The Pomeranian Shih Tzu is a popular hybrid Shih Tzu mix, also known by Shiranian, Shihpom or Pom-Tzu.
This mixed breed is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian. The American Canine Hybrid Club and Designer Dogs Kennel Club both recognize this cross-breed.
The Shiranian's weight ranges from 4-16 pounds and they are usually 7-12 inches tall.
They come in several different colors such as brindle, gold, chocolate, red, orange, black or sable. The coat color may be solid or any of these color combinations. The Shiranian has a long, straight and sometimes wavy double coat.
A characteristic of purebred Pomeranians is that they change colors as they get older. This may or may not happen with a Shihpom mix, but be prepared for your cream colored puppy to become brown and white or orange, or your brown ball of fluff to turn cream!
They are able to sport the topknot like the Shih Tzu due to their long hair.
We've read many forum comments where owners say that their Shihpom does not shed, making them good for people with allergies. However, a Pomeranian can often shed quite a bit, so be aware that a mix can have a range of results for its coat type. if this is an important issue for you, it would be a good idea to talk to the breeder.
The Shihpom cross requires regular grooming to keep its hair smooth and tangle free. However, as the fur is a different texture from a pom, they need to get cut less often and are easier to comb out yourself.
The Shihpom is a loving and affectionate dog breed. They are quick learners, intelligent and also very energetic. They need daily exercise, such as a short walk or playtime in the yard.
Pom-Tzu's thrive on human contact so they don't do well when left alone for long hours. Shihpom's are generally not for families with little children because children may play too rough with them. They also adjust in homes with other pets.
With their Pomeranian heritage, this mix is a generally healthy breed, living long lives with proper care and regular exercise. The average life expectancy is 15 years or more.
Here are some photos of this breed shared by visitors to our website. Meet Lulu, Pepper and Jet ...
If you currently have one of these lovable dogs, please visit the Shih Tzu Mix page to tell everyone about your hybrid dog and to share your photos.