Shorkie Tzu

About the Breed

The Shorkie Tzu is a hybrid breed made up of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Shih Tzu. This adorable mix combines the best of both breeds and is becoming increasingly popular for its charming looks and sweet temperaments. Temperament The Shorkie Tzu has an affectionate personality, making them great family pets. They are usually playful and full of energy, but also love to cuddle up on the sofa for snuggles when its time to rest. They are confident little dogs that get along well with children, other pets, and strangers alike. Ideal Owners The Shorkie Tzu is an ideal choice for first-time dog owners or those who live in smaller homes or apartments since they dont need too much exercise or space. Although theyre relatively low maintenance, these dogs still require plenty of attention and love from their owners in order to stay happy and healthy. History The exact origin of the Shorkie Tzu is unknown; however, its believed that the breed was developed sometime in the 1990s by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier with a Shih Tzu. The resulting dog was intended to be an ideal companion pet - small enough to make an excellent lapdog but still possessing some of the spunkiness of its terrier parent. Over time, this endearing combination has become increasingly popular among pet owners looking for an affectionate companion animal with a lot of personality packed into one small package. Healthy Weight A healthy weight for a fully grown adult Shorkie Tzu should be between 6-12 lbs (2-5kg). Its important to keep their weight within this range as obesity can cause many health issues in small breeds like this one. Regular exercise should be part of their daily routine; however, it shouldnt be too strenuous since these dogs are prone to joint problems due to their short legs and long backs. Important Health Checks Regular visits to the veterinarian are recommended in order to check for any potential ailments such as heart murmurs or eye problems that could arise over time due to their genetic makeup from both parent breeds as well as age related issues that may occur due to advanced years or lack of proper care in younger animals. Vaccinations should also be kept up-to-date as per your vet's recommendation so that your pet remains protected from common canine illnesses such as distemper or parvovirus which can prove deadly if not treated promptly. Additionally, dental health should always be monitored since small breeds like these often suffer from tooth decay which can lead not only affect oral health but overall physical wellness if left untreated. The Shorkie Tzu is an adorable crossbreed that has become increasingly popular over recent years thanks to its sweet temperament and loving nature towards its human family members. Not only do they make excellent companions, but they don't require too much space or exercise either making them great choices for those living in smaller dwellings. However, it's important to remember that regular visits with your veterinarian should always form part of their healthcare regime so any potential health issues can be identified early on before they become serious problems.

Healthy weight:

4.5-9.5 kg (10-21 lbs)

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Black
  • White
  • Tan
  • Golden
  • Silver
  • Apricot
  • Red
  • Parti-colored

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Dedicated
  • Responsible
  • Compassionate
  • Consistent
  • Active
  • Playful

Health Considerations

  • Allergies
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Eye problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

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