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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
Shih Tzu
The Shiranian mixed dog is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian. She is also called a Pomshi, Pom-Tzu, Shih-Pom and Shih A Pom. She is a small dog with a life span of 13 to 15 years. She is a lively little thing who loves being around people being very sociable.

The Shiranian is a good dog for families, seniors and singles living in houses or apartments. She is a sociable and energetic dog who will be a great addition to your life. Despite her liveliness she does not bark too much but if you want a dog who will also act as a watchdog this may not be the right one for you.

Here is the Shiranian at a Glance
Average height 7 to 12 inches
Average weight 4 to 16 pounds
Coat type Double, long, straight to wavy
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Moderate to frequent
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low to moderate
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Epilepsy, Eye Problems, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Collapsed Trachea, Kidney and bladder problems, liver problems, umbilical hernia,
Other Health Concerns Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Dental problems, ear infections, reverse sneezing, snuffles,
Life Span 13 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1300
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $530 to $630

Where does the Shiranian come from?

The Shiranian is a cross or mixed breed also known as a designer dog. Designer dogs are increasing in popularity and have been doing so for the last two decades. This is in part due to their popularity amongst celebrities. These are not dogs that can be registered with the AKC or other purebred organizations but they are a part of many hybrid organizations. Most Shiranians are first generation breeding though a few may be second. First generation means born to two purebred parents. These can take any qualities from the parents and it cannot be controlled or guaranteed. Make sure you research the breeders before you buy as this has also attracted a lot of puppy mills and bad breeders who are only in the business of making money. To get a better feel for the Shiranian we can look at the parents.

The Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is thought to be very old and is from China or Tibet. They were treasured as companion dogs and can be found on artifacts across Tibetan and Chinese history. They were called little lion dogs and were gentle, smart and joyful. The first breeding pair to leave China and come to England was in 1928. In 1969 he was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Shih-Tzu is still a companion dog today. He is keen to please and wants to be with you. He is very affectionate and loves to receive it too. He will spend as much time as he can in your lap and is a happy little dog when he has lots of attention. He can be lively and likes to play and is friendly too.

The Pomeranian

In the northern countries there were Spitz breeds and it is thought the Pomeranian was bred from these dogs in Pomerania. Back then Pomeranians could weigh up to 30 pounds. They were a popular dog breed, you can find many famous people throughout history who were fans. They came to England in 1761 and at that time were over 20 pounds. While popular in the royal family and with nobility they were not so with the public. In the Victorian era things changed though, Queen Victoria loved them after she saw one weighing 12 pounds. It is believed this inspired the breeding of small Pomeranians amongst English breeders. During the early 20th century the breed was stabilized at the present normal weight of 7 to 15 pounds.

The Pomeranian today is a very extroverted dog who is smart, lively and outgoing. He loves social get togethers, meeting people, family events and expects to be central to it all. He does have that small dog tendency of challenging bigger dogs so does need watching around them. He is alert, curious and a great watchdog. He does tend to bark a lot so early socialization and training are key to controlling this.


The Shiranian is a cheerful and friendly dog who loves to be with people and is not happy when she is left alone for long periods. She can be playful and is quite intelligent. She gets along with children well so could be a great family dog but because she is so friendly she is not a great watchdog. She is very affectionate and needs a high amount of affection in return to feel happy and self assured. She can be lively and energetic so will need lots of activity. She is very sweet, loves to cuddle and bonds very closely with her owners.

What does the Shiranian look like

She is a small dog weighing 4 to 16 pounds and measures 7 to 12 inches tall. She has a double coat that can be long, silky and straight to wavy. Common colors are red, gold, orange, brindle, black, chocolate, sable, gray, white and gold.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Shiranian need to be?

She is active and loves to play but as her size is small she does not a lot of exercise to keep her healthy and happy. She is well suited therefore for apartment living. She does not need a yard as she can play indoors as part of her needs but if there is one that is a bonus. Her daily walks should be kept short if she is on the smaller end of her size range. She can handle slightly more moderate ones at the top end of her size range. If she is large enough trips to a dog park are a great idea.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and often can catch on to commands quickly especially when training and socialization are done from a young age. She does have a stubborn side to her though so this can stop things going really quickly and just make it moderately easy to train her. She should be trained with a firmness that sets you as her clear leader and with consistency. Positivity is important so reward do not scold, offer treats and praise rather than punishment.

Living with a Shiranian

How much grooming is needed?

When it comes to shedding the Shiranian will shed a moderate amount of hair so there will certainly be cleaning and vacuuming to do, and some loose hair on clothing and such. She has a long coat usually which should be brushed daily to remove tangles and will need some professional grooming. Bathing her should be done just when she is especially dirty to avoid damaging her skin’s natural oils. Use a dog shampoo only for the same reason. Her nails will need clipping when they get too long. Dog nails are not like ours, they have nerves and blood vessels in the lower part so cutting down too far will hurt them and cause bleeding. If you are not familiar with clipping dog nails either learn from a vet or groomer, or just leave the groomer to take care of it. There are special dog nail clippers you can get for the job. Her ears should be checked once a week for infection and then wiped clean using a dog ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball. Her teeth should be brushed at least two to three times a week using a dog toothbrush and toothpaste.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She can get along fine with other pets, children and other dogs but she does need socialization to help with it all and being raised with them also helps. As she has a tendency to jealousy and possessiveness of her owner she does not like sharing the attention and affection!

General information

She does not make a great watchdog and her barking is rare. She should be fed ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry dog food each day split into two meals at least. She does better in colder or cool climates than ones that are too warm.

Health Concerns

The Shiranian could inherit health concerns her parents have such as Epilepsy, Eye Problems, Legg-Perthes, Patellar Luxation, Collapsed Trachea, Kidney and bladder problems, liver problems, umbilical hernia, Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Dental problems, ear infections, reverse sneezing and snuffles. Before you purchase a puppy you should ask to see health clearances for the parents and you should visit the puppy at the breeders to check on the conditions it was kept in.

Costs involved in owning a Shiranian

A Shiranian puppy could cost between $250 to $1300. Other costs for things like micro chipping, spaying, blood tests, deworming, shots, carrier, crate, collar and leash come to between $360 to $400. Yearly costs for essential medical needs like check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and shots come to between $435 to $535. Yearly costs for non medical needs like training, food, toys, license, treats and grooming come to between $530 to $630.


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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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