiranians’ coats vary depending on the blending of their parent’s genes and their coat. 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.

Shiranian Puppy

What Colors Do They Come In?

There are so many possibilities of colors when it comes to a Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix. Here are a few examples of color options your Shiranian might have:

  • Black
  • Tan
  • White
  • Gold
  • Brindle
  • Silver
  • Red
  • Orange hues

Shiranian Temperament

This is a clever little dog who learns quickly and can easily understand commands and complete tasks and tricks. This dog is eager to learn and often goes above and beyond to please its family. Unfortunately, it also has a jealous streak, and if it feels that something or someone is receiving more attention than it, it 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.

The Shiranian is an affectionate dog that likes nothing more than being close to its owners. Unfortunately, it tends to grow over-attached to its family, and if separated for too long, it can suffer from anxiety and depression; therefore, it constantly requires human companionship.

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.

Shiranian Size

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix

These dogs are small, and they are generally 7-12 inches (17.7-30.4cm) in height and weigh approximately 4-15lbs (1.8-6.8kg) when a full adult.

Depending on what parent your dog favors more will ultimately affect the size they will be. For example, they may be a few pounds bigger if they favor the Shih Tzu. On the other hand, suppose your dog favors the Pomeranian parent more, then they will stay slightly smaller.

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix Health Problems

Generally, the Shiranian does not have as many health problems as its full-bred parents have. When purebred dogs breed, they can have health issues, but when two different purebred breeds mix, they help breed out some of those inherited health conditions.

Hip Dysplasia – 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. This is when the hip bone and leg do not it together perfectly in the socket. This can cause a lot of pain for your dog.

Cataracts – Another issue to watch out for is eye issues such as cataracts. This is a serious eye condition that can actually make your dog go blind. Again, your veterinarian can help manage your dog’s condition.

Allergies – Some dogs can suffer from allergies. This can be from food or even environmental factors. It is important to keep aware if your dog becomes allergic to something. Look for common symptoms, and if you need to switch to sensitive products for your dog, then you should.

Respiration Issues – The 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.

Separation Anxiety – This dog mix can suffer from depression when left alone, which can, in turn, exasperate other health problems.

Life Expectancy of a Shiranian

This mix has genetics from two different dog breeds, so you can’t exactly pinpoint a life expectancy for this hybrid breed. However, the Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix does have a life expectancy of around 12 to 16 years.

This is a good ballpark range for this type of dog. They can live longer or shorter, but it all depends on how happy and healthy you keep your dog.

Living Conditions

This is a very lovable small designer dog breed! They stay quite small and are suitable to live in apartments and smaller homes. However, the Shiranian should live indoors as it is a small dog and suffers from extreme temperatures such as extreme cold and heat.

This breed can suffer from separation anxiety, so keep that in mind if you are someone who can’t be with your dog all the time. Shiranian’s love to play with toys, and if they don’t have a chew toy, be aware they may find some shoes to chew on.

These are small dogs that like to play, and sometimes it is not ideal to have small children play with them too much as it’s possible the dog can become injured.

Shiranian Exercise

These small dogs do need a little bit of exercise every day, and the walks should be short as too much exercise is too tiring for these dogs, and they may not be able to deal with it.

This hybrid breed really only needs about thirty minutes of exercise a day. They even spend less time exercising if they just don’t feel like it. You can easily take your dog on a quick walk or let them play outside in a fenced area.

When the Shiranian is done exercising, you can expect your dog to lounge around with you. Your dog will be active but also know when it is time to lay down and take a nap. This will be a great balance for seniors or even as a family companion.

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix


It’s always best to give your dog a dog food that is of higher quality than commercial-grade dog foods. Try to find a dog food that will give your dog a good source of meat protein from either beef, chicken, lamb, or fish.

The Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix needs about a cup of dry food a day split into smaller meals. So even if you purchase a high-quality brand of small breed dog food, you only look at an estimated cost of around $1.00 daily.

You can get your dog a food made specifically for small breed dogs. You can choose to feed your dog a combination of wet and dry food or one of them by itself. Some dog owners even make their own homemade dog food.

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-drying because their skin is very sensitive.

