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Shorkie Tzu: Breed Characteristics, Care &
Exercise Needs (Shorkie)

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About Shorkie Tzu

Country of Origin, History of Shorkie Tzus

There is no known date or person who started the Shorkie breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the late 1980s or early 1990s that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terriers to develop Shorkies to have an intelligent, affectionate companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Shorkie Tzus became more and more popular.

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A General Appearance of the Dog

The Shorkie, or Shorkie Tzu, is a cross of the Shih Tzu and the Yorkshire Terrier. To learn more about their traits, research both breeds. These dogs tend to be shy and hard to housetrain. They are sweet and like to please you so will learn good behavior with plenty of firm, consistent training and positive reinforcement. They love snuggles and playtime and usually get along well with kids and other pets.

These pups are good for a single or couple in an apartment or condo who are willing to start early and work consistently on training. They tend to be yappy, so must be trained early. They serve as a watchdog who will warn you of any noise or person. They love unconditionally and just want to be with you.


The majority of Shorkies have a long, silky coat. However, their overall appearance can be that of a Yorkie or of a Shih Tzu. The Shih Tzus are small and sturdy with small, round heads and short muzzles, but the Yorkshire Terriers have flat heads with more muscular bodies and a high set tail. Coat colors can be blue, black, red, white, fawn, or brown or a combination with noses of blue, black or brown and eyes of brown or blue.


5 – 15 pounds


6 – 14 inches

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Shorkie Tzu Personality Traits

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The Spanish Water Dog is an extremely intelligent, fearless, ever-active, strong, attentive, happy and well balanced versatile working dog with strong herding, hunting and guardian instincts. It is a devoted companion. It is reserved, not shy, with strangers. They can be protective and territorial.

Are they suited to families with kids?

Most of them are good with children and other animals if properly socialized.


The Shorkie Tzu is difficult to train. Housetraining takes extra time, vigilance, and persistence. All training takes consistency and persistence, using short training periods with positive reinforcement. He also tends toward small dog syndrome, so needs an alpha owner.

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Shorkie Tzu Activity Level

How active is the breed?

Playtime with toys and family and a couple of short walks a day are plenty of exercise.


The Shorkie needs a daily brushing to keep his coat free of tangles. Some owners will want their Shorkie groomed professionally every 6 – 8 weeks as well. Baths every 3 – 4 weeks are a necessity. Their teeth must be brushed at least 3 times a week and their nails clipped every 3 – 4 weeks. Check and clean ears several times a week to prevent ear infections.

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Health and Care

The Shorkie Tzu is a relatively healthy dog. They do suffer from allergies, hypoglycaemia, collapsed trachea, patellar luxation (knee issues), and progressive retinal atrophy.

Life Span: 11 – 16 years

National Breed Clubs

National Breed Clubs: none

Other Recognition:

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
DBR = Designer Breed Registry
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

Group: Mixed Breed Dog.

AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.

Also Known As: Shorkie, Shorkie Tzu, Shorki, Yorkie Tzu

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