Love comes in all shapes and sizes. In this case, it’s a small dog called Shorkie Poo. There isn’t much information on them so better read on to find out how they would fill your life with love and how you can work with them.
What is a Shorkie Poo?
A Shorkie Poo is what you get when you mix a Yorkie, a Shih Tzu, and a Poodle. It’s considered a specialty designer dog breed. For reference, a designer dog breed is a mix of purebred dogs. They are also called crossbreeds or hybrid breeds.
Naturally, designer dog breeds cannot be registered under American Kennel Club (AKC) because they aren’t purebreds. Dogs registered under AKC are usually considered high quality and healthy. But being unable to register your dog under AKC doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog isn’t healthy or of high quality. You can still register your dog under The American Hybrid Club and Designer Dogs Kennel Club, so don’t fret!
Moreover, designer dog breeds are generally created to enhance their parents’ strong points. In the case of the Shorkie Poo, they are created to enhance the strong points of a Yorkie, a Shih Tzu, and a Poodle. We’ll look more into their strong points later on.
The Appearance of Shorkie Poo
Considering designer dog breeds, you will never know exactly what your puppy would look like. For example, they have a tendency to differ in color even amongst the same litter. Their colors range from black to dark and light shades of brown.
Shorkie Poo coats also differ. They can either be curly, long, or silky. They are generally hypoallergenic and they don’t shed as much.
As for their height, they can grow up to 7 to 9 inches. They can weigh around 10 to 16 pounds as well. It’s important to note that their appearance rests heavily on what their parents look like. With that said, their characteristics may fall anything in between their parents’ characteristics.
History of Shorkie Poo
There isn’t much information about Shorkie Poo themselves. However, their famous ancestor, the Shorkie, was a product of occasional accidental mating. Shorkies are rare, and they’ve only been available in the past decade so it’s understandable how Shorkie Poos does not have much history about them as well.
Another one of their ancestors is the Yorkie-Poo, which only came 5 years earlier than Shorkies. They were conceived along with the rise of Poodle popularity amongst mixed breeders. Shorkie Poo dogs were developed to be a small dog that is easy to take care of. Considering how they were bred from small dogs, I’d say their breeders achieved their goal.
Shorkie Poo Breed
We’ve mentioned that a Shorkie Poo is a mix of Yorkie, Shih Tzu, and Poodle, but you can’t exactly breed all three of them at the same time. That’s just absurd. The hybrid Shorkie Poo is actually borne from a Shorkie (mix of Shih Tzu and Yorkie) and a Toy Poodle. They can also be born from a Yorkie-Poo (mix of Yorkie and Toy Poodle) and a Shih Tzu, or a Shorkie and Yorkie-Poo bred together.
This complicated mix of three breeds is the reason why you can’t predict what your puppy would look like. It’s impossible to have the characteristics be equally distributed among puppies after all. What you can be certain of is that Shorkie Poos inherit their parents’ adorableness. Being a mix of three adorable breeds just makes them all the more irresistible!
Shorkie Poo Lifespan
Shorkie Poo dogs are expected to live for around 10 to 15 years. A way to prolong their life would be to engage them in regular exercise and give them proper nutrition. They’ve inherited not only their ancestors’ characteristics but also their lifespan. Both Yorkie-Poos and Shorkies are expected to live between 10 to 15 years.
This is a long time compared to larger dogs’ life expectancy. For example, a Saint Bernard is only expected to live from 5 to 8 years. Smaller breeds generally live longer because they don’t age as fast as larger dogs. Smaller dogs also have faster metabolisms.
Shorkie Poo Price
The average price of a Shorkie Poo ranges from $400 to $1700, and this is from reputable Shorkie Poo Breeders. When you look for Shorkie Poo puppies, always do your research and see if Shorkie Poos fit your lifestyle. You can also choose to adopt if ever there are any Shorkie Poo puppies in animal rescue institutions.
Shorkie Poo Temperament
If you have children or are part of a large family that loves getting together, it’s smart to consider your prospective pets’ temperament and behavior. Fortunately for you, Shorkie Poos are loving, friendly, and active. They are perfect for a big family as they generally socialize well. However, take note that your puppy may be more of a Yorkie in nature, and that may mean a different level of sociability.
The level may differ due to breed, yes, but their ancestors are generally sociable anyway so you need not worry. They also require a lot of attention so it would be nice to take them with you when you’re meeting your family so they could have lots of attention on them. This would also mean that they would see fellow animals as competition so be sure to pay enough attention to them in case you have more than one pet and are planning to get a Shorkie Poo.
