The Shorkies have Baby teething toys and exercise toys for mind stimulation. My Shorkie puppies will make your heart melt as soon as you see them. My Shorkies will give you unconditional love, all they ask in return is to be loved and taken care of the rest of their life.
All about Shorkies
Shorkies are considered a designer breed. They are a mix of a Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier. The American Canine Hybrid Club now recognizes the shorkie as an official hybrid designer dog.
Shorkies are famous for being loving, affectionate, open, friendly, and eager to please. Shorkie puppies are not only intelligent & easy to train but their calm laid back personalities are fantastic with small children & families.
Shorkies are famous for being loving, affectionate, open, friendly, and eager to please there owners. Shorkies are the ultimate companion dog. Shorkie puppies are not only intelligent & easy to train but their calm laid back personalities are fantastic with small children & families. 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. Shih Tzu dogs are generally less yappy than most other toy breed dogs. They bark to alert you when someone is at the door, so they do make a good watch dog. Yorkies are a little more vocal, so the shorkie can take on the characteristics of either parent. But also the shorkie is so loving it may just let them in with a waging tail and kisses.
Mixed-breed dogs usually balance the temperaments of their parents' breeds. The shorkie is a playful, non-aggressive dog. It's not considered a high-strung, barking breed. It prefers to be curled up in someone's lap.
An adult shorkie weighs an average of seven to 12 pounds. Their height reaches only six to eleven inches, so that categorizing them as a toy breed.
The coat of the Shorkie may be a variety of different colors. Some of the colors that are in the Shorkie are gold with a black mask on the face and ears, black and tan, solid red, solid gold and multi-colored of
chocolate, white, gold, black. 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.Both the Shih tzu and yorkie are non-shedding dog so our shorkie puppies are excellent for families with allergies. Shorkie puppies must always have hair all over the body, beware of puppies and adults that have bald spots this can be caused by many genetic health issues. My puppies come in MANY colors including 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 coat tends to lighten as the dog ages.
Their coat texture should be soft, fluffy, and easy to be groomed this coat texture is beneficial for children and families that suffer from allergies as well.The shorkie puppy coat is typically long and unless he is kept in a puppy cut. If not he/she will need to be trimmed quite often.
Shorkie puppies are considered nonshedding, hypoallergenic dogs. Their coats need to be groomed daily if their hair is allowed to grow out. A "puppy cut" trims the hair to a shorter length, giving the dog a cute, youthful look. This cut can be maintained by trims every six to eight weeks.
Bathing. Try not to bath your puppy for a long while after you bring him home.The less stress the better. This is why i say this, one vet explained it to me this way. The puppys body temperature cannot adjust fast enough to the water temp, then the dryer temp, then back to room temp. again. A adult dog can. But, a puppy was never meant to be bathed so much in the early months of life with water, soaps,and dryers. This seems to cause more stress on puppy. So, try to go easy on that if at all possible. Also, try to use good shampoo's for puppy. That of oatmeal, aloe Vera, or penny royal ...all natural are really nice. A safe easy in-between bath to sanitize puppy is: 3/4 water and 1/4 hydrogen peroxide in spritz bottle. Then just lightly spray over body, bottom of feet and dab dry. Puppy should have his own towel, brushes, and bath supplies. Puppy's list of Bath items is posted below. Start with a soft coated Slicker brush to brush out puppy. And, we use a Flea comb for under coats and that tiny hair around the eye's. It just works better. Puppy doesn't have flea's but the close tooth stainless steel flea comb works better. Now, here's our trade grooming secret (that Groomers don't want you to know). For poodle mix's or Shorkies with double coats to have "MAT FREE" low maintenance coats one must "prep out the coat". Meaning you need to prepare the coat by: use a dog clippers or mans mustache clipper to clip away fur under tail, under and behind ears, and under arm pits. Then take a "thinning scissors" and thin out coat on side's and wherever any mats are prone to be. Next, Bathe puppy. Finishing off with a puppy "Leave-On Conditioner". (petco: Miracle coat leave-in conditioner will do). Do not rinse it out. Leave in. Just pat dry puppy, comb through, and finish with the hair dryer on medium heat blowing the puppys coat down. Unless, you have a puppy cut, which is dried any way. Once the coat is treated this way, your puppy can go months with out mats. And, you'll only need to comb and brush out puppy maybe 1-2 times a week. This is something kids can help you with. Also, most people keep a long coated dog in a Puppy cut. Which is 2" all the way around the body. You can do this too. Just scissor the body, under feet, under tail, under ears, and away from eye's about 1-2". Only adults are to do the puppys ears, nails, and teeth. We clean ears with Q-Tips and olive oil or Tea Tree Oil. But, one must be very careful, one vet told us not to use Q-tips, but we find its ok if your careful. And, easy on the olive & tea tree oil, which are very strong on a puppys ear. Only a small amount on Q-tip. Also, you can use a kitten nail clipper for your puppy. It just works better. As you might have experienced, clipping the nails too short can cause bleeding. Its hard to find the "Quick" in order to avoid this. So, try to get to know the length of the nail. You'll need to buy a "stop bleed" powder just in case. The teeth can be wiped with puppys own wash cloth over your index finger. Your Puppy need to experience letting a person touch their teeth while they're young. Your puppys teeth will be completely replaced with adult teeth by 5-6 months of age. Most of the baby teeth will be swallowed or not found. Teach your puppy to enjoy being groomed. Helpful demo's visit YouTube For summer. A shampoo with “penny royal” is good. Can add tea tree or peppermint oil drops to rinse. Leave on. We also, dust the dogs with "Bond" foot powder as a Bug Repellent. It's gentle for them and works. We never had ticks, flies, or fleas! and our dogs go out year round. Never use flea collars, dips, baths its so harsh. Most are made with poison. You can also, add garlic or brewers yeast to diet (from Revival). It comes through the pores and repels insects. Insects hate garlic. Unfortunately, it only come is a large size. From Revival. So, it'll last forever, unless you can divide it up for other dogs.
