If you combine the world’s smallest dog and the dog kingdom’s most adorable and cutest little hound, you’ll definitely end up with a champion that is sure to win the hearts of many while encouraging others to ditch the idea of getting a purebred. Yes! The Chorkie is a mixed breed, but it sure is one of the most surprisingly adorable crossbreeds you’ll ever lay your eyes on. It’s a product of the world’s two smallest yet fearless breeds combining the Chihuahua’s nimble little feet and lively spirit and the Yorkie’s boldness and unmatched confidence. Annoyingly adorable yet extremely cute, the Chorkie comes in a small package that’s filled with surprises.
History of the Chorkie
Pet parents of Chorkies say that the crossbreed was first developed in the 1990s, although we are more inclined to believe that the ‘accidental’ cross breeding of a Yorkshire terrier and a Chihuahua occurred way earlier. The reason for this is quite simple. Many of the dogs that we see today are the products of meticulous selective breeding practices. Even the venerable German shepherd started out as a mix of different European shepherd dogs that are famed for their intelligence, agility, strength, and loyalty.
What we are saying is that the very first Chihuahua Yorkie Mix could very well be developed earlier than the 1990s. However, we do recognize that the name “Chorkie” was indeed coined in the latter decade of the 20th century.
Chorkies are really small. What else can you expect if you cross the number 1 and number 2 of the world’s smallest dog breeds? These hybrids are very popular today primarily because of their diminutive size, but mostly because of their indomitable spirit. This is a raging Pit bull hiding in an adorable Syrian hamster-like body. It’s small, but its ego is so bloated it will never back down from a Bull Mastiff.
Who are the Parents?
The Chihuahua Yorkie Mix may look like a very interesting crossbreed owing to the fact that it is the result of breeding two of the planet’s most adorable breeds. But, like all hybrids, there’s really no telling what kind of dog you’ll get. It’s always a good idea to look at its parents to gain a better understanding of just what kind of dog a Yorkchie is.
It may be the sassiest dog on the planet, but its diminutive size is largely disproportionate to its overly-bloated ego. It is the world’s smallest dog, but its personality is anything but small. The Chihuahua is a natural-born charmer; never failing to draw smiles from virtually anyone. It’s the world’s most famous ‘purse puppy’, toted around in upscale and chic doggie bags by socialites and high-profile celebrities. Just look at Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinker Bell, and you’ll know what we mean.
Chihuahuas offer the feistiness of a miniature war dog coupled with an unsurpassed loyalty to the individual they choose as their own. You see, you don’t get to choose a Chihuahua; it chooses you. This is a characteristic that is both amusing and annoying at the same time. But if you do manage to get the Chihuahua’s approval, you’d be graced with an intelligent dog breed that loves being pampered to the fullest. Be forewarned, however; once a Chihuahua has grown fond of you, it will be quite difficult to distance yourself from it. Do so and it experiences separation anxiety. You’ll also get to see the little devil lurking underneath its charming façade.
Most folks think a Chihuahua makes for a good pet for kids because it is small and very easy to care for. Unfortunately, this is far from what you may call the ideal kid’s pet. They may be good as traveling companions, but their small size can be their detriment even in what can be considered as mild ‘child’s play’. Additionally, these small furballs are so high-strung that they tend to snap, nip, and even bite kids or other pets especially when they are threatened or frightened or even when they think their territory is being ‘encroached’.
Known as little tyrants, Chihuahuas are often treated as if they are the leaders of their pack. This is most often seen in dog owners who are oblivious to the temperament of a Chihuahua. Sans proper training, these adorable creatures can become the Napoleons of the dog world. They don’t actually care if the dog they are challenging is a Mastiff or a Rottweiler. For them, it’s just another dog. This can spell trouble especially if the dog being challenged happens to be one that doesn’t know how to back down from a fight, too.
Chihuahuas are very yappy, making them very unusual yet perfectly fitted for the role of watchdogs. They don’t like people they don’t know coming anywhere near their ‘territory’ and will never hesitate to show their displeasure. For the Chihuahua, its affection is best reserved for you, sometimes the entire family. Anyone or anything outside this ‘circle’ will be dealt with the same yappy and ferocious behavior from a small giant.
