Chorkie is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either dog breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are purely 50-50%. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.
This crossbreed first appeared in the nineties and has blurred characteristics such as: ears down or right, silky and right hair, short hairs in all colors possible. It is impossible to find the creators of this crossbreed since the only interest at this time is to acquire First Generation species which were popularized in the same wave as “Doodles” in the United States. The Chorkie is still not very popular since certain subjects lose their hair or looks like more the Chihuahua. On the contrary, their small size makes sure that there are here to stay.
The Chorkie can be a tall, leggy dog or have shorter legs with a light colored, medium-length, fluffy coat and prominent eyebrows. They can be any color grey, white, brown, black, tan and even red. Most Chorkies change color from black and brown as a pup to gray and brown or red with some graying around the muzzle that increases with age. Some even change color every other season, from black to gray. The can have the appearance of a scruffy Yorkie with a tail.
The Chorkie is an active, vocal, bright, bubbly, fun, smart, goofy, loving, loyal, tender, excitable dog who seems to be happy all the time. They think of themselves as human, and you better not tell them otherwise. They are also size blind and can be very aggressive toward strangers (because they are loyal to the owner and believe they are protecting them) so if you walk them in public or take them to a park, they should be on a leash.
The Chorkie can make a good family dog if properly socialized and supervised around small children. Due to their small size they are best for families with older children. They have a tendency to be afraid around children and can snap. They do not like to be stared at. Care should be taken to socialize them well at a young age to help reduce their fear of certain groups of people like men or children.
The Chorkie is a very hearty, robust dog. The life expectancy of the Chorkie is about 15 years.