The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix
The Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix, also known as the Shiranian, is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian breeds. Shiranians are loyal, small, lovable, and inherit the best traits from both breeds. Shiranians are also affectionately referred to as the Pomshi, Shih-Pom, Shih-A-Pom, and Pom-Tzu.
Average Size and Weight
Since both Shih Tzu and Pomeranian are small dog breeds, you can expect your Shiranians to also be small. Most of them weigh about 16 pounds and stand up to 7 to 12 inches tall at the shoulders. As with any mixed-breeds, their sizes may vary.
Most Shiranians owners would describe their lovable pup as playful and friendly. They are about the size of your usual lapdog. Their energy level is only average, so they would enjoy a good play session just as much as a good nap.
That said, just because they love napping does not mean you can neglect their walks and playtime as those are the moments they really thrive. While they can be hard to teach new tricks, they love the interaction and attention.
Your Shiranian will inherit the traits and characteristics of their parents, so it pays to know their parents and temperament if possible. So, consider doing some research into Shih Tzu and Pomeranian to have a clearer picture of the Shiranian. Your pup should be somewhere in the middle between the parental traits.
But for convenience, we will discuss a few notable traits of both breeds. The Shih Tzus are difficult to train as they can be quite stubborn. However, they make up for this with their personality. Shih Tzus are very adorable, friendly, and attentive. Pomeranians are active, trainable, and intelligent.
As with many other dogs, early socialization and training help so much in the long run. You should always approach dog training with consistency and positive reinforcement.
The Shiranians share some conditions with the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian breeds. An average pup should be quite healthy most of the time, but some may have some health issues. This highlights the importance of maintaining good care and regular checkups at the vet.
Some common health issues for the Shiranians include:
Caring for Your Shiranian
Regular veterinary checkups are pretty much mandatory as your vet can detect any health concerns early and provide proper care in time. They can also help you create a care routine catered specifically toward your dog’s needs.
Shiranians can gain weight rapidly. That, coupled with their moderate energy level means that you would need to take your pup out for a few walks a day. Their small size means a small bladder, so they also need plenty of potty breaks.
Also, check your pup’s ears for any debris or pests every day, clean as recommended by your vet. If you can smell a pungent aroma from your dog’s ear, they may have an ear infection. This requires a trip to the vet. Trim your dog’s nails once or twice a month. If you can hear them clicking against the floor as they walk, then the nails are too long. Your groomer can help here.
Your biggest concern with your Shiranian’s health is their oral health. Brush their teeth daily since small breeds tend to have dental problems. Your vet can teach you how to properly brush your dog’s teeth.
A diet for a small dog with moderate energy is ideal. As mentioned before, they are prone to obesity. So, never free-feed your Shiranian. Instead, create a regular feeding schedule, do not leave food out, and limit their treats as well.
Your vet should be able to give you more pointers as your dog age since their dietary needs would change from puppyhood to adulthood. There are too many variations between Shiranians to give a specific recommendation. Only your vet can after a thorough inspection.
Coat Color and Grooming
Your Shiranian’s coat will be a mix between their Shih Tzu and Pomeranian parents. The main colors are black, brown, sable, red, brindle, and white. While some of the coats are solid, some have patterns that are inherited from their parents. The coats are usually long but they do not shed much, which is a boon for those with allergies. Daily brushing and monthly grooming are needed. Other than that, you should only bathe your pup when you need to since it can strip the coat of its natural oils.
These pups used to be pets for the nobles and royalty, so they are not resilient against extreme weather. Their small stature does not help much either. So, make sure you have a coat for your dog in the winter. During the summer, consider applying sunscreen to ears, nose, and other areas without fur coverage. When taking your dog out during the summer, bring a bottle of water for your dog to prevent dehydration. Keep your dog inside a room with an air-conditioner or fans to keep them cool.
Interactions with Children and Other Pets
Since Shiranians are small, they can be easily injured if handled inappropriately. Overly excited children may unintentionally injure your pet from being too heavy-handed or dropping them due to loose grips. For this reason, Shiranians prefer hanging out near adults or older kids who know how to play gently. Therefore, supervise playtime between children and your Shiranian, even if the kids already learned how to approach and play with a small dog. Otherwise, Shiranians would make for a great companion.
For interaction with other pets, Shiranians can get along with other animals with early socialization. That means, you need to introduce the pup slowly and calmly. It would help in the long run if you introduce it to other pets as early as possible. Shiranians do not enjoy being left alone, so having other animals to keep them company is always appreciated.
It can be difficult to find breed-specific rescue shelters for Shiranians since they are a mixed breed. Still, you can try checking Shih Tzu or Pomeranian shelters since they tend to house mixes between the two breeds as well.