Average Height: 6 – 12 in
Average Weight: 7 – 12 lbs
Average Life Span: 12 – 15 yrs
Coloring: Single, bi- and tri-colored; red, tan, apricot, white, sable, black
Area of Origin: United States
Similar Breeds: Shih Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Shih Poo, Yorki Poo; any small mix breed dog with either the Shih Tzu or the Yorkshire Terrier
History and Origin:
Developed in the United States as part of the “designer dog” breed popularity, the Shorkie is a mix between the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier. Bred to be an ultimate companion dog with a hypoallergenic coat, the Shorkie is gaining in popularity as one of the most sought-after designer dog breeds. As a mix breed, the Shorkie is not accepted into major kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club or the United Kennel Club, but can be registered with specialty hybrid breed clubs such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.
Personality and Temperament:
Tiny without knowing it, the Shorkie is a self-confident, intelligent, and peppy little dog. It can be a fantastic companion, suitable for older children and the elderly, however its Terrier blood makes it sometimes difficult to keep still. As a small breed, the Shorkie can develop Small Dog Syndrome if it senses that its owner is not in control, and can become extremely bossy if this behavior is allowed to persist. It can suffer from separation anxiety if not socialized properly, which can lead to behavior problems. The Shorkie has a tendency to be a yappy breed, and will alert its owner to the smallest of disturbances. It is typically friendly with all dogs and people it meets, however it can be aggressive toward cats. Nevertheless, the Shorkie is generally a playful dog with plenty of energy, and will happily curl up on its owner’s lap after a brisk walk or play time. This delightful little dog is suitable for the nervous or first-time dog owner who recognizes the Shorkie’s quirky nature.
Exercise & Training:
While its small size may be deceptive, the Shorkie is an extremely high-energy dog that needs daily walks to help keep it happy and healthy. It loves to play, and will gladly play all afternoon if given the chance. Due to its small size, and providing it receives adequate exercise, the Shorkie can live quite happily in an apartment or small home, however its tendency to bark excessively must be attended to during training as a puppy. It is intelligent, and will learn quickly, however its stubbornness inherited from the Yorkshire Terrier may make it challenging for a first-time dog owner to train.
The Shorkie typically has a long, silky coat that many owners choose to keep clipped short. Professional grooming three or four times a year will help maintain a shorter coat. If kept long, the Shorkie’s coat will need daily brushing to help prevent matting and to remove dead hair (as the Shorkie is generally a low shedding breed, removing hair with brushings is essential). Bathe only when necessary to avoid drying out the skin.
The Shorkie shares qualities with its parent breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier. As such, it is similar to other Shih Tzu or Yorkshire Terrier mixes, such as the Yorkipoo, Shichon or the Shih Poo.
Interesting Fact about the Shorkie:
Commonly known to be one of the “Velcro dog” breeds due to its attachment to its owner; the Shorkie will follow its owner everywhere he or she goes, if given the opportunity.