Learn About the Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix aka the Shorkie-Zu

Yorkie Shih Tzu MixThe 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 tails 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.

What Is A Shorkie-Zu?

The Shorkie is a mixed designer breed that has been made by combining a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier

Both of those breeds are relatively small, so you are looking at a small dog even when they have grown up to their adult size.

The max weight this dog will typically get is 15 pounds.

You are getting the best traits out of two breeds combined into one in this cute small loveable package. 

Shorkie Infographic

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.

Yorkie Shih Tzu MixShih 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 parent’s 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.

Living Conditions

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.

Yorkie Shih Tzu MixShih Tzu Yorkshire Terrier Mix Exercise

This is a small dog and therefore needs a little exercise. 20 minutes outside per day is sufficient to keep your Shorkie healthy.

Shorkie Diet

This is again a very small designer breed dog so they won’t need very much food compared to other bigger dog breeds.

They typically will only be able to eat a cup of food a day that has been broken up into smaller meals. 

Two small meals during the day will work great for your dog. You can always add in some dog treats too!

Remember to feed your Shorkie a high protein dog food that is for small breed dogs. Try to stay away from commercial-grade food and go the more holistic route.

Life Expectancy of a Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix

The Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix can typically live around 12 to 13 years of age. 

Mixed breeds actually live longer than purebreds because they inherit some different traits that tend to keep them healthier. 

If you keep your dog on regular veterinarian visits, feed them healthy high protein food, and give them lots of love, they can possibly live much longer then the estimated time frame.

Shorkie Grooming

This dog needs maintenance to keep its coat in good condition. If it has a long coat, it needs to be brushed almost daily 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.

Shorkie Breed

Origin of the Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix

The origin of the Shorkie is going to be the same as the origin of the dog’s parents which is the Shih Tzu and the Yorkie.

Shih Tzu’s dates back to ancient China as a pet for the royal families. They made perfect lapdogs for the royals that is why they liked them so much. 

The later came to the united states and finally got accredited by the AKC in 1969.

Yorkshire Terriers are the second most popular dog breed in the whole world.  They originated in Great Britain, and people used them to chase away mice and rats in their homes.

So naturally, the Yorkie loves to please their owner and work.

Combining these two breeds together give you the Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix

What Colors Do They Come In?

There are only a few color options that your Yorkie Shih Tzu may possibly come in. They are:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Fawn
  • White/Silver
  • Blue Hues

They can also have either black or brown noses.

Shorkie Puppies

The Shorkie is a designer dog breed so people charge quite a lot of a rare dog breed that can only be made by combining the Shih Tzu and the Yorkie.

Typically these dogs can cost from $600 to $2000. Sometimes the lowest price for a dog isn’t the right way to go. 

You want to purchase a Shorkie from a reliable breeder that has made sure both parent dogs are healthy, and you are getting a healthy puppy.

Do your research, there are a lot of breeders out there, and you will find the perfect one for you and your family. 

Yorkie shih Tzu

Good for First-Time Owner? Training?

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 an excellent dog for families, but parents need to be mindful of tiny children and the Shorkie because it is a fragile dog.

They are cute tiny dogs that love to be with owner all the time. They love to play as well as work with their owner doing various things.

If you live in a small apartment or smaller home, then this dog breed will have no problem accommodating to that.

Close Relatives of The Shorkie

As you may clearly note the two biggest relatives for the Shorkie are:

What Is a Shih Tzu Yorkie Mix Called?

To say Shih Tzu Yorkie Mix all the time would be kind of long and tedious. There is a shortened name that they call this breed, it is the Shorkie.

There are a few other names like the Yorkie Tzu, but they don’t roll off the tongue as the Shorkie does.

Are Shorkies Hypoallergenic?

Both the Yorkie and the Shih Tzu shed minimal amounts hardly at all actually. Shorkies don’t shed hardly ever, so they are considered to be hypoallergenic friendly.

They do still loose dirt and dander around your house. Some people with allergies are allergic to the dander too.

So in the sense with dog hair allergies, they are hypoallergenic but not with the dander.



15 thoughts on “Learn About the Yorkie Shih Tzu Mix aka the Shorkie-Zu”

  1. Aww Chloe is my Shorkie mix. She is pretty amazing. Warning: Disqus buddy asked me for this so will be lenthy. Potty Training was so easy it was scary. She sat on command by day 5 and all other command training was just as easy. Loves treats and praises..kisses and baby talk. Very loyal and will greet at the door super excited whether after long day apart or if you just took out the trash. The only thing I was worried about was the fact that they do not eat or drink a lot at all after initial puppy stage, so using the potty seemed abnormally minimal. Also very minimal exercise…she gets short bursts of rampant running energy and she is over it. Do not be alarmed. Vet said normal for them. Loves loves to play and finds more joy in her toys unstuffed, although a true sock and undie bandit..beware! Needs constant affection cuddling and would prefer to share a bed. She DOES NOT like to be alone but doesn’t tear anything up as the result, just gets sad when owner leaves overnight. Please Non smokers only as shih tzus have distressed respiratory systems anyway (friend dog sat and she dry coughed and sneezed the rest of the day). They do tend to be hyperglycemic. She gets sick if she doesn’t eat. Not intimidated by large dogs. Her playmates are rottweilers and pit bulls. Also they are not a fan of using the potty in a area other dogs have been or snow. She will literally refuse at first. Despises baths and must brush every fews days or will become matted. Eye drainage daily must be wiped as they are prone to eye diseases. They must have a pillow or bed, but rather have a pillow with my scent than her bed and sleeps on back paws up 99% of the time. Rarely sleeps belly down on floor only when hot. Superb companions and pretty funny..not yappy..will ONLY bark at unfamiliars coming in the house or at night letting me know someone is about to walk by. She is full grown at 8lbs.Again sorry so long this was asked of me by a person considering adding to their fam!

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    • Strange question, but does she lick? I just lost my doggie and she loved to lick. I don’t mind it at all, as strange as that sounds! I am looking into getting a Shorkie myself.

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      • I had problems with my Shorkie too! I found kennel-training worked. At first I was really against the idea because she’s so attached to me but 6 weeks of kennel training and she got it! And now she doesn’t need it and we haven’t had an accident in over a year!!
        The trick is that for 6 weeks she can ONLY be 1) in the kennel 2) in your direct supervision (for me this includes the bed because she sleeps in my bed…cant help it!) or 3) outside.
        Put her on a super regular schedule, feeding the same time every day and let her out the same times every day! Hope this helps!

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  2. My shorkie’s name is Lexi, and she has just turned 3 years old. She is such a joy to have around, and a perfect dog.

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  3. We have two Yorky Shi mixes. I think they are best in pairs. When Brutus was first home he had separation anxiety as we both worked. Well, we bought Ellie Mae and it all stopped. they are great for each other and are just wonderful pets. They are both 13 years old and our groomer believes they are puppies at heart.
    Great little doggies.
    We love them forever.

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  4. Our Shorkie’s name is Raven. We are new parents. She is 18 months old. We had a difficult time training her but now we take her for two short walks a day, she poops and pees on those walks and she lets us know in between times when she needs to outside to pee. She is very stubborn and doesn’t listen very well when we ask her to come. She likes to tease us , she runs in circles and away from us play catch me is you can !. We love hear dearly and wouldn’t trade her for any amount of money. We are considering getting her a playmate in the spring.

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