Shih Pom Breed Information

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Shih Tzu crossed with a Pomeranian ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Cuddly, Calm, Gentle ADULT WEIGHT 4-15 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 7-12 inches LIFE SPAN 12-16

Shih Pom Care

Shih Pom Grooming

Shih Pom dogs have moderate grooming requirements. Because their coat is long and generally low-shedding, these dogs need to be brushed multiple times every week, preferably once every two days to avoid tangles or matting of the hair. The Shih Pom – Shiranian dogs - also need a proper oral care routine as they are prone to dental issues. Their teeth should be brushed a few times per week and they should have a healthy supply of dental chew sticks and toys around. Their cute ears should be checked regularly and their nails trimmed on a monthly basis. To keep their long coats shiny, smooth, and gorgeous, Shih Poms need a bath every other month.  

Shih Pom Exercise Needs

The Shih Poms are moderately active dogs with low exercise requirements. Although they enjoy the occasional romp around the yard and a zoom every now and then Shih Poms are more on the relaxed side with hobbies like napping and cuddling. They do best with an exercise routine of 20 to 30 minutes each day split into two walks and plenty of indoor playtime.  

Shih Pom Health

The Shih Pom is a generally healthy dog without any major concerns when it comes to health issues. As a first-generation crossbreed, the Shih Pom benefits from hybrid vigor which translates to better health than their purebred parent breeds. Although they are less likely to inherit the same ailments that their parents are prone to, the Shih Poms can develop certain conditions like cataracts, severe weight gain, thyroid issues, and allergies.  

Shih Pom Life Span

The Shih Pom lifespan is between 12 and 16 years.  A Shih Pom that is properly cared for, fed good quality dry food, exercised, and loved can live longer.

Shih Pom Training

As is with most small dogs, Shiranian puppies can be trained with the proper motivation. They are bouncy, perfectly cute, cuddly, and very loving, but they lack the eagerness to learn when the lesson is boring – like most dogs do. The Shiranian puppies (Shih Pom puppies) need fun training sessions filled with praise, petting, toys, games, and their favorite treats. The best way to train a Shiranian puppy is to use positive reinforcement and reward-based training methods.  

Because of their attached nature, the Shih Pom puppies should be trained to be independent as soon as they come home in order to avoid the possibility of them developing separation anxiety. They should also be socialized early and introduced to new situations, people, and sounds.