Toy Torkie

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4-6 lbs
England, America
Toy Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

The Torkie is a cross between two breeds that are known for their fearlessness, agility, spunkiness and ancestral ability to flush out and hunt foxes, rats and other small vermin. While the parent breeds were originally bred for small-scale work, both are primarily considered companion dogs now. Their small size allows them to be carried most everywhere, and they won't mind a bit. As a companion dog, they love their owners fiercely. It could be that they will take to one family member most, or lovingly make themselves available to everyone in the home. However, their possessiveness could mean other animals in the home don't get to spend as much time with you.

Date of Origin
Toy Fox Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier

Toy Torkie Health

Average Size
Male Toy Torkie size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 5-7 lbs
Female Toy Torkie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 4-6 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portacaval Shunt
  • Lens Luxation
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Tests
  • Complete Physical Examination

Toy Torkie Breed History

The Yorkshire Terrier, or Yorkie, has only been in existence as a breed for about 100 years. Originally bred to hunt rats and small vermin, they were much larger in size than they are today. They were often used to assist in chasing rats from mines and to go into burrows where they would retrieve badgers and foxes. One of the ancestors of the Yorkie is the Waterside Terrier, which was a Scottish dog that had a long, blue-gray coat. Now, they are used primarily as companion dogs, despite their fierce disposition, and can even be seen in women's handbags or under their arms, where they are quite content. They were first registered with the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Toy Fox Terrier is truly what one could consider an all-American dog. This breed was developed in the United States by mixing a Smooth Fox Terrier with a few different types of toy breeds. Some of those include the Chihuahua and Manchester Terrier. One of the most intelligent dogs around, they are loyal, easy to house train, obedient and incredibly energetic. Admitted to the Toy Group as the Yorkie has been, this breed joined the AKC much later, in 2003. True to form, the Torkie carries with them some of the finest qualities from both parent lines, as well as the dashing good looks.

Toy Torkie Breed Appearance

The overall appearance of the Torkie can be extremely varied, while some aspects of their looks remain the same. For instance, some Torkies have long, straight coats that need to be carefully groomed, brushed and trimmed from time to time. Others will have coats that are short, sleek and rarely need to be brushed. Some of these dogs look just like the Yorkie ancestry, while others can look like a Min Pin in size, color and disposition. Some of their ears stand straight up all the time, while other droop a bit from the top. Color combinations can include an array of white, black, brown, fawn, red, cream, and silver, while their eyes are almost always black or dark brown, as is their nose. Torkie paws are tiny and sometimes look almost too small to carry their little bodies. Their muzzle is much shorter than they think it is, as well! Their teeth are sharp, however, and little nips can turn into bloody spots on the skin if you're not careful. Try not to let them come down with Tiny Dog Syndrome, if at all possible. You might see some Torkies with long tails, and some with cropped tails. This depends on whether or not they are cropped as puppies by their owners. Torkies are not currently registered with the American Kennel Club, but since both parent breeds are, we can probably expect that they will be, as their numbers begin to rise.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Toy Torkie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Toy Torkie nose
brown Toy Torkie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Toy Torkie coat
silver Toy Torkie coat
fawn Toy Torkie coat
cream Toy Torkie coat
red Toy Torkie coat
brown Toy Torkie coat
gray Toy Torkie coat
black Toy Torkie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Toy Torkie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Toy Torkie Breed Maintenance

For those Torkies that inherited the coat of the Toy Fox Terrier, there is little you'll need to do to maintain their good looks. A simple brushing about once a week helps with those that shed, and a shampoo should happen about once a month. Torkies that look like their Yorkie ancestors must be groomed more carefully, and on a much more regular basis. Yorkie hair is almost like human hair and can often become knotted, so daily brushing is a must. Also important for the Yorkie-like Torkie is that their teeth be brushed daily, to combat the possibility of gum disease and bad breath, and their nails must be trimmed twice a month, as they grow more quickly than most. Regular exercise is another must for these highly energetic and highly intelligent dogs. However, since they are so small, they should never be left outside for long periods of time alone. They are much more suited for apartment living than many dogs are, but since they are often very vocal, you'll have to pay them lots of attention.

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

Toy Torkie Temperament

Torkies are incredibly loving, loyal and obedient and have enough love to spread around to the entire family. Some of them might become attached to one particular member of the family, and if this happens, it often makes it hard for any other animal in the home to get any attention. However, they do get along pretty well with children and other animals. We advise caution, however, when Torkies are playing with younger children. Since they are so small, it's easy for them to sustain a serious injury or even a broken bone by play that is excessively rough. The problem is, Torkies often don't view themselves as small dogs and will play just as hard as whoever or whatever they are playing with. Because of their idea that they are big dogs trapped in a tiny body, they will often be very vocal and protective of their family. For this reason, they make excellent watch dogs and will let you know when the littlest noise happens. They show no fear in the face of an adversary, no matter what the size, so keep your eye out for dogs that will take advantage of their size and hurt them. On the other hand, you also have to watch to make sure that your Torkie isn't hurting larger dogs. Their demeanor can often cause them to lunge ahead, scratching or biting at larger dogs' noses and faces, often leaving nasty wounds.

Toy Torkie Activity Requirements

This breed is incredibly energetic and can play for hours with no sign of letting up. However, they can quickly calm down and shift into snuggle mode if they notice that you're willing to hold them. With this in mind, it's always best to make sure that you allow them time, outdoors preferably, to get the proper amount of exercise. It will keep them healthy, happy, and less likely to burn off excess energy by chewing up your stuff! It's also important to set boundaries for your little guy as well. Since they are so intelligent, alert and energetic, it's easy for them to believe that they are the boss. Especially while outdoors, it's important that you maintain control so as to keep them safe from anything that could possibly pose a danger. Because they certainly see no threat in anything.

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

Toy Torkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Toy Torkie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Toy Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 3 lbs
Female Toy Torkie size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 2 lbs
12 Months
Male Toy Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Toy Torkie size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 4 lbs
18 Months
Male Toy Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Female Toy Torkie size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 5 lbs

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