Chorkies are a cross between the Yorkshire terrier and the Chihuahua. While this mix isn't recognized by the American Kennel Club as a purebred dog, anyone seeing a Chorkie puppy recognizes it as purely cute. The cross is recognized by the American Hybrid Canine Club.
Your Chorkie puppy may tend to resemble one of its parents more than the other. In either case, the Chorkie coat doesn't shed much. Usually black or tan, the Chorkie often has the facial appearance of the Yorkie, with wiry hair around the eyes and mouth. The ears are generally larger than the Yorkie, favoring the Chihuahua. Depending on which breed he favors, he could have a wiry or a smooth coat. In either case, he'll need regular grooming to maintain his appearance and avoid looking like a scruffy version of a Yorkie.
As both the parents are small-dog breeds, the Chorkie is also a little dog. Most full-grown Chorkies don't weigh more than seven pounds, so your puppy will be really tiny.
Yorkies are terriers, bred long ago to hunt rodents. The American Kennel Club describes a Chihuahua as an "alert dog with terrier-like qualities." Based on this cross, your Chorkie puppy is unlikely to be a shrinking violet. He's a smart little dog and needs attention and training so he doesn't get into mischief. Even though he's little, he needs plenty of exercise to keep him both calm and healthy.
One reason purebred dog crosses have become common in recent years is to avoid some of the health problems found in the individual breeds. The Chorkie appears to have few genetic defects. However, the cross may suffer from skin problems and allergies. Your vet can treat any skin issues that arise. Other than that, your puppy should grow up to be healthy and strong, with a life expectancy of between 10 and 15 years.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.