These small yet cute and affectionate dogs can capture the heart of any dog lover or family due to their looks and personality. Coupled with the pooch’s playful temperament, small size and friendly looks it’s no wonder that this crossbreed is famous as an animal companion. There is more than meets the eye to this dog other than its physical appearance. There is some information about this fido that is both important and educational to any dog owner like yourself.
Table of Contents
- What is Shiranian?
- Origin of the Pom-Tzu
- Temperament of the Poodle Shi Tzu
- Other Names for Shiranian
- Health Problems
- Overall Stats of the Shiranian
- Shih a Pom Colors
- The lifespan of the Pomeranian Shih Tzu
- Where Can I Buy Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Puppies?
- Shiranian’s Exercise Requirements
What is Shiranian?
The Shiranian pooch is a cross between a Shih Tzu breed and the Pomeranian that belongs to the designer dogs group. Both the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian are small dogs with a lively demeanor as well as friendly attitudes and these traits (more or less) show up in this Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix breed. Now you and most people would think that this dog is 50% purebred to 50% purebred due to its parents when in fact the 50/50 purebred depends on each canine individually.
Most of the time, Shiranians tend to favor their Shih Tzu or Pomeranian parent over the other, and their offspring may favor the different breed in reverse to their parents. Besides, some of the Shiranians parents are products of multi-generational crosses thus making the question of the pooches being purebred irrelevant. So if you are getting a Shiranian puppy get used to the fact that I may look more like a Pom or Shih Tzu.
Origin of the Pom-Tzu
Due to the Shiranian being a modern breed, there is little information on the precisely how this fido showed up much less its actual founding date. One thing is sure though is that this Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix breed does originate from the United States where it was developed. While there are little facts about the dog breed, its Shih Tzu and Pomeranian parents both have a lot of history behind them.
Shih Tzus are thought to be the result of crossing the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso breeds in Tibet. Later on, the royalty of ancient China received Shih Tzus as gifts from the monks of Tibet and if the depictions of the dog in Chinese art, paintings as well as writings, the Shih Tzus were valuable. The value of the Shih Tzus as a pet was so great that the famous Dowager Empress Tzu His issued an edict that anyone who caught torturing these small dogs will be put executed. Eventually, in 1928 two Shih Tzus a male and female pair was bought to England by Lady Brownrigg.
These two dogs would be the foundation of Lady Brownrigg’s kennel. Later on, a Mrs. Hutchins brought her own Shh Tzu to Ireland and finally the United States. By 1969, the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Shih Tzus as a breed.
Pomeranians are small dogs that originated in the province of Pomerania in Central Europe. These dogs are part of the Spitz breeds like the Samoyed, Norwegian Elkhound, German Spitz, Schipperke and the American Eskimo. A lot of famous historical figures have at one time owned a Pomeranian: Mozart, Martin Luther, Isaac Newton and Michelangelo are some examples.
England’s circle of royals became fond of this dog breed in 1761 when Princess Sophie Charlotte bought her fidos to England after marrying King George the Third. At first, Pomeranians were limited only to England’s royals, but it was during Queen Victoria’s reign, the dog finally caught on the public eye. Queen Victoria bred more than fifteen different breeds of Pomeranian, and the famous among them is a red and sable Pom named Marco.
Marco won many honors from various dog shows it entered and many people agree that Marco is the inspiration for smaller Pomeranians. This dog breed was recognized in 1888 by the American Kennel Club.
Temperament of the Poodle Shi Tzu
Since this pooch is a Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix, it tends to inherit the personality of its Pomeranian and Shih Tzu antecedents. Generally speaking, a Shiranian has a loyal, joyful, friendly, energetic, playful and loving to you and your family. Like many small canine breeds, Shiranians can be hard-headed and stubborn, but with some training, a Shiranian puppy can grow to be an obedient adult pooch. Since these designer dogs are intelligent, training them is easy since they learn quickly and are eager to please you.
Since a Shi-Pop is a sociable animal, it needs human companionship and interaction with you since you are its owner. Playtime and exercises are the best means for you to interact with the dog. Since Shiranians are close to their owners and family, it is not wise to leave the canine alone too often since it will suffer from separation anxiety. On the bright side, this Pom-Tzu is not prone to barking, but that same trait along with its approachable and friendly nature disqualifies this little guy as a watchdog.
