The Shiranian: A Complete Guide

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Finding the ideal dog can be a challenge, especially if you have not spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the breed that you would like to invest in.

There are so many dog breeds on the market, and so many new designer breeds are being explored by breeders all the time, and the Shiranian is one of them.sic

This breed is a mix of the Shih Tzu and Pomeranian dogs which results in something that looks interesting, to say the least.

The Shiranian is an excellent choice for companion dogs since both of its parents are highly suited to the role, and it is undoubtedly an original choice when compared to some pure breeds.

Other than making a great companion, what are the qualities of the Shiranian? This breed has many positives and only a few negatives, and you will find that there is a lot to go over.

Without any further delay, let’s start taking a look at the appearance, intelligence, temperament, and more of the Shiranian.

Shiranian Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Shiranian with its hair in a ponytail
The Shiranian is an excellent company for children.

There are some things to know before you make your Shiranian puppy purchase, and you will likely be better off knowing them before you see the litter of pups at your nearest breeder.

Puppies have a way of making you forget everything about making a wise purchase, and you will have to work around that.

What Price Are Shiranian Puppies?

One of the more important things to know before you decide to purchase any breed of dog is whether or not they will be within your price range.

The Shiranian is not as expensive as some of the priciest designer dog breeds, but you will still find that this dog is a little more pricey than you may expect.

You can typically find a Shiranian available for around 750 to 1000 dollars, but in more popular areas this breed can cost up to 1300 dollars, which is quite a bit for such a small dog.

The high price of this mixed breed likely has to do with the significant demand for both of the parent breeds.

How to Find Reputable Shiranian Breeders?

The next step on your journey to inviting your new Shiranian into your home is to find a good breeder.

The wrong breeder can result in scores of problems for your dog, including health issues, mental troubles, and many other issues that may not show themselves until it is too late to do anything.

The best way for you to find a good breeder is to get active in the local dog breeding crowd and asking around for the best breeder in your local area.

If you are lucky and you live in a reasonably large urban area, you won’t have to travel too far to come across a reputable breeder of Shiranians.

3 Little-Known Facts About Shiranian Puppies

  1. Shiranian puppies can have a coat that varies immensely from example to example, depending on which one of their parents they take after most. Dogs that have more Shih Tzu in them are usually evident due to their fur which is even longer than usual.
  2. The Shiranian is not an ideal dog for those who are new to grooming as their fur is prone to getting tangled and it needs quite a bit of care. Even when these dogs are puppies, you will find that they require much more grooming than is normal for dogs of a similar size to them.
  3. Your Shiranian puppy may be small, but it will have the courage of a larger dog, and this can sometimes get a Shiranian into some sticky situations. Keep a tight leash on your Shiranian when it is around other dogs, especially if your dog is a little more on the adventurous side.

Physical Traits of the Shiranian

A Shiranian laying on a bed
The Shiranian’s fur needs much grooming.

The most noticeable thing about the looks of the Shiranian is that this breed typically comes in a range of different coat colors.

If you prefer a bit of variety in your dog breeds, then few will compare to the Shiranian when it comes to the sheer number of available fur colors.

You can find Shiranians in variations of black, gold, sable, white, red, and many more colors, so this breed will look slightly different from dog to dog.

Another highly recognizable feature of the Shiranian is its long, flowing fur that is inherited from both of its parents.

Keep in mind that Shih Tzus typically have longer fur than Pomeranians, so dogs with a coat that nearly reaches their legs will have much more Shih Tzu blood.

As I mentioned earlier, you will want to ensure that you have some experience grooming dogs before you buy a Shiranian and you are overwhelmed by the fur.

How Big is a Full-Grown Shiranian?

The Shiranian is a dog breed that gets much smaller than many other dogs that would be considered little.

Unlike many other dogs that can reach tiny sizes, the Shiranian has a rather broad range of possible heights and weights.

These dogs can get a little bigger than most other small dogs, so their height range is somewhere between 7 and 10 inches.

The Shiranian can also weigh anywhere between 4 to 14 pounds, resulting in a breed that is mostly small, but some of them can get surprisingly bulky, especially if fed quality meals every day.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Shiranian?

A Shiranian will usually live anywhere between 13 and 15 years, like many other breeds of smaller dogs.

Small dogs tend to live longer than their larger counterparts because their bodies contain fewer cells which mean there is a smaller chance of something going wrong.

Being a mixed breed also helps improve the Shiranian’s health.

If you are looking for a companion dog that will live for a long time, the Shiranian will make for an excellent option in a market that is flooded with choices of designer companion dogs.

While many small dogs will live as long as the Shiranian, its other qualities are where it truly shines, as with any popular dog breed.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Shiranian

A Shiranian smiling
The Shiranians come in many color combinations.

The Shiranian is similar to many small dogs in that it grows attached to you much faster and more intensely than a larger dog.

You can expect your Shiranian to look up to you for protection and guidance when it is feeling scared or otherwise uneasy, but they can still have a fire of their own within them.

Shiranians can be feisty little creatures that aren’t afraid to put up a fight when push comes to shove but don’t expect them to be any good at it.

Your Shiranian’s fiery nature may be cute when they try to attack a tree or do something similarly silly, but you don’t want it to go charging head-first into a Rottweiler.

You have to look out for your Shiranian, just like the little furball tries to protect you.

I would recommend keeping your Shiranian on a relatively tight leash until you can be sure that it won’t go running head-first into the fray when it spits a hint of action.

