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Chorkie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Chorkie so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Chorkie have?
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Chihuahua and Yorkshire Terrier mix

Chorkie Size and Weight

Is a Chorkie small, medium or large dog?

How big do Chorkie get?

What is the average size of a Chorkie?

How much does the Chorkie weigh? How much should a Chorkie weight? What is the normal weight of a Chorkie? How much does a full-grown Chorkie weight?
8-15 pounds (4-7 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Chorkie?
11.5 pounds (5.5 kg)
How tall is the Chorkie? Chorkie height:
6-9 inches (15-23 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Chorkie?
7.5 inches (19 cm)

Chorkie Price and Availability

How much does the Chorkie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Chorkie in the United States? How much money is a Chorkie?

Where to buy a Chorkie with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Chorkie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Chorkie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chorkie gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Chorkie? How many Chorkie are there in the world?
Frequent: The Chorkie is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Chorkie Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chorkie? Is the Chorkie breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Chorkie ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Chorkie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Chorkie?
Chorkie dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Chorkie good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Chorkie dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Chorkie dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Chorkie dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Chorkie Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Chorkie have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Chorkie sensitivity:
Sensitive: Chorkie dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.

This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Chorkie a good family dog?
High: Chorkie dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Yorkie-Chi need? Chorkie social needs:
Chorkie dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chorkie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Chorkie roam?
Chorkie dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Chorkie have high prey drive?
Chorkie dogs have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.

Chorkie Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Average: Chorkies, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Do Chorkie dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Yorkie-Chi bark?
A lot: Chorkie is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Chorkie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Chorkie in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Chorkie breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Chorkie Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Chorkie dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Chorkie be left alone? How long can you leave a Chorkie alone?
Chorkie dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Chorkie Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Chorkie has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Chorkie? How much bite force does a Chorkie have? How strong is a Chorkie bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Chorkie bite force: Weak. The Chorkie bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Chorkie measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Chorkie may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Chorkie being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Chorkie bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Chorkie puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Chorkie can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Chorkie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Yorkie-Chi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Chorkie? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Chorkie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chorkie do?
Chorkie dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chorkie dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Chorkie Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Chorkie dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Chorkies are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Chorkie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Chorkie breed? Most common health risks of Chorkie:
Collapsed TracheaPatellar LuxationHypoglycemia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Chorkie breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Chorkie see the vet?
The Chorkie should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chorkie dogs live? How old can a Chorkie be? What is the age limit of the Chorkie? How many years can the oldest Chorkie live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Chorkie?

How long is the lifespan of a Chorkie?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Chorkie: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Chorkie Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Chorkie have? What is the activity level of the Chorkie?
Chorkie dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Chorkie need? How much exercise do Chorkie dogs require per day?

Do Chorkie dogs need a lot of exercises?

Chorkie dogs exercise need is very minimal. If you live a lazy life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Chorkie breed need?
Chorkie dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.

Chorkie Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Chorkie need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Chorkie breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Chorkie? How much food should I feed my Chorkie?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Chorkie risk for obesity:
Average: The Chorkie has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Chorkie weight regularly.

Chorkie Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Chorkie have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Chorkie coats?
BlackBrown Chocolate
How to groom the Chorkie and how often? How often should I take my Chorkie to the groomer?
Average: The Chorkie requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Chorkie, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Chorkie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Yorkie-Chi? Do Chorkie dogs shed a lot?
Chorkie dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Chorkie dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Chorkie need a bath? How often should you give a Chorkie a bath? Can I bathe my Chorkie every day?
2-3 weeks
Frequent. This breed has high-maintenance hair and may require a bath every 2-3 weeks. For example, oilier breeds may need to be bathed up to once a week.

Because many of these breeds are short-haired, a nice brushing won’t do much to redistribute the oils, so while these oils do protect the dog’s skin from overdrying, they can carry a pretty pungent odor.

