Dog Breeds

Everything You Need To Know About The Shorkie

December 9, 2017 — by Carol Reddy0

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Dog Breeds

Everything You Need To Know About The Shorkie

December 9, 2017 — by Carol Reddy0

Did you ever think a dog could be brave and small? Sassy but affectionate? Then its time to get informed on the Shorkie.

Unless you’re a dog expert, you probably haven’t heard much about the Shorkie.

But, this name might make you think of two other breeds…

The Shorkie is one of the most cute, loving, and fluffy dogs there are.

‘They might look like a stuffed animal, but I swear they’re real!

As well as discuss what breeds are the parents of the Shorkie. What dogs are bred to create the Shorkie.

So, if you’re ready to learn everything there is to know about the Shorkie, lets get started.

Shorkie History

Tan Shorkie Puppy standing on american flag background

It seems like designer breeds are the new trend, and the Shorkie has jumped on the train.

A Shorkie is a designer dog breed, that is the cross between a Shih Tzu and a Yorkshire Terrier.

Even though they are commonly refered to as a Shorkie, these dogs have multiple accepted names.  Including: Shorkie Tzu, Yorkie Tzu, and even Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix.

Designer dog breeds are a cross between two purebred dogs. A purebred dog has been bred over many generations to create a dog with consistent features and behaviors.

Most designer dog breeds are

  • small
  • adorable
  • outgoing

Although most breeders like to breed purebred dogs, some breeders will breed a purebred with a mixed breed.

Unfortunately, this weakens the line of Shorkie breeding.

The Shorkie is still in its beginning stages of breeding, and there are big plans for this fluffy puppy.

Hopefully one day there will be purebred Shorkies. This will take time, and the breeding of first generation Shorkies.

Cute fluffy designer dog breeds are high in demand, and the Shorkie is one of the cutest fluffiest designer dog breeds out there!

Shorkie Weight/Size

Small Yorkshire Terrier puppies in white basket gray background

Everyone loves a cute friendly puppy, but sometimes they don’t come as a package deal.

Luckily for you, the Shorkie is an extremely friendly AND tiny dog.

A healthy Shorkie will weigh between 7-15 pounds, and is usually 6-14 inches in height at their shoulders/highest part of back.

There are pros and cons to having a small dog…

Some cons may include

  • not being able to catch the quick little bugger
  • being more stubborn than larger dogs
  • their habit of excessive barking 

But, these aren’t really considered cons if you enjoy having a dog.

There are more pros than cons to owning a small dog such as the Shorkie Tzu, such as…

  • being easy to travel with 
  • likely to live longer
  • not requiring daily walks
  • being apartment living friendly 

Their desirable small size makes them the perfect cuddle buddy, with a perfectly soft coat.

After all, the purpose of designer breeds is to have an adorably cute companion.

Although the Shorkie Tzu is considerably small, their personality is larger than life.

Shorkie Coat/Grooming

Cute fluffy Shih Tzu getting a bath

Although the Shorkie is small, they have a lot of beautiful fluffy hair!

Since the Shorkie Tzu is a mix between two dogs there isn’t a standard coat color, you just never know what you’re going to get.

There are a variety of colors that the Shorkie Tzu’s can be, including:

  • red
  • chocolate 
  • white
  • tan

These are all beautiful coat colors, but beauty doesn’t come free.

To maintain the health of your Shorkies coat you will need to brush them daily, or every couple days to prevent their hair from matting.

Even though you’ll need to frequently brush your Shorkie, they have minimal shedding.

Both the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier have mostly hair instead of humans, meaning their shedding will be moderate, if any.

Since both parents of a Shorkie have little to no shedding, you will be extremely please with the low amounts of fur coming from this little puppy.

You can consider the SHorkie a hypoallergenic dog.

Although they dont frequently shed, they still have a lot of hair that needs to stay clean.

But how often should I bathe my dog?

A breed like the Shorkie, with long fluffy hair, should be bathed at least once a month. You dont want to bathe them too frequently and remove the natural oils in their hair.

Shorkie Personality

Happy fluffy Shorkie running through grass

The personality of the Shorkie hybrid is going to be a roll of the dice between traits found in the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier.