As long as you keep your eye on this dog when you are out in public, it should give you relatively few behavioral issues.

The Shiranian’s Diet

This breed eats about as much as you would expect from such a small dog but some of them can eat even more.

That being said, the average intake for a Shiranian would have to be around a mere cup of food per day. While this may not seem like much, your Shiranian should not be eating more.

A dog of this breed that overeats can end up far too obese for its own good.

While you may want a fat dog so that it becomes squishy and fluffy, keep in mind that it comes at a cost, and the price is your dog’s health.

An obese dog will typically suffer from health problems and joint issues like arthritis.

How Much Exercise Does the Shiranian Need?

The Shiranian could use a little more exercise than you would expect from such a small dog.

Since this breed is so versatile, they are more than capable of going out for runs and longer walks than would be typical for such a small dog breed.

You should typically run these dogs at least one mile per day every week, but they can go out for longer periods yet.

Regardless of whether you are active or more stationary, you will find that the Shiranian is an excellent dog breed that is highly capable when it comes to the matter of exercise.

Versatility is integral in any breed of dog, and the Shiranian is about as versatile as you can get.

Shiranian Health and Conditions

The Shiranian is a dog breed that isn’t faced with too many health conditions. Being a smaller mixed breed, Shiranians are not that susceptible to falling ill and dying prematurely.

Serious Issues

  • Cataracts
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism

Minor Issues

Special Treats

When your dog surprises you with its exceptional obedience or by fulfilling a relatively difficult command, you should encourage it by giving it special treats.

This practice will not only make your dog very happy but also make it work harder to please you in hopes of getting special and delicious food again.

Make sure you know the dietary needs of a Shiranian well before feeding it any special treat. A Shiranian should be given treats made out of only the best, holistic dog food.

Both the home-cooked or store-bought meals can be fed to your dog as a special treat, as long as they are healthy and your dog likes them.

While the Shiranian usually does not each much, the occasional treat can have meaty foods such as beef or turkey. Similarly, chicken or lamb treats are also a good idea for mouth-watering dog treats.

But you should not give your Shiranian food consisting of a very high amount of protein as this dog has very low nutritional requirements and will not be able to digest it properly.

Not only this, but it can lead to more serious problems such as joint issues or arthritis.

The Shiranian also really enjoys eating fish and fish products, so choose a tasty and healthy dose of salmon or the silver herring to celebrate your dog’s achievements.

Moreover, if you do not usually feed commercial dog foods to your dog, a special occasion is a good time to introduce your Shiranian to food items containing whole grains including barley, rice, or oatmeal.

If you really want to tingle the taste buds of your Shiranian, include fresh fruits or vegetables in the treat.

A small number of apples, green peas, sweet berries, or carrots are both very healthy and delicious for a Shiranian.

Male vs Female

Although most dogs aren’t aware of their designer status, it’s true that sometimes you can’t help but wonder if certain breeds know they’re a little bit special.

In this instance especially, you have to wonder from the prissy tendencies of some female Shiranian pups if they know they’re a super adorable toy dog breed who always seems to get her way!

Male Shiranian dogs are, much like most dog breeds, slightly larger than their female counterparts.

However, because this is such a small breed, the differences are often an inch or less, so not too easy to notice.

Males of this breed also tend to be a little more active, even hyperactive from time to time.

They enjoy running around and having lots of distractions and points of curiosity around them to make the most of an active day.

Males of this breed lie to treat their owners as their best friends, and you’ll find that he’ll ask you for playtime in the garden or at the park at least once a day.

Some cases have been known of this dog retrieving his lead and taking it to his owners without their training him to do it, to drop a big hint that he wants to go on an adventure.

Female Shiranian dogs are a little more laid back, but they also are a little more aloof sometimes too.

They prefer you going to them to give petting and affection rather than coming up and insisting on it, and they will point blank refuse a dinner that’s not up to snuff.

Don’t be fooled though, because they’re big softies deep down.

They’re not good at sharing, so female Shiranian dogs are best at being the only dog in the house – but they’ll reward their owners with love and devotion, and plenty of laughter, in return for getting to be the queen bee of the home.

3 Important Training Tips

The Shiranian is a friendly and well behaved little designer dog, and so of all the toy dog breeds out there, this is actually among the easiest to train.

Of course, it’s best to never take anything for granted, and not having a good bedrock of knowledge ahead of training your pet can hold you back.

There’s little to fear with a Shiranian though – especially if you keep a few pointers in mind.

  • Be sparing with snacks

Using food to reward your Shiranian will always work, but it’ll also run a serious risk of overfeeding your pet and making them pile on the pounds over time.

Use petting and praise instead for the most part, and save the snacks for the really big moments of training excellence.

  • Mix things up

A smart dog that’s easily bored, your Shiranian will need to have a training program that’s full of variety and challenge to be at their best.

Drumming the same lesson into them over and over again won’t do anyone any favors, least of all your Shiranian, who’ll start looking for reasons to do his or her own thing and goof off.

  • Make training fun

Training that’s framed as a game or a fun exercise is going to appeal to your Shiranian far more than just sitting in place trying to get your point across.

Try to stay active and fill your training routine with surprises. Your Shiranian will appreciate it all the more!

My Final Thoughts on the ShiranianA Shiranian running towards you

If you’re looking for a dog that you can groom and keep as a close companion for a long time to come, not many can compare to the Shiranian.

I hope that this guide has helped you find out everything that you needed to know about this particular breed.

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