Designer Dog Breeds: Shorkies

my friends' Shorkies
my friends' Shorkies

Information about Dogs and Designer Dogs

Designer dog breeds are gaining rapidly in popularity. For years, purebred dogs were the elite of the canine world, but now the so-called designer dogs are the fashionable trend with folks all over the globe, and this is especially evident in the United States, a nation of dog lovers. Several designer dog breeds include a poodle mix, probably due to the popularity of the purebred poodle. Poodle mix breeds that are considered designer dogs include the Maltipoo (Maltese and poodle), the schnoodle (schnauzer and poodle), the Chi-poo (Chihuahua and poodle), the cockapoo (cocker spaniel and poodle), and the goldendoodle (golden retriever and poodle mix). More recently, however, other breeds have become part of the designer dogs craze. For more information about dogs, continue reading. Hope you enjoy the pictures of dogs!

Poodle mix breeds are popular with designer dog fans.
Poodle mix breeds are popular with designer dog fans. | Source
True hybrid dogs are the offspring of a domestic dog and another species, like a wolf or coyote.
True hybrid dogs are the offspring of a domestic dog and another species, like a wolf or coyote. | Source

Designer Dogs vs. Hybrid Dogs

Although designer dogs are often referred to as hybrid dogs, these crossbreeds aren’t actually hybrids, speaking from a strict biological definition. All domestic dogs are members of the same species, Canis lupus familiaris. Even the Great Dane and the Chihuahua are members of the same species. True hybrid dogs occur when a domestic dog breeds with another species, like a wolf (Canis lupus) or coyote (Canis latrans), as is the case with a wolf-dog and a coydog.

Designer dogs, on the other hand, occur when one purebred dog of a certain breed is bred to a purebred dog of a different breed. This trend reportedly began with celebrities, and fans took notice and wanted designer dogs for themselves.

Designer dog breeds are different than mutts.
Designer dog breeds are different than mutts. | Source

Are Designer Dog Breeds Mutts?

“Mutt” is often a term used for dogs that have unknown parentage and pedigrees, unlike designer dogs. With most designer dogs, both parents are registered purebreds, although of different breeds. Some breeders claim there are health benefits to this sort of breeding, believing the offspring hybrid dogs will be less prone to breed-specific health problems. The jury still seems to be out on this issue.

Unfortunately, as is always a possibility with any breeding trend, many unscrupulous breeders are taking full advantage of the demand for designer dogs. These breeders are breeding dogs as fast as possible, with little regard for quality. In fact, some of these breeders are crossing a designer dog with another designer dog, instead of breeding two purebreds. With this type of breeding, there’s little conformity among different litters or even among littermates.