Stylish and glamorous, but with an annoying stubbornness that is matched only by its feistiness, the Yorkshire terrier is a toy dog that never fails to delight folks from different walks of life. It’s a toy dog, but it’s a pure-blooded terrier by heart. Smart and spunky, the Yorkie gets along exceptionally well with the kitty in the house. However, like the Chihuahua, the Yorkie cannot really differentiate a big dog from a small hound as it doesn’t have any problems imposing its will even on dogs many times its size.
Smart and independent, the Yorkie is notoriously stubborn although its intelligence and wit can give it the uncanny ability to entertain any crowd. It has a perky nature, although it can be best described as laid back most of the time. If there’s one thing that people love about the Yorkie, that would be its eagerness to please. Sadly, if something else catches their fancy, they can easily switch focus as if you are non-existent.
Their love of attention makes them very easy to train. They’re excellent performance in agility trials as well as in dog talent shows where they get to showcase their tricks. They don’t mind the applause from the audience, but it’s the yummy treats and abundant praises they receive that keeps them highly motivated.
The Yorkie may be the world’s second smallest breed, but its courage and bravery is simply immeasurable. If the Chihuahua has a bloated ego, the Yorkie has an oversized sense of valor.
Majority of Chorkies are first-generation hybrids from Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier pedigrees. As such, you will never really know if the Chorkie you’ll eventually get has the same characteristics as the Chorkie of your friend. However, because both the Chihuahua and Yorkie parents share certain characteristics that are quite similar, you can easily derive certain generalizations.
- Chorkies are also known by the following names: ChiaYorkie, York-Chi, Yorkiechi, and Yorkiehuahua.
- This hybrid is officially recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, the Dog Registry of America, the Designer Breed Registry, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club.
- Chorkies are small, usually not growing taller than 9 inches with the minimum at 6 inches. Smaller versions are possible, but this is generally not recommended.
- On the average, a fully grown Chorkie can weigh between 5 and 9 pounds.
- Its coat can be coarse and fluffy or long and silky. It can also be medium-length to long and come in white, brown, red, black, and grey colors.
- They will have relatively small heads and long almost-triangular ears.
- Chorkies can live up to 15 years with the minimum at 10.
- Great news for allergy sufferers; the Chorkie doesn’t shed that much, a characteristic it gets from its Yorkie heritage.
- Some Chorkies don’t bark a lot, but some can be very vocal, making them excellent watchdogs despite their size.
Things You Should Know
Are you ready to bring this feisty little bundle of joy to your home? Why don’t you read some of the most crucial things related to the care of such a hybrid first to help you determine whether it’s the right canine to consider bringing home?
Do you think you have what it takes to be the master of this miniature Napoleon? The Chihuahua’s stubbornness is very strong in the Chorkie. Sure, it is smart, but you’ll definitely have a more difficult time training it especially if you’re bringing home an adult Chorkie. The good news is that using positive reinforcement techniques will almost always get you the result that you need. Also crucial is a good mix of gentleness and firmness. Remember, you’re dealing with a small dog that has an oversized ego. Fueling this ego can make it into a little tyrant. Too lax in your training and it will show you it’s the boss. Too strict and your Chorkie will become a passively aggressive little hound.
Always start training while it is still a puppy. You’ll have a much better chance of getting it well into your pack, behaving well, and following your commands. Be assertive but calm. Be firm in your commands. More importantly, you’ve got to show exceptional patience and perseverance. Consistency works by giving your Chorkie something that it can depend on.
Just because your Yorkchie is small doesn’t mean you can skimp on its nutritional needs. On the contrary, small breeds like the Chihuahua Yorkie Mix have very fast metabolic rates. It is for this reason that they will need a calorie-dense dog food. Additionally, Yorkchies will also require more frequent feedings, usually at least 3 times per day, since they can easily use up the calories in their food.
There is another reason why smaller, more frequent feedings is better for your Chihuahua Yorkie Mix. Owing to their smaller size, you really cannot expect their stomachs to be as large as that of a voracious Labrador or even a Rottweiler. Feeding calorie-dense in smaller amounts and with greater frequency than the usual twice a day for dogs makes perfect sense.
