The Shiranian (also known as a Shih-pom, Shih-a-Pom and Pom-tzu) is a hybrid of royal blood; Red Pomeranians were a breed preferred by Queen Victoria of Germany and Shih-Tzus were owned by the Ming dynasty of China. Like many breeds of dog, Pomeranians and Shih Tzus were brought to first world countries by immigrants and travelers, and were bred together by dog breeders. The Shiranian was soon brought into the world by American dog breeders in the early 20th century.
The Shiranian is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Depending on the dominant traits it inherited from its parents, the Shiranian will either look more like a Pomeranian or a Shih Tzu. However, Shiranians do tend to have what is called a “double coat”, that is long and flowing, and for the most part, straight. Speaking of their fur, they can come in a variety of colors, including white, black, cream, sesame, red, and tan. They usually have short muzzles and floppy ears, much like the Shih Tzu.
The Shiranian is an all-around friendly canine, as it constantly offers its love and affection to its owners. Because of its sweet and caring nature, it is highly unlikely that it will ever be a watch dog. Not only that, it is very docile towards other pets and children, making them great family and senior pets. They are also very intelligent, as they respond quickly to commands and are easy to train. Keep in mind that it also may develop a stubborn streak.
This hybrid is a generally healthy dog, but a dog its size is prone to Hip Dysplasia. A concerned owner would investigate their dog’s parentage to determine whether this may be a problem and how severe it may be. It is also recommended that a smaller-sized Shiranian stay away from small children, as they tend to play a little to rough for the Shiranian.