Smooth Torkie

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7-15 lbs
8-12"
United States
Smooth Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
The Smooth Torkie is a quirky little hybrid breed that is a 50/50 combination between the Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) and the Smooth Fox Terrier. This is a small dog that has a large personality and has been created primarily to be a companion animal. The fur can be either long or short, but tends to mimic that of the Yorkie much more than the Fox Terrier. With large eyes and an even bigger heart, this sprightly dog loves to play and cuddle with his owners all day long, but he does have an independent streak that will certainly keep any owner on their toes. Vocal from time to time and relatively energetic, the Smooth Torkie can be a handful, but with a long daily walk and some quality training time, this breed makes an awesome family pet. He is great with older kids, but when it comes to other dogs, it's a good idea to socialize early and always supervise as he can be a bit touchy. Overall, if you are looking for a small dog who is sturdy, spirited, and ready for anything, the Smooth Torkie may be perfect for you.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Yorkshire Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Torkie Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Torkie size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Female Smooth Torkie size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Cervical Vertebral Instability
  • Hyperadrenocorticism
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Myasthenia Gravis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Deafness
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Dna For Pra
  • Eye Examinations
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Knee X-Rays

Smooth Torkie Breed History

When thinking about a hybrid breed, it is natural to wonder what the purpose was behind combining two different (or sometimes very similar) breeds in order to create a new one. This, of course, isn't a new practice as dog breeds are created all the time, but the best method of understanding why a new breed came to be, is to take a look at the parental history. Since the Smooth Torkie hasn't been around long enough to make a real origin story for himself, by learning more about the Yorkie and the Smooth Fox Terrier, we discover useful information about the Smooth Torkie. The Smooth Fox Terrier for instance, is a classic Terrier breed that hasn't been changed in centuries; if it isn't broken why change it right? He was originally created during the 18th century in England and around the 19th century, his breed standard was perfected. Performing in many roles such as performers and show dogs, the descendant of Bulldogs, Greyhounds, and Beagles is most certainly a favorite among many. He is intelligent, playful, and full of boundless amounts of energy. This energy came in particularly useful for the Smooth Fox Terrier's main role (which is where he gets his name) of catching foxes. He would ride along in the saddlebag of hunters until the fox had been chased down, at which point he would be released to bring in the catch. The Smooth Fox Terrier's cousin, the Wire Fox Terrier, was also used for such a purpose as catching foxes and up until the 1900's, they were considered the same breed. Finally, in 1985, the American Kennel Club separated the Wire and Smooth Fox Terrier into two different breeds.  While the Wire Fox Terrier has been ultimately more popular than the Smooth Fox Terrier in shows, the Smooth Fox Terrier is still a popular dog that is loved for his talent in hunting, showing, and being an excellent family companion. The Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise known lovingly as the Yorkie, takes his name from Yorkshire and is thought to be a descendant of the Clydesdale Terrier and the Black-and-Tan Terrier.  At first, they were known as Broken Haired Terriers or Toy Terriers due to their small size, but these names didn't stick around long. Created for the main purpose of capturing rodents that lived in wool mills, the Yorkie has always had a skill for sniffing out small rodents. At one time, it was a legend that the Yorkie's long and silky coat was actually a production of the wool looms themselves! While the bold Yorkie was an excellent worker and kept the mills free of pesky vermin, eventually the attractive toy breed came to be more of a companion animal than worker. It wasn't long before he moved up in status as an accessory to lovely ladies and even as political mascots! When the Yorkie made his way to the United States in 1872, he was a real favorite of the Nixon family and shot to the top of the most popular dog breed list. Accepted by the American Kennel Club, the Yorkie is the third ranking highest most popular breed and is used to this day as a show dog and companion.

Smooth Torkie Breed Appearance

Because the Smooth Torkie is a hybrid breed, his appearance will vary quite a lot; even within the same litter. The typical appearance for the Smooth Torkie is a small dog with triangular ears, round eyes, and a medium length tail. While he is a descendant of the toy breed, he is sturdy and fully capable of taking care of himself. The fur of the Smooth Torkie can actually come in two different versions; the long or short haired version. The longer hair of comes from the Yorkie heritage but it won’t be as silky as a traditional Yorkie. The shorter hair is of course from the Smooth Fox Terrier and has a smooth, yet wiry texture. Based on the hair type of this breed, the Smooth Torkie prefers warmer weather over cold and tends to shed rather infrequently.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Smooth Torkie eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smooth Torkie nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Smooth Torkie coat
Black
fawn Smooth Torkie coat
Fawn
pied Smooth Torkie coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Smooth Torkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smooth Torkie Breed Maintenance

The Smooth Torkie is either low to moderate maintenance depending on his hair length. The longer haired version will require daily brushing with a comb and pin brush to keep the tangles to a minimum while the shorter haired version only needs to be brushed every other week. Besides brushing, bathing is only necessary when your dog gets especially dirty as neither the Smooth Fox Terrier or the Yorkie have a bad odor. Frequent ear cleanings are also an important part of the Smooth Torkie’s maintenance routine. Because of his folded ears, any extra moisture of debris that is left inside can cause infection and irritation; so thorough cleanings every so often can help decrease those occurrences. Finally, trim the nails every few weeks in order to keep the paws healthy and scratch free if the Smooth Torkie decides to jump up on anything.
Brushes for Smooth Torkie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Smooth Torkie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smooth Torkie Temperament

When we hear the word “terrier” the first thing that may come to mind is persistent, determined, spirited, and energetic. The Smooth Torkie is all of these things and more! He is very affectionate and is always ready for the next adventure. Thanks to the high energy level of the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Smooth Torkie is going to love to play and burn his energy in any way possible. The Yorkie on the other hand is a bit more laid back and, while he also likes to play, he will be perfectly satisfied with just a long walk each day. So, overall, the Smooth Torkie is a moderately to highly active dog who is only vocal when he wants to be and get’s along with most everyone he comes in contact with. Due to his spirited nature, younger children and other dogs may cause instances where the Smooth Torkie’s temper heats up, but with early socialization and training this shouldn’t be a long term issue.

Smooth Torkie Activity Requirements

As a moderate to high level energy breed, the Smooth Torkie will do best with a couple hours of quality exercise each day. Some examples of this would be a long walk or play time in the yard. Training is another great way to wear out your dog and keep him well-behaved throughout the day. Terrier’s can be notoriously stubborn, but they also catch on very quickly once they figure out what you want. Through training and exercise, you can establish a very solid bond with your dog that will last a life time; as well as keep him out of trouble! Because of the Smooth Yorkie’s energy level and size, he can do well in smaller homes and apartments, but he will need a chance to get outside and exercise to make it work well for everyone.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Smooth Torkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Smooth Torkie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Smooth Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Smooth Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Smooth Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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