The Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog, also very commonly referred to as the Shiranian dog, is a designer dog breed that comes to life after one Shih Tzu parent is cross bred with one Pomeranian parent.
If you’re a big fan of the two tiny purebreds that are Shih Tzus and Pomeranians, and have always dreamt of getting a little bit of both personalities and looks in a single dog, then your dream is now reality in the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix.
The following list also states some of the most common names that the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix is referred to by.
- Shih Pom
- Pom Tzu
- Shih A Pom
Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Recognition
The Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog is not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) because it’s a designer dog breed and not a purebred dog, but it is recognized as a designer dog breed by the following institutions.
- Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC)
- Dog Registry of America (DRA)
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC)
Pomeranian Shih Tzu Mix Appearance
Size, Height And Weight
Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dogs are as small as can be, which is ofcourse no surprise since this cross breed is the offspring of two of the smallest sized dog breeds out there.
On average, Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dogs grow up to weigh anywhere between 5 to 15 pounds (2.26 to 6.8 kgs) and stand anywhere between 6 to 12 inches tall (15.2 to 30.4 cm).
The following is a list of the most common colors that Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix puppies are born with.
- Dark brown
- Light brown
- Dark yellow
- “Firy” red
It must be noted that Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dogs often tend to have more than one coat color to them, even if its just one dominant coat color and a few shades of another color here and there.
As for the type of coat that the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog often tends to have, it’s almost always a long and straight double coat just like the one its Shih Tzu parent has.
Of course, this won’t always be the case as it greatly depends on which of the two parents the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog takes after in terms of its coat, but most of the times it’s the coat described above.
Shiranian Dog Temperament
Exercise & Physical Activity
Even though the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog is so tiny in size, it’s exactly like its two parents in the sense that’s it’s one tiny creature full of energy and life.
However, it won’t take much exercise before this tiny being “calls it a day”, with an average of a 20 minute walk every day being enough to deplete them from their excess energy, keep them healthy and keep them feeling happy & accomplished.
You really don’t have to go outside the house just to walk your Shiranian for 15-20 minutes in order to give them the daily exercise they need, as you can easily give them all the physical activity outlets they need for the day while remaining indoors.
All you need is some interactive toys and a little bit of space inside the house, and you could have your Shiranian wanting to “call it a day” in no time.
Besides, such interactive play on a daily basis goes a long way in giving your Shiranian the affection and attention that they always crave for.
Whatever you do, don’t attempt to demand more than your Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix can physically sustain, as that will only lead to them feeling greatly fatigued and will greatly increase the risk of injury.
Shih Poms Living Conditions
Indoors VS Outdoors
If you’re looking for a small dog that won’t take up too much space around the house and is perfectly suited to live and be happy indoors most of the time, the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog is an excellent choice for you to consider.
If you have a backyard outside the house where the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dog can have a fresh breather around every now and then, or like to go out in the public to get some exercise under your belt, you can feel free to take your Shiranian with you and they will enjoy the nice change of routine.
All of this is a bonus if available, however is not at all necessary, and the take away from this section is that the Shiranian dog is perfect for individuals/families looking to get a dog suitable for life indoors.
Adequate Time And Attention
If you’re going to add a Shiranian to your household or family, it’s best that you make sure you have the adequate time and energy to spend alongside this dog in terms of playing, showing compassion and showering with affection, as this designer dog breed is one of the most affectionate dogs with the sweetest of souls that you will ever come across.
If you’re someone who can’t dedicate enough time to spending with a dog as demanding as the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix, for whatever reason that may be, then you’re probably better off looking for another type of dog that won’t be as emotionally attached.
Shiranian dogs that don’t receive enough love and attention from their owners, but get left alone for extended periods of time, tend to suffer from severe emotional problems that often translate into aggressive behaviors and a state of depression.
As we always warn about whenever anyone considers adding such a small sized dog to a household where young children reside in, you have to be very careful because young kids do have the habit of playing a little bit too physically rough with dogs at times, something that such a fragile and small dog will not be able to sustain and will be injured very easily from.
So, if you’re able to supervise any and all interactions your kids have with your Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix, or are able to implement a system in place that doesn’t allow your kids to come into contact with this dog when you’re not around and aren’t able to supervise any interaction, then you’ll be just fine and have nothing to worry about.
Shitzu And Pomeranian Mix Health
On average, Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dogs are expected to live lifespans that range anywhere from 12 to 16 years if given the proper care they need and everything they require to live a healthy life.
Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix dogs are not known to suffer from an exceptionally high number of health and physical problems throughout their lives, but possibly the most common physical problem they are at great risk of developing is hip dysplasia because of their very small size.
Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix Care
Because of the double coat that the Shih Tzu Pomeranian mix tends to have, grooming practices are going to be required at a higher frequency and a much more strict schedule than would be the case with a dog that had a single coat that isn’t as high maintenance.
Brushing and combing the Shiranian’s coat is most likely going to be required from you to do at least once a day, sometimes even two or more times a day if you notice that their hair is tangling together.
Also, and because the Shiranian’s coat is a fairly long one, this means that they tend to get dirty much more and much faster than other dogs with a short coat, which translates to the increased need for showers and bathing time more often.
One of the most attractive aspects to this dog is its coat, so you have to know that you need to put in extra effort in order to maintain its beautiful form.