All About the Chorkie – The Yorkie Chihuahua Mix

Yorkie Chihuahua mixThe 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.

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.

Chorkie Infographic

Chorkie Temperament

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 SizeYorkie Chihuahua mix

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 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.

Living Conditions

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.

Chorkie Exercise

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.

Chorkie Breed

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. 

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. 

Life Expectancy of a Yorkie Chihuahua Mix

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. 

Yorkie Chihuahua mixChorkie Grooming

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.


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 makes 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. Still today, this breed is very popular. 

What Colors Do They Come In?

There are a few different color options to choose from when it comes to a Chorkie, they are:

  • Fawn
  • White
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Brown
  • Tan

You will typically see this breed with a black nose and brown eyes. Other eye colors are pretty rare. 


Cool Traits / Characteristics?

The chorkie tends to be a more hypoallergenic dog breed. Thier coat is short so it makes this breed not shed very much.

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. If you ware your dog out 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. you won’t have to worry about this dog has any aggressive tendencies.

Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Puppies

This is a hybrid designer breed that can be hard to find a breeder, so these puppies may give you some trouble to find.

A female can have anywhere from three to five puppies in one litter. The puppies can cost anywhere from $400 to up to $700.

This is actually very affordable compared to some other mixed breeds.

Remember to always check with the breeder about the parent’s health history before making your purchase.

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


This dog is suitable for families and those who suffer from allergies as it is a low-shedding dog. It is more 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.

11 thoughts on “All About the Chorkie – The Yorkie Chihuahua Mix”

  1. I am looking for a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix. I have one now he is about 14 months old. I got him at the dog pound. I did’nt know I was getting one so popular. I just thought he was cute. I’m not a dog follower I just love them!

  2. I have a Yorkie chihuahua mix dog . Named buddy . He loves adventure and always leaves whenever the door is opened but is back within an hour . I walk him a lot but that isn’t enough for him . He always wants to leave . It’s actually quite embarrassing with the neighbors . They all know buddy, buddy will visit but only if they have a female dog. I’m really looking forward to getting him neutered, perhaps this will finally keep him home . Buddy has also taking a liking to my very old female pitbull. He cries if I keep him indoors and he doesn’t get to see her. I swear he’s in love with her. I have to keep them together to avoid the neighbors complaining. But have to tie him up to avoid him leaving . I tie him next to our pitbulls dog house and he’s a happy camper. Buddy is a handful but we love him. He’s a very smArt dog and very loving. He tends to thinks he’s a bigger than his actual size.

    • I had my Chorkie for 14.5 years. Chico was a roamer if he could wiggle out of the fenced yard. He was small, didn’t get over 4 pounds until he hit 4 years. He didn’t like men but loved all my girlfriends. He traveled with me and as soon as I took my foot off the gas he would wake up because he new it was time to potty and get a treat to eat from the drive thru I was grabbing a sandwich at. He also liked the girls and if he was inside and knew the girl chihuahua was out next door you would have thought he was a basset hound the sound he put out until I let him out. I hope you have your big guy for lots of years.

  3. I just got a Chorkie about a month ago. He is our 1st dog. Our family consists of Me (Mom), Dad, 2 teenage children. His name is Gizmo. He is ONLY 6 month old, but already VERY SMART !! He is house trained, can do SOME tricks, but most of all he is a VERY loving – affectionate dog. And he has ALOT of energy. If you DO decide to get one of these dogs, BE SURE you are able to devote the time this dog NEEDS!! Because they are such a high energy breed of dog, they go through spurts of hyperness, then followed by some DOWN-TIME. They are mostly “lap” dogs, (when they are tired) and my little boy enjoys sleeping between my husband and me – emerged UNDER the covers !! OVERALL I have to say this is an AWESOME dog to own, IF you have the time and energy to dedicate to them !!

  4. I have a Chorkie named Roxie! She is a rescue dog that was found on the streets of Las Vegas. It was very apparent that she had been homeless for quite a while. Roxie is the most loving dog she reminds me of a toddler child. She seems to be so appreciative that she now has a forever home! Very energetic in spurts, following suddenly wanting to sleep on my lap. Chorkies are possesive of there owners!! They require 24-7 attention.

    • I have a 1 year old that i got from someone. I finally got him to eat but still working on getting him to go potty. I know he has to adjust but is that part of the process

  5. I have a yorkie chihuahua mix name taco he is sweet and loving and cute but his bone pops out of place and he throws up because he hasn’t eat cause that is how he is and their really hyper and if u have a house with out a gate like we do then idk what gosh

  6. Chorkies are very friendly and happy extroverts. Our Peanut is 16 yrs old and has developed a heart murmur and also small seizures related to anxiety or excitement. She just keels over abt 5 seconds duration at a time. She is intelligent, empathetic and highly trainable though she tries to be pack leader and we have to reminder her she’s not! She anticipates us and tries to tell us when to go to bed or when to get up, among other things. I no longer let her sleep with me bc of her control issues. She trusts me to groom her, grinde her nails and descale her teeth. We don’t allow possessive behavior or aggression bc we want to prevent disasters. Snapping, nipping or aggressive barking is unacceptable behavior in any breed. We love Peanut’s perky, playfulness and extremely sensitive nose and we use those to teach her proper behavior. The Chorky mix is the absolute best breed we’ve ever had a relationship with and she is considered an adored friend or family member; not our child, since we’re not animals or dogs. The only drawback is her stubbornness and selective hearing. But with patience and treats she becomes very attentive and cooperative.

  7. I have a Chorkie named Chookie. She is 8 years old. She is attached to my hip when I am home. She has the best personality. She’s very playful, loving and so excited to see any new people. She was a little hard to potty train but with a lot of work she does very well now. I agree with the comment that these dogs can be stubborn and have selective hearing haha. My dog does try to control me by letting me know when she’s ready for bed and certainly waking me up well before I want to. She is the light in my life and I couldn’t imagine being without her. She’s very smart and understands a lot of things that I say. Very easy to care for.

  8. I have a little Chorkie called Marley. He is 11 weeks old I had him from just over 4 weeks and had to wean him as his mum stopped feeding the puppies. I lost my other dog a Jack Russell last August and it broke my heart nearly. I waited because I knew if a little dog came along it would be when it was the right time. He is a delight and has stopped the crying I was doing for my previous dog. He is very small and mighty. He is so friendly and loves other dogs and people. I just love him already.


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