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

Lulu
11 Months
8 People
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Great little dog! So loving, cute and smart! She is like my little baby and gets spoiled!
3 weeks ago
Kodi
1 Year
3 People
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We rescued Kodi at 4m where he lived in a bathroom and never saw outside that. Very timid at first but now he has earned the nickname Madman! He runs so fast through the house while jumping from one piece of furniture to the other even jumps on our backs and the other dogs. He loves Toys especially ones that squeak but really doesn't matter as long as he can carry it in his mouth it's his. He wants to play all day long with short naps in between. He isn't very friendly to others at all though. He aggressively barks at my 18yr old son everyday and bites him on the ankles. He displays this behavior with men and most women too. He gets along with our 2 other dogs, hates our female cat but loves her 8wk old kittens. Supposed to be my sons dog but as mentioned before was not a fan of his from day one. He has latched himself onto me but does like my husband too. If someone shows him any aggressive behavior even once he remembers and will always try to bite them every meeting after. To me, he is the cuddliest, sweetest loving little baby and I adore him to death but most people would disagree. He is the most disgusting little creature I have ever seen. He doesn't care what he walks, runs or lays in, so he is always a mess. No amount of brushing makes a difference, always gross! He doesn't like to share attention and gets aggressive even if the other dogs walk by his toys. He can jump extremely high and clears pur fence so when I pull up in the car I have to be very careful not to run him over lol! I hav9to buy him new toys a few times a week to keep him from chewing my shoes, slippers and socks. And he doesn't understand sharing toys with the other dogs, he thinks they are all his and with his sharp teeth and strong hold, can snatch a toy from either dog at anytime and run like the wind! House training has not been easy, still working at it. He goes out many, many times a day but still hikes his leg on the chairs and other things too....infuriates me to no end! He listens to me but really no one else. He follows me everywhere I go and nips at my ankles to let me know he is there. He is also a homosexuality apparently and helps himself to our 8yr male Papillon lol! He will eat anything you give him and don't give him. He is not a fan of leash walking or car rides so good thing we have a fenced in yard. Overall, I adore him so much. He has sadly pushed my Papillon away a bit due to his jealousy. But from an abused dog eating his own feces to a dog who lives his best life and has found his soulmate (me), I believe he is happy and satisfied.
1 month ago
Doc
2 Years
2 People
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Grooming
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Energy
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Pastimes
Walk
Fetch
My husband and I have an empty nest. Our beloved Jack Russell terrier “Lucy Belle” passed away at the age of 14 years, and we hesitated adopting another dog because our hearts were so broken. During the 3 years after Lucy passed away, our neighbors Miniature Pincher would come visit us every day, as if she knew how much we missed Lucy. She helped heal our hearts, and when our neighbors could no longer keep their dog (long story) we really felt so sad that we wouldn’t have the visits from our little friend anymore. But it was then that we realized we were ready for another dog, but wanted a smaller one this time as we are getting older, because it’s easier for us to care for a tiny one now. My cousin found out we were open to having a small dog, and I received a message from his wife with a photo of the cutest little fella, a Chorkie they had taken in from another cousin who wasn’t allowed to have pets at the place he moved into. So here was this little guy, living outside most of the time, with three big dogs, and three children under the age of 6, and seemingly lost in the shuffle. We went to their house and took one look at this adorable little guy, and immediately knew he was going home with us! He is the sweetest and most well behaved little guy, and he loves other animals and people. Not snappy at all, and loves our cat too. He comes when called, and walks with me on the trails on the acreage we have out in the country. Occasionally he’ll take off sprinting ahead of me, but stops before going to far ahead and look back at me and wait for me to catch up. We renamed him “Doc” because he has healed our hearts. ❤️
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Jax
3 Years
2 People
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Brushing
Walk
Tug-of-war
Fetch
He's the most loving, friendly dog i've ever met. Very smart, not yappy, loves kids, loves other animals, and he's just awesome to be with. I take him everywhere!