Grooming Tools You'll Need: Puppy's own towels Puppy Shampoo Leave-On Conditioner for dogs. A all natural herbal brand for humans would work too. Soft edge slicker brush Steel comb Flea Comb (use to coat hair with leave-on conditioner). Q tips Ear cleaner for dogs Dog tooth brush Dog tooth paste Spritz bottle hydrogen peroxide blow dryer dog clippers or Scissors Nail Cutters – we use one's for cats/ kitten or human nail clipper Quick stop (if nail bleeds) Puppys own storage container: basket.. Optional: All natural fiber hair brush doggie cologne we use "morning glory" body mist. Thinning Sicissors for med-heavier coats. Angel Eyes. If your puppy has eye stain. Or you can try terramycin from Revival. Olive Oil & Tea Tree Oil (we use for cleaning ears or to use for leave on spritz to repell summer insects).
Exercise and Training
This breed can do well in almost any environment.Their small size allows shorkies to get adequate exercise by running around the house. They love to follow you and jump on and of where you are sitting. Bring you there toys and just plan fun. Children will have lots of fun with their active personality.
This Consistency is the key to training a shorkie puppy. House training, with a schedule of going outside every two or three hours, helps set a routine.
Shorkies live an average of 14 to 19 years. Some adult onset diseases that affect this breed are kidney and thyroid problems, hip dysplasia and hypoglycemia. Regular vet care and a healthy diet keep shorkies healthy.
Puppy Proofing your Home for Your Shorkie
Try to imagine life from a Shorkie puppy’s point of view. You might be saying, well how can I do that? Go to each room of your house. Get down on your hands and knees. Take a good look at what your Shorkie puppy might be enticed by. Remember, they are new to your home. Shorkie puppies are somewhat like toddlers. Shorkie puppies will eventually explore their surroundings. Shorkie puppies will start right away investigating this new place. Shorkie puppies may take a while to settle in. Eventually all Shorkie puppies will be exploring their new home. They will roam around like a toddler putting things in their mouth and poling around in nooks and crannies. It is your responsibility to check out what there may be in your home that could possibly harm the new Shorkie puppy. You are also looking around for those items of yours you do not want the new Shorkie puppy to explore.
Watch out for cleaning supplies and personal care items that are stored in low storage areas like kitchen and under-sink bathroom cabinets. The ingredients in these products are extremely harmful and can even cause death. If the cabinet doors can be easily opened by the mouths and paws of Shorkie puppies, try to store these items in some other place. Another option is to purchase plastic child-proof cabinet locks that can be temporarily attached to the handles or knobs. These safety locks can usually be found online or in local pet supply (or baby) stores.
How tantalizing is an electrical cord especially when it's looping down from a table or desk? "I can jump at it, pull on it, wrestle with it and even gnaw on it.” Shorkie puppies will most likely perform all these tasks with an electrical cord. The dangers here are obvious: a falling lamp or electrocution can cause serious injury or worse. Wrap up loose hanging electrical cords or at least block access to them. And for cords that need to run across the floor, use rubber or plastic cord/cable runners that can be purchased at an office supply outlet or home improvement store. If you don’t mind plastering a nail in the wall, you can also do this, and hang the cord up out of Shorkie puppy’s eyesight.
Household plants are attractive to most Shorkie puppies. A lot of household plants are poison to Shorkies and dogs in general. Ingesting a bite or two can cause nausea, vomiting and in some cases death. It is probably an excellent idea to re-position your plants so that they are out of reach. You don’t want your Shorkie poisoned or made ill by your beautiful plants. Neither do you want your beautiful plants destroyed by the curiosity of a Shorkie puppy.
Small Objects around the House
Be alert to small items around the house that can be swallowed. Items in this category would be coins, jewelry, sewing supplies, batteries, medication and miniature knick-knacks left on low surfaces. Sometimes worse than swallowing these small items is that the Shorkie puppy may choke to death. Don't forget to block access to trash receptacles in the kitchen, your home office and even the bathroom. Shorkie puppies love pushing on a trash can until it falls over and then “wow” all that is inside is within reach. This is so amusing to a Shorkie puppy; however, it is a disaster to the Shorkie puppy’s owner. Take heed now before you bring home your adorable little Shorkie puppy and block access to trash bins.
