The Shorkie is a crossbreed between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Shih Tzu. This type of breed is commonly referred to as hybrid or designer breed. In the last several years the Shorkie has become one of the most popular of all the designer breeds. The Shorkie has a coat that is typically long and silky. The Shorkie’s coat may be allowed to grow all the way to ground or it may be groomed to be shorter. Both of the parent breeds are non-shedding so the Shorkie is an excellent dog for people who suffer from allergies.
The coat of the Shorkie may be a variety of different colors. Some of the colors that are seen in the Shorkie include gold with a black mask on the face, black and tan, solid red, solid gold and multi-colored of white, gold, black, white and chocolate. The size of the Shorkie can vary somewhat depending upon the size of the parent breeds. The puppies are usually very small considering the breed itself is small.
The Shorkie is considered to be sweet natured and playful. Socialization is an extremely important factor in the temperament of the Shorkie. Most Shorkies will get along well with children and with others in the home when they have been properly socialized. Owners should be aware that it is usually a good idea to supervise play between children and a Shorkie due to the breed's small size. This is because the Shorkie can be inadvertently hurt by play that is too rough. The Shorkie is intelligent and typically trains very well. This is an affectionate dog that loves nothing more than spending time with its family. The Shorkie should not be left alone for long periods of time as it craves human companionship. The Shorkie is not an avid barker and will usually do well when traveling with its family. This dog will become very attached to its owners and be protective but it does not make a good guard dog simply because of its friendly nature. It may sometimes be stubborn but responds well to training if treats are provided.