The small Chorkie is a mix between the Yorkshire terrier (Yorkies) 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. The Chorkie has a claim to fame and was the much coveted dog face of the popular fast food chain Taco Bell, since then very few people have been able to resist its sweet tiny face with big eyes and a distinctly long tongue.
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. 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.
While the Chihuahua can be a yappy and sometimes aggressive dog, the Chihuahua Yorkshire terrier mix is most certainly not. It is a loving and affectionate dog and it prefers to stay close to its owners and would choose to lie 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 energy of the children and running and playing.
This is a sociable dog and will make friends easily with other people and with other family pets as it adapts well to different situations. They do tend to bark a lot when they here unfamiliar sounds which makes them good watchdogs.
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 their small leg joints. Rarely these dogs have been reported to suffer from hypoglycemia. There are no known inherited problems.
Feeding the Chorkie at small intervals rather than one big meal will help maintain its blood sugar level and they will be less prone to suffering the effects of hypoglycemia.
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.
The Chorkie likes being outdoors and needs to be walked daily mostly to let of 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.
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. 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.
The Chorkie’s nails grow quickly and will need to be clipped every two weeks to keep them at an ideal length.
This dog is suitable for families and those who suffer from allergies as it is a low-shedding dog. It is more preferably 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.