Is the Chorkie breed hypoallergenic?
Chorkie dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Chorkie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Chorkie drool?
The Chorkie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chorkie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Chorkie.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Chorkie Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Chorkie dogs get along with other pets? Are Chorkie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Chorkie dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Chorkie temperament with other people:
Chorkie dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Chorkie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Chorkie temperament with children:
Chorkie dogs are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chorkie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Chorkie breed live with a cat?
Chorkie dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Chorkie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Chorkie dogs get along with other dogs?
Chorkie dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Chorkie is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Chorkie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Chorkie breed suitable for first-time owners?
Chorkie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Chorkie dogs good office canines? Do Chorkie dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Chorkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Chorkie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Yorkie-Chi temperament with senior people? Are Chorkie dogs good for elderly owners?
Chorkies are not recommended for elderly people.

Chorkie As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Chorkie be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Chorkie is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Chorkie be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Chorkie be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Chorkie is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Chorkie be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Chorkie is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Chorkie be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Chorkie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Chorkie be a boat dog?

Not really

Chorkie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Chorkie be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Chorkie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Chorkie dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Chorkie Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Chorkie pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Chorkie breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Chorkie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chorkie have in a litter? How many puppies can the Chorkie breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Chorkie have? How many puppies can a Chorkie give birth to?
3-7 puppies

Chorkie Recognition

AKC Group
Is Chorkie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Chorkie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Chorkie breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Chorkie Pros and Cons

  • Health Issues: Chorkies are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Chorkie breed.
  • Shedding Level: Chorkie dogs shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Chorkie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Chorkie dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Chorkie dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Chorkie dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Chorkie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Chorkie dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Chorkie dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Child Friendly: Chorkie dogs are not kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Chorkie dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Chorkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Chorkies are not recommended for elderly people.

Chorkie History

The Chorkie is a designer dog breed, that was created around the early 1990s, presumably in North America. The trend of developing new hybrid breeds started around the middle of the 20th century, by crossbreeding purebred dogs with each other, in order to create new breeds. These designer breeds were an instant hit, because they inherited the best and most desirable qualities and traits of the parent breeds.

Even though most of the hybrid breeds were created during the 20th century, from well-established purebred breeds, it is rarely known why and how breeders started developing them. In Chorkie’s case, it is believed that an accidental cross-breeding between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier might have created the first litter. Just like its parent breeds, the Chorkie is also a really small, toy-sized breed. Unfortunately, breeders tend to exaggerate this trait, and trying to create so-called “teacup” sized dogs, which usually suffer from a wide range of health problems caused by the underdevelopment of their internal organs and bone structure.

Regarding the Chorkie’s parent breeds, the Chihuahua is an ancient breed dating back to the 9th century, in Mexico. During the early centuries, it was believed that the Chihuahua possesses some spiritual power, and have effects on the afterlife of the owner when they were buried together. The breed’s popularity never faced any significant decline over the centuries, and it is still very popular today. On the other hand, the Yorkshire Terrier can trace its origins back to Northern England, to the 19th century. During the peak of the First Industrial Revolution, when Scottish people moved to England, to establish their own textile operations, they brought their dogs with them. The dogs were used to hunt and kill rats, mice, and other rodents in factories, mines, and cotton mills. Even though, both of the parent breeds are well-established and have extensive histories, if bred together, the litter might always vary from each other. This is the reason, why the majority of the designer breeds, and also the Chorkie are not recognized by any of the major kennel clubs, as distinct breeds. However, the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc., and the International Designer Canine Registry recognize the Chorkie. These organizations and the breed’s fanciers and breeders are constantly working on standardizing the Chorkie, in order to gain full recognition. Yet, for the reason that many of the Chorkie specimens are F1, meaning that they are first-generation ones, from mating the two purebred parents together, the standardizing process is going to be quite long.

Regardless of the recognition and the breed standard, it is obvious that these small-sized dogs are also very popular, just like their parent breeds. Nowadays, the Chorkie is no working breed, like its ancestors, the dogs are usually kept as family pets, and lapdogs. According to Chorkie owners, the breed is very different from any similar toy breeds, because the dogs get less clingy, and are less likely to suffer from separation anxiety than the other small-sized breeds.

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