If you love small dogs, you’re going to adore the Shiranian! This adorable, tiny Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix is everything that lovers of small dogs and toy breeds could ask for. They’re cute, social, loyal, and bubbly.
But are they the right dog for you? Let’s find out.
Basics Of The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
Common breeds usually have a history and origin story, but there are many cases where it isn’t possible to pinpoint exactly when a designer crossbreed like the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix first existed.
Regardless, it’s clear that they have skyrocketed into popularity within the last two decades, largely because there are so many celebrities who own this type of dog!
And while everyone can agree these dogs are adorable, everyone can’t agree on a name! Here are just a few of the suggestions that have been proposed:
- Shih a Pom
All of these names have been (and continue to be) used by breeders and lovers of this crossbreed.
No matter what name you decide fits this lovable bundle of energy, these cuties will charm you from day one. Depending on their exact makeup, they will either have a long, silky double coat or a puffy silky coat more like the Pomeranian.
The dog’s themselves may be white, orange, red, sable, gray, chocolate, and more! Seriously – there are so many different colors. They only stand at between 7 and 12 inches off the ground, weighing in somewhere under 16 pounds.
A Shiranian Costs How Much?!
Believe it or not, the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix can be very expensive to buy from a breeder!
Depending on the size, pedigree, and age of the dog, it could cost you anywhere between $250 and $1300. While there are certainly more expensive breeds out there, these price tags are quite large for such a small dog.
On top of that purchase cost, you have to remember that as their owner, you will be responsible for many additional costs that come with owning a dog:
- Vet visits
- Pet licensing
- Food cost
- Toy cost
- And much more!
Owning a dog, even a small on, averages out to cost around $1,150 per year. Be prepared to take on that cost when you get a dog.
Taking Care Of The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
There is a lot that you’ll need to learn about taking care of any dog, and the Shirarian is no different. Let’s focus on Training, Grooming, and General Health Care!
Training Your Pup
Every dog needs to be trained. While it is true that some dogs are naturally well-behaved, no dog naturally knows their owner’s commands or how they should act in certain situations.
So, how hard is it to train a Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix?
Luckily for you, it’s not too difficult! This crossbreed is very intelligent, and they pick up on your cues quickly. This will be especially true if you start training your dog at a young age when they are more eager to learn and less set in their ways.
If you don’t train your dog young, they can become very stubborn and impossible to work with!
Train your dog gently, but keep a firm hand so that they know who is in control. If you get visibly frustrated, these intelligent puff balls might start to push you around, so be careful on the tone that you use with them during training.
Grooming A Shirarian
While these dogs aren’t going to shed too much, they do shed some hair. The exact amount of shedding you should expect will depend on your dog’s particular coat type, but overall, you should prepare for hair.
The best way to avoid this problem is to brush their hair every day.
Yes, every day. This will prevent tangles in longer hair and help them look their best. You may want to get a professional groomer to work on your dog once every few months, and you will also need to regularly clean your dog’s ears, brush their teeth, and clean up their nails.
The Health Of Your Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
Another part of your dog that you need to take good care of is their health. Like any dog, there are certain health problems that your dog is predisposed to be affected by.
Still, it’s hard to say exactly what those are since the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix is a newer breed. Instead, look to the dog’s parents to get an understanding of warning signs to be aware of.
Generally speaking, these are some issues you might encounter:
- Patellar luxation
- Bladder problems
- Kidney problems
- Hip dysplasia
- Collapsed trachea
- Liver problems
- Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
- Anxiety or depression
If your dog does not have any major health problems during their life, you can expect this mixed breed to live anywhere from 13 to 15 years old, maybe longer! The parent breeds live for up to 16 years, so your dog might, too.
Attitude Of The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
Hyper & Happy
The tiny Shiranian aims to please its owners, and you’re sure to be pleased with just how fun-loving and active these tiny balls of energy can be! They have a certain eagerness to learn new tricks, and this can be really fun for the dog and the owner.
There are even more aspects of their personality that you should be prepared to deal with beyond hyper-activity:
- Jealousy: These little pooches want your attention! If they don’t get it, they’re liable to be noisy, pout, or just plop down right on top you.
- Goofy: They love getting your attention and making you laugh, so they’ll get a little weird to make you smile at them.
- Love affection: These dogs like to cuddle, be pet, follow you around, and spend as much time with their owners as humanly possible. You won’t get tired of it, either!
- Attached: Because they are so attached to their owners, it’s possible for these small dogs to suffer from things like anxiety and depression if they are left alone for too long.
- Good with children: Since they are friendly, they love kids! Be careful that you make children aware of how gentle they need to be with your Shiranian, however.
Finally, I have to mention this. You can’t expect your fluffball to become a guard dog – it’s probably not going to happen! They love affection more than they fear strangers, so they don’t make for a very good watch dog.
Playing With Your Shiranian
Now that you know a bit more about how your Shih Tzu Pomeranian tends to act, let’s talk about their favorite types of play and what you can expect during play time.
Energetic little dogs like the Shiranian are going to love running in circles, chasing you, jumping, playing with toys, and pretty much any type of activity you can develop with them. Some of them might even be great at playing on agility courses!
While this crossbreed has a lot of energy, they don’t necessarily need a lot of exercise due to their small size. They don’t even need a yard! If you do let them play outside, make sure you supervise them, as they could actually be at risk from being attacked by larger animals due to their small stature.
Most dogs only need a short walk every day. Don’t walk them too far, however, because they can quickly tire out. If they do, you’ll need to carry them home, so that’ll just be more work for you!
Play All Day With The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
If you want a playful dog that’s cute to look at and fun to train, the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix might be the right choice. They’re easy going but affectionate, making them an integral part of any family that they join in no time.
Sure, they will be bouncing off the walls 90% of the time, but that’s okay! They will make every single day of your life that much more exciting.