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8-15 lbs
United States
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.

Companion, watch dog, lap dog
Date of Origin
Early 1990’s
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
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chorkie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chorkie coat
brown Chorkie coat
silver Chorkie coat
white Chorkie coat
fawn Chorkie coat
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
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
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Chorkie Owner Experiences

8 Months
2 People
House & Yard
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
1 month, 4 weeks ago
4 Months
5 People
Love my little boy so much! He has the most beautiful personality and fits right in with our family xxx
2 months, 1 week ago
Mr. P'Nut
4 Months
4 People
Fetch and tug of war
Its been a short time with him but he is very loving and funny and goofy full of energy
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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