Having the opportunity to add a dog to your life is a blessing and very exciting. But, it is also a responsible decision to make so it should not be taken lightly.
Knowing as much information about a dog before you get one is crucial to ensure that you are happy in the long run. The dog that will be discussed today is the Chorkie.
The Chorkie is an adorable, small dog that is mixed with the Chihuahua and the Yorkie.
They have great personalities and are the type of dog to make you laugh and smile with how cheery and lively they are around their loved ones.
These little guys are an excellent option for those that love small and feisty dogs.
The essential things you need to know about a dog breed, like their appearance, diet, amount of exercise, and health conditions, will be discussed in this guide so you can decide if this is a dog that can fit into your lifestyle.
Read on to learn all of these things about the Chorkie.
Chorkie Puppies – Before You Buy…
Before going out to buy a furry little friend, there are some tips for you to follow to make sure that you are getting the perfect one.
Things like their price, how to buy them, and some facts about the Chorkie that you should know will be discussed in this section.
What Price are Chorkie Puppies?
If you are looking to buy a Chorkie puppy, you can find them priced anywhere between $400 to $800.
This is the average price of the Yorkie and the Chihuahua since Yorkies usually cost up to $1,500 while Chihuahuas are generally cheaper, so it makes sense for the Chorkie to be in the middle.
The price is also influenced by things like the gender of the dog. A breeder may make females in the litter a higher price than males because of their ability to breed if they are not already spayed.
It can also be influenced by the demand for a Chorkie in your area or the breeder that you buy from.
How to Find Reputable Chorkie Breeders?
Looking online, asking around your neighborhood, and reading your local newspaper are all good ways to find a person that is breeding the dogs you want to have.
Your best bet for finding a great breeder, though, is by looking online. It is quicker, and there are usually reviews from others that have bought from them before.
When you are interested in a particular breeder, it is important to visit the home or the kennel of the puppies to ensure that they are being treated right and to see how their parents were raised.
Looking at the parents will give you a pretty good picture of how the puppy will grow up to be and will tell you if there are any health issues you would have to look out for.
3 Little-Known Facts about Chorkie Puppies
- The Chorkie puppy can come out in a variety of ways, but most will take more characteristics from the Chihuahua parent breed since their genes are more dominant than the Yorkshire Terrier.
- Coming from two feisty parent breeds, you can expect your pup to think that it is bigger than what it is. This could lead to them thinking that they run everything os be sure to train them young so they won’t try to overtake your house.
- The two-parent breeds of the Chorkie are very popular and well-known, making the Chorkie one of the popular hybrid breeds. They originated in the early 1990s in the United States and is a member of the International Designer Canine Registry and the American Canine Hybrid Club.
Physical Traits of the Chorkie
Like many hybrid dog breeds, there are many different looks that a Chorkie can be and also some characteristics that are shared amongst them.
Usually, all dogs from this breed have a rectangular shaped body, long tails, and a square-shaped head like the Yorkie.
But, many can have the head shape of the Chihuahua and can either have short or long tails.
They can either have ears that are pointy and stand straight up on the head, or ears that drop downward.
Some of these dogs may have an underbite like the Chihuahua, and they generally have black or dark brown eyes, a black nose, sharp teeth, and small feet.
The coat of the Chorkie varies more than any other feature, considering that the Yorkie and Chihuahua are quite different regarding looks.
They can either have medium or long hair that can be silky and smooth, or coarse and rough.
The coat can be a variety of colors, like black, brown, silver, white, or fawn and will have to be groomed weekly.
How Big is a Full-Grown Chorkie?
The Chorkie is a small dog breed, and most will be small enough to fit into your purse or a dog bag if that is something you enjoy.
They are 8 to 15 pounds and 6 to 9 inches tall. This is not surprising since both of the parent breeds are tiny animals.
Their size does not vary by gender as some other dog breeds do, so you won’t have to worry about that.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Chorkie?
As you may have noticed if you know a thing or two about dogs in general, small dogs tend to live longer lives than bigger ones do, and this applies to the Chorkie.
This dog breed can live anywhere from 10 to 15 years as long as they are taken care of properly and get the love and affection they deserve.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chorkie
The Chorkie is an all-around great dog breed with a very bright, loving, and energetic personality.
They are very loving to the ones they love and will cuddle and play with you all day if you allow them to.
Chorkies are also very loyal, so they will do anything to protect the ones they love, even if you are not in danger.
This means that you will have to be cautious when introducing them to strangers since they can be aggressive towards people they don’t know.
They are also not well suited to be in a household with other pets or small children because of their feistiness.
They can get irritated quickly and will likely snap at small children if they do something they don’t like.
Small children can also accidentally hurt them since they are small and fragile, so it is a good idea to keep them away from each other or thoroughly teach each of them the proper way to play together.
They also like to challenge other dogs and pets, whether they are big or small since the Chorkie does not realize how little they are.
So, if they want to get into a fight with a large dog, they will not back down, but will also get very hurt with how small they are. Make sure always to keep them on a leash for this reason.
The Chorkie’s Diet
Since they are very small animals, their appetites will be small, too.
They only need about a cup of food a day to keep them healthy and to maintain their health, so monthly expenses for dog food will be affordable and less expensive than having a bigger dog.
How Much Exercise Does the Chorkie Need?
The Chorkie needs about the average amount of exercise, so it will be very easy to meet their fitness needs.
They will be very healthy and happy with daily walks around the block and time dedicated to playing fetch and other games with their owners to meet their daily requirements.
They only need 60 minutes of running or walking for 5 miles throughout the day, and if you split this length into three separate walks, you will see that it is very easy to accomplish.
Because of their small size, they can live comfortably in any household, whether you live in an apartment or a big house.
Chorkie Health and Conditions
This hybrid dog breed does not suffer from a lot of health conditions as a whole, so you will most likely not run into any health issues down the line.
The health issues that they are predisposed to are minor and can be prevented with proper care.
- Skin Problems
- Ear Infections
- Eye Problems
Every dog loves a treat, and the Chorkie is no different. The good news is that those same treats that a Yorkie might like often go down well with the Chorkie also, albeit in even smaller portions.
Indeed, the Chorkie is known for often having something of a sweet tooth.
This is why it’s important to take care of what to feed him or her for a snack – tooth decay and even the risk of weight gain and diabetes in small dog breeds, especially, is very real nowadays.
Small portions of chicken pieces, without any salts or seasoning, go down well with your Chorkie. It’s important to avoid condiments for dogs, and definitely onion and garlic, which are toxic.
This is a dog breed with a sweet tooth though, and many dog owners go out of their way to bake goodies for special treats for their Chorkie as a way of showing their love and appreciation.
You’re welcome to do likewise, but consider trading out processed sugars for honey – or better still, dipping fruit pieces in honey for your dog to eat.
Honey is sweet without having such risky sugar content and presents an interesting texture for a dog like a Chorkie.
But more than this, honey is also really full of vitamins, to a sometimes surprising degree.
My Final Thoughts on the Chorkie
The Chorkie is a great dog breed for those of you looking for a cute, small companion that you can cuddle and play with all the time.
It is also perfect for those of you that have prior knowledge on how to care for dogs since these pups are a little hard to handle.
I hope that this guide has given you all the information you need to decide if this pup is right for you.
Thank you for reading.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Chorkie Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Chorkie
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Chorkie
- The Chorkie’s Diet
- Chorkie Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Chorkie