Shorkie puppies are the very adorable crosses between Shih Tzus and Yorkshire terriers. These small dogs are cute as separate breeds, so combining them makes for some puppies that a lot of people really want!
Where To Get Shorkie Puppies
Because Shorkie puppies are a designer breed cross, it’s unlikely you’ll find one in a shelter. If you’re willing to get a mix of other breeds, a dog that looks similar to a Shorkie, or an older dog, you might have some luck with calling around. Otherwise, you’ll have to find a breeder.
There’s nothing wrong with pursuing a breeder when it comes to getting a puppy, but you should make sure they’re ethical. Backyard breeders will often sell puppies for cheap that aren’t the promised breeds, or haven’t been checked by a veterinarian. That means the buyer is often saddled with medical bills that far surpass the price of the puppy.
You should look for the following green flags to check the breeder is a good one:
- Health checked parents
- Puppies who’ve seen a veterinarian
- Ability to meet the parents
- Open to questions
- A spay/neuter contract
Shorkie Puppies – Cost
If you do manage to find a Shorkie or similar dog at a shelter, you can expect to pay a couple of hundred dollars at most. This will also cover their spay/neuter, microchipping, and shots most of the time.
Shorkies are a direct cross between Shih Tzus and Yorkies, so you can expect them to be very small dogs. They won’t weigh very much, though their appearance may still be a little high maintenance with that long coat.
They also tend to be very good for allergies. While no dog is truly hypoallergenic, they come the closest.
Training And Temperament
Shorkies tend to be very loyal to their owners, but very spunky. Despite being small dogs, they do have rather high energy needs and you should be prepared to give them lots of exercise. When high-energy dogs don’t get the exercise they need — and the mental stimulation — they can become bored and destructive.
They are very playful, so you should make sure you meet their needs in this regard! You should also, however, get started on training early. Teach them the basics from as young as eight weeks old and make sure you reinforce good behavior and ignore the bad. That way, you will end up with a well-behaved and sociable pup. Woody…
The Shorkie can end up with some health problems either breed is prone to, such as bronchitis or cataracts. You can make sure the parents are health tested to try and combat this. Ultimately though, the best thing to do is have pet insurance. Make sure it covers all of the conditions your pet may end up with.
Otherwise, your Shorkie puppy will need the same things as any other puppy. They’ll get a series of shots between eight and sixteen weeks that will protect them against parvovirus and other nasty illnesses and, until that series is complete, should be kept away from other dogs. They will also receive their rabies vaccine after this.
Make sure you take your dog to the vet every year for a check-up and booster shots, as this will keep them protected.
When it comes to diet, there’s one main debate between owners: raw vs. kibble.
If you do choose to feed them a raw diet, it should be thought out and prepared by a nutritionist. Dogs are omnivores with complex dietary needs, so throwing down some raw meat every day simply won’t cut it.
The main thing to be aware of with kibble is that all food isn’t created equal. Some food is cheap and full of fillers rather than nutrients, and isn’t good for your dog, so make sure you ask your veterinarian about good brands for your pup. You should also never feed your dog grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease. This is Leia…
Shorkie Puppies – Grooming
All dogs need their nails cut, ears cleaned, and teeth brushed. You should get them used to this from an early age, so that it isn’t a problem to do any of it when they’re older. Trimming nails can be especially difficult if they aren’t adjusted early.
The coat of a Shorkie means you’ll probably have to brush it every day, or it can get matted. This can be very painful for the dog.
So, if you’ve been looking at Shorkie puppies, you’re making a good choice! These pups are playful, lively, and still very loyal at the end of the day. Just make sure to keep up with their veterinary needs and socialize them well so you end up with a great best friend.