Chorkie

8-15 lbs
6-9"
United States
Chihuahua
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkiechi, Chiyorkie, Yorkie-chi, Yorkchi, York-chi, Chiorkie, York Chi

The Chorkie is a hybrid mix of the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier and, as such, can inherit the appearance, personality, temperament and health issues from either or both parent breeds. The Chihuahua parent breed originated in Mexico, being traced back to about the 9th century and believed to have developed from a dwarf pet dog in ancient Mexico. The Yorkshire Terrier was developed in northern England to be utilized as a ratter and hunter in mines and cotton/textile factories. Although the specific breeds cannot be agreed upon, it is believed that a number of breeds had some responsibility in creating the Yorkie we know today. Those suggested ancestral breeds are Waterside Terrier, Broken-Haired Scotch Terrier, Maltese Terrier, the Skye Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the rough-coated Black-and-Tan English Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, the Paisley Terrier, the now-extinct Leeds Terrier and Clydesdale Terrier. The hybrid mix provides a sweet little dog who is cheerful, affectionate, aggressive, lively, loving, loyal, protective and social. He is a low shedder so he will require minimal grooming maintenance.

Purpose
Companion, watch dog, lap dog
Date of Origin
Early 1990’s
Ancestry
Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier

Chorkie Health

Average Size
Male Chorkie size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Female Chorkie size stats
Height: 6-9 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Skin Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Skin Evaluation

Chorkie Breed History

Your Chorkie family pet is a hybrid resulting from the breeding of a Chihuahua to a Yorkshire Terrier and, as such, can take on the breed characteristics of either or both parent breeds. The Chihuahua breed originated in Mexico and its history is surrounded by mystery as it dates back to the 9th century, believed to have emanated from a small, mute dog known as “Techichi”, being noted in ancient carvings as a dog which resembles our Chihuahua of today. The Aztecs invaded Mexico in the 12th century, bringing with them a small, hairless dog which was bred to the Techichi, creating the breed we know and love today, the Chihuahua. It was believed that these tiny canines had a spiritual effect on the afterlife of the owner when they were buried together. The Yorkshire Terrier originated in northern England, being utilized to hunt and kill rats and other rodents in mines and cotton mills. In the 19th century, at the height of the industrial revolution, the Scottish people moved south to England to establish their own textile operations, bringing with them their own Scottish nondescript terrier which they bred to the Waterside Terrier found in northern England. Other suggested contributors to the ancestry of the Yorkshire Terrier include the Maltese Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Skye Terrier, the old rough-coated Black-and-Tan English Terrier, the Manchester Terrier, the Paisley Terrier, the now-extinct long haired Leeds Terrier and the Clydesdale Terriers. The Chorkie hybrid originated in the United States in the early 1990’s and it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Chorkie Breed Appearance

Your Chorkie, being a mix of the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier, can take on the appearance characteristics of either or both parent breeds. While the puppies can vary in appearance from one pup to the next, these are some of the characteristics which seem to be most often shared: the average size of these small dogs runs between 8 and 10 pounds, the body shape is generally rectangular with the longer tail of the Chihuahua parent breed, the heads are generally shaped like the Yorkie parent although it is possible that your pup could have the typical apple-shape from the Chihuahua side, the ears are usually pricked but may also be drop-eared. Strong teeth that can form an underbite, a small black nose and large, bright and clear black or dark brown eyes will complete the adorable face of your Chorkie. He can be virtually any color especially if the Chihuahua parent has dominance in the pup’s gene pool but expect that the color may be a bit grizzled (from the Yorkie side). It is important to know that Yorkies generally lighten to a gunmetal gray as they age. The coat can be medium or longer length or a mixture of the two, depending on whether the Chihuahua parent was long-haired or short-haired. Expect that the texture of the coat will be soft or silky though some have a bit more coarse texture than others. The feet will be small and compact with strong nails.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chorkie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chorkie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Chorkie coat
Fawn
white Chorkie coat
White
silver Chorkie coat
Silver
brown Chorkie coat
Brown
black Chorkie coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chorkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chorkie Breed Maintenance

Your Chorkie pet is placed into a low shedder category so he will require minimal grooming maintenance. He will need to be brushed at least once weekly and bathed twice a month at the most. He will need to have his ears checked and cleaned at least every two weeks, keeping the long hairs cleaned out of his ears to avoid infections. His eye area should be wiped frequently to keep debris from causing matting and creating an environment for infection. His teeth should be checked and cleaned periodically, at least monthly, to prevent periodontal disease and the resulting tooth loss.

Brushes for Chorkie
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chorkie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chorkie Temperament

The Chorkie can also take on the personality traits of either or both of the parent breeds. Your Chorkie can be active, bubbly, bright, vocal, fun, smart, goofy, loving, loyal, tender and excitable. Because they are so loyal to their owners, they can be very aggressive with strangers. It is important to keep them on a leash when walking them in public places for this reason. They are great family dogs but not for families with small children as they can be snappy when they are played with too roughly as small children can do. They get along well with other pets, though sometimes they are a bit size blind as they deal with larger animals. They are intelligent and eager to please the owners which whom they have bonded and are fairly easily trained but beware of those stubborn times. They are quite energetic but, because they are small, their exercise needs can easily be accommodated in apartment, condo or family home living.