To an adventurous Shorkie puppy, the challenge of climbing up, up and over the rim of your toilet is a tail-wagging delight. Unfortunately, falling head first into this big, slippery bowl of water is not so delightful especially for a smaller-sized pup. Simple solution: make it a house rule to keep the bathroom door closed at all times.
Puppy-proofing your home before your wonderful little Shorkie buddy arrives may seem like a hassle, but providing the safest environment possible is a necessity.
Care of your Little Puppy
1. When bring your new puppy home remember to always have food & water available for your puppy at all times! Because they are small you puppy must replenish their energy often than larger size puppies. The only way to do this is by supplying plenty of nourishment in the form of food. These small puppies only eat very small amounts of food at a time but they exert large amounts of energy. Remember: do not change the puppy’s food for the first 2 weeks until the puppy has adjusted to its new home. Then, if you are going to make a change, do it gradually by slowly adding more of the new food to the old food each day until they are totally switched over to the new food.
2. Make sure your puppy has a puppy playpen or some other type of small enclosed area to keep your puppy confined in, when you are not playing with them. This must be a small area with enough room for their bed and easy access to food and water where they can rest and eat in peace. This area should be no larger than 3ft x 4ft if at all possible.
Never give your teacup puppy the run of the whole house until they are at least 5 or 6 months old. With such a large space to run around in, it is too easy for them to tire and lose track of where their food is. This could lead to hypoglycemia or death.
3. For the first few weeks, do not let your Puppy out to play for longer than a one hour period at a time. Play with them for a short time, then give them a small dose of Nutri-Cal or Karo syrup and then place them back in their playpen so they can eat and rest. Remember that they are very tiny babies and tire easily. Please be careful not to over-tire your puppy especially in the first few weeks. A puppy will play until it drops. It may play so much that it is too tired to eat. It is up to you as the owner to be responsible and see that your puppy gets enough rest. Most very small puppies need as much as 20 out of 24 hours rest. Be especially aware of the amount of time children play with the puppy. These are babies and must be treated as such.
4. *Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar can be deadly to your puppy! It is a problem that affects many toy breeds of puppies usually between the age of 5-20 weeks of age. All owners of small dogs should be on the lookout for it!
The best preventative for this is to have a tube of Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat or nutri drops on hand. It is an extremely good source of food and vitamins. It is also one of the best preventatives and/or cures for keeping your puppy from going into hypoglycemia. It is important for at least the first week or so, to remember to give your puppy a little bit (1 inch strip) of Nutri-Cal or Nutri-Stat in the morning and in the evening.
Also, if they have been out playing for a while, or have had a lot of people carrying them around or have been away from a food source for a prolonged period of time, give them a tiny bit before retiring them to their playpen.
(I recommend nutria -Cal over honey as honey brings the blood sugar up for a short period of time, but then the blood sugar tends to plummet again. Nutri-cal has a food source combined with sweeteners which keeps the blood sugar more stable for a longer period of time. Also, too much honey tends to rot the teeth)
5. Always make sure that you have a firm grip on your puppy at all times when it is off the ground. Many fatalities or broken bones have been caused by a tiny dog wriggling out of an owner’s grasp, or jumping off a lap, couch, or bed, and breaking their neck, legs, or landing on their head.
Always supervise small children when around or handling a small dog. The only safe way for a child to hold a small dog, is sitting on the floor with the puppy between their legs, or on their lap. Also, never leave a small puppy on a chair, bed, couch, or stairs unattended. Remember, a fall from as low as two feet high can be fatal!
6. Never ever leave your teacup unattended unless it is in its playpen or a safe enclosure! There are many places that such a tiny dog can manage to fit in, and disappear from, not to mention get stuck under! Also such innocent things as a book or telephone falling on them can break a bone or be deadly
REMEMBER this is a very traumatic period for your puppy! It has been taken away from its mom and brothers and sisters and brought to a totally new home with strangers. So it is very important that you try and make the first week to 2 weeks with your new puppy as calm of an experience as possible. It is an important time for the puppy to bond with you as it's new family and to get used to its new environment.
PLEASE resist the urge to take your puppy to the workplace or to visit friends, and relatives during this period. Also keep handling by children to a minimum.
What is Hypoglycemia?
*Hypoglycemia , or low blood sugar (sometimes called "sugar shock") is a condition where the blood sugar level drops to an extremely low level, usually due to lack of food, or by using up all stored energy without it being replenished. (Such as when your puppy plays for an extended period of time without eating.)
Small Puppies can be prone to hypoglycemia because they have such tiny digestive systems. They can only store a small amount of food (energy) in their bodies at one time. Their liver and pancreas which are necessary for digestion and sugar balance are also small and usually underdeveloped as well. This is why most puppies tend to grow out of hypoglycemia as they get older. As they grow, so do their major organs. This makes them more able to utilize and process the food that they eat so it can sustain them for longer periods of time.