Yorkie Chihuahua Mix, Pics, Grooming A Chorkie Dog
The Yorkie Chihuahua mix also known as a Chorkie is possibly one of the cutest dogs that exist. However, we are probably a little biased as we have relative who have owned this delightful mix.
One of the biggest give aways about the Chorkie is their ears (they are rather on the large side) in comparison to their rather tiny body.
Not surprisingly just so you know the Chorkie is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua. On this page we have also provided information on training yorkshire terriers (including potty training) and even information on grooming a yorkie dog.
Read on to learn all about the fabulous Yorkie Chihuahua mix…
The Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
The Parti Yorkie
Before we discuss the Yorkie Chihuahua mix we need to briefly talk about a very common problem associated with pure bred Yorkies – the Parti. One of the most popular mixed colors is the Parti colored Yorkie. This is when the dog has been born with colors not recognized by specific breed clubs. A color that might be seen in a Parti is white, gold dust and chocolate.
The Parti color is due to a recessive gene that both the mother and father need to have present in their genetic make up for the offspring to be Parti colored. The Parti Color is actually a fault within the breed – it also means that some breeders can call their Parti Yorkie ‘Rare’ which will then mean they can earn more money. As a Yorkshire Terrier owner it is very important that you never pay more for a Parti than you do for a regular colored Yorkie.
The Yorkie Chihuahua mix is fantastic mixed breed that can be called a mixture of names including Yorkiechi, Chiorkie, Choorkie, York-Chi and many others – but you get the idea.
They are quite small and will normally weigh anywhere from five up to nine pounds.
Their coat is long (although it can be cut short). The most common color that the Yorkie Chihuahua mix has is brown and tan (with black). The tail is quite long with long hair. The hair of a pure bred Yorkshire Terrier is normally quite fine but the Chorkie’s hair is slightly courser.
The Chorkie often has relatively large ears (this is inherited from the Chihuahua) – however it is important to remember that the offspring can inherit different characteristics depending on which parent the puppy inherits more characteristics from. Their ears tend to stand on end as opposed to lying by the side of the head.
The Yorkie Chihuahua mix has small nose (that is black), small eyes that can cause tear stains on the fur underneath the eyes. The eyes are either black or very dark brown.
The Chorkie has small legs and the mixed breed can come in a variety of sizes varying from very small to medium small. The body is very slender.
The Chorkie can develop an under bite – but they have strong teeth that need to be cleaned regularly.
Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Temperament and Personality
The Chorkie is a very intelligent mixed breed – the Yorkshire Terrier is of course a bright dog (although it can be a little stubborn). They have amazing eye sight and can see for many metres. You might not even know what your dog is barking at their eye sight is that good.
The Yorkie Chihuahia mix can be a little aggressive with people they don’t know – this is because they are very protective and loyal to there owners – however this is not a behavior you want to encourage andwill need to be nipped in the bud early on.
This mixed breed just like the full pure breed Yorkshire Terrier has no idea how small they are – they have absolutley no fear of big dogs and need to be supervised when other dogs approach.
The Chorkie are great family dogs but they can be a little problematic around young children if they are not very well socialized from a young age – socialization involves introducing a puppy to other new experiences as this will lower their anxiety and reduce the chance of unexpected behavior happening.
If they are introduced to young children they may become a little snappy – this is more likely with younger children who prod and poke them.
Potty Training a Chorkie
This mixed breed can be a little stubborn and even difficult to potty train – however as long as you remain patient and consistent you will be fine.
If you want to be successful when potty training a Yorkie try following our brief guide below.
1. Start by letting your dog know where he is supposed to pee or poop. A young puppy is like a baby and won’t know where he is supposed to pee or poop unless you show him.
2. Start by attaching a leash to your dog or puppy and let him know that you are going outside. Say ‘Poop Time’ and take your pooch outside.
3. Always aim to go to the same place to potty – there are lots of smells that your puppy will associate pooping with (if he has been there before) – so take your pooch to the same place – it will make things easier for your pooch.
4. When your dog or puppy is about to poop – let him know he is doing what he cam out to do – so say ‘Go Poop’ and when he has done his business give him lots and lots of praise – you need to make him feel really special – so lots of praise and some treats.
5. If your puppy does not go in the allotted time and you should always give your pooch a specific amount of time – so if in 15 minutes he hasn’t pooped take him back inside and place him in his crate for fifteen minutes – this will not only mean you can supervise him he is less likely to disapear around the House and poop somewhere you can’t find. After he has been in his Crate for 15 minutes – take him back outside and go through the process again.
This mixed breed are very intelligent and do reeact well to strong leadership – you need to remain fair at all times – never shout at your dog – aggression will only cause your dog to react with aggression too. Use positive reinforcement and reward based training methods (that we used in the potty training above) as they work very well and are easily used by new and even experienced dog owners.
Some Yorkie Chihuahua’s can be a little yappy and may bark – but this is easily solved with basic bark control training.
General Health Information
The Yorkie Chihuahua mix can have a lovely long coat that can become a little greasy. There coat is very low shedding so you won’t have to worry about lots of hair getting over the furniture. Take your dog to a professional dog groomer so that the coat can be washed and cut. It is up to you if your dog has the hair cut – regular visits to the dog groomer will also help to spot any skin problems before they become a problem.
You may see some Chorkie owners using a doggie coat to keep their pooch warm – this is mainly because they don’t like to be cold.
Some celebrities carry their Chorkie around – this is not a good idea – they have legs for a reason and love lots of exercise.
This mixed breed don’t react well to fleas and they can develop skin problems especially skin allergies.
The Chorkie can experience problems with their leg joints and may have a higher chance of developing hypoglycemia.
They have a life expectancy of 12 – 15 years of age.