All About the Chorkie – The Yorkie Chihuahua mix

Yorkie Chihuahua mixDescription:
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.

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 size:Yorkie 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 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.

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.

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.

7 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.

  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


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