Yorkie Chihuahua Mix Dog Breed History, Description, Personality, Health, Grooming, Exercise and Training
Energetic, inquisitive and loyal, the combination of Yorkshire Terrier and Chihuahua temperaments is sure to make an impression. Both parent breeds are generally long lived and it is reasonable to assume your Yorkie Chihuahua Mix will also have a good life expectancy. However, there are a few health issues you should be aware of. Chorkies have the round, dome-like Chihuahua head and a rectangular shaped body with short legs. A Chorkie’s legs can either be short like a Yorkie’s or tall and lanky like a Chihuahua. Their ears are typically pointy like a Chi, but having droopy ears like a Yorkie isn’t entirely out of the question.
History of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
(based on some descriptions) The origins of the Yorkie Chihuahua mix is a bit murky. However, the breed is believed to have been developed by breeding standard Chihuahua with Yorkshire Terriers in the early 1940s. The names of several female dog breeders in that area are credited with having created the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix. The most well known of those breeders is a woman who had started breeding “Shakers”, a short-legged, dumpy Chihuahua/Yorkie mix breed popular in the UK at that time. These dogs were also cross-bred with Yorkie Terriers to create the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix. Typical Life Expectancy A typical life expectancy for a Yorkie Chihuahua mix can be between 12 and 16 years. Older Yorkie Chihuahua Mixes have a tendency to have hearing or vision problems.
Description of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Your Yorkie Chihuahua Mix will have short hair and a very pleasant and unique appearance. Many Yorkie Chihuahua Mix puppies have the little curly-haired head, but as they grow their hair will mat and develop a more defined, groomed look. Yorkies have a broad muzzle with a small chin. They have square, smooth jawbones with round triangular noses and dark, almost black colored eyes. Health Concerns The health concerns for your Yorkie Chihuahua Mix are pretty much the same as for the parent breeds. Like other small dog breeds, Chorkie Chihuahua Mix dogs are prone to developing a respiratory infection or cold, allergies, fleas, intestinal parasites, respiratory issues, cancer, kidney disease and dental disease.
Personality of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Fun and easy going, the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix is typically a laid-back companion. They tend to go with the flow and enjoy attention, treats, toys, treats, food and treats. They aren’t very independent and need constant attention and some supervision. Even though they are normally docile, Chihuahuas can sometimes be aggressive. (More on that later.) Chihuahuas and Yorkies are very similar in some ways, but not in others. Yorkies tend to be more timid and shy while Chihuahuas are more boisterous and outgoing. The breed has a great reputation for being easy and cuddly, but that’s not always the case. Yorkies can be extremely smart and possess remarkable agility and instincts.
Temperament of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Unlike a Chihuahua or a Yorkie, Yorkie Chihuahua Mix dogs have a high, chirping, “barky” tone to their bark and often make a higher pitch when they are excited or scared. Many people refer to their dogs as “yappy,” but the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix actually is a very docile and quiet breed. The length of a Yorkie’s limbs is not always a good indication of a dog’s intelligence and even less so for a Chihuahua. A Chihuahua, especially with young pups around it, can be very stubborn and stubborn dogs can be very smart. If you have any concerns about your Chihuahua Mix, make sure to take the time to interact with it and see if it responds to affection and gives you eye contact.
Health Issues of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Chorkie Yorkie Mix has a higher occurrence of skin infections. Shocking, I know. These issues include all the scaly issues. They also have a higher likelihood of developing flea allergies. These issues are generally minor, but they may require an allergy prescription from your vet. Because Chorkie Yorkie Mix are frequently under socialized, they are often afraid of strangers and other dogs. At least, this is what the majority of owners say. Because they are also a small breed, their bite is often too strong for most dogs. Some Yorkie Chihuahua Mix may need special handling for this reason. In general, Chorkie Yorkie Mix have very sharp teeth that they use to nip at you, a cue they are in pain. If you see a Yorkie Chihuahua Mix with nipping issues, call your vet immediately.
Grooming Needs of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Most puppy Yorkie Chihuahua mixes are left to roam their home free to play and explore. However, grooming a Yorkie Chihuahua Mix will require patience and lots of patience. If a Yorkie Chihuahua Mix spends most of its time inside, the only way to groom is to keep them clean and out of the water. Evaluation and training should begin while the pup is still young and it can be taught to self groom from puppyhood. The idea is to use lots of treat training and establishing training time. Introducing new grooming equipment can help build a good base of self grooming skills. Dog toys will help you train the dog. Make sure you establish the rules of the house to include cleaning and bathing before allowing it to exercise off the leash.
Training Needs of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
Unlike smaller, more compact breeds, Yorkies aren’t averse to chewing. Therefore, keeping this canine under control is very important. They do not need to be brushed daily like smaller dogs, but they do require brushing at least twice a week. Keeping teeth clean and trimmed can minimize potential food challenges. A Yorkie can be easily trained to sit and obey a sit command, but if a puppy is not potty trained in a timely manner, this may affect your dogs’ longevity. The Yorkie Chihuahua Mix enjoys being active. Most Yorkie Chihuahua Mix owners, at least those who live in the northern part of the U.S., often take their Yorkie Chihuahua Mix to the dog park every day. This is a great way to socialize and exercise this breed of dog.
Exercise Needs of the Yorkie Chihuahua Mix
The ideal exercise routine for your Yorkie Chihuahua Mix is as close to daily as possible. Ideally, every day, the Chihuahua Chihuahua Mix should go for a half hour walk or about 5 minutes of running with a similar amount of stretching and bending. The Chihuahua Chihuahua Mix should walk about 1.5 miles daily on a good, flat surface and rest the majority of the day in their kennel. Daily exercise is especially important if you are caring for more than one dog, especially a puppy. As your Yorkie Chihuahua Mix gets older, your dogs will naturally slow down the frequency and duration of their walks. If you are planning on getting a second Chihuahua or if you have a large yard, this can be just fine.