4-13 lbs
United States
Shih Tzu
Pomshi, Shih-Pom, Shih A Pom, Pom-Tzu

The Shiranian is a cute mix between a Pomerian and a Shih Tzu. They are small, lively, and friendly dogs. These are companion dogs who love being with their families and are great with children and seniors. The downside is that the Shiranian tends to suffer from separation anxiety, so if you cannot be home a fair amount of the time then you may want to consider another hybrid. Nonetheless, this is a playful, cheerful, intelligent dog that is a great addition to a caring family. Like both of its parent breeds, the Shiranian has long, silky fur that can be straight or wavy. This hybrid comes in several colors, such as red, sable, chocolate, black, gold, orange, and brindle. 

Date of Origin
Shih Tzu, Pomeranian

Shiranian Health

Average Size
Male Shiranian size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 6-16 lbs
Female Shiranian size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 4-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
  • Collapsed Trachea
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Portosystemic Shunts
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Count

Shiranian Breed History

There is little information documented about the Shiranian’s history. This hybrid originated in the United States from the crossing of a Shih Tzu and Pomeranian. The Shih Tzu is one of the oldest dog breeds. It is said that the Shih Tzu may have originated from crossing the Lhasa Apso with the Pekingese. It is believed that the Shih Tzu was developed by Tibetan Monks who gave some of these dogs to the Chinese royalty as a gift. The Shih Tzu is depicted in paintings, art, and writings from China’s Tang Dynasty between 1368 and 1644. In 1861, the breed became highly popular in the Imperial court after the Dalai Lama gave the Empress Tzu Hsi two Shih Tzus. According to general beliefs, these dogs had their own palace. After the empress’ death, many royal families started breeding these dogs. The breed was later taken to England, to Ireland, and eventually to the United States. The Shih Tzu was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969. The Pomeranian comes from the province of Pomerania region in Central Europe. In its early years, the dogs weighed up to 30 pounds and had wedge-shaped heads, pointed ears and abundant fur. They originated from the Spitz breeds, such as the Norwegian Elkhound, the Schipperke, the American Eskimo, the German Spitz, and the Samoyed. It is said that Martin Luther, Michelangelo, Isaac Newton, and Mozart had Pomeranians. In 1761, this breed became popular in England’s royal circles after the Princess Sophie Charlotte brought her two Pomeranians with her when she married the future King George III. Queen Victoria became also very fond of this breed when she saw a 12 pound Pomeranian in Italy in 1888. Her passion for this breed, in particular the smaller ones, encouraged the breeding of smaller Pomeranians. This breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888. 

Shiranian Breed Appearance

The Shiranian is a small dog that weighs between 4 and 16 pounds, the high end of the scale being bigger than a Pomeranian of today. This sweet canine possesses medium to long double-coated fur as does both of its parent breeds. Their fur is silky and generally straight, but it can sometimes be wavy like the Pomeranian. They come in a variety of colors such as black, red, chocolate, brindle, sable, orange, and multi-color. These dogs have short muzzles, with big black or brown eyes and floppy ears. They have a small black nose and generally, their tail curls over their back. Although they are small dogs, they have a somewhat sturdy body with strong legs and they are between 7 to 10 inches height. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shiranian eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shiranian nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shiranian coat
brown Shiranian coat
red Shiranian coat
sable Shiranian coat
brindle Shiranian coat
white Shiranian coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shiranian straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shiranian Breed Maintenance

Both of the parent-breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian, have double-coated long and abundant fur. The Shiranian inherits these characteristics;  this hybrid has medium to long silky fur that is usually straight but when the Pomeranian’s influence is stronger, their hair may be more wavy in texture. They shed often, so it is recommended to brush them daily.  A pin brush or a wide comb is suggested. Small dogs are prone to skin sensitivities, so blow drying is not recommended for the Shiranian; it is best to towel dry them. Occasional trimming of the fur around the eyes and other areas of the body, such as the feet, is required. Check the nails for cracks and tears, as well as length, on a bi-weekly basis. Brush the teeth daily if you can; this hybrid is prone to dental decay.

Brushes for Shiranian
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shiranian requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shiranian Temperament

The Shiranian inherits his personality from both of his parent breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian. This designer dog is very friendly, intelligent, and joyful. They are highly affectionate, love being with their family, though may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone too often. These dogs are easy to train as they are quick learners and follow commands in an eager to please manner. They are not prone to bark unless necessary and are not recommended as watchdogs because they are very sociable and approachable. They are great with kids and seniors, and will make a lovely family members as they are very loyal. They can be good with children but should be monitored when interaction is taking place.

Shiranian Activity Requirements

The Shiranian is very adaptable and can get along just fine in an apartment, although they profit from having a backyard in which to explore in throughout the day. Daily visits to a park and walks around the neighborhood are most welcomed. Despite being a small, indoor-type dog, this hybrid does need social interaction, fresh air and a chance to work his brain as well as his body. Providing plenty of outlets for his energy may help somewhat in regards to the anxiety he experiences when left alone.. A few 20 minute walks per day, an obedience class, a game of fetch or an the opportunity to play with an interesting toy are great activities your Shiranian will enjoy.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Shiranian Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Shiranian Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shiranian size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Shiranian size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 3 lbs
12 Months
Male Shiranian size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Shiranian size stats at 12 months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Male Shiranian size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Shiranian size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs

Shiranian Owner Experiences

5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Harley is my first Shiraniahn. I have had pure bred yorkshire terriers, maltese, pomeranian and lahsa apso, so am comfortable with small breed dogs. Harley is Pomeranian dominant which makes him really cute. He weighs 18#. He is very protective of me and has a jealous streak. He is obedience trained, but sometimes needs to be reminded that mom is the boss. He loves car rides, the dog park and sleeping in my bed. He is not fond of large dogs.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
11 Weeks
3 People
Catch treats
Such a great lively little guy! Good breeding is a must!
1 month, 2 weeks ago
4 Months
5 People
House & Yard
My experiences is good,My dog has helped me threw everything and means the world to me!
3 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
3 People
I've never has my own dog before. Max is the most affectionate little dog I have ever had the pleasure of loving. Can't imagine life without him.
5 months, 1 week ago
5 Months
2 People
We’ve had a lot of dogs... pure bred and mixed breed....we thought they were all the best... he by far has the best personality....LOVES everybody!!!
6 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
3 People
He’s a great and lovable dog!
7 months, 1 week ago
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