2 months, 1 week ago
Ares
5 Years
6 People
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He likes going on long, exploratory walks
Dog Parks
He's very protective, although he's generally okay with other people and other dogs when we go for walks. He loves taking his time to smell and explore everything when we go to the dog park, and hates running or being rushed. He's very sweet, and is easy to train when there's food involved. One thing he's learned is that when he barks, we'll pick him up so he'll stop barking, so sometimes he barks just to get attention. He's very smart, sweet, and he likes curling up under the blankets with me.
2 months, 2 weeks ago
ORIELLE
10 Weeks
3 People
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Shes very snappy and aggressive when she wants to play and I don't. She loves to stay under me
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Henry
2 Years
3 People
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Walking
My chorkie henry is the smartest, most loyal, loving, adorable dog I've ever experienced in my entire life. Ive had him since he was 6 weeks old. He only plays with stuffed animals that have a squeek ball in them, crazy over bones he is obsessed with them, and loves treats! He was so so easy to train since the day i got him he literally would cry when he wanted to go to the bathroom and ever since then he tells me when he has to go by sitting there and staring at me and i ask him do you have to go potty and if he does he runs to the door. He knows so many words my husband and i swear he is a little human at times. He doesn't like strangers that much he comes off pretty shy unless he knows you. He hates hates HATES kids. We make sure to stay away from kids. The people that he does know such as friends of ours he gets super excited to see when they come around and very affectionate towards them as well. He is super smart sometimes it blows my mind how smart he is. He can be a little snippy at times mainly when he is tired. He's very overprotective of me and my husband who he knows as mommy and daddy. Also overprotective of his food, bones, and toys. I love him so so much its incredible the amount of love my husband and i have for henry and the amount of love he has for us to. He is like a son to us and i wouldn't ever want another breed in my life chorkies are amazing and so adorable.
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Princess Tovar
3 Months
7 People
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She is really sassy and when she's sleeping she don't like no one to bother her gets a attitude when bother
4 months ago
Stewart
4 Years
1 People
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He is sweet and lovable to me, but to others he can sometimes be aggressive. He loves to be wherever I am. He is so smart
4 months, 1 week ago
Sassy
2 Years
4 People
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Sassy is very playful and full of energy. When we are not feeling well she will cuddle all day. Sassy is a great watch dog, any sound she hears outside of the house, she is ready to attack like a pit bull. She is protective and affectionate as well. When it's time for bed, she is ready to play for about an hour and yhen crashes for the night. Love this dog so much. Perfect for our house.
4 months, 1 week ago
Coco
7 Months
3 People
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He is a joy he is a fun little dog
6 months, 3 weeks ago
Bella
1 Year
3 People
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She is very lovable but stubborn at times.
8 months, 1 week ago
Frank
8 Years
2 People
Condo
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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.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Rocky
7 Years
3 People
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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.
9 months, 2 weeks ago
Bailey
7 Years
1 People
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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.
9 months, 4 weeks ago
Cody
2 Years
3 People
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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
11 months, 1 week ago
Madison
2 Years
3 People
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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.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Joy
5 Months
1 People
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never owned one, but she is a happy puppy want to always get in my lap and sleeps very close to me
1 year ago
Cookie
6 Months
4 People
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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.
1 year ago
Missy
10 Years
4 People
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Grooming
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Walking playing
We take the same walk everyday and nite
1 year, 2 months ago
pebbles
6 Years
6 People
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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.
1 year, 2 months ago
Jack
1 Year
2 People
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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.
1 year, 3 months ago
Jazmyne
8 Months
2 People
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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
1 year, 5 months ago
Milo
4 Months
5 People
Condo
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Play
Love my little boy so much! He has the most beautiful personality and fits right in with our family xxx
1 year, 5 months ago
Mr. P'Nut
4 Months
4 People
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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
1 year, 7 months ago
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