Shiranian Dog Breed

Gold Shiranian
  • Other names:
  • Shih-Pom
  • Shih A Pom
  • Pom-Tzu

Pronounced: "shih-RAY-nee-uhn"

The Shiranian is a small-sized designer hybrid dog that is a Shih Tzu-Pomeranian mix. These tiny dogs are affectionate, playful little animals that need - and will undoubtedly get - plenty of attention. Their long, flowing coats will normally require frequent grooming, but they are otherwise considered fairly low-maintenance.

Shiranian Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid12-16 yrs.7-12 in.4-15 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
* The more green the stronger the trait.

The Shiranian is a member of the Toy group of dog breeds. As a Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix, a Shiranian is generally outgoing and sociable, so this breed is normally used as an affectionate little companion dog for small families or seniors.

Breed Facts:

  • Long, flowing coat
  • Friendly, intelligent, and sometimes stubborn
  • Active and energetic
  • Moderately easy to train
  • Are generally "indoor" dogs
  • Require lots of grooming
  • Very healthy overall

Breed Pros:

  • Extremely affectionate and personable
  • Low barking tendency
  • Great with kids and other pets
  • Relatively long lifespan (13-15 years)
  • Suffers few health problems

Breed Cons:

  • Possessive of a stubborn streak
  • Will require daily brushing and coat maintenance
  • Low watchdog ability
  • Extremely small size makes the very delicate and fragile

Shiranian Breed Description

The Shiranian is a designer hybrid that has grown in popularity in recent years because of its tiny size and affectionate, playful temperament. With long, flowing double coats, these loving little dogs are irresistible family pets.

This breed is typically very intelligent, and its eagerness to please its owners means it usually responds well to training. A Shiranian may be a bit stubborn, however, so owners may need to show some patience when teaching their Shiranians commands.

These happy guys will love to curl up in their owners' laps. They also have a particular affinity for squeaky play toys, and will chew on them for hours to amuse themselves with the squeaking noises. They will also fetch the toys when humans throw them across the room, and will do so until the human's arm is exhausted.

Though a Shiranian is extremely active, and is a complete busybody much of the time, its tiny body doesn't have much of an energy reserve, so it will typically tire rather easily.

Shiranian Coloring

These dogs' coats tend to closely resemble that of their parent breeds; a black Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix, for example, may have the black fur of the Pomeranian and the flowing coat of the Shih Tzu. Shiranian coat colors include black, red, white, chocolate, sable, gold, and even brindle. The coats can be solid, dual-colored, or parti-colored (a white base color with patches of another color).

Shiranian Size

These dogs are extremely small. A typical Shiranian, when full-grown, weighs only 4-15 pounds, and is 7-12 inches at the shoulders in height.

Average Adult Height

7-12 in
*Height is measured in inches from the front paws to the top of the shoulder while the dog is standing on all four legs.

Average Adult Weight

4-15 lbs

Shiranian Variations

Most breeders offer Shiranians that are either F1 (the offspring of a purebred Shih Tzu and a purebred Pomeranian) or F2 (the offspring of two Shiranian parents).

A majority of Shiranians have long, straight coats, though a few may have coats that are only medium in length, and some may have loosely curled fur.

And while all dogs of this breed are small, the tiniest are called Teacup Shiranians, and generally weigh only 4-6 pounds.

Shiranian Temperament

Shiranians are typically cheerful, intelligent, active, extremely affectionate, and at times stubborn. These dogs form intensely close bonds with their owners, and will often suffer separation anxiety if left along for any measure of time. Shiranian behavior is extremely social, and owners will need to devote plenty of time and attention to their dogs to keep them happy. Shiranians absolutely love to play, but due to their short energy capacities will only do so for relatively short periods.

But these dogs love everybody--including even intruders, so they make terrible watchdogs. They socialize very well with children and other pets, particularly if raised with them. And while they're normally eager to please their human families, and thus will be easily trained, they may not respond well to activities they don't enjoy. Owners will need to be patient while teaching their Shiranians more difficult commands.

Shiranian Photos

Below are pictures and images of the Shiranian dog breed.

Gold Shiranian

Shiranian Health

Few known health concerns are associated with this mixed breed. While it's possible a Shiranian might inherit health issues from its parent breeds (hypoglycemia and eye issues from the Pomeranian, or allergies from the Shih-Tu), these inherited health defects aren't common.

  • Allergies
  • Dry Eye
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxation
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Shiranian Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Shiranian as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry