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
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 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
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.
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