Chorkie

Chihuahua Yorkie Hybrid Dogs<br /> Chia-Yorkie, Yorkie-Chi, Yorkiehuahua

Family: Canidae Chorkie, Chihuahua Yorkie mixed dogsCanis lupus familiarisPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy Terri Fallwell
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I live outside of Fort Worth. I have  chorkies, one a year old and three 2 years old. The older ones both parents were registered but I did not register them... (more)  Charlotte Boeker-Burris

  The tiny Chorkie is a sharp alert little dog, and to preserve its hybrid vigor it is usually not bred beyond the first generation.

The Chorkie is a mixed dog breed, a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. The Chorkie is intelligent and perky, just like its parent breeds. Its small size make it a great apartment pet. It is affectionate with its owners but tends to be suspicious of strangers, can be aggressive with other pets, and is not recommended to keep with small children. It makes a good watchdog though, because it tends to alert its owners to anything out of the ordinary. When selecting a Chorkie, look out for respiratory problems.


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Canidae
  • Genus: Canis
  • Species: lupus familiaris

Common Name(s) Chorkie, Chia-Yorkie, Yorkie-Chi, Yorkiehuahua

Breed Type The Chorkie is a mixed breed, the product of a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua. This breed is sensitive to cold temperatures, so it is best suited to a warm climate.

Background Chorkies have only recently become a popular hybrid. Recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Chorkie is usually not bred beyond the first generation to preserve hybrid vigor.

Description Chorkies usually have mid-length or long hair. Their ears may or may not stand erect. A number of colors are possible, but they are often tan or steel blue and tan. Chorkies are usually around 7 inches tall and weigh 5-7 pounds.

Care and Feeding Chihuahuas sometimes have food sensitivities, so it is important to be aware of how well your Chorkie tolerates his diet. Weight gain may be a problem if not fed lightly. Chorkies need regular brushing and occasional baths to look their best. Teeth should be cleaned regularly, and dry food will keep them healthy between cleanings.
Chorkies need regular checkups. Vaccinations are due as follows:

  • 6-8 weeks: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, and Corona virus (DHLPPC)
  • 10-12 weeks: Second DHLPPC
  • 14-16 weeks: Third DHLPPC and rabies
  • Annually: DHLPPC and rabies booster

Chorkies are average shedders. Regular vacuuming is necessary.

Housing Your Dog Chorkies need to be kept indoors, and they make great apartment dogs. Avoid keeping their environment too chilly.

Social Behaviors Chorkies are sometimes aggressive with other pets, including dogs that are larger than them. They are not recommended for homes with small children, because they could get hurt or become defensive during rough play. They tend to be suspicious of strangers.

Handling and Training The Chorkie is very smart, but it can be stubborn. Patience and positive reinforcement go a long way in training.

Activities Chorkies are active, and they need plenty of opportunity to play outdoors. They also need a daily walk.

Breeding/Reproduction Chorkies are rarely bred to one another, but are sometimes bred back to members of their parent breed. When selecting a mate for your Chorkie, check bloodlines for eye, joint and back problems.

Common Health Problems Because Yorkies and Chihuahuas have few similar hereditary health problems, Chorkies are normally quite healthy. They may, however, have respiratory difficulties if their faces resemble that of the Chihuahua.

Availability Chorkies can be hard to find locally, but should be fairly easy to find online. Prices vary.

References "Chorkie", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Chihuahua", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
"Yorkshire Terrier", Dog Breed Info Center, Copyright 1998-2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Chihuahua", Referenced online, 2008
Cusick, William D., "What to Feed a Yorkshire Terrier", Referenced online, 2008
"Chorkie Hybrid Breed Information and Pictures", Tiny Tracks, Copyright 2001-2006

Lastest Animal Stories on Chorky

Charlotte Boeker-Burris - 2013-12-16
I live outside of Fort Worth. I have  chorkies, one a year old and three 2 years old. The older ones both parents were registered but I did not register them because I couldn't find papers on the dad. Mom was a blue deer leg chihuahua-very rare in color, dad was silver and black yorkie. I need to find homes for them because I now have too many. The younger one was sired by one of my males and is very unusual looking...he somehow came out with blue eyes.

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Bree - 2012-03-19
My chorkie looks nothing like the one in the picture and she does not look like either breeds but she is tan and so cute and her name is dutches

  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-20
    Sometimes offspring just don't look like either parent. It is that you love her and she has a great personality that counts.
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Lori - 2013-03-12
We have a 5lb Chorky and would like to breed him so we can have two of them does anyone know who I can get a hold of?

  • Charlotte Boeker-Burris - 2013-12-16
    Where are you located? I have two male chorkies, 2 years old. Their parents were registered but they are not. Mother was a blue deer legged chihuahua...and father black and silver yorkie...
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Linda - 2013-06-19
My Chorky or YoWawa as a friend calls him is named Chippy. He is 4 lbs. ,black with tan markings on his face, legs, chest and underside of his tail. He is almost 12 years old. He is smart, playful and my Buddy! Got him as a puppy from a neighbor who had a Chihuahua who was unintentionally bred with the other neighbors Yorky! She had 3 pups . I never knew there was such a breed until I found the info online!

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    Sounds like a really cute little dog! The amazing thing is that all dog breeds are the same species, so all those incredible types of dogs we see, they are all the result of interbreeding:)
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Cathy - 2013-06-02
My chorkie is about 7 lbs. and tan with dark highlights on her midlenghth coat, her ears and tail are dark brown. We recently adopted her and she warmed up to us instantly, though we think she must have been abused or traumatized in the past cause she doesn't bark at all. Giving her the love ,care and proper nutrition, i m hoping she 'll live and love us for a long time as she is the sweetetest and cutest creature i have ever cared for.

  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-03
    She's lucky to have you too, you're giving her an awesome home and I'm sure you'll both be rewarded with great companionship:)
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