List of Designer Dogs, with AKC Dog Breeds

Designer Dog
AKC Dog Breeds
AKC Dog Breeds
Afaird
Afghan hound
Briard
Airedane
Airedale
Great Dane
Airedoodle
Airedale
Poodle
Alusky
Alaskan Malamute
Husky
American Bulldane
American bulldog
Great Dane
Bagle
Beagle
Basset hound
Bassetoodle
Basset hound
Poodle
Beagle-Chin
Beagle
Japanese Chin
Bojack
Boston terrier
Jack Russel
Bolonoodle
Bolognese
Poodle
Brug
Brussels griffon
Pug
Bullweiler
American bulldog
Rottweiler
Bullwhip
Bulldog
Whippet
Cadoodle
Collie
Poodle
Cavamalt
Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Maltese
Cavachon
Cavalier King Charles spaniel
Bichon Frise
Cavapoo
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Poodle
Cheagle
Beagle
Chihuahua
Chestie
Chihuahua
West Highland terrier
Chi-Chi
Chihuahua
Chinese crested
Chion
Chihuahua
Papillon
Chug
Chihuahua
Pug
Cojack
Welsh corgi
Jack Russel
Corgipoo
Welsh corgi
Poodle
Dalmadane
Great Dane
Dalmatian
Dalmador
Lab
Dalmatian
Danoodle
Great Dane
standard Poodle
Daug
Pug
Dachshund
Docker
Dachshund
Cocker spaniel
Dorkie
Dachshund
Yorkie
Doxiepoo
Dachshund
Poodle
Dusky
Great Dane
Husky
English Boodle
English bulldog
Poodle
Eskapoo
Eskimo dog
Poodle
Ewokian
Pomeranian
Havanese
Foodle
Fox terrier
Poodle
Frengle
Beagle
French bulldog
Golden Dane
Golden retriever
fawn Great Dane
Golden Dox
Golden retriever
Dachshund
Golden lab
Golden retriever
Lab
Gollie
Golden retriever
Collie
Great Dollie
Great Dane
Collie
Griffonese
Brussels griffon
Pekingese
Havallon
Papillon
Havanese
Highland Maltie
West Highland
Maltese
Irish Doodle
Irish setter
Poodle
Jack-a-Bee
Jack Russel
Beagle
Jackshund
Jack Russel
Dachshund
Jarkie
Yorkie
Japanese Chin
Jug
Pug
Jack Russel
Kimola
Eskimo dog
Lhasa Apso
King Schnauzer
mini Schnauzer
Cavalier King Charles spaniel
La Pom
Lhasa Apso
Pomeranian
Labradane
Great Dane
Lab
Lhasapoo
Lhasa Apso
Poodle
Maladane
Alaskan Malamute
Great Dane
Malchi
Maltese
Poodle
Mastador
Mastiff
Lab
Muggin
mini Pinscher
Pug
Newfypoo
Newfoundland
standard Poodle
Ori Pei
Pug
Shar-pei
Papipoo
Papillon
Poodle
Papshund
Papillon
Dachshund
Peagle
Beagle
Pekingese
Pitweiler
Pit bull
Rottweiler
Pugapoo
Poodle
Pug
Puggle
Beagle
Pug
Raggle
Beagle
Rat terrier
Rattle
Rat terrier
Poodle
St. Dane
Great Dane
St. Bernard
Schnocker
mini Schnauzer
Cocker spaniel
Scoodle
Scottie
Poodle
Sheepadoodle
Old English sheepdog
standard Poodle
Sheepdane
Old English sheepdog
Great Dane
Sheltiedoodle
Sheltie
Poodle
Shiffon
Brussels griffon
Shih Tzu
Shollie
German shepherd
Collie
Silkese
Maltese
Silky terrier
Skypoo
Poodle
Skye terrier
Spanador
Lab
Cocker spaniel
Torkie
Fox terrier
Yorkie
Wauzer
mini Schnauzer
West Highland terrier
Weshi
Shih Tzu
West Highland terrier
Westiepoo
West Highland terrier
Poodle
Whoodle
Wheaten terrier
Poodle
Woodle
Welsh terrier
Poodle
Yorkinese
Pekingese
Yorkshire terrier
Yorkshire terriers are often used to create designer dogs.
Yorkshire terriers are often used to create designer dogs. | Source
Yorkshire terrier puppies are adorable!
Yorkshire terrier puppies are adorable! | Source

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire terrier is used to produce several designer dog breeds. Yorkies were bred in Yorkshire in the 1800s. The breed was developed specifically for catching and eliminating rats. This terrier tenacity can often be seen in modern Yorkshire terriers, as the breed can be somewhat independent. They’re also devoted to and protective of their human companions, and they make great alarm dogs.

Yorkshire terrier puppies are black and tan, sometimes with small white markings. During the first two or three years, the Yorkshire terrier’s coat might go through color changes. According to the AKC standards, Yorkies can be black and tan, blue and tan, black and gold, or blue and gold. Remember, though – Yorkshire terrier puppies won’t exhibit their true colors until they’re adult dogs.

Yorkie dogs have become very popular in the United States. This popularity actually began in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Yorkshire terriers were popular in Victorian England, and many Americans tended to embrace and emulate just about anything Victorian. Another reason the dogs are so popular is that their silky coats don’t shed much. As a result, the Yorkshire terrier is often considered a hypoallergenic dog breed.

A Yorkshire terrier mix qualifies as several designer dog breeds. These include the Yorkiepoo (Yorkshire terrier and poodle), the Morkie (Yorkie and Maltese), the Carkie (Yorkie and cairn terrier), the Chorkie (Yorkie and Chihuahua), the Fourche terrier (Yorkshire terrier and West Highland terrier), the Griffonshire (Yorkie and Brussels griffon), the Yoranian (Yorkshire and pomeranian), the Havashire (Yorkshire and Havanese), the Yorkillon (Yorkie and papillon), and the Yorkie Apso (Yorkshire terrier and Lhasa Apso). The Yorkshire terrier mix with which I’m most familiar is the Shorkie, but I’ll get to that later.

Annabelle, my friend's Shih Tzu
Annabelle, my friend's Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu | Source

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus come from an ancient dog breed. Believe it or not, this breed is very similar to wolves, genetically speaking. These proud little pooches once graced the laps and homes of Chinese nobles, and the modern dogs seem aware of their high brow heritage. Although Shih Tzus are small, they’re sturdier than some other toy breeds. They’re also friendly, playful, and affectionate.

