Barring the occurrence of any terminal health conditions, the Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix is expected to live for between 12 to 16 years.
The Shiranian dog breed is not known to be one that suffers from a myriad of health issues, but as this pooch is a hybrid, there is every chance of this dog inheriting diseases from its parents.
That said, some of the health conditions that are commonly inherited by a Pomeranian Shih Tzu mix include:
Hypoglycemia in Shiranian dogs is a condition that refers to a sharp, sudden decline in the pooch’s blood glucose concentration level.
Hypoglycemia is mostly caused by a lack of glucose or hepatic disorders, but Shiranians can also suffer from this condition if there’s a significant delay between meal periods.
You can tell that a Shiranian is suffering from Hypoglycemia if you notice a loss of appetite, seizures, involuntary twitching, excessive urination and a general lack of coordination.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland located in a Shiranian’s neck doesn’t produce enough of the hormone thyroxine, which is responsible for converting the dog’s food into fuel for daily activities.
Causes of hypothyroidism in Shiranians include inheritable conditions such as lymphocytic thyroiditis or idiopathic thyroid gland atrophy, although, in rare cases, cancer of the thyroid gland may also trigger hypothyroidism.
Signs that a Shiranian is suffering from hypothyroidism include significant hair loss, flaky skin, decreased appetite but an increase in weight gain, and a series of ear infections.
Thankfully, hypothyroidism is not immediately life-threatening, and it is also quite easy to treat.
The Shiranian, like most other small dog breeds, is also liable to suffering from a luxating patella, a medical condition that is characterized by dislocation of the kneecap.
Most Shiranians inherit patellar luxation from their parents, although it is quite possible for this condition to develop from injuries and accidents.
Shiranians suffering from patellar luxation usually exhibit limping movements, an unwillingness to use their legs properly, and in most cases, swelling.
Treatment of patellar luxation in Shiranians typically involves surgery to realign the bones or the use of medication. But in severe cases, the pooch’s limbs may be amputated to stop pain.
Minor Health Issues
- Bladder stones
- Dental problems