Good for Novice Owners:
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-16 years
Pom-Shi Dog Breed Information
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A Pom-Shi, or a Shiba-Ranian, is a cross between a Shiba Inu and a Pomeranian. These little dogs are energetic and playful. They are known for being sweet, affectionate, intelligent, and a little independent at times.
Shiba-Ranians tend to be loving and affectionate dogs. Although they can be independent sometimes, they still love being around their favorite humans, especially when it’s time to play or cuddle.
They tend to get along well with older children who can interact with a dog properly as well as other pets and other dogs. They can be suspicious of strangers at first, but tend to warm up quickly once introduced as long as they are properly socialized. They can be prone to barking a lot, so you do want to train your dog to stop barking early on.
A Pom-Shi is a highly adaptable dog. They do well in apartments as well as larger homes. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat and extreme cold, but they do well in most moderate climates.
Their small size may mean they need some winter dog products to stay warm while out on walks when temperatures drop. They also do not like to spend long periods of time alone because they do bond closely with their families.
Although a mixed-breed dog can sometimes be healthier than a purebred dog, it’s not a guarantee and good breeding practices make a big difference. Potential health concerns to be aware of in a Pom-Shi include patellar luxation, patent ductus arteriosus, hip dysplasia, mono/bilateral cryptorchidism. cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, entropion, and hypothyroidism.
Reputable breeders will screen their dogs to test health, test genetics, and avoid passing preventable issues to puppies. Make sure you ask about the health of both parents and about any health tests or clearances that have been done.
A Pom-Shi may be an intelligent dog that can pick up on things quickly, but they also can be independent at times and have a stubborn streak. This makes them a better fit for dog owners with some experience. Puppy training classes are recommended for first-time dog owners.
A Pom-Shi could inherit the short Shiba Inu coat, the fluffy Pom double-coat, or a coat that is a mix of both. They will shed moderately year-round. A short Shiba coat requires weekly brushing or brushing a few times a week and the occasional bath as needed. A Pom coat requires daily brushing and visits to the dog groomer every 4-6 weeks.
In addition to coat care, you also need to take care of your Pom-Shi’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting nails once or twice a month is usually enough to keep them from growing too long and causing issues. Checking ears weekly and carefully cleaning your dog’s ears as needed can help prevent ear infections.
As a small dog breed, a Pom-Shi is more prone to developing dental diseases later in life, which only makes good dental care for dogs early and consistently throughout their life even more important. Daily tooth brushing plus cleanings at the vet when needed are a good start.
Shiba-Ranians sit in a moderate activity range. Daily walks plus some playtime and extra activity are usually enough to keep them happy and healthy. If they are feeling playful or bored, they will probably be up for more and may have bursts of higher energy, but they won’t run you ragged either.
Fully-grown Pom-Shi usually stand 6-17 inches tall and weigh 3-23 pounds.
Pom-Shi generally live for 12-16 years on average.
Pom-Shi and Shiba-Ranian are the more common names for this hybrid breed. They are also sometimes called a Shi-Pom; not to be confused with the Shih-Pom, which is a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Pomeranian.