Shorkie Poo Food & Diet Requirements
Since Shorkie Poos are small dogs, their food should be formulated for small dogs. It’s advisable to give them a well-balanced and high-quality diet of dry food with high-grade ingredients. Their kibble should also have a high percentage of lean meat and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. This, along with exercise, should give your pup a chance at a long and healthy life.
You should avoid giving them cheap, dry food because they may be filled with unhealthy carbohydrates and plant-based protein that won’t do your pup well. Take note as well that your dog’s different developmental levels entail different dietary needs. If it gets too confusing, you can ask a veterinarian for help.
Shorkie Poo Exercise
Their ancestors aren’t really keen on a lot of physical activity. However, they still do need exercise, and this generally applies to all dogs anyway. They are very active and energetic so it won’t be too hard to have them engage in a play. That doesn’t mean their exercises should be confined inside the house, though.
It is still very much encouraged to have them walk around for at least 30 minutes daily. This is a sure-proof way to keep them fit (and it also helps you exercise). You can also have them play fetch in a park until they are tired – they’d love you for it! This also helps them be familiar with environments outside your home so you’re hitting two birds with one stone!
Shorkie Poo Grooming
Shedding seems to be a general concern among dog lovers since not everyone is capable of maintaining their homes regularly. It contributes to the problems of cleanliness around the house, so it’s a good thing that Shorkie Poos are light shedders! They have minimal grooming needs because of their Toy Poodle lineage, and Shorkies are known to be high-maintenance as well.
As for their other ancestor, the Yorkie-Poo, their coats can be long and scruffy like Yorkshire Terriers which makes brushing invaluable in the dog’s daily routine. Due to Shorkie Poos’ light hair, they can be easily combed and brushed daily. This is highly encouraged to prevent matting as well.
Moreover, when you’re grooming them, make sure to brush their coats first before bathing as water may tighten matts. It’ll then be harder to tend to if this happens. They should be given baths once a month, at the very least, and be sure to use products that are not harsh on their coats and skin as they are sensitive. Do not use human products on dogs as well!
Wash their coat thoroughly with lukewarm water and dog shampoo. You can either dry their hair with a hairdryer or let it air dry. An additional tip in drying their hair is that when you’re using a hairdryer, be sure to set it on the lowest setting and begin with the chest hair. Do not hold the dryer too close to their skin or their faces.
Shorkie Poo Training
Shorkie Poo dogs are intelligent. This means that it won’t take them too long to learn how to socialize and to be trained. As is customary, one should start the dogs’ training process early. This is so they can get used to it until it’s habitual or second nature to them.
However, training isn’t all fun and games, especially housetraining. This is commonly the case among Shorkie Poos because they have a stubborn streak. They easily get bored when exposed to repetitive tasks for too long. Keep the training short and interesting as much as you can.
In terms of training, positive reinforcement is the way to go! They are intelligent and are easy to teach as long as it interests them. Furthermore, you also need to expose them to different people and environments. In short, have them socialize with different animals and stimuli so as to not overwhelm them when you suddenly decide to move away or have people over.
Shorkie Poo Health Issues
Generally, they are considered a healthy breed. This is because mixed breeds are healthier than purebreds. Why is that so? Well, because purebred dogs have a high burden of genetic disorders. That doesn’t mean that they have less life expectancy than mixed breeds though; this just means they are more vulnerable to genetic disorders.
Moreover, Shorkie Poos still have health issues as well. They are at risk for patellar luxation (sometimes called trick knee), which is when the kneecap moves out of its original location. Another health issue that Shorkie Poos are at risk for is ear infections. It is important to clean their ears, especially after baths.
They can also inherit the same health issues as their parents. Like how their Shih Tzu features of large eyes and short nose make them prone to eye issues and respiratory problems. Their Toy Poodle ancestry may also make them vulnerable to Cushing’s disease, which is when their body produces too much cortisol and skin problems. These are all preventable though, so don’t worry too much.
Is The Shorkie Poo A Good Family Dog?
As mentioned earlier, Shorkie Poos go well with large families because they are small so they don’t take up too much space. It also helps that they’re cute so your relatives would naturally gush over them. Also, as much as they love the attention, they also enjoy giving it back. They are very affectionate and good with kids because of their Shih Tzu and Poodle ancestry.
In case you aren’t a part of a big family, they are still perfect companions especially if you live in an apartment. They can engage in play without the need for a wide backyard to run around. If you’re a newbie owner, they would also suit you well since they do not require much and are generally well-behaved.
By now, it’s safe to say that Shorkie Poos are as adorable as their lineage! What makes them all the more lovely is how easy it is to take care of them and how much they give back. They would not hesitate to show you affection and would be happy to play with you in the limited space of your apartment. If you ever need a dog in your life, you can always show some love to Shorkie Poos.