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Shorkie Breed Information

Shorkies are spunky little fluffs that can swim in a bowl, sleep in a cup, and fit in a purse with plenty of room to spare. These pups are known for their affectionate nature, loyalty, and fearless personalities. They love to love and protect their favorite humans, they thrive on attention, and they have no real concept of their non-ferocious looks and size. In their minds, Shorkies see themselves as alligator-looking dogs, and although that is far from their actual appearance, they do have the big personalities to match the courageous beasts they envision to be. These little pups are spirited, friendly, loving, and very intelligent. They have a knack for mischief, a dash of stubbornness, and a whole lot of love to give.  The dream dog Shorkie is a designer mixed breed, a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier.  

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Shih Tzu crossed with a Yorkshire Terrier ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Energetic, Friendly, Loving, Sweet ADULT WEIGHT 6-14 in ADULT HEIGHT 4-10 lbs LIFE SPAN 13-16 yrs

Shorkie Characteristics

  • The Shorkie is also known as the Shorkie Tzu and the Yorkie Tzu  
  • Alert and always on the look-out, Shorkies make efficient watchdogs
  • The gorgeous Shorkie sheds very little is considered to be semi-hypoallergenic and is a wonderful option for those with mild pet allergies
  • Friendly and sweet, Shorkies make loving companion pets for families with older children, couples, singles, and active seniors
  • Shorkies benefit from hybrid vigor. They are healthier and not prone to the same ailments as their parent breeds
  • The Shorkie makes fast friends with kids, other dogs, and strangers
  • Adaptable – Shorkies are toy-sized dogs that fit comfortably in micro-apartments, small and large homes
  • Shorkies are bright dogs. They are easy to train, easy to groom, and even easier to love, and they make excellent companion pets for first-time pet owners 

Shorkie Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Shorkie puppy properly. Only the nation's best Shorkie breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential.

The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Shorkie breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Shorkie Appearance

Shorkies are toy-sized adorable dogs. Their demeanor is friendly, their expression alert, and their disposition cheerful. True to his parent breeds, the Shorkie is a tiny pooch that weighs 4 to 10 pounds and stands at 6 to 14 inches tall. He has a muscular built body, a round face with a short muzzle, dark expressive eyes, cute floppy ears, and a curled tail. A fully grown Shorkie sports a fine, soft coat that is medium to long in length. The Shorkie coat is straight or slightly wavy in texture and can come in a variety of stunning colors and color combinations that include black and white, white and brown, tan and black, red and gold, with various markings and patterns. The Shorkie is a low shedder and a semi-hypoallergenic breed.

Shorkie Temperament

Shorkies are exceptional dogs when it comes to companionship. They love to glue themselves to the hip and be near their family at all times. These little dogs thrive on affection and can barely take being left alone. They carry a great love in their beautiful hearts and it is seldom said about them that “they won’t be separated from their humans by any means”. Shorkies are very fond of being cuddled, spoiled, pampered, and they would do anything for belly rubs. Although they are affectionate with all family members, Shorkies tend to have a favorite human. For them, that is their pet parent, their mentor, and their best friend.  The Shorkie is a moderately active dog who enjoys digging for gold, chasing, and being vocal about lots of things he finds interesting. He likes to talk to mirrors, chew on squeaky toys, play canine games, and if he could, he would invite a horse for a playful chase. He also enjoys zooming from one room to the next, and loves games of hide and seek in which treats are involved.  

Kids and Shorkies make wonderful playmates. They share in their love for games, stunts, and giggles, and can spend tireless hours chasing each other through the house. That being said, children over 6 years old and teens are a better fit for Shorkies as opposed to small children that can easily hurt or get hurt while playing with these dogs. Although not particularly aggressive, Shorkies aren’t known to be the most patient of dogs and they can sometimes be jumpy around speedy toddlers.  When it comes to training, Shorkies are very intelligent and can be trained for basic tricks, commands, and obedience with patience, consistency, lots of delicious treats, and praise. They can at times be stubborn or overly enthusiastic when they get bored during training sessions. This behavior isn’t a problem with adult Shorkies but rather with Shorkie puppies during early puppyhood. Full-grown Shorkies need to be both mentally and physically stimulated to keep from getting bored or developing any kind of destructive behavior.  

