Chorkie Dog Breed

This playful mix is full of energy and fun.
By: PawCulture Editors
Chorkie dog

Playful, energetic and a real lover of people, the Chorkie is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting breed.

Physical Characteristics

As a toy-sized breed,the Chorkie only weighs between eight and 10 pounds once its fully grown.

COLOR(S)
Popular colors include tan, grey and black from its Yorkie parent, but they can come in a variety of other colors thanks to their Chihuahua background, as well.

COAT
Similar to the Yorkshire terrier, the Chorkie tends to have long, silky hair.

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL
High

POSITIVES
As an energetic breed, the Chorkie makes a great pet for homes with kids. They are loyal and fun and they love to play.

THINGS TO CONSIDER
The Chorkie maintains a bit of confidence and stubbornness from its parent breeds. At times they can be very stubborn and proper training will be necessary to keep them in line. They also take their duty as a guard dog very seriously and bark often to warn their owners of anything they deem suspicous.

Care

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS
Because of their small size, the breed does well in both small and large homes.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
The Yorkie requires daily brushing to avoid tangles, as well as a bath every other week or so. They also require daily exercise to avoid restlessness.

Health

Common health issues include hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), patellar luxation (dislocated kneecaps) and tracheal collapse, as well as potential skin problems and allergies.

History and Background

Relatively new to the breed scene, the Chorkie was first bred in the 1990s as a result of crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. They’ve grown in popularity as of late as an ideal designer dog for people looking for smaller breeds.

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