Shorkie Puppies For Sale
Affectionate ~ Energetic ~ Friendly ~ Loving ~ Sweet
Our Shorkie puppies for sale 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.Read more
Affectionate, Energetic, Friendly, Loving, Sweet
|Adult Weight||6-14 in|
|Adult Height||4-10 lbs|
|Life Expectancy||13-16 yrs|
|Rating||5.0 ( reviews)|
About the Breed
A newer designer dog breed, the Shorkie is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Shih Tzu. These tenacious and protective pooches have no idea they are small dogs. They are toy-sized dogs who have plenty of energy and lots of love to give. They are fiercely loyal to their owners, much like the Yorkie and Shih Tzu parents, and because of this, can become anxious when parted from them.
The Shorkie is not a purebred dog like its parents, so it is yet to be recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Appearance and Grooming
These small teddy bear dogs with their thin legs and wispy tails have a decent amount of muscle on their bodies. They have rounded faces and a short muzzle. Most take after their Yorkie parent with a straight or a slightly wavy coat. The coat is soft and sleek to the touch.
As they are a hybrid, Shorkies can come in a range of colors including Black and Tan, Brown and White, Gold, Red and Gold, and Black & White. Though not 100% hypoallergenic, this breed has minimal shedding and with regular daily brushing, it would be almost unnoticeable. Another part of grooming that is essential for Shorkies is dental care. Brushing their teeth daily will help prevent dental disease.
Shorkie dogs are generally sociable and enjoy the company of people and other dogs. They are playful but also know when it’s time to relax. Similar to their parent breeds, they are alert and vocal, making them great watchdogs. However, their bark is definitely worse than their bite.
Family and Companionship
A spirited, stubborn, and intensely loyal protector, the Shorkie is best suited for adult-only homes or those with experienced older children. They don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time and can become anxious and moderately destructive. Early socialization will help to ease their anxiety.
Despite their small size, these dogs are energetic and active. They can easily walk for up to an hour each day (if they feel like it). Their stubborn personalities may prefer to stay curled up on the couch instead of going for a walk. It is recommended to exercise these pups for 30-60 minutes each day to keep them happy and healthy.
Training and Socialization
Though these dogs are highly intelligent, their stubborn characteristics can make training difficult. This breed thrives on routine and becomes despondent when yelled at. It is important that you train them consistently and don’t become frustrated. One or two short, 15-minute training sessions a day is best. It is important to make sure they master what they are learning before moving on to the next command or trick.
As with most dogs, positive reinforcement and encouragement will always make for the best results and a happy pup. These dogs are not hard to socialize given that their curiosity makes them want to meet people and animals of all ages. When socializing with other dogs, keep an eye on them as their small size makes them vulnerable to injury. Because these mighty little dogs think that are much larger than they actually are, they can get easily hurt in rough play with larger dogs.
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.
Dennis and Gloria D. Monday, January 11, 2021
Teddy will be one year on March 3,2021. He is getting to be such a big boy, so smart! He has a ton of energy and likes a lot of attention. He has such a loud bark, for such a small dog! Teddy is such a fun addition to our family, and we love him dearly. He is sweet and friendly! We were so happy to find premier pup, and Teddy!!
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S. Wednesday, February 14, 2018
We got Archie on New Year’s Eve and he’s been an absolute blessing! He’s so loved, so passionate. One healthy pup! He’s a perfect fit in our family
Kristie S. Friday, February 2, 2018
Our dog was aging at the time, we didn’t expect to get another dog. But, we thought maybe getting a puppy would help lighten our aging dogs spirits. We found Penny (aka Amber) and decided what a great addition she would be to our family. So we flew her to Connecticut, she’s been a joy ever since we got her! Thanks Premier Pups!! We can’t imagine Penny not being apart of our family!
Clair P. Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Premier Pups was wonderful in helping me find the right puppy for me! Nixon has the sweetest demeanor and is very loving. I greatly appreciated having the supplies to take home with me to make sure that Nixon had a great first day. The staff is so caring and checked in with me during the first week I brought him home. I had a wonderful experience with Premier Pups.
Stephanie H. Tuesday, May 16, 2017
I was very skeptical at first, going through an online site. But I am glad that I did. Looking through the pictures I fell in LOVE with Archie. (He totally looks like an Archie so we decided to keep the name however we call him Archibald The Great, Archie for short). We ended up making a four hour drive to pick him up. He was the cutest thing ever. I got him on the 10th of May, I'm writing this on the 16th of May and he has adjusted well. He is a spunky little pup. Perfect health. Absolutely ADORABLE!!!!! I'm am so glad I chose Premier Pups. The facility was VERY clean and the staff that helped us was very polite. I 100% recommend them to everybody.
Val E. Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Chewie is the best thing to happen to our family for a long time. He's a little firecracker at times, but we love his little spazzy fits when he can't wait for you to get him out of his crate. We did the Pup-Pee-Poo Palace training with him and he was using the pad and going outside regularly within 1-2 weeks. He has only had a couple of accidents in our home which I'm so surprised about. He's such a smart dog. We can tell that he was well bred and well taken care of and basically well primed for crate and outdoor potty training by the people at Premier Pups. Our entire experience working with them was lovely. Very friendly, helpful and answered lots of questions. They sent us with everything we could have needed for bringing a new puppy home. Our first dog was a rescue who ended up being very sick and we lost her to a blood disorder. I was very pleased to hear that Premier Pups offers a super affordable warranty that also comes with online vet help with any questions about your pet, when you need it. My daughter was devastated when we lost our first dog to that illness and when we brought Chewie home, our daughter was ecstatic. The only downside is that we couldn't afford two dogs at once because Chewie is such a playful guy, we can tell he really wants a playmate. We will be looking into getting another puppy from PP VERY soon! I have referred probably a dozen or more people to this website because I am so pleased with every part of our experience. You will not go wrong by purchasing a pup for you or your family from this site. They are fantastic!
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