On the negative side, the breed can be stubborn and somewhat difficult to train. Training with Shih Tzu puppies should be consistent and gentle, yet firm. Another best friend, Sandi, purchased two Shih Tzu puppies eight years ago, and she tells me they still show stubborn attitudes from time to time. The long double coat requires regular grooming, too. When you fall in love with Shih Tzu puppies, you need to remember that those precious balls of fur are going to develop long coats that will require a considerable amount of care.

The Shih Tzu is another breed that’s often used in designer dog breeding. Some popular Shih Tzu crosses include the Shichon (Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise), the Schweenie (Shih Tzu and dachshund), the Sheltie Tzu (Shih Tzu and Shetland sheepdog), the ShiChi (Shih Tzu and Chihuahua), the Shorgi (crossed with Welsh corgi), the Shinese (Shih Tzu and Pekingese), the Sco-Shi (Shih Tzu and Scottish terrier), and the Shi-poo (Shih Tzu – poodle mix). Once again, I’m most familiar with the Shorkie, a Yorkshire terrier – Shih Tzu cross.

Shorkies are very affectionate. Here, Steve just got a kiss from Samantha while Sophie awaits her turn.
Shorkies are very affectionate. Here, Steve just got a kiss from Samantha while Sophie awaits her turn.

Shorkies

My best friends, Steve and Sandy, are real dog lovers. When their three pets passed away a few years ago, they didn’t think they’d ever be able to own another dog. As time healed the pain of loss, however, they decided they were once again ready to add a new dog to the household. They weren’t sure what breed they wanted, but they knew they wanted a small dog. They began searching for little dogs for sale, and they researched different breeds on the internet. They travel a lot in their motor home, so they thought a small dog would be easier to travel with than a larger dog would be.

A month or so ago, as they were reading the small dogs for sale ads, they came across some Shorkie puppies and decided to make the drive to the breeder. Shorkies, by the way, are Yorkshire terrier – Shih Tzu crosses. Now you understand why I included the above information about Yorkshire terriers and Shih Tzus, right?

When Steve and Sandy saw the Shorkie puppies, I think it was love at first sight. Steve selected his favorite puppy, and Sandy chose a different pup. They ended up getting two Shorkie puppies! They figured the puppies would be good company for each other. They brought the new furkids home and called us to share the news – they know how much we love dogs (although we’re partial to Great Danes and other large and giant breeds).

I’ve never been a big fan of yappy “ankle biters,” so I wasn’t sure how I’d respond to the Shorkies. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I actually like these little balls of fur! They’re super friendly and came to us right away on our first encounter. They’re very affectionate, too, and they love attention from everyone. Steve and Sandy say the pups have been easy to train. Both puppies can already perform tricks, and they rarely have “accidents” in the house. The Shorkie puppies are very entertaining. I never knew such tiny dogs could be so fast! They run around like blue streaks for a few minutes, then they suddenly plop down in any available lap for a rest. Oh, did I mention that the Shorkies are completely adorable? They are. Now I’m wondering…how would my two Great Danes react if we brought home a couple of Shorkie puppies?

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Such a sweet hub! My mother had a Shih Tzu in her last years, and my brother and his wife took her after we lost my mother. They recently had to put her down, and it saddened our entire family - she was a loving and gentle dog. I hadn't heard of Shorkies before, but I'm not surprised. There's probably no end to the sub-breeds that can be developed from mating various favorites.

Voted up and interesting!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Like Marcy already said, I was unfamiliar with the Shorkies breed of dog. They certainly look cute and obviously would be attractive to many people. Thanks for introducing them to us.


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

My "Morkie" is so old that he wasn't a designer dog when we got him, lol. Ruggles is now 15 and yes, part Yorkie, part Maltese. He has the looks of a Silky haired Maltese,ears,face, tail, and the color of a Yorkie. He is so smart that it is incredible and definitely never a "yappy" dog, but mostly a good dog. He never wanted to get in trouble, but he sure can give the dirty looks (and yes, he really does). He gets in trouble for that a lot, lol.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Marcy, sorry about your mom and her Shih Tzu. At least you know the dog brought your mom a lot of happiness.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Peggy, those two little Shorkies are just too cute! Good to see you!


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Connie! I've never had a Morkie, but I did have a Maltese, and he was a wonderful little dog. His name was Pumpkin.

And speaking of pumpkins, how's our precious pumpkin doing?


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Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Lexi is out this morning, visiting both her neuro-oncologist and her acupuncturist. She is doing good, I think, and guess what? She is definitely moving her eyes a lot more these past few weeks. Though it is not optimal yet, everyone has noticed. We are just not sure if it is the massage or the acupuncture -- or both. We started them around the same time.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for the update, Connie!


Angela 4 years ago

My shorkies is so amazing he has the best personality! We also have a English bulldog who he has taught her everything! Designer Breeds are the best!!

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