Chorkie Puppies for Sale in Tampa Bay
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The Chorkie is a mix between a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire Terrier. They are small dogs that typically stand between six and nine inches tall and weigh eight to 15 pounds. They are a relatively healthy hybrid and can be expected to live up to 12 to 15 years old. Chorkies typically come in gray, tan, or black.
Chorkies are a designer dog breed that is only a few decades old. These small and lovable dogs are loyal to their owners, so be careful when introducing them to strangers. Chorkies make a great lap dog but often forget their size and act like a larger dog. All in all, they have an excellent temperament and inherit the best genes from their respective parents. Their size allows them to blend into just about any setting, but proceed with caution if you have young children. Chorkies are small and fragile, so children cannot be rough with them.
They have a low-maintenance grooming routine and need a brush around once a week. Their coat is long, but many opt for the "puppy cut" shorter and easier to manage. They do not need tons of exercise to wear out their energy, but short walks and some playtime will do them good. Although they are small, they make excellent service and emotional support animals. Feed your Chorkie a high-quality dry dog food designed for small breeds, and you will have a happy and healthy companion for many years to come.
Chorkies are one of our favorite mixed breeds, so read on to learn how to take care of your Chorkie.
Chorkies popped up around the same time as many other designer dog breeds in the 1990s. During this decade, demand for mixed breeds skyrocketed, so breeders took the Chihuahua from Mexico and the Yorkshire Terrier from England and made the Chorkie that we know and love today. We can trace the Chihuahua back to the mid-1800s, but they are believed to have descended from the Techichi, which have been around since around 900A.D. The Yorkshire Terrier has also been around since the mid-1800s, so the mix could have occurred naturally before being done intentionally.
There was high demand for a small, hypoallergenic dog with a lively personality. Chorkies are the perfect blend and small, loyal dogs make lovely companions. Mixed breeds are typically much healthier than their purebred parents, and this is the case with Chorkies. Chihuahuas and Yorkies are two of the most miniature breeds, but the Chorkie is a sweet blend of the two.
Chorkies have become increasingly popular for people who frequently travel because of their size and adaptability over the past few years. As young people increasingly live in city settings with smaller apartments, Chorkies are a great option for those who want a companion but do not have much space.
Chorkies can understand their owner's emotions, which makes them excellent therapy dogs. Their size makes them especially helpful to the elderly. Chorkies can be beneficial for anyone living with a psychiatric disorder like anxiety, depression, or PTSD. They cannot be used as service dogs for things that require strength but can be used for smaller tasks like getting something or opening cabinet doors. Their noses are strong, and they have been used for medical alerts, like detecting seizures or glucose levels.
Chorkies have fun and loving personality. Just like their parents, they are more prone to separation anxiety, so they are the perfect choice for people who work from home. Like their Chihuahua side, Chorkies are fiercely loyal and prone to showing signs of aggression when meeting new people. Closely monitor this behavior, as it can be trained out of them if you catch it from a young age. Early socialization is essential here, so be sure to introduce your Chorkie puppy to new people early on to let them know there is no danger.
All in all, Chorkies are outgoing, silly, and playful. Although they are energetic, they do not need much exercise and will likely wear themselves out by running through the house. However, their energy allows them to thrive in a high-energy household, making them a great breed for large families.
You will want to start your training regimen as soon as you adopt your Chorkie. Any stubbornness or aggression can typically be trained out of them fairly quickly. As with most dogs, you will want to start with basic commands like "come," "stay," and "sit." Once they have mastered these commands, you will move on to more complex commands. We also recommend teaching commands like "quiet" or "no speak" to let them know that there is no danger if they alert you by barking. Chorkies are an intelligent but silly breed, so they will master all sorts of commands. Always avoid shouting or forms of punishment during training, as this will hurt the bond between you and your Chorkie. They respond much better to positive reinforcement.
Potty training comes naturally to Chorkies, but we recommend crate training to aid in this. Dogs typically want to keep their environments clean, so they will not go to the bathroom in a crate. When they alert you that they need to go out, reward them with a treat and positive reinforcement, and they will catch on quickly. Crates are also quite useful in alleviating separation anxiety and providing a safe and comfortable space for your Chorkie if you are out of the house.
Where will the dog feel best?
While Chorkies can do well in family settings, it is important to teach your young children how to play with them safely to avoid injury. Due to their size, they are more likely to get injured, and children cannot be quite as rough with them. The same goes for other dogs in the household. Early socialization is important, and you will want to supervise initial interactions between your Chorkie and children or dogs to make sure they get along.
