The hairy, tiny-size Chorkie, having a small head with large eyes and ears, and an adorable disposition, is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier, varying in sizes, depending upon the genes inherited from their parents.
|Other Names||Chia-Yorkie, Yorkie-Chi, Yorkiechi, York Chi, Yorkchi, York-chi, Yorkiehuahua|
|Coat||Long, soft, fluffy|
|Color||Combinations of white, red, gray, brown and black|
|Breed Type||Mixed breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Designer dog, watchdog, toy dog, lap dog|
|Lifespan||10 to 15 years|
|Weight||5 – 9 pounds|
|Height (size)||Small; 6 – 9 inches|
|Temperament||Energetic, loving, confident, playful|
|Good with Child||No|
|Litter Size||3-5 puppies at a time|
|Health Concerns||Issues with leg joints, hypoglycemia and other general toy dog issues|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
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Temperament and Behavior
Although the small size of the dog does not allow it to overpower strangers/intruders, however, they would normally bark at them to alert its family, thus making a good guard dog, suited for apartment life, especially in families with singles, seniors and get along well with children and pets. They tend to challenge even larger animals, but are devoted to its family. Though shy with strangers, but would eventually tend to mix with them. The chorkie loves to be cuddled, but is not comfortable in cold temperatures.
Although everyday indoor games are enough for these little ones, but the chorkies are even more benefitted with daily walking and jogging. Even after a long walk, they wouldn’t lose their energy to play with their owners. Chorkies that take after their yorkie parents tend to gain weight faster, and hence they need a pretty good amount of exercise and playtime daily, thus keeping them energetic and healthy in the long run.
Since they tend to get dirty, the low-shedding chorkie needs regular combing to avoid hair getting matted. Trim their fast-growing nails fortnightly, and bath them only when they are really dirty and need it. Alternately, you can clean them with a wet cloth, which should serve the purpose of bathing.
Other than general dog diseases, no other genetic disorders bother the chorkies, except toy dog issues like problem with the joints of their small legs, which can be prevented by checking their sugar levels. This should also check ailments like hypoglycemia. Other issues are skin problems, ear and eye infections, slipping patellas.
The intelligent and zealous chorkies, being fond of their masters, pick up training easily, including socialization, especially if trained by an trainer/owner who can take the lead while training, set the rules distinctly, and at the same time, is loving and lenient.
Feed them with high quality kibble, but better if served in small meals, rather than a large one. Chorkie’s parent Chihuahua at times develop food sensitivities, so it’s urgent to be aware about how well your Chorkie can tolerate its diet. Weight gain can be a problem if you do not feed it lightly. Feed the dog twice to thrice a day. Small dogs like chorkie have a need for calories that is more than the need of a larger dog. In anutshell, a Chorkie puppy needs lots of calories to sustain itself and its energy level. Both the baby and the full-grown adult chorkies need a lot of energy foods. High-quality dry dog foods are recommended for them, at least twice a day, rather than one single heavy meal.
The much sought-after mixes of this crossbreed are:
- The chorkie poo (mixture with a miniature poodle),
- The teacup chorkie (a miniature version of the chorkie growing up to 6 pounds maximum),
- The chorkie-chihuahua mix.
- Chorkie is a mixed-breed that was originated in the United States.
- It is believed that the cross-breed of Chorkies were first bred in the early 1990s.