Nonetheless, this Shih Tzu and Pomeranian mix canine will get along with anyone be they kids, adults or seniors. The breed will also get along with other dogs and pets especially if the canine has been raised alongside them.
Be sure that you or another grownup supervises any interaction between the pooch and small children. Small dog breeds like the Shiranians are subject to accidental injury if the kids are not careful. Also, the children playing with the pooch might not heed the warning sign aka growling of the pet that it no longer wants to play.
Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix Pictures
Other Names for Shiranian
A Shiranian has other names given to them by people so don’t be surprised if someone calls you pet by a different designation. Here is a list of alternate names for Shiranians:
- Shih A Pom
A kennel club like the American Canine Hybrid Club or others such as Designer Breed Registry, International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Dogs Kennel Club designates the breed as a Shiranians.
Shiranians like other crossbreeds, hybrids or designer dogs tend to experience health problems. Most of these health issues due to the canine’s Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix heritage come from both sides of its lineage. Therefore it is vital for any dog owner like you to know what illness will affect your pet so that they can be prevented or mitigated:
- Vision and hearing loss -These two ailments usually affect fidos that are in their old age. Cataracts can sometimes cause a loss of vision. Fortunately for dogs, they rely less on their sight so vision loss shouldn’t be too much problem as long as their owners kept them on a leash outdoors, take things slow and you should not move the house furniture around to often. As for your Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix pet’s loss of hearing, you can help the canine adapt by using hand signals and train it to recognize them.
- Hip dysplasia – Dysplasia is a term that refers to physical abnormalities development that occurs in the joints of dog breeds be they small, medium or large. Hip dysplasia occurs when the dog’s ball and socket did not develop properly, or the two don’t fit correctly. Instead of sliding smoothly in the socket, the ball grinds and rubs against it instead. Such a condition can cause the ball and socket joint to deteriorate over time that eventually leads to loss of function. Signs of hip dysplasia in a Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix are lameness in the hind legs, decreased physical activity, pain and stiffness are signs of hip dysplasia.
- Hypothyroidism – The thyroid gland of your Shih a Pom is essential to your dog’s health. The gland secretes essential thyroid hormones to your pet’s body. Should the thyroid fail or lessen its production of hormones, hypothyroidism eventually occurs. Signs of hypothyroidism are lethargy, weight gain with lack of appetite, intolerance to cold, dry, dull hair, excessive double coat shedding, slow heart rate and high blood cholesterol.
- Dental disease – This health problem is also known as Canine Periodontitis which is a mouth infection due to bacteria. Canine Periodontitis occurs when your dog‘s mouth is adequately cleaned of saliva, food and other particles. Eventually, the spit, food and other particles will form a sticky film or plaque. The Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix’s problem progress in four stages: plaque and inflamed gums, appearance of gingivitis, mild or severe periodontitis and finally loss of bone or tooth. Bad breath, swollen gums, yellow teeth and loss of appetite are symptoms of Canine Periodontitis. You can quickly deal with this issue by cleaning your Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix pet’s mouth regularly. Such a simple action can save you a trip to a veterinarian.
- Various skin problems – Itchy skin or pruritus is the most common affliction that affects dogs, and if the itching continues without being treated, it can cause infections, skin lesions and hair loss as well as making your pet feel miserable. Allergies of the Pom-Tzu‘s skin is due to environment, fleas or food which fortunately are easy to avoid. External parasites like mites and fleas along with bacteria can cause infections that can make the dog’s skin sore. Loss of hair is caused by different factors from insects to adrenal disorder and requires a thorough physical examination to find out. Lastly, a dull coat means that your pet is not getting enough Omega-fatty acid which is essential for a Pom’s healthy double coat.
- Epilepsy – This illness is a chronic condition that causes seizures in dogs, and it is more or less a lifelong disease. Loss of voluntary control (jerking and shaking movements) with convulsions and muscles twitching that occurs in a similar, repeated pattern is a sign of epilepsy. Sadly epilepsy in a Shi-Pop cannot be cured, but there are medications to reduce or mitigate the problem, and you can avoid things that cause your pet to trigger.
If you are not sure as to what kind of affliction is affecting your dog, then you should take the poor thing to a veterinarian for a checkup. Note that some of the health issues above can be prevented with proper physical care, cleaning and a proper diet.
