The Shiranian, also sometimes called a Pom-Shi, Pom-Tzu, Shih-Pom, and Shih A Pom, is a cross between the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian breeds. Despite its small size, this toy breed is lively and has a playful nature. Some of its physical as well as behavioral traits can often vary though, as inherited from the parents. Its coat can come in a variety of colors including black, tan, brown, white, merle, orange, red, brindle, and gold.
Since the Shiranian is friendly they can sometimes become overly attached to their families, often remaining close to their owners. If left alone for too long they may suffer from depression and boredom and could exhibit destructive or aggressive behaviors. However, due to their friendly and happy disposition, they are known to be good with children and other pets. But due to their easygoing and sociable nature they do not make a good watchdog.
Care and Grooming
The Shiranian has a thick covering of fur and therefore needs daily brushing to prevent matting and to keep dead hairs away. It is good to bathe them only when it is necessary, which helps to keep its coat clean and shiny.
Being surprisingly energetic for its size, the Shiranian needs sufficient exercise in the form of short, regular walks. However, too much strenuous exercise like extended hours of walking could be harmful. It is best to provide ample opportunities to play indoors or inside a fenced yard.
This breed is intelligent and can learn quickly, making it easier for you to train. As with other breeds, it is a good to start training and socializing the dog at a young age. By accustoming them to training and grooming early, you can prevent future behavioral or health issues.
Clubs, Registries, & Associations
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- International Designer Canine Registry
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Average Weight: 4-16 lbs.
Personality Traits: Happy, friendly, intelligent
Country of Origin: United States