They can be more like the Shih Tzu, or Terrier, OR be similar to both.

The Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier arent that different when it comes to their personality. Both the Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu are:

  • brave
  • playful
  • spunky

If you decide to get a Shorkie you should know they will be friendly, clever, and affectionate.

Both parents of the Shorkie Tzu are happy and lively breeds, and the Shorkie doesn’t fall short of those qualities.

Although the Shih Tzu Yorkie mix is a loving lap dog, they generally think they are larger than their true size.

Shorkies are small, but tend to think they have the power of a Tibetan Mastiff.

So, as a owner or future owner of a Shorkie its important to make sure they are trained properly.

Shorkie Training

Yorkshire Terrier on plain background being trained

When it comes to training a Shorkie you’re going to need some patience.

These dogs want to please you, so you’d think training them would be a piece of cake…

Think otherwise.

The Shorkie isn’t known for their attention span, and during training they can become quite stubborn.

If you want to make training an easy activity, you’re going to have to put in some effort as well.

When it comes to training your dog, there are many methods you can choose from. These include

  • positive reinforcement 
  • negative reinforcement 
  • positive punishment 
  • negative punishment

Shorkies are extremely sensitive, and if you want them to follow your commands, positive reinforcement will get the job done.

Positive Reinforcement is a method of training in which you reward your dog after a certain behavior to increase the likelihood of that behavior happening again.

Even though positive reinforcement training methods are effective, at the end of your day you want your training method to be balanced.

Balanced training is the most effective way to train your dog for many reasons.

This practice gives your dog both a pleasant or unpleasant outcome depending on their behavior. Both reward based approaches and punishing stimulus can occur.

Choosing the proper training method for your dog is essential for not only your happiness, but the dogs as well.

Shorkie Activity Level

Cute Shih Tzu playing with toys on couch

Even though the Shorkie Tzu is energetic, they do not need a lot of exercise to stay healthy.

These are tiny dogs, with really small legs!

A mere 30 minutes of daily walking will keep the Shorkie physically fit.

You don’t want to wear out the little guy and take him on long walks.

But, just because they don’t need to be walked for long distances doesn’t mean they wont still have energy!

The shorkie is an energetic, playful companion who will appreciate some play time.

Like most dogs, the Shih Tzu Yorkie Mix enjoys

  • playing catch with a ball
  • playing Frisbee 
  • playing with the garden hose 

If you have kids you might have just found a new babysitter for them. When it comes to the shorkie there is no need to worry about leaving your kids alone with a dog.

Shorkies are naturally protective and they will play with and entertain your child while guarding them.

Once you lay eyes on this cute ball of hair you’re going to want to play with them all night long.

Im sure both you, and the shorkie will be okay with that.

Shorkie Nutrition

Adorable Yorkshire Terrier eating food

The nutrition of your dog should be based off of their weight. You want to make sure you are feeding them the correct amount of nutrients that their body needs.

For a dog like the Shorkie, generally weighing between 7-15 pounds, they should be eating between 3/4 cup and 1 cup of food daily.

Now, you can always adjust how much food you give your dog. But only when you think they physically need more or less per meal.

If you get a shorkie as a puppy its important to know that they might need to eat more. Most dogs should eat two meals a day, but puppies usually need an extra feeding.

Your dogs diet is a huge factor regarding their health. If you want a happy healthy dog, you need to feed them properly.

To do this, you should consider making your dog home made meals. There are endless dog food recipes you can make for your shorkie from the comfort of your home.

The benefits to making your dogs meals are enormous, and is vital to making sure they get the proper doses of

  • Protein
  • Whole Grains
  • Vitamins/Minerals
  • Essential Fatty Acids

Its hard to know the true nutritional value of store brand dog food. But when you cook from home you know exactly what you are feeding your best friend.

Not only will home made meals make your dog happier (who doesn’t love a home made dinner) but it will immensely aid in their health.

Shorkie Health

Shih Tzu dog about to get shot gray/white background

The average lifespan of a Shorkie is 13-`16 years, which is quite long for a dog, even if small.

