Chorkie, Chihuahua Yorkie mixed dogs
Canis lupus familiaris

  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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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