Since their skin is so sensitive, be aware after you bathe them for any redness or irritation that your dog may have. If this happens, perhaps try using a different shampoo. Also, remember that this breed of dog gets very watery eyes. So you may have to wipe the tear staining that falls from their eyes.

This breed doesn’t really shed, so you won’t have to worry about hair all around your house. The shedding that does happen will be minimal, and if you have a consistent grooming routine by brushing your dog regularly, you can get rid of some of that shedding.

Shiranian Training

All dogs need training, and your Shiranian will benefit from training as early as possible. If you start training your dog when they are a puppy, it will make training easier. However, this breed can be stubborn, so if your dog is an older adult, it may not take to a liking or training.

When training, always start out with the basics. Some examples of basic training skills would be potty training, obedience, and simple commands. When training, it is important to stay as consistent as possible. Treats usually entice dogs, and that is a great way to motivate your dog during training. Positive reinforcement is also very important when training your Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix.

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix Puppy

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Puppies

This hybrid breed can sometimes be difficult to find and purchase. Do your research, and surely you will find an adequate breeder that will give you a happy and healthy Shiranian. Avoid puppy mills and pet stores because you don’t know their breeding practices. Meeting a reputable breeder in person can make you feel a lot better about getting the dog from that person.

This hybrid breed can range from $300 to $1300. The cost of getting a puppy from a reliable breeder can be more. Always do your research and see if the puppy you are purchasing comes with:

  • Shot Records
  • Food
  • Toys
  • Neutering
  • License

Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix Litter Size

Litter size is another difficult thing to determine because you never know how many puppies a mixed breed can have. For example, Pomeranians can have between 1 and 3 puppies in a litter, and Shih Tzus can have between 3 and 4 puppies in a litter.

Now that we have this information, you can expect your Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix to have between 1 and 4 puppies in a litter.

Shiranian Mix Breed

Key Takeaways

In this section, I like to give a brief overview of my article and key important things about the Shih A Pom mixed breed.

  • The Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix combines two very popular dog breeds. This mix is sometimes called the Shiranian or the Shih-Pom.
  • This incredibly cute small dog breed can weigh less than 15 pounds.
  • This is a very friendly dog breed that would make a very great family companion. Shih-Poms can have separation anxiety, so your dog will like that better if you work from home or stay home a lot.
  • There are some health issues that you will want to beware of. Always take your dog to regular checkups to ensure your dog isn’t developing any health issues.
  • Exercise your Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix daily, but this mix will not need more than 30 to 45 minutes of exercise each day.
  • Separate your dog’s meals into smaller meals eat day. For example, your dog needs one cup of food per day, so you can separate that into breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Grooming won’t be very time consuming if you are consistent with it. Brushing your dog’s hair is one of the most important things because it helps detangle your dog’s hair and removes shedding hair.
  • Purchase your Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix from a reputable breeder that can show you pictures of the puppy and parents, as well as one that can provide you with a healthy puppy.


Here you will find some very common questions that people have about the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix.

Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Puppy
How Much is a Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix?

A Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix can cost you anywhere between $300 and $1,300. This will all depend on the type of breeder you purchase your puppy from.

See if the breeder has gone through and gotten the puppy its first shots, food, licenses, neutered, etc. See if that is what is reflecting the cost of your puppy.

You can find these puppies from outside breeders who don’t do it professionally, so they may sell the dog cheaper.

Does a Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Shed?

This breed can shed from time to time but not very much. This hybrid breed is nothing like other breeds that shed constantly. They will still need to be brushed because they have long hair that will tangle easily. As you brush your dog, you can eliminate any shedding around your home.

Frequent brushing keeps your dog looking good; just make sure to be aware of any skin irritation your dog may have and to stop brushing for a while if this is noticed.

Are Shiranian Dogs Hypoallergenic?

Yes, The Pomeranian Shih Tzu mixed, also known as the Shiranian, is hypoallergenic. They don’t typically shed, so this makes them more appealing to people who suffer from dog hair allergies.

Another way to keep your dog from shedding even more is by frequently brushing your dog. You can do this outside that way; the dog’s hair doesn’t go around your house and make you allergic.