Since the Shorkie Tzu is a mixed breed, it is possible that health issues from both the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier can be acquired.

Health issues that are commonly associated with the Shorkie include:

  • tooth loss
  • progressive retinal apathy
  • patellar luxation
  • hypoglycemia
  • tracheal collapse

But, hybrids are generally healthier than their purebred parents…

Just because their parent was prone to a certain condition doesn’t mean that it will be passed down to the Shorkie, but there is a chance…

So, it is extremely important to be aware of all possible health issues for the Shih Tzu AND Yorkshire Terrier

health of Shih Tzus

Shih Tzus are considered to be generally healthy dogs, but they are prone to certain conditions.

These health problems include:

  • Canine hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Juvenile renal dysplasia (JRD)
  • Bladder stones/ bladder infections
  • Eyes/teeth/gum problems
  • Umbilical Hernias
  • Portasystemic liver shunt
  • Reverse sneezing

Some of these conditions are more well known than others, but they all pose a risk to your dogs health.

Hip dysplasia

When you think of a common health issue of dogs the first thing that comes to mind is probably canine hip dysplasia. A lot of people assume only large dogs deal with hip dysplasia, but that is just not the case…

Although hip dysplasia is generally more common in large dogs, medium and small sized dogs can experience this genetic disease.

Canine Hip Dysplasia is an extremely painful disorder in which the femur does not properly fit into the acetabulum.

Femur (also known as the Caput Femoris) is the highest point on the thigh bone.

Acetabulum- the socket in which the femur fits.

The femur is supposed to fit smoothly into the acetabulum. But if the hip socket is deformed the fit is not going to be as smooth.

Unfortunately, movement will lead to grinding and irritation of the area, and eventually the hip joint will become jagged instead of smooth.

Irritation and inflammation of the hip joint will put your dog in extreme discomfort. It’s likely your dog will avoid putting weight on their leg.

So, you probably will see them limping and experiencing lameness (lack of ability to move).

Sadly, there is no permanent treatment for hip dysplasia. You can try to ease your dogs pain with hip dysplasia surgery, but that can become costly.

If surgery is not an option for you or your dog you can always give them joint supplements as an alternative form of treatment.

Patellar Luxation

Patellar Luxation also known as knee dysplasia is one of the most common dog joint issues.

Even though large and small dogs are widely effected by this condition, it is more common in small breeds.

Patellar Luxation is best described as when the patella shifts from its original location.

Patella– knee cap.

You could only imagine how painful it is to have a displaced kneecap…

Some signs that your dog may be suffering from patellar luxation is if they are

  • keeping pressure off their leg
  • experiencing lameness 
  • skipping while walking

While different cases of patella luxation vary in severity they all require immediate medical assistance.

There is no known prevention of knee dysplasia, but your dog can get surgery that will prevent the kneecap from sliding out of its natural position.

Juvenile renal dysplasia (JRD)

Many health issues dogs have are inherited, meaning they are derived genetically from their parents, and juvenile renal dysplasia (JRD) is one of them.

Juvenile renal dysplasia is a condition that affects the development of the kidney.

If your dogs kidneys are not developed properly they will be smaller in size, and therefore their functionality will be impaired.

The kidney disorder known as renal dysplasia is congenial, present at birth, and sometimes symptoms do not show for months.

A dogs kidney is no different than ours, its purpose is to filter out waste from the body as urine.

Even though it takes time for the symptoms of JRD to show, they’re are a lot you should be aware of.

If your dog is experiencing juvenile renal dysplasia they will show signs of

  • anorexia
  • lethargy 
  • vomiting 

As well as depression, diarrhea, bloody urine (hematuria), and an increase in water intake.

There is no CURE for juvenile renal dysplasia, but there are steps you can take to make your dog more comfortable.

These include constantly supplying drinking water, providing them with an easily metabolized diet, and giving them supplements to replenish vitamins lost.

Bladder stones/infections

Bladder stones are also known as urinary calculi and can be located in the bladder, urethra, and kidneys.

Bladder stones are made when minerals crystallize in urine and the build up turns into a hard mass.

