4-7 lbs
Japanese Chin
Yorkshire Terrier

The Jarkie is a small but energetic crossbreed who typically weighs ten pounds or less and stands under a foot tall. An intentional cross between the Yorkshire Terrier, a small rodent hunting dog originally developed for keeping the factories and coal mines of Northern England free from vermin, and the Japanese Chin, a friendly and portable companion animal believed to have accompanied royal families from both China and Japan for centuries, this hybrid can be somewhat reserved and wary with strangers if not properly socialized. The Jarkie does fairly well in apartment buildings and is an entertaining and enjoyable companion for older, well behaved children but may quickly become overwhelmed by interactions with younger, quick-moving, or unpredictable children. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin and Yorkshire Terrier

Jarkie Health

Average Size
Male Jarkie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-7 lbs
Female Jarkie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-7 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Urolithiasis
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
Occasional Tests
  • Thyroid Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Radiographs
  • Urinalysis

Jarkie Breed History

The Jarkie is a designer dog, an intentional crossbreed between the Japanese Chin, a small dog favored by the royalty of ancient Asia, and a diminutive ratter from northern England known as the Yorkshire Terrier. The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed, its origins hidden in myth and legend. The little dogs were prized by royalty in both China and Japan and were gifted to favored expeditionary forces in the mid-1850s, allowing them to gain popularity outside of Asia as well, in both England and in the United States. Prior to the name of the breed being formally changed to the Japanese Chin in 1977, they were recognized by the The American Kennel Club as the Japanese Spaniel in 1888. The Yorkshire Terrier is a newer breed in comparison, a cross between several types of terriers that were commonly used as pest control throughout the countryside; this included Dandie-Dinmont, Waterford, Paisley, and Clydesdale Terriers, among others. This dog was designed at some point in the mid-1800s as urban pest control, employed to search out and kill the mice and rats that had taken up residence in the factories and mines. Their handsome appearance and bright and lively disposition quickly turned them into a favorite companion animal for the fashionable elite, and they were bred for even smaller size and greater portability, and they were recognized as the toy group of the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Jarkie hybrid is typically less vocal than the Yorkshire Terrier and less prone to respiratory dysfunction than the Japanese Chin. 

Jarkie Breed Appearance

The Jarkie is a small, well-balanced dog characterized by straight, fine-boned legs and a luxurious, silky, single-layer coat which can be either range from medium-length to long. The coloration is often more like that of the Yorkshire Terrier, although both small and large white patches are common. The head may be small like that of the Yorkshire Terrier, with a medium-length muzzle and a button nose, it may be short and broad like that of the Japanese Chin- with both a muzzle and nose to match, or it may take some features from both. This hybrid has dark, round eyes that express their alert and intelligent disposition and small V-shaped ears that may either stand erect or fold forward. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Jarkie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Jarkie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Jarkie coat
blue Jarkie coat
white Jarkie coat
sable Jarkie coat
brown Jarkie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Jarkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Jarkie Breed Maintenance

The amount of time that is required to keep Jarkie hybrids looking their best can vary depending on the length of the coat that they inherit. While both breeds require more bathing than most dogs their size, generally speaking, a bath every three to four weeks should suffice. Dogs that inherit the longer coat of the Yorkshire Terrier require either daily brushing to prevent tangles and mats from forming or clipping of the coat into a shorter hairstyle, while those that have their coats clipped short or who inherit the slightly shorter coat of the Japanese Chin only need to be brushed three or four times a week. Although the Japanese Chin sheds more than the Yorkshire Terrier, both parent breeds are low-shedding enough to be considered hypoallergenic.

Brushes for Jarkie
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Jarkie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Jarkie Temperament

The Jarkie tends to be a friendly, lively, and loving companion with an inquisitive and interactive nature. They are quite energetic, but several shorter bursts of exercise and activity are more beneficial to these dogs than a single extended exercise session. They are quite intelligent and can be taught a number of commands and tricks, but they can become easily bored, and even stubborn, during training sessions so consistency, creativity, and patience are key to the successful training of this hybrid. Due to their small size, they can easily be overwhelmed by small or rowdy children and all interactions should be closely supervised, for the safety of both the canine and the child. Like both parent breeds, Jarkie dogs can become timid and anxious if not properly socialized and while they are generally agreeable with other household animals, they can become bossy on occasion. Dogs this size can easily fall prey to wildlife and should never be left alone outside.

Jarkie Activity Requirements

Although this dog is an energetic animal, it does not require a great deal of energy on your part to ensure that they get enough exercise. This hybrid will certainly enjoy short walks around the neighborhood, but even rollicking games of fetch can happen in a relatively small space due to their tiny size. Games of hide-a-treat or specially designed puzzle and toys are adequate for keeping their active little minds occupied so they typically make enjoyable roommates even in smaller spaces. It is important to be aware of the weather when exercising your Jarkie outside as they can be sensitive to higher temperatures, particularly those that inherit the short, wide muzzle of the Japanese Chin.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
2 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Jarkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Jarkie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Jarkie size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Jarkie size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Jarkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Jarkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Jarkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
Female Jarkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs

Jarkie Owner Experiences

11 Years
3 People
House & Yard
We love the experience
3 years, 9 months ago
11 Years
3 People
House & Yard
He’s the sweetest cuddly thing ever!
3 years, 9 months ago
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