Country of Origin: The Chorkie was developed in the USA. It is a hybrid between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier.
Coat: The Chorkie has two coat types, long hair and short hair. Long haired varieties have about half the length of hair of a Yorkshire Terrier. The coat is easy to maintain, doesn’t shed much and is not likely to matt. Short hair varieties are short like that of a Chihuahua but may have longer hair around the muzzle, chest and legs. A wide variety of coat colors are accepted due to the extensive coat colors of the Chihuahua. Coat colors can include but are not limited to; black, brown, chocolate, silver, blue, blond and chestnut. Coat patterns can include Brindle, Sable and Merle.
Character: The Chorkie is intelligent, very playful and proud. This loving cross is the perfect lap dog. Great for families and children, the Chorkie will be very attached to their family but most will maintain some independence. The Chorkie is reserved around strangers and protective of family. Chorkies are great with all other types of animals with the exception of mice or rats as the Yorkshire Terrier was bred to hunt vermin. The Chorkie is very loyal and make great companions for the elderly and handicap due to there small size and minimum grooming requirements. The Chorkie prefers to go everywhere with you love to travel and is always by your side.
Temperament: Due to the small size and bold temperament the Chorkie may be a bit too brave when it comes to dealing with large dogs and will need supervision. Although, the Chorkie can usually live with other animals without a problem. Smaller pets and cats are ideal companions. The Chorkie prefers life indoors and is unsuited to cold or extreme heat. Tiny Chorkies are delicate and should be supervised around young children.
Care: The Chorkie require minimum grooming whether long or short coat. Special attention should be taken in the care of the nails and maintenance of the teeth. Like other hybrids, the Chorkie will tend to have fewer health problems than most purebreds ( known as’ hybrid Vigor’). Potential health problems include patellar luxations (dislocated knee) and sensitivity to anesthesia.
Training: The Chorkie is eager to learn and will do many tricks for treats. Although stubborn at times they love to please and be praised. Potty training a Chorkie requires patience and consistency. Paper training is often preferred. The use of a doggy door is also effective.
Activity: The Chorkie can usually get all the exercise it needs by running around indoors. The Chorkie love to go on walks and on family outings. The Chorkie does not prefer to be left alone.