How Big is a Shiranian?

The shiranian is a small breed dog, and its weight and height will vary based on the parents who were bred together. Generally, this mix will weigh between 4 to 15 pounds and span 7 to 12 inches in height.

Close Relatives of The Shranian

There are a few breeds that represent or are closely similar to the Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix, they are:

30 thoughts on “All About the Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix”

  1. I have this dog…11 months old and can’t decide whether to have coat cut for summer? I’ve read that POM coats may not come back in correctly; however, the shihtzu coats do seem to do well with cutting. (I have a shihtzu as well) Any ideas?

    • My Pomeranian/ shih tzu does great with summer hair cuts, his fur grows quickly! It is wise to cut their hair for summer as they don’t do well in hot weather or cold weather either.

    • I have a 9 y/o shiranian(dad)/chihuahua(mom) mix. We lived in Florida the first 7 yrs of his life. His hair was long like a shih tzu’s,
      but puffy like a pom’s. I kept in long during fall, winter & spring, but for summer he was cut cuz he overheated easily. He’d get a close, but not shaved, haircut and it’d be the only short cut he’d get. His hair always grows out throughout the rest of the year.

      I highly suggest you get your dog trimmed if he gets too hot in the warmer weather as my lil guy does. Good luck!

  2. My Pomeranian shih tzu is exactly as you described, very attached to family, but did well with other relatives when we went on vacation. Licks everybody and gets jealous when we pet the cat. Playful however very very fragile. He has gone to the vet many times as he is allergic to just about everything and has had his share of skin infections despite our bathing and grooming efforts. His teeth aren’t in the greatest shape, and he was playing one day and tripped and fractured his spine. Despite all of that, he is the greatest, most loyal and loving Dog, and we are blessed to have him in our family. I recommend this dog for families without young children, or older couples as this dog loves to cuddle and they not only receive love but give it ten fold in return.

  3. We just got a Shih tzu pomeranian mix and I had no clue the name for the mixture. This site was very helpful and extremely accurate I thank you so much for everything that I’ve read very informative. Thank you so much the Martin’s.

  4. I received a puppy recently from a friend who was no longer able to take care of her. i noticed that the Molly (the puppy ) was loosing her hair around her mid section. What could be causing this?

  5. We have a wonderful pomshih Coco who is almost 6 months old and she just keeps growing!!! We were told she would max at 8 pounds and she is currently 14 pounds! When will it stop? Did they lie to us? Parents were 6 & 8 pounds…purebred shih tzu and Pomeranian.

    • Hi, my Shiranian, Dallas, is 4 years old and is about 16,5 pounds. He is not over weight according to how he looks, he feels a bit skinny. I wonderd if the people I bought him from lied about the breed because of his weight too, but I think this is perfectly normal for this breed 🙂

    • Hello, my shitzu-pomeranian mix, Chestnut is 3 years old and is about 20lbs. I got him as a puppy and didn’t expected him to be so big either…its funny when I look back at his puppy picture he doesn’t look the same anymore…but he’s been a blessing to me…such a wonderful dog.

  6. I am looking into getting a shih tzu, pomeranian, japanese chin mix.
    I wanted a pure shih tzu due to its love and care and less barking. Would this mix be barking because of ir being mixed with pomeranian?

  7. have a male pom/shit mix 5 months old love him dearly. His “sister” is maltese female and shes 6 but “tolerates” gizzy{looks like gremlin}. Should i clip his nails? The nails arent like maltese nails they are more like hooks.

    • Yes! Trim his nails. If you can hear them clicking on the floor, they’re too long. If left untrimmed they could curl back around and grow into the dog’s pad or make the dog’s toes become disfigured because the nail is pushing the toes to the side. Only trim a little bit off, wait a week and trim again. The quick will recede faster than the nail grows so you can trim it a little every week until you no longer hear it. If you accidentally do hit the quick, pack the nail with corn starch and it will stop bleeding. (They can bleed a lot, don’t be alarmed.) If you are too afraid to do it, bring him to a vet or groomer.