If your dog has bladder stones you might mistake their symptoms with a bladder infection.

bladder infection occurs when bacteria gets into the bladder and spreads, causing irritation.

Both of these health conditions will make your dog very uncomfortable and are likely to behave oddly.

Some symptoms of bladder stones and infections such as urinary track infections are:

  • using the bathroom frequently BUT not peeing
  • having accidents in the house
  • blood in urine 
  • licking of urinary area 

Treatment for bladder infections is as easy as giving your dog some antibiotics. But if the infection doesn’t go away it shows an underlying problem.

If your dog also has bladder stones they will be put on antibiotics AND a diet that will help break down the stones.

After the removal of bladder stones your dogs diet will have to be carefully monitored as giving your dog a well balanced diet will prevent the stones from returning.

Eye/teeth/gum problems

Eye teeth and gum problems are often overlooked or untreated by dog owners. Its not that easy for your dog to tell you their eyes burn, or their teeth hurt, or gums feel sensitive.

So, its important that you know what eye, teeth, and gum problems your dog is prone too.

Excessive tearing

It is very common for small dogs such as the shih tzu to have eye problems. A common eye issue the Shih Tzu is prone to is excessive tearing

Tear stains are caused by excessive tear production/watering of the eyes (also known as ephiphora).

Excessive tearing leads to tear stains around a dogs eyes. These stains can vary in severity and will be more prominent on a dog with light fur compared to a dark coat.

Tear stains can range in color usually being

  • pink
  • red
  • rust
  • brown 

Sometimes it can be hard to tell if discoloration around your dogs eyes is from excessive tearing OR if it’s their natural coat.

But there are some tell tell signs that will help you know the difference.

If the discolored hair around your dogs eyes is hard in texture then you’re probably dealing with tear stains.

But another sign of excessive tearing is if the color under their eyes is not found in their natural coat.

It is extremely important that you frequently clean under your dogs eyes. If the area under their eye is discolored and wet an infection can set in.

But what actually causes excessive tearing?

There are many reasons for excessive tearing, such as:

  • food allergies
  • reactions to medication
  • ingrown eyelashes
  • blockage of tear ducts
  • unfiltered tap water
  • plastic dog bowls 

Even though these factors might trigger excessive tearing tear stains occur due to porphyrins.

All dogs produce porphyrins which are secreted in their saliva, tears, and urine.

Porphyrins are dye molecules and when they rest on hair for long periods of time will cause discoloration.

Hence, the importance of cleaning excessive tears off your dogs face.

Some dogs tears will come in a more steady flow that can be seen more easily, but other dogs will experience more of a slow drip.

While oral antibiotics can be used to treat tear stains, keeping the area clean in the first place will help in avoiding this health issue.

Periodontitis

It isn’t always easy to know if your dog has gum disease, its not like they can tell you their gums hurt, and most owners usually don’t frequently check their dogs mouth.

But canine periodontitis is one of the most common diseases in dogs.

Unfortunately, by the time you realize what your dog is going through the damage may already have been done…

Canine periodontitis is a bacterial infection of the mouth to which has various different stages of severity.

These stages comprise of

  • plaque 
  • inflamed gums
  • gingivitis
  • mild/sever periodontitis 

Just like any health condition its better you catch it sooner than later.

So, there are some symptoms of gum disease that you should be looking out for.

If your dog has

  • bad breath
  • discolored/swollen gums 
  • discolored teeth 
  • loose/missing teeth 
  • lack of appetite 
  • difficulty eating
  • loss of weight

Then they probably are suffering from canine gum disease and should be seen by a vet immediately.

But this can easily be prevented, as you can take care of your dogs gums and teeth from home.

Most health concerns can be treated, reversed, and prevented if caught soon enough and addressed.

If you want to avoid your dog getting periodontitis you can

  • brush their teeth regularly (with animal safe tooth paste of course)
  • provide your dog with quality dog food
  • give your dog chew toys and treats 
  • bring them to the vet for oral exams and cleanings 

Treatment for periodontal disease will vary depending on the severity of the disease.

The beginning stages of periodontal disease can be treated with daily brushing cleaning and polishing of teeth with fluoride. Fluoride is a natural mineral that will make your dogs teeth stronger.

