Designer Dogs 101: Chorkie Dogs 10 Chihuahua Yorkie Mix Facts Popular Designer Breeds – Animal Facts
Chorkies are without a doubt one of the cutest designer dog breeds available to the modern dog fancier. A relatively new breed created in the early 1990s, a Chorkie is the result of crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. Sometimes referred to as a Chia-Yorkie, Yorkie-Chi, or Yorkiehuahua, he is a high-energy dog between 8 -10 pounds with a confidence and self-assuredness of a dog ten times his size. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Today, we discuss the incredibly, cute hybrid companion dog, the Chorkie. Let’s get started. But before we start, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun fauna facts.
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10. The Chorkie tends to be loyal, loving and intelligent. This is a very playful dog that enjoys human companionship. Chorkies love an abundance of attention and affection and are happiest cuddling in your lap. In fact, they love attention so much that they often prefer sitting on their owner’s lap over playing with other dogs or entertaining themselves with toys.
9. They do get along well with other dogs and animals, provided they are of about the same size. This breed can be somewhat fearless and may even have a tendency to challenge larger animals. While this breed may get along well with children, they are a small breed that could be easily injured by an overly energetic child. In addition, their fearlessness can cause injuries when they jump heedlessly off furniture or other high locations.
8. The Chorkie does well in practically any environment, including homes, farms and apartments. He is an active breed, but it will do well with walking on a regular basis. Even providing a long hallway for this breed to exercise in is sufficient. This breed tends to experience bursts of energy and then will be ready to settle in for a nap, of course in your lap.
7. The popularity of this cute much-loved dog surged during the 90s when the phenomenon of small dogs, especially Chihuahuas took off. In the late 80’s and 90’s breeders took to breeding “designer dogs” purposely mixing well-known purebreds to create new hybrids for dog lovers wishing for a distinctive companion. Today, Chorkies are popular toy dogs and a favorite ‘purse’ dog despite their scruffy Yorkie appearance.
6. Depending on its parents the Chorkie can be different sizes. It can be a tall leggy dog or it could have shorter legs like the Yorkshire terrier. They have a distinct fluffy coat and obvious, lighter colored eyebrows. These teacup dogs come in a variety of colors and can be red, gray, brown or black with some even changing their color with each season.
5. If cared for properly the Chorkie can enjoy a long life and the average life expectancy is 15 years. The Chorkie does not have any major health concerns but it may sometimes suffer the same conditions as other toy breeds because of their small leg joints. Rarely these dogs have been reported to suffer from hypoglycemia.
4. The Chorkie has a very low to no shed coat, making the Chorkie suitable for families and those who suffer from allergies. Note that no dog is guaranteed hypoallergenic, but Chrokies are favorable for some allergy sufferers. Even though the Chorkie has a low-shedding coat it is necessary to brush this dog’s hair on a regular basis so it does not get matted. This dog tends to get dirty very quickly however; too much bathing can cause its skin to become irritated. Sometimes it is sufficient to just wipe the Chorkie down with a wet cloth instead of giving it a full bath.
3. While the Chorkie may exhibit some shyness or reservation around strangers, it does tend to warm up eventually. They make good watchdogs as they will alert their owners to the presence of strangers.
2. As with other designer dog breeds, the Chorkie is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. It is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.
1. The Chorkie is a very intelligent dog who should take to positive-reinforcement training quickly. One exception is that both parent breeds tend to be quite stubborn about housebreaking and the Chorkie, thanks to inherited stubbornness and small bladder can be a bit difficult to house train.
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