      • When I cut my dogs nails and made it bleed the vet told me to stick a ice cube on the end of it that stop bleeding

  8. My Shiranian puppy is 8 1/2 weeks old. We have had him for a week. He runs arund like crazy, bites, nibbles, barks, and doesn’t listen. Is that a common thing? Will he calm down? I am a first time dog owner, any advice would be much appreciated.

    – Thanks!

    • Your dog should calm down fairly soon, if you make sure he/she gets enough time with you and his/her needs( food, water, outside/ playing time & potty breaks) are met. These dogs generally calm down before Age 1.

  9. I have an 8 month old Shi-Pom and she is already about 14 pounds. She has very long legs and does not sit “low to the ground. I have had her since she was 2 months old and she was wee-wee pad trained and she goes on it and has never had an accident. The posters are right about this breed needing a lot of attention and if she does not get it she gets very “pesty”. I love her to death but and I would do nothing to change her.

  10. I just brought a shiranian who is 6 months he used to be with his mom and other dog now he is with me and he follow me everywhere but also cry a lot when that is going to stop can I buy something so he can stop his anxiety

  11. Can someone please suggest how much food the Shiranian should eat when it is 8 weeks old? Also, what is a recommended puppy food for this little guy?

  12. My wife rescued our Shiranian about four months ago. Gatsby is a beautiful dog, inside and out. We are experienced dog humans so Gatsby isn’t as challenging for us as he might be for others, especially first time dog humans. We have a grown, blind son, multiple handicapped, and our extremely intelligent miracle worker, Gatsby, sits and observes him at every opportunity. Gatsby will bring his favorite toy and lay it beside our son, while never getting too close for our son’s comfort. Gatsby knows that our son won’t respond, but Gatsby never stops trying. Gatsby demands cuddle time which is fine by us 🙂 I walk in the house after a long day at work and I’m immediately met at the door by Gatsby. He demands to be picked up, hugged, and offers many kisses in return. We have never had such a loving, upbeat, happy dog in our many years of enjoying dogs 🙂

  13. I want to get a pom shih mix..never had a dog before but I know I want a small dog. I live in n ga..any recommendations on where I can get one and cost?

    • I wish we lived closer I live in pennsylvania and have 3 10 week old pups for sale at the moment. if you look up the breed online there are many for sale you just need to find one in your area unless you are willing to travel

  14. We have an 8 week old female Shiranian named Sakura. She currently weighs 2 lbs 1 oz. she is an absolute doll! She prances when she walks, and hops when she runs. She is teething – he favorite chew toys are our fingers & toes. She plays well with our younger cats, our older cats tolerate her. Puppy pad training has been a little rough but she does great in her crate – can’t leave her out while we are gone because sometimes her and the younger cats play too rough, they require supervision, plus her small size is a factor. She was from an oops pregnancy but we are thrilled to have her join our family.

  15. We are looking for another Shiranian puppy as we just lost of 16+ year old one. He was by far the best dog, best breed we have ever had. He wasn’t “barky” or “lickie”. Boomer loved everyone and everyone loved him. He looked like a gremlin! Full grown he was 11-12 pounds even though some of his “cousins” (dogs from the same 2 parents) only grew to 5 pounds. I guess you never know exactly how they will look as adults. He was a breeze to potty train. He NEVER went on the carpet. If by some chance he couldn’t hold it until we came home from work, he would go to a hard surface (Vinyl, stone, hardwood) and go there so it was easy to clean up!

  16. We a year old puppy, name Squeaky Pom-Tzu mix!! Very
    Hyper and very smart was the runt of the litter now weighs 11 lb!

  17. I have a 7 month male shihpom Jasper is a complete joy. Playful loving potty trained. Lo v especially to meet everyone. lately he has begun to snap and bite. Mostly at me. He is completely devoted to my husband. Any advice to stop the biting would be appreciated.

  18. We have just purchased a Shiranian puppy and I can not believe how smart she is. She is 16 weeks today and she can sit, lie down, ring the bells hanging on the door to tell us she wants out and can fetch a ball and bring it back. We have been told that the mother was 10 pounds and the father 8. Our vet was surprised that at 7 weeks she was sleeping through the night. Thank you so much for having a site like this. It made my purchasing a puppy much easier.


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