7-10 lbs
Toy Fox Terrier

The Torkie is a hybrid designer mixed breed. He is a mix between a Toy Fox Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie). Torkies are very petite and usually only stand six to nine inches at the shoulders. They weigh 7 to 10 pounds and stand 8 to 9 inches at the shoulder. Females tend to be the same size as the males. These spunky little dogs bond very closely with their owners and can become protective over them. They do not make good dogs for families with children because they can be a bit nippy. Their small size makes them an ideal dog for an apartment.

Date of Origin
Toy Fox Terrier and Yorkie

Torkie Health

Average Size
Male Torkie size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Female Torkie size stats
Height: 8-9 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Bronchitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Wellness Check

Torkie Breed History

The diminutive Torkie is an ideal mix of both of its parent breeds qualities. The Toy Fox Terrier is an all American tiny dog. He was created in the 1930s as a vermin hunter (and even a circus performer later on) from numerous crosses with the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Toy Manchester Terrier, the Italian Greyhound, the Miniature Pinscher and the Chihuahua. The United Kennel Club was the first to officially recognize the breed in 1936. In 1949, the Toy Fox Terrier Club was formed by enthusiasts and breeders. The American Kennel Club did not recognize the breed until 2003 when they finally admitted it to the Toy Group. The Yorkshire Terrier is a tough little dog that was first bred to hunt rats in mines in England a hundred years ago. These brave little dogs were also used to hunt badgers. They would enter the badger’s underground den and drive the creature out. This spunky breed was also popular to use for hunting foxes. In 1861, the breed was called the Broken-haired Scotch Terrier. It was successfully shown for nine years in bench shows in Yorkshire. Finally, a reporter commented that the breed’s name should be changed to the Yorkshire Terrier and the moniker stuck. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885 and placed him in the Toy group. During World War II, the Yorkie had started to fall out of popularity but a brave little Yorkie war dog named Smoky revived interest in the breed. 

Torkie Breed Appearance

The Torkie is a delightful mix of the Yorkie and the Toy Fox Terrier. He is a scruffy little dog that closely resembles the Yorkie with shorter hair. His medium-length coat is silky smooth. He comes in shades of black and tan. His little ears are upright and alert. The Torkie's expression is always alert and bright eyes. Many people say that the Torkie has a foxlike face. His fur does not grow long so he rarely requires professional clipping. His stance is perky and proud and his gait is full of determination.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Torkie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Torkie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Torkie coat
black Torkie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Torkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Torkie Breed Maintenance

The fur of the Torkie is almost maintenance free. A quick once-over with the slicker brush once a day prevents knots and tangles. He hardly ever sheds. His fur is smooth and silky soft. He rarely needs to visit a groomer.  Some owners do shave this petite canine but it is unnecessary unless desired. His tiny toenails require monthly clipping to keep them short or they become very sharp. This alert dog’s tiny upright ears benefit from a weekly wipe to remove loose debris.  Some owner’s brush their dog’s teeth to remove plaque and improve his breath. Brushing also prevents the development of future gum disease.

Brushes for Torkie
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Torkie requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Torkie Temperament

The sweet little Torkie adores his owner. He is the perfect lap dog. This small dog is happy to sit on his owner’s lap or snuggle next to her. He is highly intelligent and easy to potty train, unlike the Yorkie. He can also learn tricks and loves a fun game of fetch. He requires very little exercise which makes him an ideal apartment dog. The Torkie does not do well around small children. He can become nippy and moody. This cute, compact dog is also extremely protective of his owner and will often guard his beloved master with growls and nips if anyone approaches too closely.

Torkie Activity Requirements

This little dog loves to play with his owner but he is also just as happy sitting on a warm lap. He requires very little exercise but he does enjoy a daily walk where he can enjoy a bit of fresh air. Great care should be taken when taking him to a dog park because of his small size. If a dog at the dog park should become aggressive with him then he won’t remember he is just a tiny little dog and will fight back which can prove fatal. He is not overly barky but will sound a warning yip if he hears a strange noise or sees a stranger. He'll be perfectly happy in any living environment as long as he has a loving, patient owner.

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

Torkie Food Consumption

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

Torkie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Male Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
18 Months
Male Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs

Torkie Owner Experiences

3 Months
5 People
Fun, he’s energetic, playful, sweet, tiny
1 year ago
3 Years
2 People
House & Yard
This is by far the best dog i have ever owned. Affectionate, loyal, smart as hell, soothes me when i have panic/anxiety attacks without ever being trained to do so, listens to commands and learns new tricks quickly. She is freaking all-around awesome and I am lucky to have her love!
1 year, 5 months ago
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