Are you one of those people who do not know dog breed names? You refer to dogs as “The big dog,” “The small one,” and maybe “The tiny hairy one.” Let us change that; in this article, we will look at what a Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, and Shih Tzu mix called?
What Are a Yorkshire Terrier, Maltese and Shih Tzu Mix Called?
The mix between a Yorkshire terrier, Maltese, and a Shih Tzu is called a Shorkie. It is not uncommon to get them referred to as Shorkie Tzu, Shih Tzu-Yorkie, and Yorkie Tzu. However, the most widespread name is Shorkie.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not recognize Shorkies as a dog breed. However, they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). You can also register it with the International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR).
What You Need to Know About Shorkies
The following are things you should know about shorkies:
With parents like the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire terrier, you do not expect a shorkie to be a big dog. It is not surprising that a fully grown shorkie weighs between 5-12 pounds and reaches a height of approximately 6-12 inches, compared to a Yorkshire terrier which weighs 12-15 pounds.
For crossbreeds, it is difficult to know how the parents’ genetics will affect the puppies; this is the same case with shorkies. First generation shorkies may look different from second generation shorkies. Their coats come in different colors and combinations that include:
Ordinary Yorkies usually have coats in black and tan or white with markings. Although shorkies are tiny, they are muscular, have a short muzzle and a round face. They have triangular ears to complete the alert dog look.
The amount of food and the feeding schedule of your shorkie puppy is different from that of an adult puppy. To prevent shorkie puppies from going into a hypoglycemic coma, they should be fed frequently, so their blood sugar is at an average level.
The type of food is as in the table below.
|Age||Type of Food|
|0-4 weeks old||Mother’s dog milk|
|5-7 weeks||Dip small portions of dry food in water for easy digestion|
|Week 8 and above||Dry food|
|9-12 months||Mature and should eat food meant for adults|
If the puppy is orphaned before five weeks, use dog milk replacers. Feed them food that has been made from high-grade ingredients and from trusted dog food brands. Cheap food may seem like a good option, but it may end up being detrimental to the health of the shorkie.
Behaviour and Temperament
Shorkies enjoy spending time with people, causing them to become needy and clingy for attention, Yorkies have the same personality that needs to have attention with their owners. Shorkies tend to suffer from separation anxiety. When left alone for a long time, it makes them depressed and upset, leading to excessive barking and destruction in the house.
Shorkies are playful and energetic, making them perfect for families with older children who will not hurt them. They are alert and watchful, making them ideal for acting as burglar alarms. However, if they feel abused or threatened, they will snap.
Introduce your shorkie to new situations, places, sights, and sounds often and as soon as possible. With this type of interaction, they will become properly socialized and not have behavioral issues. Building positive experiences builds their confidence and trust.
Shorkies are predisposed to some conditions and illnesses that their genetic contributors face. With proper vaccinations, check-ups and care, they may live healthy lives. You can ask your vet to help you develop a care routine that will keep your shorkie healthy.
Some common health problems they suffer from include:
- Glaucoma – Painful increase of fluid pressure in the eye.
- Hypoglycaemia is low blood sugar and is treated with force-feeding and glucose infusion.
- Portosyntematic shunt – An abnormal blood vessel prevents the detoxification of waste products from the body.
- Dental disease – Shorkies suffer from periodontal disease and overcrowding largely due to their short and narrow jaws.
- Patellar Luxation – During exercise, the knee cap may pop out of its position and cause the shorkie to develop a skipping gait. It may lead to arthritis.
Grooming and Exercise
Shorkies coats tangle easily; you must comb and brush them every day to prevent them from getting matted. Ensure you give them a bath in warm water at least monthly. They have very sensitive skin that gets irritated by human products, ensure you use specially formulated shampoo.
They are prone to tartar build-up and plaque. Make sure you brush tier teeth with a dog toothbrush daily to protect them from losing their teeth. Add chew toys and dental chews to brushing, and your dog’s teeth do not need to be cleaned by a vet.
At around four months, shorkies will need their first haircut. If you want to do it at home, engage with your breeder or a groomer, and they will guide you. Remember also to get their nails clipped. Be very careful not to hurt them or cut the nails too short.
Other common questions you may have regarding shorkies are answered below.
Do All Shorkies Like to Be Held?
Not all shorkies like being held; some will even growl when you try and pick them up, while others are content with being held. Most of the time, it all depends on the upbringing. If your shorkie does not like to be held, do not try to do it by force.
How Aggressive Are Shorkies?
Shorkies are feisty. You have to socialize and train it properly, so it does not develop behavioral issues. Behavioral issues will be seen on how snappy they are around strangers or in situations they have not been in before.
Early friendliness and affection make them less aggressive.
How Much Do Shorkies Cost?
The price of shorkies depends on where you buy them from. If you’re looking to purchase from a reputable breeder, it will cost more than a shelter. Reputable breeders charge approximately $1500 to $7000 depending on the puppy’s bloodline, while pure breed yorkies cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2500 which is probably cheaper.
If you are looking to get a shorkie, the information above will help you know whether it is the right puppy for you or not. Most people covet shorkies of their size and appearance, but this dog has much more than that.