The small Chorkie is a mix between the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) and the Chihuahua. The popularity of this cute much loved dog surged during the 90s when the phenomenon of small dogs, especially Chihuahuas, took off.
This hybrid breed is called a few names, the most common being the Chorkie and the less common names being Yorkiechi, Yorkie-Chi, and Chiyorkie.
Depending on its parents, the Chorkie can be different sizes. It can be a tall leggy dog, or it could have shorter legs like the Yorkshire Terrier. They have a distinct fluffy coat and obvious, usually lighter colored eyebrows.
As you already know from this article, The Chorkie is a mixture of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua mixed together. The parent breeds are dated back centuries ago, but the Chorkie didn’t start becoming popular until the 1990s.
What really made this designer breed so popular was the fact that popular celebrities in the 90s started carrying these tiny dogs with them everywhere. People saw what the celebrities were doing and started doing the same thing. Today, this breed is very popular.
Below you will find some information about the parent breeds that make up this great mix.
The Chihuahua does have some discrepancy on its origins as some people believe that the Chihuahua is the descendant of the Techichi dog breed. The Techichi was a dog around the time of the Aztecs and a very respected in their culture. The Chihuahua is obviously a smaller version.
The breed was found largely in Mexico in the area called Chihuahua, and that is how it got its name. Eventually, people from the United States found this dog breed and brought it back. The AKC accepted this dog breed in 1908.
Today the Chihuahua is still a very popular dog breed, and many people own or have owned this breed. The Chihuahua is also a common dog breed used in some mixed breeds.
The Yorkshire Terrier originally was created in the United Kingdom and from an area called Yorkshire. Before this breed gained popularity it was used for a very specific job. This breed was fast enough to catch rodents that were inside textile factories.
After doing this type of job for a very long time, the breed started getting noticed by other people, especially noblewomen. The women wanted these dogs to be lap dogs, and eventually, this breed became more of a lapdog and less of a working dog breed.
The Yorkshire Terrier was brought over to the United States sometime during the early 1900s. The breed got very popular in the United States and still is today.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Appearance
These teacup dogs come in a variety of colors and can be red, gray, brown, or black, with some even changing their color with each season.
As these dogs grow older, the longer hair around the muzzle begins to gray. These are popular toy dogs and a favorite ‘purse’ dog despite their scruffy Yorkie appearance.
A Chorkie’s facial features are prominent on its small head with large bright eyes, which are either of a black or brown color. Depending on its parentage will depend on the size of the ears, and Chorkies can either have large or short ears that can be rounded or triangular like the Chihuahua.
Surprisingly this dog has a strong mouth and even stronger teeth, which form a slight under-bite.
Living up to its ‘designer’ background, this dog tends to prance around rather than walk, and it always holds its sickle-shaped tail proudly high, which it wags when it wants attention.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Coat
The coat of the Yorkie Chihuahua mix will vary depending on which traits your dog takes from which parents, but usually, the coat will be medium in length. In addition, the coat will be quite soft.
The Yorkie parent tends to have a hypoallergenic coat that won’t shed much. The Chihuahua parent is not hypoallergenic, so when you mix these two dog breeds together, it does not mean it will be hypoallergenic.
Below you will find a variety of colors that the Chorkie may possibly come in.
What Colors Do They Come In?
There are a few different color options to choose from when it comes to a Chorkie, they are:
You will typically see this breed with a black nose and brown eyes. Other eye colors are pretty rare.
While the Chihuahua can be a yappy and sometimes aggressive dog, the Chihuahua Yorkshire Terrier mix is most certainly not. However, they do tend to bark a lot when they hear unfamiliar sounds, which makes them good watchdogs.
It is a loving and affectionate dog, and it prefers to stay close to its owners and would choose to lay on its owner’s lap rather than run around and play with its toys.
This is an extremely loyal dog, and it almost has the traits of a child. It will behave on command and will do anything to please its owners.
When with children, the Chorkie’s behavior will change, and it too will run around like a small child feeding off the children’s energy and running and playing. However, this is a friendly dog and will easily make friends with other family pets as it adapts well to different situations.
