Chorkie

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Size

Toy

Life span

15 Years

Weight

4.5 Kg

Group

Hybrid Dogs

Chorkie Overview

The Chorkie is a cross between the Chihuahua  and the Yorkshire Terrier. The Chorkie is a great little dog with a big personality. They're very friendly, outgoing and enjoy a good run around. The Chorkie is often misunderstood because of their size. They have a strong mindset and know what they want.

They're relatively low maintenance and hardly shed so makes them ideal for a family with allergens.

Both male and female Chorkies weigh the same which is between 3.6 - 4.5kg and measure in height the same which is 15.2 - 22.9cm.

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Chorkie Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Chorkie is a mixed breed between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier and was first introduced back in the 1990s making this cross-breed relatively new. They've grown in popularity for those looking for a small dog. 

 

Chorkie Temperament

The Chorkie takes its personality from both parenting breeds. They're active, bright, alert, smart and very loving. They're known for being very excited little dogs that love to goof around. They're extremely loyal to their owners but can be aggressive towards strangers if not trained correctly. 


Training

Chorkies can be rather stubborn when it comes to training and this is inherited from both their parenting breeds. However, like both of their parenting breeds, they're extremely loyal and very intelligent, and with positive enforcement training, they do respond well. Training should be consistent and rewarded. 


Grooming

The Chorkie doesn't require a lot of grooming and weekly brushing of their coat is enough to keep it well maintained. They do, however, require their teeth to be brushed on a daily basis and regular cleaning of their ears and paws to prevent infections. 

Health

Cross-breed such as the Chorkie tend to suffer less with health conditions, however, they do suffer with skin conditions and allergies and this requires regular check-ups at the vets for infection prevention as well as medication to prevent and combat allergy issues. 

Exercise

Chorkie requires moderate levels of exercise. They are small in size but do have lots of energy and require 40-60 minutes a day of walking with plenty of time off their leash to run around. They love playtime and also like to spend time playing with their toys and their favourite people. As with many dog breeds, they require lots of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming bored and displaying destructive behaviour. 

Children and other pets

The Chorkie is great with children and other household pets provided they are socialised correctly from a young age. Playtime should always be supervised and early socialisation is important so both the dog and children understand their boundaries. 

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