Shorkie, the designer breed is a gem of a pet! They not just prove to be great watchdogs but can be the best buddy on earth you would ever have a chance to make friends with.
They are a mix of Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier; thanks to the parent breed genes, Shorkies shed a lot less and hence can be a good company to people suffering from allergies.
Statistics show it that owing to its childish nature and playfulness, Shorkies are surprisingly growing popular in the United States.
Shorkie Fullgrown Size & Weight:
Size – They grow up to 6 -11 inches and an adult Shorkie can be anywhere between 7 – 14 inches.
Weight – They could weigh between a range of 7 and 15 pounds
Shorkies are mostly sturdy and small with a few exceptions when the pet is lean with not much height but that’s really rare. They come in a variety of attractive colors ranging from Black & Tanned White to Particolored (the mixture of gold, white, black and chocolate).
An average Shorkie can live to be between 12 and 15 years. This again depends on the health of the little one; proper care and diet can help it sustain up to 17 years.
There isn’t clear evidence to support this lifespan range but based on the life expectancy of its parent breed, 17 years can be regarded as the maximum for a healthy Shorkie.
Shorkies are very affectionate and can easily get along with anybody; perhaps due to this ‘get-along-with-all’ feature, this breed usually cannot be used as a watchdog.
Few salient features of a Shorkie:
Energetic and Playful Personality – You definitely need to keep yourself boosted to run around with it for a quick game.
Excess Barking when Abandoned – Shorkies love to have company 24/7; slight ignorance can stress them out and hence result in excessive barking.
May Snap if Threatened – This behavior can be expected only if the pet feels threatened or abused; hence it’s necessary to be around when your pet plays with your little kid.
How To Train A Shorkie?
Shorkies are always high-spirited and would love taking frequent strolls with the same enthusiasm that they had when you took them out for the first time.
They are extremely playful but not very demanding. They are quite sharp hence taking a look at these tips can help you train your pet better;
Train them when they are attentive – Shorkie dogs are less attentive and can be hard-headed sometimes. So it’s mandatory that you wind up your lessons before they lose interest.
Give Short Lessons – Train him for small games at first such as fetching toy bones, catching balls, etc
One Command At a Time – Don’t bombard them with a list of training sessions. Give them one order a day and keep repeating until they master it.
Take them to the same spot for training – You can easily train a Shorkie when given classes at the same place. Once they become familiar with the surrounding, they feel at ease while practising.
Reward them – Take consistent lessons and appreciate them whenever they succeed in accomplishing a task; give them a toy or a treat they love most.
Shorkie puppies can cost anywhere between $350 and $1500 based on their size, age and health. If you are to buy a Shorkie from a professional breeder then it would cost a little more than the usual rate.
Like every designer breed, Shorkie too suffers from genetically transmitted diseases like low blood sugar level; hence it’s mandatory that the pet is fed with a balanced diet at regular intervals.
Here’s a guide to food habits based on the age of the pet;
First 4 months – Basically at this time, the puppy needs to be with the mother and be fed on dog milk alone.
Starting from 5 Months – It is high time that you introduce your pet to dry food. So if it is a branded dry kibble that you have decided to feed your dog with, then try dipping it in water and feeding; this makes digesting the food easy.
This is the stage when the puppy needs to have optimum muscle growth so make sure that the food you give consists of the required nutrients.
8 Months and Above – By this time, train your pet to have just dry food. You can decide the feeding quantity and frequency. You can split their meal structure into 3 portions or even two based on their requirement.
The point is, your pet needs to be healthy but that doesn’t mean it should be overfed.
If you suspect your pet to be suffering from hypoglycemia in the early months, then give them a little honey or maple syrup to keep a balance.