She’s got the looks of a star: large, beautiful eyes, a small head, and a nice coat. This is the Chihuahua Yorkie Mix, or Chorkie, the perfect dog for those who love a cute companion. However, there’s always the question as to whether you’re the right type of owner for this crossbreed.
Take a few minutes to see what Chorkies need in order to thrive, before deciding to buy or adopt such a dog.
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You Can’t Know What Your Dog Will Look Like
Chorkies usually have beautiful looks, but no one can predict what a puppy will be like as an adult. This is a common problem among cross breeds, as parents have different characteristics and puppies can inherit any of them.
A Chihuahua Yorkie Mix is a crossbreed between a purebred Chihuahua and a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. This generates a range of possibilities when it comes to puppies’ future appearance:
- coat: it’s generally thick, fluffy and soft. The length depends on the coat of her Chihuahua parent.
- color: they can inherit any combination of black, brown, dark red, white and grey.
- ears: depending on the parent’s traits she inherits, your future dog can have large or short ears. Their shape will also vary between rounded or triangular.
- legs: they can be tall (like the Chihuahua) or short (like the Yorkie).
What you can be sure about, though, is the size of your Chorkie. These dogs are small, weighing between 5 and 9 pounds (2-4 kg) and being 6-9 inches tall (15-23 cm).
You Must Start Training ASAP
A Chihuahua Yorkie Mix is intelligent, and you can train her easily, as long as you start when she’s still a puppy. If you wait too long, there’s a high chance she’ll grow into a stubborn dog that doesn’t like rules.
You should focus on potty training from her first days. Don’t give her time to make potty habits around your house, otherwise training will be more difficult. Use positive reinforcement, and be patient, as small dogs have small bladders and it takes time for them to learn how to control their instincts.
Obedience training and early socialization are also recommended, as they teach your dog to behave around people and other animals. If you have an untrained adult Chorkie, you’ll probably you’ll need professional help to teach her good manners.
They’re Good Watchdogs
Both the Chihuahua and the Yorkie have great watchdog abilities, so your Chorkie will bark every time a stranger comes near your house. These dogs can inherit the Chihuahua’s barking habit, which can sometimes be annoying, but you can control this behavior with proper training.
They also tend to challenge other animals, if they feel they might be in danger, so always keep an eye on your dog when you’re outside, to avoid unpleasant incidents.
Chorkies Are Good Friends For Busy Owners
Or for the lazy ones. They only shed a small amount of hair, require moderate grooming, and don’t need too much exercise.
A Chihuahua Yorkie Mix is suitable for apartments and indoor life, as your Chorkie will prefer a nice playpen where she can feel safe, playing with her favorite toys, instead of a big yard. However, this doesn’t mean you should keep your dog locked up all day. She needs to move around the house a lot to burn off her energy.
A 20-minute walk, twice a day, and a play session indoors is all they need to stay in good shape. If this is still too much for you, then don’t get this dog, as lack of movement can cause obesity and other health issues related to excess weight.
Grooming is usually easy, as with most small dogs:
- brush her coat once or twice a week;
- trim her nails every two weeks;
- keep her clean. This dog tends to get dirty fast, so you should wash her regularly. However, bathing too often can cause skin allergies, so whenever it’s possible, clean her with a wet cloth instead;
- brush her teeth 2-3 times a week.
This Dog Isn’t Suitable for Families with Small Kids
Chorkies are playful, loyal, and always ready to protect their human families, but they have sensitive paws and tiny bodies, so you should watch them closely when small children are around. Kids tend to treat small dogs like toys, and this can be dangerous for your little friend.
Furthermore, these dogs like to be the center of attention, so they do well with older children as opposed to younger ones.
I think Chorkies can be a good companion for both single people and families. As long as you’re ready to train her properly and give her the attention she needs, she’ll thrive in any house, no matter how small.
I’d like to know your opinion about these dogs. Do you have a Chorkie, or are you planning to get one in the future? Let us know about your plans in a comment below.