Chorkie Activity Requirements

Your Chorkie family pet will require some exercise to keep him healthy and happy. He will need 30 to 60 minutes each and every day of exercise which can consist of daily walks, games of fetch and frisbee and obedience practice. Since he is a small dog, he can easily live in an apartment, condo or family home with or without a fenced yard. He can live in an urban or rural environmental setting that does get too cold. He will shiver when cold, scared and nervous. You will need to provide your Chorkie with extra protection during colder temperatures.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Chorkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Chorkie Owner Experiences

Bella
1 Year
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is very lovable but stubborn at times.
3 weeks, 3 days ago
Frank
8 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Laying in the sun
Ball
Bath time
Explore the city
Dog Parks
Dog-friendly events
Fetch
Chase
Swim
Hike
Walk
Go on Vacation
Bike ride
Frank is the first little dog I have ever had. Previously I have owned Rottweilers. I have never liked small dogs. But Frabkie has opened my eyes to the wonders of the chorkie. He is so loving, affectionate, playful, cheeky, strong willed, social, active, lazy at times, active at times, very outgoing and smart. He was rescued at 8 months and is still a bit skittish after all these years (hides under the bed sometimes if feeling a bit off). He does get tired and a bit grumpy at night. But I do to so I respect that. I take frank everywhere and he is usually well behaved. Sometimes gets a bit agro with other dogs when they are all on leashes. I love him so much.
1 month, 1 week ago
Rocky
7 Years
3 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
Walking
I've had Rocky for seven years now and he is such a sweet dog. He's very friendly towards everyone, sometimes he gets little shy with new people but he's never barked or growled at them, he enjoys eating treats, fetching, and going walks with my other dog Chico who is a Rat Terrier.
2 months ago
Bailey
7 Years
1 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is energetic and fun. Bailey is super intelligent but she was a little hard to house train because she slept sound and that’s the only trouble I’ve had with her. She’s a great dog. She gets along with my Bassett and Lab mix too. She’s a great watch dog. She always barks if someone is around. She’s not too friendly with strangers though.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Cody
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Dog Parks
Nap
Swim
Road trip
Walk
Go to Beach
He’s a good dog, sometimes he doesn’t get along with others but that’s ok, he’s very playful but kinda gets tired easily, he’s easy to maintain
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Madison
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hide & Seek
Madison is very snappy and/o aggressive, She hates kids, strangers, and other dogs, shes also very smart and catches on to many words asap.
4 months, 1 week ago
Joy
5 Months
1 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
never owned one, but she is a happy puppy want to always get in my lap and sleeps very close to me
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Cookie
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Morning Walks Daily
She's still in her puppy stages. We were given Cookie as of Sunday May 20. She has been a very good dog. We also have a 6 yr old rat terrier/Chihuahua. He been teaching her things also.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Missy
10 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking playing
We take the same walk everyday and nite
6 months, 3 weeks ago
pebbles
6 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My Chorkie is six years old and we named her pebbles. she very kind and easy to train. shes obedient and loves to show her affection towards us. pebbles doesn't bark as often but will do so at times. she has a brother of a different breed and at first did not get along with him. she noticed that he wasn't going anywhere so she had to get along with him. she doesn't like puppies, she prefers to stay her distance. if other dogs come near her who are not leo (her brother) she get territorial. I've noticed that she doesn't like toddlers and always tries to bite them. so i keep her away from them. besides that she is sweet to anyone and loves to be petted and cuddled. she loves all the attention given to her.
7 months ago
Jack
1 Year
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Jack is by far the sweetest dog I've ever had! He's super loyal to us (me and my boyfriend), he doesn't like strangers or children he doesn't know BUT when we have guests over he's super gentle even with the smallest children. Other people describe him as brave, he LOVES playing with other dogs (the larger they are the better). We brought him in as a tiny puppy and we're a bit worried because we already had 2 other dogs, but they get along just fine and have become a little family, they even sleep together at night. He really needs to be groomed daily!!! It only takes 2 minutes so it's not a bit deal, but if I skip 1 day he looks like a stray dog and I sometimes have to cut pieces of fur out because it's impossible to groom him without hurting Jack. Jack is very active, but enjoys a good nap after a walk and leaving him alone (together with our other dogs) is not a problem. If he doesn't have a chew toy he will go for one of my shoes 🤣 We don't have a yard but live right next to a forest and huge open field where our furbabies run around and play with other doggies. My boyfriend didn't like both breeds (Chihuahua and Yorkie) but this is the only breed he wants to have in the future lol. As a true dogmommy I love all of my furbabies, but Jack will always have a special place in my heart.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Jazmyne
8 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch
I heard about chorkies but havent really gotten to know about them until my mom had found and bought one for my 21st birthday, she told me it was a girl. When I saw her for the first time, she was little and held onto to me when I held, she was 8 weeks old and so sweet and cute. I tried to think of a name for her, she looked like she could be a diva and then the name "Jazmyne" came and it fit. Ever since I got her, she follows me around and sees me as mom, she is like a diva; full of spunk and feist, but also is funny, clever, sweet, playful, friendly, cuddly, and so adorable. A few tricks that she knows is shake, "come" and sit. She loves to meet new people and dogs. When she plays she teases when you try to take away her toy that she wants you to take from her. I love my chorkie
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Milo
4 Months
5 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Love my little boy so much! He has the most beautiful personality and fits right in with our family xxx
10 months, 1 week ago
Mr. P'Nut
4 Months
4 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Fetch and tug of war
Its been a short time with him but he is very loving and funny and goofy full of energy
11 months, 4 weeks ago
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