If your dog is in the middle stages of periodontitis a gel can be applied to their gums and teeth that will help make new healthy tissues.

For dogs who have reached advanced stages more serious precautions such as bone replacement and tissue reconstruction procedures will be taken.

Fractured teeth

To your surprise fractured teeth are very common in dogs, and usually go untreated.

Our four legged companions are good at masking pain, and unless they suddenly start talking you might never know they have a fractured tooth causing them pain.

Any tooth is prone to breakage but the most common tooth fractures occur with the the canine and upper fourth premolar teeth.

If your dog has a fractured tooth there could be possible damage to many layers of their tooth, going all the way down to the center.

Fractured teeth can involve damage to the enamel, dentin, and cement.

Enamel is a hard substance that covers your dogs teeth, primarily composed of minerals

Dentin is a major component of the teeth that is covered with enamel. The color of your dogs teeth is based off the yellowish color of dentin.

Cement, also known as Cementum,  is a thin layer of material (similar to bones) that covers the roots of your dogs teeth. This part of your dogs teeth is softer than both dentin and enamel.

There are many factors that can cause one or multiple of your dogs teeth to fracture.

Most of the time a fractured tooth is caused by some form of trauma, such as:

  • chewing on a toy
  • an object hitting their mouth
  • automobile collision 

Sometimes you’ll never know what actually caused your dogs fractured tooth. But you can be aware of symptoms your dog might be showing while having a fractured tooth.

These symptoms include:

  • discomfort
  • exposure of the pulp (tissue beneath the tooth)
  • formation of tooth abscess (pocket of pus around tooth)
  • bleeding around tooth 
  • inflammation of area
  • infection around tooth  

The treatment for a fractured tooth with depend on the severity of the damage.

If the damage is severe surgery may be used to repair the damaged tooth. But if the tooth is past the point of repair complete extraction of the damaged tooth is necessary.

After any procedure your dog is in a very delicate state, and their activities and diet need to be monitored.

If your dog has a fractured tooth or has had a tooth removed a wet based food diet would suit them best for the time being.

UMBILICAL HERNIAS

Just like people dogs can get hernias too! A hernia is when an organ moves and therefore protrudes through its cavity wall

Hernias can happen anywhere in the body, but dogs most commonly experience umbilical hernias.

An Umbilical Hernia is a bulge located near the umbilicus (belly button) caused by an organ being pressed up against the dogs abdominal lining.

There are many symptoms that your dog will show such as

  • lack of appetite
  • vomiting
  • depression
  • pain in area

Although a hernia can can become problematic later in life, it is present at birth.

While puppies are still developing in their mothers womb blood vessels travel through an umbilical ring. The umbilical ring consists of fibers and surrounds the umbilicus, providing the unborn puppy with nutrients.

If the umbilical ring is not completely developed it allows for umbilical hernias to occur.

When your dog is experiencing an umbilical hernia they will have a protrusion or bulge sticking out of their body.

Some hernias can be gently pushed back into place, and most go away when lying down.

If you cannot push your dogs umbiical hernia back into place its likely the hernia became incarcerated.

An incarcerated hernia happens when the hernia has grown too large in size where it cannot be pushed in, causing extreme pain for your dog.

Although hernias don’t normally pose great health risks it can become a serious issue if the abdominal tissue becomes trapped.

If trapped blood flow will be cut off and the tissue will die. This requires immediate surgery.

Most umbilical hernia surgeries are done at the same time as spaying/neutering.  Dead tissue will be removed and the damaged umbilical ring closed.

portOsystemic liver shunt

The liver is a very important organ since it has numerous functions. A liver in both humans and dogs detoxifies blood, manufactures proteins, stores vitamins, breaks down drugs, and metabolizes sources of energy.

So, having a properly working liver is basically essential for your dogs health, and liver shunts will put that in jeopardy.

liver shunt occurs when large veins that usually directly carries blood to the liver branches off to a new vein that becomes diverted around the liver.

Lack of blood flow to the liver will lead to the death of cells and the development of scar tissue, this is best known as cirrhosis.

