Chorkies are without a doubt one of the cutest designer dog breeds available to the modern dog fancier.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Chorkie.
Although it is impossible to trace the first recorded Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua crossing, it is believed that Chorkies were initially bred in the early 1990s. They have since gained a great deal of popularity and are an extremely popular choice of designer dog.
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.
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.
Both Chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers are confident and self-assured breeds and Chorkies generally retain this same sort of temperament. And like their parents they are highly energetic and playful and require a great deal of exercise and play. They can also be extremely stubborn and willful if not provided with rules boundaries and limitations from puppyhood. Do not let their small size fool you – these dogs can be nightmares if not given proper leadership.
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.
6) Lap Dogs
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.
7) Around Animals
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.
Any color combination is possible, especially due to the Chihuahua heritage. However, many of these dogs wind up somewhat grizzled in color due to their Yorkie heritage. Yorkies lighten out to a gun metal gray as they reach maturity. The coat may be medium length, long or a mix of the two, depending a lot on whether the Chihuahua parent was a long or short coat specimen. The texture is typically soft or silky, although some specimens are a bit rougher.
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.
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.