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Shorkie History

The Shorkie also referred to as the Yorkie Tzu, Shorkie Tzu, Yorkie Shorkie, and Yorkie Shih Tzu, is a new and highly sought-after designer hybrid. Having originated only 10 to 20 years ago in the United States, these remarkable dogs stand out for their diva-like personalities, affectionate nature, and cuddly good looks. By crossing two highly popular breeds like the purebred Shih Tzu and the purebred Yorkshire Terrier, professional breeders aimed to create a fantastic new dog that would inherit the Yorkie’s fearlessness and protective nature and the Shih Tzus friendly personality and cheerful mood. The new Shorkie breed impressed with adorable looks and a colorful personality and was met with instant fame across Europe and the United States. The Shorkie is one of the top breeds in demand in the United Kingdom today. To learn a little more about the cute Shorkies, we can take a look at the history of their parent breeds.  

The Shih Tzu, also known as the” lion dog” and “a dog of grace and kindness”, has been the favorite lapdog of high society families, royalty, emperors, and queens for hundreds of years. These lovely dogs originate from China where they were raised as companion pets throughout many dynasties. The Shih Tzu sports a long, luxurious, and elegant coat, and is famously known as a loving, easy-going, and sweet companion pet. Some of his hobbies include cuddling everything that moves, making new furry friends, and playing endlessly with kids. 

The Yorkshire Terrier, also known as Yorkie, is a dog of many talents. A cuddly lapdog that is fiercely loyal to his pet parents, a watchdog, a fast-learning student, a therapy dog, and an agile competitor in canine sports, the Yorkie makes quite the impression. The Yorkie has been the favorite companion pet in the Victorian age, a famous therapy dog during WW2, and a renowned show dog. Yorkies were developed in Yorkshire England during the 19th century and have been highly popular around the world ever since.  

The Shorkie designer crossbreed is recognized by the International Designer Canine Registry and the American Canine Hybrid Club.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shorkie? The Shorkie is a cross breed with a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier as its parents.

What was the Shorkie bred for? The Shorkie was developed as a lap dog companion.

How much does the Shorkie weigh? The average Shorkie weighs between 7 to 16 lbs.

What is the lifespan of a Shorkie? The average life expectancy of a Shorkie is between 12 to 14 years.

How tall is a Shorkie? The average full grown Shorkie measures between 7 to 8 inches at the shoulder.

What are common health concerns that affect the Shorkie? The most common health concerns that affect this breed include, Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, Luxating Patellar, Hypomagnesemia and Hypocalcemia, Kidney problems, dysplasia, Liver problems and Eye.

Does the Shorkie shed? Shorkie's are a fairly low shedding breed.

How often does the Shorkie need to be groomed? You should brush your Shorkie once or twice per week. They will require regular scheduled professional grooming appointments every 6 to 8 weeks to keep their coats trimmed and clean and their nails clipped.

What breeds are similar to the Shorkie? The breeds that are the most similar to the Shorkie include, the Borkie - Beagle Yorkie mix, a Corkie - Cocker Spaniel Yorkie mix and a Snorkie – The Miniature Schnauzer Yorkie mix.

What color coats do the Shorkie’s have? The Shorkie’s most common coat colors include, red and gold, black and white, black and tan, or brown and white.

Does the Shorkie make a good watch dog? They sure do. Small and mighty, this breed is very devoted to and protective of its family. They will let their owner know anytime a stranger is approaching or something seems amiss.

Can the Shorkie be left alone? The Shorkie gets very attached to its owner and family and doesn’t like to be left alone. If left for extended periods of time, the Shorkie can develop separation anxiety and destructive behaviors.

Do Shorkie’s make good family pets? Yes, though they don’t do well with families that have small children. Because of the small size they can be easily hurt when playing with small children. Children often see them as toys or “stuffed animals” and don’t understand how to be gentle.

What is the temperament of the Shorkie? This breed is a brave and spirited soul that will protect its family and display a strong sense of loyalty and devotion. They are an excellent companion dog, but they don’t like to be left alone.

Does the Shorkie bark a lot? Yes. This little one is always on alert and loves to hear themselves, “speak”. They are full of enthusiasm and have a natural desire to guard their “castle” and their family. They also don’t take kindly to teasing and will be sure to put anyone or pet in their place.