Although the liver can normally repair itself from damage if cirrhosis of the liver is too great, it will ultimately lead to liver failure.

A liver shunt caused by cirrhosis is known as acquired portosystemic shunts. While liver shunts caused by birth defects are refereed to as congenial portosystemic shunts.

Whether acquired or congenial all liver shunts have the same basic symptoms that include:

  • disorientation 
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea 
  • excessive drinking/urinating 
  • seizures 

There are different degrees of severity of portosystemic liver shunts, but all should be taken VERY seriously.

One might think if the shunt is small it will not become an issue…

But think again.

When your dog grows it consumes more food, and produces more waste. Meaning the liver is going to be working extra hard as your dog continues growing.

Most dogs who experience liver shunts will not live their average live expectancy, unless the problem is resolved.

Surgically closing the excess blood vessels will return blood flow to the liver.

If the umbilical hernia isn’t high risk your dog can be treated with medicine instead of going into surgery.

But monitoring your dogs diet more carefully to reduce toxic waste production can help as well.

Reverse sneezing

The health condition reverse sneezing has many other accepted names including backwards sneezing and inspiratory paroxysmal respiration.

Reverse sneezing is when your dog breathes rapidly to remove something that is annoying your dogs upper area behind their nostrils.

You can tell if your dog is backwards sneezing if their head moves backwards while inhaling with force over and over again.

There’s nothing to be TOO concerned about though.

Unless your dogs sneezing seems so persistent where you don’t think they are expelling whatever is stuck in their naval cavity.

If this occurs, contacts your vet immediately.

Most cases of reverse sneezing don’t need medical attention, your dog is usually able to expel whatever was annoying him/her.

health of yorkie

Health conditions vary from dog to dog but each breed has health issues that they are prone too.

The most common health issues of a Yorkshire Terrier include:

  • Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Portosystemic shunt
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Eye/teeth/gum problems

Small mixed dogs are especially prone to certain health conditions, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)– A group of degenerative eye disorders that will lead to blindness in both eyes.  With PRA the rods in your dogs eyes are programmed to die.

Rods are photoreceptor cells located in the retina that are used for peripheral vision and beset function with less light.

The death of these cells will leave your dog unable to see in the dark, and over time will lead to complete loss of vision.

PRA is common in most dog breeds, especially those that are mixed.

Symptoms of PRA can be

  • dilated pupils 
  • failure to see in the dark
  • difficulty seeing in light
  • wary walking down dark hallways/stairs 

Unfortunately there is no treatment for progressive retinal atrophy.

So, if your dog is diagnosed with this disease they will eventually be blind.

But, you’d be surprised how adaptive dogs are with this condition. Some dogs don’t seem to be effected by the disorder, especially when in their natural environment.

The main prevention of PRA is to not breed dogs with this eye disorder since it is known to be genetic.

Portosystemic shunts

Both the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier are prone to Portosystemic liver shunts.

So, its even m:ore necessary to know the signs of this health condition.

These include:

  • excessive urinating and drinking
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea 
  • disorientation 
  • seizures 

These symptoms can be quite scary to watch your dog experience.

So, if you see your dog behaving in any of these ways a trip to your vet is necessary.

Catching portosystemic liver shunts in the early stages might mean that your dogs liver is still able to regenerate itself and didn’t die from lack of blood.

Hypoglycemia

When your dog experiences extremely low levels of sugar in their bloodstream they are experiencing hypoglycemia.

Unfortunately hypoglycemia is linked to diabetes and can become life threatening if left untreated.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include:

  • disorientation
  • jitters
  • weakness
  • loss of energy
  • lack of appetite 

If your dog shows any of these signs you should bring them to the vet immediately.

But if your dog suffers a serious episode at home you NEED to get their blood sugar up ASAP.

Even if your dog seems OK after an episode you should still bring them to the vet.

Collapsed Trachea

Tracheal collapse is very common in small toy breed dogs, such as the Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua.

If your dogs trachea becomes damaged overtime it will weaken and cause a tracheal collapse.

A collapsed trachea is NO JOKE.

