Weight: 4–8 pounds
Height: 7–14 inches
If your lifestyle dictates a small breed dog is the best fit for you, the Shiranian could be the perfect contender. These friendly little guys are considered “designer dogs” as they are a mix of pure bred Shih Tzu and Pomeranian, and can exhibit the physical attributes and personalities of either breed. Be advised that the Shiranian is a companion dog in the truest sense and doesn’t do well when left on his own for long periods – a big consideration when choosing the right breed for you. Additionally, his ideal environment will be one where he can live indoors but receive regular outdoor playtime. Upside is that he’s great with kids; downside (if you can call it that) is that his cheerful and friendly nature means he is unlikely to ever be a watchdog.
The shiranian is an affectionate and loving dog that is sociable and requires human companionship to be happy and well-adjusted. Shiranians are loving, outgoing, energetic, and will need to be provided with ample opportunity to play and exercise. They typically get along well with other animals, especially those they have been raised alongside.
He is however recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Designer Breed Registry.