Shorkies are considered a designer breed. They are a mix of a Shih Tzu and Yorkshire terrier. The American Canine Hybrid Club recognizes the shorkie as an official hybrid designer dog.
An adult shorkie weighs an average of seven to 12 pounds. Their height reaches only five to nine inches, thus categorizing them as a toy breed. Coat colors can be tan, reddish-brown and even black with a little white mixed in. The coat tends to lighten as the dog ages.
Shorkie puppies are considered nonshedding, hypoallergenic dogs. Their coats need to be groomed daily if their hair is allowed to grow out. A "puppy cut" trims the hair to a shorter length, giving the dog a cute, youthful look. This cut can be maintained by trims every six to eight weeks.
Mixed-breed dogs usually balance the temperaments of their parents' breeds. The shorkie is a playful, non-aggressive dog. It's not considered a high-strung, barking breed. It prefers to be curled up in someone's lap.
Exercise and Training
Their small size allows shorkies to get adequate exercise by running around the house. Consistency is the key to training a shorkie puppy. House training, with a schedule of going outside every two or three hours, helps set a routine.
Shorkies live an average of 14 to 19 years. Some adult onset diseases that affect this breed are kidney and thyroid problems, hip dysplasia and hypoglycemia. Regular vet care and a healthy diet keep shorkies healthy.
Shorkie puppies should not have a thin coat. Balding coats can signify either poor breeding or an underlying heath concern. Well-bred shorkies usually have Shih Tzu mothers and Yorkie fathers.