Overall Stats of the Shiranian
Your Shiranian‘s weight varies depending on its age. At six months old, the puppy weighs 5 lbs and 3 lbs if it’s a female. At 12 months or one year, old males puppies weigh 8 lbs and females weigh 7 lbs. Once your Shiranian puppy reaches one year and eight months old, its weight is now 11 lbs for males and 8 lbs for females. Overall male Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix pooches will reach a maximum of 16 lbs when they fully mature while their female counterparts weigh 13 lbs.
The dog’s height much like its weight also depends on the fido’s age. Male and female puppies are 4 inches tall when they are six months old. By the time the pups are 12 months or 1 year old, the males are 7 inches tall while the females are 6 inches tall. Male puppies are 10 inches when they hit one year and eight months old while females are 8 inches tall. By the time the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix canine reaches adulthood, it is now 12 inches tall for males and females reach 10 inches.
The group of the breed that a Shih a Pom would belong in the “Toy” group and from the looks of the little tyke, you or anyone has to admit that it does look like a small doggie plush toy. However, some people might contend that applying breed group to Shiranians may not be applicable due to them being designer dogs and the fact that most if not all are products of multi-generational crosses.
The litter size of this Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix has a minimum of 4 puppies and a maximum of 6 puppies. The 4-6 numbers are the average litter size so don’t be surprised if your dog gave birth to more than 6.
The Shih Tzu has an abundant fur on its long double coat, and the Pomeranian has the same coat traits as well. Since Shiranians inherit these fur traits from its parents, their coats will be silky and straight with a medium to long length. From their Pomeranian side, the Shiranians’ coat hair is wavy in texture. Such a kind of coat in this dog means that lots of hair will litter your place. The Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix breed sheds its coat daily so be sure that you brush it daily with a wide comb or pin brush. On the other hand, you can trim the dog’s fur a bit (either by yourself or a professional groomer if you don’t have the skill) to reduce the amount of hair that the canine sheds.
Shih a Pom Colors
The colors on the Shiranians’ double coat accentuate the breeds’ cutesy and heart-warming looks. The coat colors all come from the dog’s Pomeranian and Shih Tzu heritage. Here is a list of colors that you can expect to see in the breed:
Depending on each Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix, you may find solid and single, bicolored or tricolored coupled with different body markings coloring in their double coats.
The lifespan of the Pomeranian Shih Tzu
The Shiranian has an average lifespan that can reach up 13 to 15 years though it is possible to go beyond the ordinary limit (10 to 18 years) even if such an occurrence is uncommon. Large dog breeds compared their smaller kin have a lower lifespan. However, it is possible for Shiranians or any other small dog breeds do not reach their lifespan limit if their owners are not taking care or neglecting them.
Where Can I Buy Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Puppies?
Buying Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix puppies from the right breeder are important if you want your money worth of a pet and assurances that the pup is legit breed. The only legit and best place to get a high-quality is Shiranian puppy from a breeder who knows his or her trade. Breeders that produce exceptional puppies ensure that their breeding stock is in excellent conditions and uses genetic testing to determine the quality of their pups. Another thing to consider when buying from a breeder is his or her reputation for breeding puppies of excellent condition.
A Shiranian puppy does have a high price tag attached to it, but the price is dependent on several factors such as parent lineage and having a favorite or rare coat color. Speaking of costs, you be wary of buying a Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix puppy from a breeder that sells such pups cheap. The chances are high that the puppies are of poor quality.
Shiranian’s Exercise Requirements
Despite being an indoor pet, the Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix breed needs to go out for a breath of fresh air and to interact with others socially. Daily visits to your local park and walking around the neighborhood for 20 minutes is more than enough to keep your dog healthy. Other activities that you can do along with your pet are playing fetch with any doggie toys, doing training in an obedience class and bringing along your Pom-Tzu (which can help socialize it) to visit people. Also don’t forget to leash your pet whenever you are going out.
A Shiranian is indeed the perfect pet for people who want a pet that has silky-soft fur, a lap dog that requires minimum exercise and can get along with people of any age. Just bear in mind that owning a pet like this cute little doggie is a big responsibility on your part. You have to feed your Shih a Pom the right kind of food for its diet, make sure that it is physically healthy, spend some quality time with it and instill discipline.
Owning and taking care of a Shi-Pop is not hard, but it’s not also an easy job. Sure you may have to spend some money and effort for the dog’s well-being, but all those things are worth it. Earning the love and loyalty of this adorable animal is worth your time and effort.