Shorkie Tzu Dog Breed Information and Facts
The Shorkie Tzu is one of many new hybrid breeds that have been created recently in the United States. The Shorkie is a mixed breed, that comes from combining a Yorkshire Terrier with a Shih Tzu. These little dogs are affectionate, lively, and sensitive, and make terrific companions to children and seniors alike. A feisty, stubborn, and intensely loyal protector, the Shorkie is best suited for adult-only homes or those with experienced older children. This little dog will weigh between 5 to 12 pounds, will stand between 9-11” tall, and has a lifespan of between 11-16 years. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the parents. As always socialization from an early age helps tremendously.
History of the Shorkie Tzu
Originating in the United States, the Shorkie Tzu was created for two primary reasons. The first reason being to combine the two breeds that were considered most effective in certain environments and the second, was to create a small and smart dog that could easily fit into a small apartment. The oldest description of the breed was actually recorded by Willie S. Carneal, who described the Terrier-Shih-Tzu mixed breed during a lecture he gave in 1913. Although the two breeds have different characteristics, they have been successfully blended to create a beautiful and unusual dog that has many similarities to both breeds. The roots of the Tzu breed go back to the times when the Persians controlled India and Central Asia from the sixth century until the 15th century.
Description of the Shorkie Tzu
The male Shorkie Tzu, “Spike” The female Shorkie Tzu, “Pixie” Shorkie characteristics The Shorkie Tzu has a dual coat. It’s curly short undercoat grows much longer on the back and shoulders. The long straight coat on its legs and chest has a light, silky feel. This elegant pattern has been named the “Great American Shorkie” The Shorkie Tzu has a tight and compact body with long legs, a high-set tail and a snout. The chin and feet are a bit larger than those of the Yorkshire Terrier. The eyes are set back on the head and surrounded by a thin, black line. A fringe of wiry hair extends around the edges of the face. The Shorkie Tzu has a smooth coat and short legs. The head has a distinctive, wide forehead and a prominent brow ridge. It looks a bit like a Yorkie.
Personality of the Shorkie Tzu
The personality of the Shorkie Tzu may vary, depending on the characteristics of the parents and the temperament of the individual. In general, the Shorkie is friendly, affectionate, and wants to be with you all of the time. A shy dog at first, it will become more outgoing as it gains experience and confidence. They are easily trained, and enjoy being with people. However, they are stubborn and likely to have “difficult” or “bizarre” characteristics. Shorkie Tzu Breeding and the Breed While they are quite popular, the Shorkie Tzu is an unusual breed. In order to be able to make the breed viable, a minimum of six puppies from one cross must be produced. In contrast, Yorkshire Terrier crosses can produce a maximum of eight, while Shih Tzu crosses can produce up to ten.
Temperament of the Shorkie Tzu
There are many Shorkie’s that would make wonderful companion pets. They are affectionate, playful, and usually need lots of interaction and mental and physical stimulation. They tend to be fiercely independent and hard to train. They are very sensitive and easily overstimulated and this can lead to aggression when they don’t understand your need to calm down. Because of their small size they often are intimidated by larger dogs and will run and hide if they don’t know you well. If you’re an active person and need to take your Shorkie with you on outdoor trips, check with your vet about medication to reduce anxiety. Another characteristic of this breed is their intolerance to grasses and flowers.
Health Issues of the Shorkie Tzu
The Shorkie has no health problems of note, and is generally healthy. Just keep in mind that they are very prone to yeast infections, and some adult can be prone to urination issues. Puppies need to have their first vaccines between 2-4 months. If you have a Shorkie Tzu who is a younger adult and you have made a commitment to providing a loving home for the dog, it is very important to check out this list of things to take into consideration. You can get the list here: Questions About Shorkie Tzu Breed? Get our comprehensive Dog Breed Guides, Guides by Breed, Breeds by Age to find answers to your dog breed questions! Cathy Weil is a Dog Behavior Advisor. She helps people with all kinds of issues, including those involving behavior, training, and behavior modification.
Grooming Needs of the Shorkie Tzu
Grooming this small breed is not usually a problem. They are quick to groom themselves, are extremely clean, and will make the adjustment to a bath or shower with ease. The Shorkie Tzu hair will also grow quickly, and is usually outgrown quickly. An occasional trim of the coat is recommended, but the hair will grow back quickly and even more quickly than before. Keeping these puppies clean and trim will keep them looking their best and prevent itchy skin and infection.
Training Needs of the Shorkie Tzu
While it is true that a Shorkie can be trained easily, its strong ties to its family make it a less-than-desirable choice for those who are not dog owners. The Shorkie is extremely family oriented and a strong part of that family. Puppies and children should be introduced to the dog early on. They need to be educated in the ways of the dog, this can be accomplished by making a visit to a dog training center. Health Concerns of the Shorkie Tzu The primary health concern for any mixed breed dog is typically the potential for hair-related issues such as allergies and skin problems. Shorkies are often prone to skin allergies because of the appearance of their coat, however, because of their size and playfulness, they are unlikely to suffer from a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Exercise Needs of the Shorkie Tzu
Shorkies are very sociable dogs that do well with exercise and a low level of activity. While dogs like the Shorkie need some socialization and exercise, the Shorkie also need less than larger dogs. Because of their small size they have little physical activity requirements, but they do need mental stimulation. And as much exercise and mental stimulation as they can get! Some Shorkies enjoy running and hiking, and while not a very athletic dog, if they do have time for it then they will enjoy it! Health Concerns of the Shorkie Tzu Fortunately, the Shorkie is generally healthy. The biggest danger is from improperly neutered males. Neutering is the process of removing the testicles and trimming the “penis”.