Looking for a little dog with a big personality? A Chorkie could be your next dog!  Chorkies take the best qualities of both breeds, the Chihuahua and Yorkie and create the perfect mix.  Chorkies are great companion dogs, small enough to travel and go nearly anywhere, while still having plenty of spunk.

What Is A Chorkie?

Chihuahua Meet Yorkie

Chorkie is considered a designer dog, two purebred breeds bred on purpose to create a new mixed breed.

Each individual dog breed, the Chihuahua and the Yorkie, had to be bred down for its specific traits. Some dogs do not resemble their decedents at all. Compare pictures of small companion dogs to the side-striped jackal or the black-backed jackal.  There is hardly any resemblance.

Some other popular designer dogs are the Boglen Terrier (Beagle/Boston Terrier), Free-Lance Bulldog (French/English Bulldog), and the Tamaskan Dog (Siberian Husky/Alaskan Malamute/German Shepherd).  Some mixed breed dogs like the Bull Terrier and Silken Windhound became standalone breeds, recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club).

The Chorkie Dog! A Pup That Can Fit In Your Bag

How Big Can They Get? Chorkie Full Grown

Chorkies are a mixed-breed dog.  They are a cross between two of the smallest dog breeds: the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua. According to PetBreeds, adult Chorkies typically weigh between 8 to 15 pounds and are about 6 to 9 inches tall.  Chorkies can be bigger or smaller depending on the size of its parents.

Teacup Chorkies: What Are They?

Teacup Chorkie puppies or any teacup dog typically weigh under 5 pounds as adults according to PetMd.  They have been specially bred to be as small as possible, typically by breeding the runts of each litter.  Some breeders practice unsafe breeding habits in order to produce teacup dogs (to meet the market demand) which can lead to health problems.

A Sassy Pooch! Chorkie Personality and Temperament of the Chihuahua Yorkie Mix

Chorkies combine the cute, bold, and curious nature of the Yorkie with the loyalty, sass, and spunk of the Chihuahua. Chorkie personality is very energetic and playful.  They enjoy spending time with their owners and being on the go.

3 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Chorkie

  1. Chorkies became popular during the 1990s when smaller dog breeds took off.
  2. Chorkies are low-shedding dogs thanks to their Yorkie side.  Yorkies are famous for their long hypoallergenic hair.
  3. Chorkies are typically very smart, both parent breeds are known for being intelligent dogs.

Chorkie Dogs: Do They Get Along With Children and Other Pets?

Chorkies should be socialized early on.  They enjoy being companion animals and dislike being alone for long periods of time.  If a Chorkie puppy is socialized from a young age, it can get along with other dogs, animals, and people.  They should be watched by large dogs and children, as they can be easily hurt because they are a very small dog.

Trainability and Exercise— Chorkie Puppies Can be Stubborn At Times

Chorkies are personality plus, which can lead them to be a little stubborn at times.  They love to play and have lots of energy.  They enjoy going on walks or playing with their toys for exercise. Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers are both known for being strong-willed animals that tend to have difficulty with potty training.

Yorkie Chihuahua Mixes are very smart and can be trained with positive reinforcement and patience.  Some Chorkies will not be able to hold their potty for very long, and training pads or a “litter box” can be very helpful.

Maintenance Requirements of the Chorkie Dog!

Chihuahua Yorkie mix dogs typically are low-shedding and do not require a lot of grooming.  Regular baths and brushing will keep the fur nice and detangled.

Chorkie Haircuts

Chorkies can have very long hair, especially if a longhaired Chihuahua was one of the parents rather than a shorthair.

Yorkshire Terriers have long, soft, non-shedding hair, while Chihuahuas can have short or long hair and do shed.  A Yorkie Chihuahua mix can be groomed similar to a Yorkie, with a traditionally long, maintained hair or the “puppy cut” to keep a youthful appearance.  Chorkies can also be kept closely groomed to look more closely resemble a Chihuahua.

A Hardy Breed—Chorkie Lifespan

Smaller dogs tend to have longer lifespans than larger dogs.  

If cared for with proper diet, exercise, and affection, a Yorkie Chihuahua Mix can live for 10 to 15 years, sometimes even longer, according to PetBreeds.  Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers are the two longest living dog breeds according to I Heart Dogs.  Chihuahuas live around 15 to 20 years, while Yorkies live around 17 to 20 years.

Chorkie Puppies!! Are You Ready to Commit to One?

Chorkie pictures can lead to a fierce case of puppy fever.  Chorkie pups, like any puppy, are a lot of work.  Training requires patience with positive reinforcement.  Puppies have lots of energy and want to play all of the time.

The Chorkie dog breed is full of love and affection and can be the perfect addition to your home if you have the time and energy to give to them.  A Yorkie and Chihuahua mix can have a long lifespan and will become part of your family.

If you do not have the time to commit to a puppy, you can consider adopting an adult Chorkie.

Where Can I Look for Chorkie Puppies For Sale?

Chorkie Price

Chorkies can range in price depending on the pedigree of the parents and estimated adult Chorkie size.  Pawster does not recommend spending more than $1500 for a Chorkie puppy, with an average price range between $500 to $800.

Search Your Local Chorkie Rescue

There are many dogs in shelters as a result of overbreeding and neglect.  You can check your local Chorkie Rescue, you may find a Chorkie puppy with a Yorkie or Chihuahua rescue.  You can also check Petfinder.com to check for Chorkies for adoption.

Chorkie Breeders—Make Sure You Choose A Reputable Breeder

Always make sure to get a dog from a responsible breeder, to avoid health problems and supporting inhumane practices like puppy-mills.  Read the Humane Society’s Guide to finding a responsible dog breeder.  Your puppy may come with unexpected health costs and heartbreak.  Be cautious about any signs advertising teacup Chorkies for sale.

4 Tips on Caring For These Bad Boys

  1. Bored puppies are destructive puppies.  Puppies can turn to chewing and other mischiefs if they have too much energy.  Plenty of toys and walks will help tire them out, which will help them sleep through the night as well.
  2. Puppies tend to use the bathroom 20 minutes or so after eating or drinking. Try to take your Chorkie puppy outside or to the training pad during this time to help with training.
  3. Yorkies and Chihuahuas are known for having dental problems, daily teeth-brushing is recommended for your Chorkie to avoid gum disease and tooth decay.  Starting at a young age will help them get used to teeth brushing.
  4. Chorkies are small and gain weight fast.  Feeding Chorkies human food or table scraps is not recommended.  Because of their size, excess sodium, fat, or toxic foods will have a greater effect on them compared to larger dogs.

The Chorkie temperament is very sweet and playful. They are loyal, loving, and can be a great companion animal.  They are a small dog that can nearly go anywhere and enjoys spending time with their human family.  They are social and can get along with other animals and dogs.

Chorkies bring out the best in both of their parent breeds to create a special breed with lots of personalities.