Shorkie Breed Standard
The Shorkie is a crossbreed between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Shih Tzu. This type of breed is commonly referred to as hybrid or designer breed. In the last several years the Shorkie has become one of the most popular of all the designer breeds. The Shorkie has a coat that is typically long and silky. The Shorkie’s coat may be allowed to grow all the way to ground or it may be groomed to be shorter. Both of the parent breeds are non-shedding so the Shorkie is an excellent dog for people who suffer from allergies.
The coat of the Shorkie may be a variety of different colors. Some of the colors that are seen in the Shorkie include gold with a black mask on the face, black and tan, solid red, solid gold and multi-colored of white, gold, black, white and chocolate. The size of the Shorkie can vary somewhat depending upon the size of the parent breeds. The puppies are usually very small considering the breed itself is small.
The Shorkie is considered to be sweet natured and playful. Socialization is an extremely important factor in the temperament of the Shorkie. Most Shorkies will get along well with children and with others in the home when they have been properly socialized. Owners should be aware that it is usually a good idea to supervise play between children and a Shorkie due to the breed's small size. This is because the Shorkie can be inadvertently hurt by play that is too rough. The Shorkie is intelligent and typically trains very well. This is an affectionate dog that loves nothing more than spending time with its family. The Shorkie should not be left alone for long periods of time as it craves human companionship. The Shorkie is not an avid barker and will usually do well when traveling with its family. This dog will become very attached to its owners and be protective but it does not make a good guard dog simply because of its friendly nature. It may sometimes be stubborn but responds well to training if treats are provided.
As is the case with many dog breeds, there are health concerns that prospective owners should be aware of with the Shorkie breed. Some health problems that may be present in the Shorkie breed include hip dysplasia, eye problems and thyroid problems. Prospective owners should consider investigating the parentage of the dog to determine whether these are issues. When provided with good vet care and a healthy diet the Shorkie will usually live between 14 and 19 years.
The Shorkie breed will require some maintenance to keep its coat in good condition. If the coat is kept long then the coat will need to be brushed every couple of days at a minimum. The coat will need to be shampooed and bathed when necessary. Many owners choose to give their Shorkie a puppy cut to reduce maintenance needs and also to make the dog more comfortable if they live in a warm climate. If given a puppy cut, the Shorkie will usually need to be taken in for grooming about every six to eight weeks.
The Shorkie will need proper exercise in order to stay healthy. A Shorkie will probably be able to get all of the exercise it needs just playing in the house or in the yard, provided that it is fenced.
A Shorkie will do well in a variety of environmental settings, including in a house or an apartment. Due to their small size they do not need a lot of space. This breed can do well in almost any environment, but if living in a hot climate, a shorter cut is advised while in a colder climate it is a good idea to provide this breed with a sweater to ward of chills. The best environment for the Shorkie is one with an owner that is consistent and gentle. Training is usually a good idea with the Shorkie. The Shorkie will typically do well with training.