A Shih Tzu Yorkie mix is the result of a Yorkshire terrier parent and a Shih Tzu parent. In fact, there’s quite a few different names for this particular breed, including the Yorkie Tzu and the Shorkie Tzu. Breeders will either cross a purebred to a mixed breed or cross two pure bred dogs. Chances are that you won’t be familiar with the parent dogs when you’re buying your designer pet, so there’s no way to tell whether it’s a first generation mix or one of a few other combinations.
Puppies in a hybrid litter will have quite a few differences between them. Some will adopt the temperamental features of one parent, while another will adopt the physical characteristics of the other parent, and some will be similar to both parents. A full grown Shih Tzu Yorkie mix will weigh between 7-15 pounds and have a lifespan of about 15 years.
A Shih Tzu Yorkie mix that’s for sale can vary quite significantly in its colors. Some will feature colors that you’d see in a Shih Tzu breed, while others will have colors that have more resemblance to a Yorkshire terrier. Shorkie puppies can be really colorful, which is largely down to how Shih Tzu dogs can be such a wide range of colors, including brown, black, silver, red, gold, white and any combination of these. They’re certainly one of the more interesting breeds, aesthetically and characteristically speaking.
You’ll hear these puppies being referred to mainly as designer dogs, but also mixed breeds and hybrids.
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Both breeds are famous for their affectionate, loving, playful and loyal character. Yorkies weren’t originally bred to be companion dogs, but rather to be ratters so they’d have an interest in small creatures. However, this tendency is the least pronounced in Yorkies out of the majority of dogs in the sporting group. Shih Tzu’s have long been bred to be companion dogs and it’s really not hard to see why once you’ve been around one for a few minutes. Being close to people and being gentle is in the nature of both of these dogs, and they’re particularly intelligent, meaning they’re good for training. While there’s sometimes an issue of housebreaking, more often than not they’ll quickly overcome the problem with a little training.
With regards to exercise, the Shih Tzu – Yorkie hybrids are only going to need around about the same amount that was needed by their Yorkie and Shih Tzu parents, which means that it’s really little and definitely won’t be a strenuous task. In fact, they’ll get pretty much all the exercise they need by just pondering about with you in the house. A short outdoor run’s preferred by some, but most are more than happy with a brief daily walk. It’s not too uncommon for some to randomly have a spurt of energy, in which case they’ll sprint around crazily for a minute outside. A Shih Tzu Yorkie mix doesn’t have the incredibly short nose that you’ll see on Shih Tzu’s, so they aren’t generally thought of as a short-headed dog. Despite their low requirement for exercise, Shorkies are somewhat more tolerant of exercise than some Shih Tzu, so they’re also suitable for quite active families.
Yorkies are rather vocal. Most other toy breed dogs are very yappy, but Shih Tzu dogs generally aren’t. They’ll make a point to bark when somebody’s arrived at the door, so they’re actually quite suitable as a watch dog. A shorkie’s going to adopt the characteristics of either one of their parents, so there’s room for some variability here.
Grooming your Shih Tzu Yorkie mix
It’s important to keep a shorkie’s coat mat free by carrying out daily brushing. If this is something that you can’t do, a thorough brush every other day will generally suffice. A bath’s a good idea every couple of weeks, but that’s not much of a hassle. You’ll find that most owners wipe their dog’s face every day to clean off any debris or tear stains. If you’d like to keep your Shih Tzu Yorkie mix looking as good as they possibly can, a trip to the groomers around every 7 weeks is perfectly alright. When you get that done, it could also be worthwhile to get their ears cleaned, hair removed from foot pads and nails clipped.