Shiranian Overview

Parent Breeds:
Pomeranian & Shih Tzu
Breed Nickname:
7 to 12 inches
4 to 16 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 16 years
Coat Colors:
Black, brown, brindle, red, white, and sable

Shiranian Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Shiranian

What Is A Shih Tzu Pomeranian Mix called?

The result of breeding a Shih Tzu and a Pomeranian is called a Shiranian. They might also be called Pomshi, Shih-A-Pom, Shih-Pom, or Pom-Shi.

These dogs are adorable in both size and temperament, and they are very loyal to their owners. They tend to house the best features of both parent breeds, so it’s no surprise that they are a very popular mixed breed!

Our ultimate guide will tell you everything you need to know about this delightful breed.


Shiranian Breed History

  • First bred in the late 1990s in the US.

  • Bred to minimize health risks that come from purebred parents.

  • Demand quickly rose for these tiny dogs!

There are few records on the first breeding between Pomeranians and Shih Tzus, although we can guess it would have been first done in the US.

The majority of designer breeds originate from North America as this is where the demand for new breeds was highest.

Again, many designer breeds were first introduced in the 1990s, with the first Shiranian being bred in the late 90s.

It’s assumed that breeders wanted to prevent the health complications that came with inbreeding purebred dogs.

Shih Tzus and Pomeranians both have numerous health concerns that can develop from years of overbreeding. Crossbreeding can prevent some of these illnesses from being inherited.

It doesn’t hurt that mixing these two parent breeds makes a lovely and fluffy puppy, which many owners fall in love with at first sight. As soon as the Shiranian was introduced, demand rose and forced breeders to continue breeding them.

Shiranian Personality & Temperament

  • Love a cuddle after a good play session.

  • Very approachable and sociable, make friends easily.

  • Not known for barking unless they believe their owners are in danger.

Shiranians are very friendly and playful dogs, although they also enjoy being lap dogs after they’ve expelled some of their energy. In fact, this dog loves a good nap, so make sure you treat them to a high-quality bed!

Shiranians love interaction with others, so make sure that you don’t leave them alone for too long at a time.

They prefer owners who will be home for the majority of the day, or who will take them on their adventures with them. Shiranians enjoy running errands with their owners, playing, and even working – just as long as they’re around you!

If you don’t want to take them with you on your travels, make sure you arrange for someone to spend time with them while you’re gone.

Otherwise, they are prone to separation anxiety. This can lead to destructive behaviors such as digging, chewing, and barking.

Shiranians are good with children, provided that they have been socialized from an early age. However, as they are small dogs, they will do better with older children who know how to play with small dogs without harming them.

Shiranians aren’t known for being particularly vocal, although they will bark when they believe it is necessary.

This might be due to imminent danger. Early socialization with other dogs and strangers can prevent this behavior and make your Shiranian very loving and approachable.

Shiranian Health

  • Life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.

  • Common health issues include eye problems, allergies, and dental concerns.

  • Yearly checkups can help identify illnesses quickly.

It’s believed that Shiranians were first bred to create a breed that suffered from fewer health concerns than the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian.

This was successful, as the Shiranian is less likely to suffer from as many debilitating conditions throughout their lives.

However, this doesn’t prevent the mixed breed from ever getting sick. The major health concerns to be aware of as a Shiranian include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, and Allergies.

Small dogs also often suffer from dental problems due to their jaws being too small for their teeth. This can lead to overcrowding, which then leads to infection, pain, and swollen gums.

Shiranians can also suffer from multiple eye conditions, so cleaning their eyes regularly is important to prevent this.

Routine vet appointments can prevent any health concern from growing into a major problem. Take your dog for a yearly checkup to get symptoms checked and treated as soon as possible.

Shiranian Training

  • Might have a stubborn streak.

  • Training a Shiranian will take plenty of patience.

  • Positive reinforcement is best.

The Shiranian is not the best dog to train, as they rarely have any interest in training. However, this will depend on the traits they inherit from each parent breed.

Pomeranians are more stubborn and reluctant to train, while Shih Tzus are eager to please and love making their owners proud.

So, whether your Shiranian is easy to train or not will depend on its temperament.

However, all Shiranians can be trained. Make sure you use positive reinforcement and keep your cool while doing so. Keep training sessions short and sweet and offer lots of treats!

Shiranian Exercise Requirements

  • Might have a stubborn streak.

  • Training a Shiranian will take plenty of patience.

  • Positive reinforcement is best.

Shiranians are adaptable dogs, so they can live in apartments without any issues. However, they might prefer a yard where they can burn some energy throughout the day.

While this dog is an indoor-type breed, they do still need around 45 minutes of exercise a day. Walking to the dog park, playing fetch, obedience training, and play times are ideal activities for Shiranians to satisfy their exercise needs.

Shiranian Diet & Feeding

  • Offer food formulated for small dogs with moderate energy levels.

  • Feed them based on their weight.

  • Keep an eye on sensitivities to food and mouth pain when feeding.

The diet fed to a Shiranian should be formulated for small dogs with moderate energy levels.

Small dogs tend to gain weight easily, so only feed them enough for their current body weight. You can ask your vet for this next time you take your dog for a checkup.

Small dogs can suffer from dental issues, so feed them a diet that is soft enough not to hurt their teeth. They may also suffer from allergies, so keep an eye on the ingredients in their food if you see any sensitivities arise.

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Shiranian Cost

  • Costs $250 to $1,300.

  • Ongoing costs include grooming, food, insurance, and toys.

On average, Shiranians are priced between $250 and $1,300. The vast price range depends on the location, breeder, and parents.

We would always recommend interviewing potential breeders to ensure you choose a reputable breeder to minimize health issues in the future.

Ongoing costs for Shiranians include premium food, grooming appointments, vet bills, and insurance. They’ll also need plenty of sturdy toys and comfortable bedding!