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Country of Origin, History of Chorkies
There is no known date or person who started the Chorkie breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in the 1990s that designer dog breeders in the United States mixed Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terriers to develop Chorkie dogs to have an energetic, and intelligent companion dog. As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Chokies became more and more popular.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Chorkie is a hybrid of the Chihuahua (could be long-haired or smooth) and the Yorkshire Terrier. Therefore, the dog can look like either breed or some combination thereof and its behavior and other traits can be similar to one breed or the other or a combination. Be sure to look up each breed to better understand the Chorkie.
Chorkies can look more like a Chihuahua with its large, pointed ears and short or long coarse fur or like the Yorkshire Terrier with its medium to long, silky fur and downward facing ears.
These small dogs adapt well to apartment living and do not need a yard if it gets a couple of short walks a day. Indoor play suffices for exercise—and they are very playful. They are not too happy being left alone for any length of time and may exhibit separation anxiety. They cannot tolerate very cold or very hot weather.
Chorkies can be one of the harder breeds to housetrain, but they love to learn tricks and do fun things. They may be yappy, so start training them early and include “quiet” in your training.
Chorkies are very small so can be easily injured. They prefer living in families of adults and older children. They can tolerate other pets in the household, but prefer being the only pet.
Because Chorkies are a combination of the Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua, their coat can resemble either breed. Many have a silky, medium length coat with distinctive eyebrows. Their coats can be brown, white, silver, blue, and black. Some dogs have a solid color coat, but most have a mix or blend of colors. Most Chorkies have silky, medium length fur with no undercoat.
Chorkies are fairly hypoallergenic and don’t shed too much.
8 – 15 pounds
6 – 9 inches
3 – 5 puppies
Temperament of the Dog
Chorkies are happy, active, vocal, smart, loving little dogs. They are so loyal to their owners that they can be aggressive and bark a lot at strangers. They get along with other pets, but are not fond of young children, so should be in homes with adults and older children.
The Chorkie is bubbly, happy, and intelligent. He loves to be with his owner so much that he develops separation anxiety if left home alone for long periods of time. He is easily trained in many areas, but housetraining will take extra long and require persistence and vigilance. He is energetic, but a couple of short walks a day and lots of indoor play are sufficient.
The Chorkie can be stubborn if not well socialized and carefully trained. He may be slow to trust new people and bark aggressively at them until he has time to learn to trust them. New situations can be scary.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
The Chorkie does not tolerate hot or cold weather, so prefers to live indoors and take short walks.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
Chorkies should be in homes with adults or adults and older children who can play gently with them.
Housetraining can take extra time and vigilance. Chorkies are smart and like to learn things that get them attention like tricks. However, they are stubborn so they tend to learn and obey obedience commands only when they want. Fully training them to obey takes persistence and treats.
How active is the breed?
Some short walks and indoor playtime will satisfy the Chorkie's need for activity. He will enjoy being with his owner and following him around the house or going to run errands.
Be sure to get regular vet checks and keep up with vaccinations. Chorkies need their nails clipped once a month, their teeth cleaned several times a week, their ears checked for debris or infection, and their skin checked for issues when they are brushed a couple of times a week.
If your Chorkie has overactive tear glands, you will have to wipe his face around his eyes frequently and if he is light-colored, you may need to use a product like Angel Eyes to keep his face from staining.
The Chorkie is fairly healthy, but can be predisposed to skin problems, allergies, knee problems, and hypothyroidism.
Be sure to get regular vet checks and keep up with vaccinations. They may need their anal glands expressed periodically. Chorkies need their nails clipped once a month, their teeth cleaned several times a week, their ears checked for debris or infection, and their skin checked for issues when they are brushed a couple of times a week.
The Chorkie may be prone to overactive tear glands which can lead to stained fur on the face. A product such as Angel Eyes can be helpful. Anal gland expression may be necessary if your dog is scooting or dragging its bottom on the ground.
These small dogs will need a bath every 4-6 weeks and may need grooming by a professional groomer several times a year.
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
National Breed Clubs: none at this time
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Chorkie)
DBR = Designer Breed Registry (Chorkie)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Chorkie)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Chorkie or York Chi)
Group: Mixed Breed Dog.
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC.
Also Known As: Chiyorkie, York Chi, Yorkie-Chi, Yorkchi, Yorkiechi, Yorkchi, York-Chi, Chiorkie.
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