Overall you will get a great mix of traits from both the Yorkshire Terrier parent and the Chihuahua. Of course, if you have a disobedient dog, you can always train your dog or hire someone to do that.
Both of the parent dog breeds are very similar in size. This means you will get a very small dog. This particular dog is one of the smallest dog breeds and usually only weighs between 5-7lbs (2.2-3.1kg).
Chorkie Health Problems
If cared for properly, the Chorkie can enjoy a long life, and the average life expectancy is 15 years. The Chorkie does not have any major health concerns, but it may sometimes suffer the same conditions as other toy breeds because of its small leg joints.
Hypoglycemia – Rarely these dogs have been reported to suffer from hypoglycemia. Feeding the Chorkie at small intervals rather than one big meal will help maintain its blood sugar level, and it will be less prone to suffering the effects of hypoglycemia.
Eye Disease – Both the Chihuahua and the Yorkie parent suffer from eye issues. These eye issues can vary, but I suggest getting your dog’s eyes checked out by a veterinarian if you are ever worried.
Allergies – Another common issue is allergies. Many dog breeds suffer from allergies, and the Chorkie is one of them. Your dog can have allergies to certain products such as shampoo or even foods. Always lookout for signs of an allergy.
Patella Luxation – This condition is quite serious as it means the dislocation of the knee cap. This can be very painful for your dog, so it is important to have your dog’s vet help your dog manage the pain or get surgery to fix it.
Life Expectancy of a Chorkie
A Yorkie Chihuahua mix can live a range of ten to fifteen years. This is quite a long time compared to other dog breeds.
Remember that each dog is different, and some dogs can live longer, and some may not. Keep your dog happy and healthy, and if you have any concerns consult your local veterinarian.
The Chorkie is an adaptable dog and can do well in almost any environment. It is a suitable dog to keep in an apartment or a condo, but owners must make sure they walk their dogs on a regular basis to get rid of their energy and lessen their barking.
This dog is suitable for families and those who suffer from allergies as it is a low-shedding dog. However, it is preferable for families with older children as young children can play rough, and this dog is particularly fragile.
It also needs to have people around the home as it gets bored easily and tends to bark at the slightest noise when alone.
The Chorkie likes being outdoors and needs to be walked daily mostly to let off some of its steam as it is quite capable of exercising itself by walking around from room to room in the house.
Chorkies love walking, but it will go through bursts of energy, and then all of a sudden get quiet and tired, which is why it is recommended to carry the dog part of the way if going out for long walks.
As long as you are spending between 20 to 30 minutes a day exercising your dog then it will get enough exercise. If your dog seems to have too much energy you can always give your dog more exercise.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Diet
The Chorkie is a very tiny hybrid breed dog. They are practically the size of a puppy. With that being said, they don’t need a whole lot of food a day because they are small and have small stomachs.
They only need between 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of food a day broken up into smaller meals. For this breed, you should be purchasing a high quality brand of dry or wet food from the toy group category.
If you need help spacing out your dog’s meals, I recommend getting an automatic dog feeder. Some have multiple compartments that you can set for specific times to open for your dog to eat.
Your dog typically needs 40 calories per pound they weigh. These dogs can range from eight to fifteen pounds. So you do the math and find your dog a good quality food with a high protein count.
Even though the Chorkie has a low-shedding coat, it is necessary to brush this dog’s hair on a regular basis, so it does not get matted. If the hair seems to get tangled, you can use some detangling spray to help brush through that hair.
This dog tends to get dirty very quickly; however, too much bathing can cause its skin to become irritated. Sometimes it is sufficient to just wipe the Chorkie down with a wet cloth instead of giving it a full bath.
If your dog has skin allergies, I recommend using a shampoo for dogs with sensitive skin. While bathing your dog, always check your dog’s ear for dirt and looks of an infection. Always check for sores as well.
The Chorkie’s nails grow quickly and will need to be clipped every two weeks to keep them at an ideal length. Don’t forget you can always take your dog to a groomer if you are not into groomer your dog yourself.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Training
Training can be difficult for the Yorkie Chihuahua mix. It is important to start training your dog as early as possible. If you get your dog as a puppy, I highly recommend getting a training routine.
The best way to train your dog is through positive reinforcement and, of course, treats. For example, after your dog practices a command, you should give your dog a treat as a reward.
