The Shorkie pup has become something of a designer breed — a popular cross between the Shih-Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier. While there’s nothing wrong with a mix becoming popular, it requires some care. Unethical breeders and puppy mills will churn these dogs out for a quick buck without health testing or socializing. Don’t support these businesses! Make sure you do your research.
They are very small dogs and won’t weigh very much at all. You may also be fortunate enough to find that their long coats don’t shed, making them a great choice for those who suffer from allergies. No dog is truly hypoallergenic, but they’re a good choice to get close.
The Shorkie – A High Energy Dog
They may be small dogs, but you may find yourself surprised by how much energy they have. Despite their size, they have a lot of fire! Be prepared to play with them a lot to keep them amused. Remember, a bored dog can become a dog who is destructive and doesn’t want to listen. It’s best to keep up with them to ensure this doesn’t happen.
They are, however, very loyal to their owners and very intelligent. One thing to watch with small dogs is that potty training takes a long time because they have small bladders. You might find that it’s a while before they’re consistent and reliable in the house. Never punish them for accidents, and just have patience and take them outside plenty. They’ll get there in the end as long as you stay gentle and firm! A routine always helps.
As long as you do your research and don’t buy a puppy mill dog, these are great puppies who you can enjoy for many years to come. The Shorkie is a dog that you will absolutely love to own.