It will virtually become impossible for your dog to breath properly and you will see them

  • gag while drinking/eating
  • dry coughing 
  • refusing to exercise 

If caught in its earliest stages a tracheal collapse can be treated with medication.

But, if the condition goes untreated your dog might need to go into surgery.

Reverse Sneezing

Reverse sneezing, also known as backwards sneezing, is a fairly common health problem in dogs

If your dog is reverse sneezing you will see them forcefully breathing through their nose to remove an irritant behind their nostrils.

Seeing your dog reverse sneezing can be pretty weird…

Their heads will be moving back and forth while they continue to sneeze.

But no need to panic!

Dogs are surprisingly good at removing irritants from their naval cavity.

But, you should always take them to the vet if its persistently bothering them.

Eye/teeth/gum problems

The Yorkshire Terrier is also prone to eye, teeth, and gum problems including:

  • excessive tearing 
  • periodontitis
  • fractured teeth 

These are health conditions that both the Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu are prone too.

So, its even more important to check your Shorkies eyes gums and teeth for infections regularly.

The Shorkie Is Happiest When…

Yorkshire Terrier smiling blue sky background

It not hard to tell when your dogs happy, and it isn’t hard to keep them happy.

Both the Yorkshire Terrier and Shih Tzu are outgoing playful breeds.

They love anything that involves spending time with their beloved owner.

When extremely happy a Shorkie might

  • run in circles
  • kill you with kisses
  • smother you with cuddles

Shorkies will love curling up next to you on the couch, and especially love grooming.

Not only is grooming very relaxing for your dog, but its a bonding activity for the both of you.

You should make it apparent to regularly brush a Shorkie and bring them for haircuts.

The Shorkie is a playful and outgoing breed and they will always be a joy to be around.

Whether its joining you for a short walk, or they just follow you around the house, the Shorkie will always be happy if with you.

Both the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier are considered to be companion dogs, and the apple doesnt fall far from the tree with the Shorkie.

If keeping your Shorkie happy is one of your top priorities you are going to want to keep your Shorkie

  • well fed
  • loved
  • entertained
  • groomed

But that’s not so much to ask for is it?

The Shorkie is a loving dog and if you don’t have the time to not only take care of them physically but also give them the attention they need, then maybe you should reconsider getting a Shorkie.

The Bottom Line On The Shorkie

Fluffy cute puppy standing in grass

The breeding of a Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier has created a brave loving lap dog better known as the Shorkie.

Although being quite small, only weighing between 7-15 pounds, the Shorkie is quite bold.

Both parent breeds of the Shorkie, the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier, are considered hypoallergenic dogs.

So, you will experience little to no shedding with the Shorkie.

But that doesn’t mean you can slack on their grooming. These glamorous dogs need to be pampered.

Although small the Shorkie is a powerhouse, believing he is larger than he is.

You might think that training a small little ball of fluff like a Shorkie would be easy.

Well i’ll let you know they can be very stubborn.

While Yorkshire Terriers don’t usually give their owners a hard time when it comes to training, the Shih Tzu is known to show some resistance to following commands.

Unfortunately, this means that your shorkie might give you some sass during training.

But patience and persistence will never fail and if you train your dog properly they will listen.

Training your dog is a win win for the both of you!

Who doesn’t want a well trained puppy?

A trained puppy is a happy puppy, but so is a healthy puppy…

For your shorkie to be truly healthy they need to be active and have a proper diet.

Shorkies are small and dont need a lot of physcal activity but they thrive when shown attention. Make playing with your shorkie a daily activity.

Also, having a well balanced diet will make any dog happy, especially a shorkie!

Cooking for your shorkie might take a little extra time, but it will pay off in the long run for your dogs health.

Since the shorkie is a mixed breed its good to know the health risks of both their parents.

When it comes to health having a mixed breed is a roll of the dice.

But if you properly monitor your dogs health you should be able to catch most health issues before they become an issue.

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Carol Reddy

Hi, I'm Carol Reddy, Founder and Editor of CommonPaw and Pawthentic. When I'm not sharing my love for and knowledge of dogs, you can usually find me at the gym or the beach, living a healthy lifestyle.