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Shorkie Breed Summary

Dedicated, loyal, loving, playful

Shorkies are cute new dogs who are the offspring of a Yorkie and a Shih Tzu. These dogs are one of many new designer breeds that have been becoming more and more common throughout the past few decades. They are calm and sweet dogs that are easy to care for, which makes them a good choice for people who are inexperienced and want a good family pet. Because of their small size, these dogs are also well suited to apartments and houses without big gardens. Their appearance can vary, since some characteristics may be developed from one parent and other traits will come from the other.

Lifespan 12 - 15 years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 15cm - 35cm
Weight Males and Females 3kg - 6.5kg
Coat Long and Silky
Colour Blue, Black, Red, White, Fawn, Brown
Eye colour Blue or Brown
Common health issues Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea

These sweet dogs are well suited to families that have children, single people or seniors. This breed, with its energetic and playful nature, gets along well with people of all ages. They are also a great choice for people who live in apartments or homes that don't have a garden.

This breed is loyal and dedicated to their family, as well as playful and loving. They love to spend time playing or cuddling with their loved ones. Although these dogs are small in size, they think that they are big and have the attitude of a large dog. They are too small and cute to be guard dogs, but they still make good watch dogs since they will alert you when a stranger is approaching. They love pleasing their owners but can also be stubborn and therefore, might be a challenge to train. They have short attention spans which is why it might take them a bit longer than average to learn. Training sessions should be short and sweet, with positive reinforcement. Never be harsh to a Shorkie, as they are sensitive and will shut down if they don't feel respected.

The Shorkie is just one of the many designer dog breeds that are currently being developed. While these crossbreeds are incredibly popular and sought-after, there are still very new to the world of canine breeding: apart from the occasional, unplanned mixes, these adorable doggies have been around for only a decade. The reason why breeders started crossing these two small dog breeds for the last ten years is the desire to create an intelligent, friendly and good-looking lapdog. Some might argue that we already have those, but creating new breeds such as the Shorkie is not only important for diversity, but also to allow responsible breeders to improve upon genetic issues of the breeds. By “diluting” the gene pool, they can weed out known issues and strive for desirable traits- all packed into one incredibly cute pooch.