While having a backyard to let them go to the bathroom frequently might be helpful, Chorkies can certainly thrive in a city apartment. Their size and minimal exercise needs make them ideal for smaller settings.
Although they have a long coat, Chorkies do not do well in colder environments because of their size. They can handle warmer environments a little bit better, but be sure they always have access to shade and water. If you take your Chorkie on walk-in warm weather, make sure they have somewhere to walk other than the asphalt, which tends to get hot and can burn their paw pads.
Chorkies are typically hypoallergenic, making them low shedders and great for allergies. However, if they happen to inherit more genes from their Chihuahua side, you might notice slightly more shedding, but still manageable. Chorkies have a long, straight coat that is pretty dense. Some people opt to get them professionally groomed to have shorter hair easier to take care of.
You will want to brush your Chorkie every couple of days to once a week. We recommend using a slicker brush and a metal comb. A slicker brush has short pins close together on a flat surface and helps to remove any dead or loose hair close to the skin. Finish off with a metal comb for a polished appearance.
Chorkies are prone to watering eyes, so you will want to regularly check them and wipe them if you see any tears. Tears can make it hard for them to see and stain the fur around their eyes, so simply wipe them off with a damp cloth. During their grooming routine, check your Chorkies ears for any dirt or debris. If you notice anything, wipe it out to prevent ear infections.
We highly recommend brushing your Chorkies teeth daily. Smaller dogs are especially prone to tooth decay and loss and gum disease. To combat this, you will want to practice good dental hygiene. Other grooming needs will be nail trims whenever you notice them clacking on hard surfaces.
Chorkies are prone to allergies and skin problems, so we recommend using a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner during bathtime. This will help soothe the skin and prevent any infections. Depending on their activity level, they will likely only need a bath every one to two months. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the shampoo and conditioner out of their fur following their bath and fully dry them.
Chorkies are pretty low maintenance for exercise and only need around 30 minutes to an hour of exercise per day. They will enjoy going on walks with you, but keep in mind that they cannot walk too far before getting tired. Make sure to have toys throughout the house for them to play with, and go outside to play fetch a couple of times, and they will be good to go.
We recommend getting your Chorkie a jacket when they need to go out in colder temperatures. If you notice your Chorkie shivering, this is not only a sign of the temperature but can be a sign of anxiety.
As with all dogs, mental stimulation is just as important as physical stimulation for staying healthy. Obedience and agility training is helpful for mental stimulation and a variety of different toys. Teach your Chorkie to play hide and seek, or get a toy that dispenses treats following a specific action. When you stimulate your Chorkies mind, they are less likely to be destructive or loud throughout the day.
Lucky for you, Chorkies favorite activity is cuddling up on the couch next to you.
We recommend feeding your Chorkie a high-quality dry dog food designed for small breeds. We emphasize the need for dry kibble, which also aids in dental hygiene and helps prevent tooth loss. Small dogs need to bite down on dry kibble to keep their teeth and gums healthy. If you opt for wet food as a treat, do so sparingly.
Calorie needs for your Chorkie depend on their age and activity level. An older lap dog will certainly need fewer calories than a hyperactive puppy. Chorkies thrive on a routine, so be sure to feed them at the same time every day. Bloating and obesity are common in smaller breeds, so we recommend splitting their daily allowance of food into two or three separate meals, rather than one big meal all at once. Bloat is when dogs eat too much too quickly and can be life-threatening. Feeding smaller meals throughout the day not only keeps them fuller for longer but helps keep them healthy and the proper weight.
When deciding on which dry food to choose for your Chorkie, look out for whole meats, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and fatty acids like Omega 3's. Stay away from meat byproducts and opt for entire meats like chicken or fish. Fruits and veggies provide lots of fiber and vitamins to promote shiny hair and a healthy gut. Some owners opt for a grain-free diet, but we recommend incorporating whole grains unless your dog is allergic. Fat is crucial in a dog's diet, and a good rule of thumb is to have at least 8% fat in your dog's food. Always stay away from human food, especially with small dogs like Chorkies. Human food can cause an upset stomach or even poisoning.
If you decide to use treats throughout the training process or day to day, do so sparingly. Treats are often very high in calories, quickly leading to obesity. Always consult with your veterinarian when changing your Chorkies diet or if you have any concerns.