Shiranian

Canis lupus

Last updated: October 16, 2022
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The Shiranian is an affectionate, loving, and social dog but requires continuous human companionship to stay well-adjusted and happy.

Shiranian Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Shiranian Conservation Status

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Shiranian Facts

Name Of Young
Puppy
Group Behavior
  • Social
Fun Fact
The Shiranian is an affectionate, loving, and social dog but requires continuous human companionship to stay well-adjusted and happy.
Gestation Period
58 to 68 days
Litter Size
2 to 5 puppies
Diet
Omnivore
Lifestyle
  • Diurnal
Common Name
Shiranian
Origin
USA

Shiranian Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Brindle
Skin Type
Fur
Height
7 to 12 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
6 to 9 months
Age of Weaning
3 to 6 weeks
Aggression
Low

Shiranian as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
High
Hypoallergenic
Yes
Separation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Moderate
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$250 to $1,300
Dog group
Toy
Male weight
6-16 lbs
Female weight
4-13 lbs

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The Pomeranian and Shih Tzu make an adorable mix called the Shiranian. This small breed is friendly and lively. They are fantastic companion dogs that thrive in family settings and with seniors.

However, because they crave constant attention, they suffer from separation anxiety. So, they would not be an ideal breed for people who work a lot or are barely home.

But, they are perfect for owners who can give them the attention they need and will fit right in with their cheerful and playful nature. The Shiranian has a long, silky coat that may be wavy or straight and require frequent grooming.

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Their coloration varies; they come in several colors, like black, red, gold, orange, sable, chocolate, and brindle.

Four Different Types of Shih Tzu and Pomeranian Mixes

While there are no Shiranian mixes, its parents, the Pomeranian and Shih Tzu, have several hybrids that are too cute for words.

Shih-poo (Shih Tzu Poodle Mix)

The Shih-poo is a popular mix between a Toy Poodle and Shih Tzu. They are a low-shedding breed and are considered hypoallergenic. However, these dogs are also incredibly intelligent, gentle-natured, and spirited.

They enjoy walks and being outside but are also perfectly happy to keep you company by cuddling up on your lap.

Schweenie (Shih Tzu Dachshund Mix)

The Schweenie is a mix between a Dachshund and a Shih Tzu. They are noisy dogs that always warn you when someone is at your door, making them an excellent watchdog but also a nuisance. However, they are incredibly sweet and sassy. It’s not hard to train them, especially if you have lots of treats.

Brusselranian (Pomeranian x Brussels Griffon)

This interesting hybrid results from crossbreeding a Brussels Griffon and a Pomeranian. Brusselranians tend to take after the Brussels Griffon when it comes to their facial features but typically inherit their fluffy coat from the Pomeranian.

This breed gets very attached to its owners and can suffer from separation anxiety. So, they do best in homes where people are always around.

Cavapom (Pomeranian x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel)

The Cavapom is a mix between a Pomeranian and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed is best suited for families with older children because they can get nippy if they feel provoked or excited. They generally have silky coats with feathered ears of the Cavalier Spaniel.

Cavapoms are small dogs and can overheat quickly, so outdoor playtime should always be monitored and limited to 30 min per session.

In addition, they are the perfect breed for apartment living, but Cavapoms can’t be left alone for long periods. Even though they are small, they can be destructive when understimulated.

Three Pros and Cons of Owning a Shiranian

Owning a Shiranian comes with its pros and cons, which include:

Pros

  • Shiranians are intelligent and easy to train
  • They are great dogs to have in an apartment
  • This breed does not shed a lot

Cons

  • Although they don’t shed a lot, they still require a lot of grooming
  • They don’t make good watchdogs
  • Shiranians suffer from separation anxiety and will need an owner who is basically always home

The Best Dog Food for a Shiranian

Because the Shiranian is a small dog, they need a high-quality diet specifically formulated for small breeds. In addition, kibble is the best choice for this breed because they suffer from dental issues.

As with all other dogs, feeding them nutritious dog food developed for the various stages of their lives is also beneficial. For example, Puppy food when they are young, adult food when they mature, and senior dog food once they are older.