The Chorkie, despite its size, has lots of energy. This energy needs to be spent in a more constructive way. Renege on this requirement and you will easily find out just how destructive this little tyrant can be. One way to avoid disastrous destructive behavior in your Yorkchie is by taking them for a walk. About 15 minutes of brisk walking should be enough for those little feet. Don’t overdo it because too much exercise can be deleterious to your Yorkchie, too. Remember that it has a very fast metabolic rate. If you push it too far in its exercise, you’re pushing its metabolism into going haywire.
Since Chorkies are perfect indoor companions, engaging them in a very physical yet mentally stimulating play can constitute their exercise requirements. Give them toys that you can also play with. They love chasing laser lights so it may be a good idea to get one. Don’t forget the mind games. You should always incorporate this in their daily exercise regimen.
Train and socialize your Chorkie as a puppy and your kids will be gifted with a great little dog that they can call their ‘best friend’. These hounds have boundless energy that can easily translate to countless hours of fun playtime with children. Unfortunately, you’d have to teach your kids, too, especially on how they should interact and handle the Yorkchie. It’s so small that a seemingly innocent child’s play can already be harmful to your small pet.
It is equally critical to never leave very young kids alone with Yorkchies, especially untrained ones. Chorkies have this tendency to suddenly snap and nip or even bite at the slightest provocation, even though it is not really intended. For their size, they are very territorial and quite protective of their ‘lot’.
Socializing them early in their life should help address such problems and pave the way for more harmonious getting-along with other pets and other people who may suddenly appear at your door.
Allergy sufferers rejoice! The Yorkchie is not really known to shed a lot and can, in fact, be hypoallergenic. This means you don’t have to worry about pet dander being left on your furniture, couch, bed, carpet, or anywhere else. However, this doesn’t mean you can already skip the grooming aspect of your pet. Daily brushing or combing is still a must if you want it to retain its beautiful coat and prevent tangles and mats.
Bathing can be done on a weekly basis. However, under no circumstances should you use your own shampoo. Use a dog shampoo that has a special formulation for sensitive skin. Yes, you read that right. Your Yorkchie, as mighty and proud like Julius Caesar as it may be, has quite a very sensitive skin.
Don’t leave out the ears, nails, and the teeth. These require routine care, too, using pet-appropriate products. A trip to the groomer once in a while will do wonders for your Chorkie.
Small dogs like the Chorkie may be cute and adorable, but they are not really the sturdiest in the dog kingdom; this is despite the fact that they can outlive many of the beefier, larger breeds. The problem is in their diminutive size where even the slightest problem can readily look devastating.
Hypoglycemia is one major problem and this is quite understandable. They have very fast metabolic rates, meaning they use up their energies a lot faster than other dogs. If they don’t eat more frequently or if they eat less calorie-dense dog food, their glucose levels will plummet. While you may be correct in thinking that this frees them from diabetes, hypoglycemia isn’t exactly a life-saver, too.
Chorkies are also prone to skin problems and allergies. You can help minimize this by making sure you give them the right food that’s free from common allergens as well as choosing dog products that don’t contain harsh chemicals. Regular visits to your vet should also help.
Yorkchies are perfect for those who:
- Live in apartments or small homes with very little to no backyard space
- Have pet dander allergies
- Can devote at least 15 minutes of exercise or vigorous play every day
- Have kids older than 8 years
- Have a good working knowledge of puppy training and socialization
- Require a good watchdog
Regrettably, a Chorkie is not for you if you happen to be any of the following:
- Don’t like barking in his or her house
- Don’t like daily brushing of the coat
- Leave the dog alone in the house for extended periods of time
Bright, active, and bubbly, the Chorkie is the epitome of a fun-loving, loyal, and very vocal dog. It can be goofy at times, but its love for life is unquestionable. They are as loyal and tenacious as Rottweilers when it comes to their dedication and commitment to their family, making them quite fearsome in the eyes of strangers and even new pets in the house. They’re perfect for apartment dwellers, although they can be yappy. Chorkies are perfect for families with kids, although they can be quite snappy around very young children.
There’s no doubt the Yorkchie is a cute and adorable dog. But if you’re not ready to take control of the little tyrant hiding inside its small body, you’re way better off with another dog.