Mental stimulation is also great for dogs. Now there are actually toys on the market that help stimulate your dog’s mind. This can be a form of exercise and training.
Cool Traits / Characteristics?
The Chorkie tends to be a more hypoallergenic dog breed. Their coat is short, so it makes this breed not shed very much. The Chihuahua parent does shed, so you may see mild shedding but keep in mind it will not be much and very easy to clean.
The Chorkie is also a very small dog meaning it can get injured very easily. An injury could happen for something as simple as your Chorkie jumping off the bed.
This breed also doesn’t need much exercise throughout the day. A few walks would be just enough for your dog. However, if you walk your dog too much, they can get so tired that they will just lay down during the walk.
This breed gets along great with other pets and family members. So, you won’t have to worry about this dog having any aggressive tendencies.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Puppies
This hybrid designer breed can be hard to find a breeder, so these puppies may give you some trouble to find. The puppies can cost anywhere from $400 to up to $700. This is actually very affordable compared to some other mixed breeds. Some breeders can charge more based on their dogs and if their dogs come from champion bloodlines.
It can be difficult to find a reputable breeder for hybrid dog breeds. However, do not get discouraged because they are out there. Stay away from pet stores and so-called puppy mills that do not have the best breeding practices.
You want to purchase from a breeder that you can trust to answer your questions, show you photos of their parent dogs, and provide health paperwork on the parent dogs and puppies.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Litter Size
Litter size for any mixed breed can be hard to determine. In addition, each litter can be different, so we can only estimate what this mix might produce.
Chihuahua females can have around three puppies in a litter. Yorkies can have around four puppies in a litter. So, the Chorkie can have anywhere from three to four puppies in one litter, depending on the female.
Here are some of the main things that you should takeaway from my article about the Chorkie.
- The Yorkie Chihuahua mix is called a few different names, such as Chorkie, Yorkie-Chi, and even Yorkiechi.
- This is a very small hybrid, only weighing less than ten pounds.
- This breed will inherit the best traits of both dog breeds. The Chorkie will be a great lap dog and family companion. It will be lovable and have no problem being a great family member.
- Chorkies only need around thirty minutes of exercise each day. This can easily be achieved through multiple walks or even play sessions with you outside.
- This mix is mixed with Chihuahua, so the breed can sometimes be yappy, but you can always control this through training.
- Thankfully, the Chorkie is intelligent and will be easy to train as long as you are consistent.
- This breed is only prone to some minor health concerns that can be controlled by visits to the vet.
- Chorkies can live comfortably in small homes such as condos or apartments.
Here are some common questions that people have about the Yorkie Chihuahua mix.
Yes, the Chorkie will make a great family companion. This dog will be loyal, sweet, and friendly to children if they are socialized with them at a young age. This hybrid will combine the best traits of the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier.
If you get a Chorkie from a reputable breeder, it can cost you between $400 to $700. Some breeders may charge more, but this is an average range. Pet stores may even be more than this estimated price.
Yes, the Chorkie is a lap dog. Lapdogs love to lay on the laps of their owners. The Chorkie will definitely come and lay on your lap and cuddle with you.
Yes, the Chorkie will have ears that will stand up. The Chorkie gets this from the Chihuahua parent. Some litters can have drooping ears, but most likely, they will stand up slightly.
Chorkies is a small breed dog that will need to eat small breed dog food. You can either feed your dog a dry dog food or the wet variety. You can either do a mixture of both but remember to purchase a small breed of dog food.
Yes, the Chorkie is a very intelligent dog breed that can be trained easily if they have a good owner that is going to take the time to train their dog. Of Course, this will take some time, but eventually, the dog will be able to learn your commands.
Yes, Chorkies can swim but you shouldn’t put your dog in a big pool of water. If you are going to let your dog swim let the dog do it in a kiddie pool.
Close Relatives of Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Well, the obvious relatives that make up this breed are the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua.
There are some other breeds that are similar such as the
- Papillon Chihuahua Mix
- The Shorkie
- Shih Tzu Chihuahua Mix
- Taco Terrier
- Schnauzer Yorkie Mix
- French Bulldog Yorkie Mix