Shiranian Size and Weight

Shiranian males are bigger than females and can weigh between 6 to 16 pounds, and measure 9 to 12 inches tall. Whereas females only weigh  4 to 13 pounds and measure 7 to 10 inches tall.

Shiranian Common Health Issues

The Shiranian generally does not suffer from many health issues, but as with all mixed breeds, they are susceptible to health problems that plague their parents. For the Shiranian, this includes:

But so far, these dogs have managed to dodge these genetic issues and have proven tough little things. However, they should frequently be taken to the vet for checkups, especially as they get older, to root out any potential health problems and treat them quickly.

Shiranians can live long and healthy lives if cared for properly; their lifespan ranges from 13 to 15 years.

Shiranian Temperament

The Shiranian is an affectionate, loving, and social dog but requires continuous human companionship to stay well-adjusted and happy.

In addition, they are loving, outgoing, and energetic and will need a lot of exercise and playtime. If they do not receive enough mental and physical stimulation, they will have destructive ways to take out their frustration. Shiranians are excellent with other pets, especially if they have been raised together.

How to Take Care of a Shiranian

Shiranian
Their coloration varies; they come in several colors, like black, red, gold, orange, sable, chocolate, and brindle.

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Taking care of a Shiranain is time-consuming and requires consistency.

Grooming

Shiranians generally have long coats but are a good choice for dog lovers who suffer from allergies as they are hypoallergenic. However, because of the length of their fur, they need a good brush daily.

These dogs have natural oils that keep their skin healthy and moisturized, so they only need a bath when absolutely necessary.

Their ears need to be examined daily to ensure no debris or gunk is stuck in the folds, as they are prone to ear infections. In addition, owners must have their nails trimmed as soon as they begin touching the ground, roughly every 3 months.

Because Shiranians suffer from dental issues, maintaining their oral hygiene is essential. Brushing their teeth daily with toothpaste specially formulated for dogs will ensure healthy gums and strong teeth.

Training

If the Shiranian is trained from a young age, they can pick up commands quickly because they are so intelligent. However, they are stubborn and can behave willfully, so they are moderately easy to train. But persistence and patience will yield good results.

In addition, they can be pretty dominant and may suffer from “little dog syndrome.” That’s why it’s vital for owners to establish dominance when they are still puppies.

Exercise

Shiranians are incredibly adaptable and do well in apartments, but they thrive in homes with a backyard where they can explore and breathe fresh air. However, if you live in an apartment, taking these little furballs o the park or for walks, every day will also work.

In addition, they suffer from separation anxiety, so owners must have a lot of toys and stimulation for them if they leave them alone.

Puppies

Female Shiranians give birth to a litter of 2 to 5 pups. These adorable pups need training and socialization from a young age to curb their behavioral problems, like being destructive if left alone.

Shiranians cost approximately $250 to $1,300 depending on location, pedigree, and the breeder’s reputation.

Shiranians and Children

Shiranians are best suited for families without young children as they are really small, and inexperienced kids can accidentally cause harm to their fragile bodies.

But they are great companions for older children who know how to play gently with dogs. In addition, they get along with other family pets if trained and socialized as soon as possible.

Dogs Similar to the Shiranian

There are many breeds that are similar to the Shiranian in both size and behavior; they include:

  • Koda
  • Obi
  • Rio
  • Dixon
  • Kato
  • Avis
  • Finley
  • Dena
  • Juanita
  • Oreo

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Shiranian FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Are Shiranians easy to train?

If the Shiranian is trained from a young age, they can pick up commands quickly because they are so intelligent. However, they are stubborn and can behave willfully, so they are moderately easy to train. But persistence and patience will yield good results.

Are Shiranians good dogs?

The Shiranian is an affectionate, loving, and social dog but requires continuous human companionship to stay well-adjusted and happy.

How much is a Shiranian?

Shiranians cost approximately $250 to $1,300 depending on location, pedigree, and the breeder’s reputation.

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  1. Dog Time, Available here: https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/shiranian#/slide/1
  2. Wag Walking, Available here: https://wagwalking.com/breed/shiranian
  3. Pet Guide, Available here: https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/shiranian/

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