Species group: Mixed Breeds
Other name(s): Yochi, Chorkie
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.
The first generation Chorkie is a crossbreed between the Chihuahua and the Yorkshire Terrier, in an attempt to create a handbag-sized portable pet a little less yappy than the pure Chihuahua. This big-eyed cutie certainly attracts its share of fans, but keep in mind that it's likely to be a highly social dog who does expect to spend a lot of time with its people. It isn't a good choice for someone who must leave it alone for long hours at a time.
Appearance / health:
All mixed-breed dogs can vary in appearance-- and this one might vary around the ears and the legs more than most-- but in general with the Chihuahua/Yorkshire Terrier mix you can expect one of the tiniest toys with big, striking eyes and often a "scruffier" Yorkshire coat.
Behavior / temperament:
Nothing's guaranteed with a mixed-breed dog. Even with the moderating influence of the Yorkie, the Chorkie can certainly be a barky little thing if you don't train it properly. On the plus side, this means it can make an excellent watchdog for apartment dwellers who might not otherwise be able to keep a dog. This mix will probably be very social-- the kind of pet who loves to be the center of attention and becomes depressed if kept away from the action.
cutest little thing, fantastic dog
stubborn, barking spree
Happy but Yappy!
When we adopted our Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua cross, we were told to keep two things in mind : that Yorkshire Terriers were intelligent but noisy, and that Chihuahuas were stupid but very loyal.
Nutty is stupid AND noisy. To further paint a picture of just how loud our tiny puppy can be, we once had a visit from a very angry neighbour threatening to call the police about the 'huge, vicious rottweiler' running loose in the garden. Puzzled, we told her that she must have the wrong house. She used some very colourful language to tell us that we were obviously lying, because she could hear the same barking coming from inside our house. At that moment, the 'rabid beast' himself made an appearance, and instantly started jumping up at her to say hello. He barely came up to her knees. Needless to say, we had a very embarrassed neighbour!
Nutty was amazingly hard to train. We've had him a year now, and he's only just worked out that he has to pee in the litter tray we got him (since he starts whining if we put him out in the cold, and he can't seem to resist jumping up at strangers in hopes of a cuddle. He did learn a few tricks very quickly though - like how to open the door to the cupboard where his food is kept!
Despite everything, though, we couldn't help but fall in love with Nutty's mischievous and bouncy personality. Whenever we take him on walks, everyone always comments on how happy he seems. He loves meeting other animals - including cats, who don't like meeting him quite as much.
He's also extremely cuddly. We think he might have a touch of 'small dog syndrome' - sometimes it seems as though he's in charge of us! As I mentioned before, he can't resist climbing all over everyone we let into the house, whether he's met them before or not. He's afraid of the dark and so insists on being let into the bed at night, and snuggling up on the pillow. This might seem sweet, but trust me, sleeping puppies get a lot less cute when they snore!
Nutty is great with children, although it's more a case of the children being great with him. I can see his yappiness frightening a child who wasn't used to it, but he's honestly not barking from anger, but from a need for attention! He likes to play 'chase', and has been known to run under people's legs and trip them.
Nutty's also very clean. We think he has been learning from the cats as he'll often sit and clean himself next to them. He doesn't really need brushing, but he does seem to like it, so we brush him often with a soft brush.
All in all, it seems that even though Nutty is a whole year old now, he's still the same puppy he was when we adopted him. Although it might be nice to see him grow out of a few bad habits, we can only hope that he stays as playful and as happy well into old age!.
From batshiz Feb 3 2014 7:45PM
50/50 on Effectiveness
Not only have I used this product for my own pets, but I see it leave the clinic I work in several times a day. My thoughts are always the same. How long will it be before that pet has a positive heartworm test at their routine annual exam?
Unfortunately, some products simply do not work well. Ivermectin, the main ingredient in Heartgard is simply a product that has become ineffective against heartworms. As fleas and ticks have become resistant over the years to specific products as do mosquitos.
I have noted on several occasions, but two very recently. One instance was dogs that shared the same pen both consistently on Heartgard Plus every 30 days year around. One dog was positive and the other was negative. Another instance, two female beagle littermates. Both on a very strict schedule of Heartgard as heartworm preventative. Both dogs were heartworm positive.
My dog became heartworm positive after being on Heartgard Plus and unfortunately many of the dogs that I will test at my clinic will be positive after being on Heartgard Plus every 30 days consistently year around. I do not recommend Heartgard anymore especially to those pets who spend a lot of time outside. .
From JMalone CVT 57 days ago
When dealing with any fear, aggressive or otherwise, distance is your friend. Find out how far the dog needs to be away from the subject of their fear and work from there.
I recently worked with a dog who is fearful of people and dogs on walks outside of his home. My mentor trainer and I took him to a field along the beach. Oso, the dog, watched people pass by and was rewarded when he brought his attention back to mom.
Many times, dogs learn to bark because it makes the scary thing go away. You want to show them that the scary thing will leave without barking. If the dog does begin to bark, move him away and treat when he focuses on you.
Desensitizing a dog that is afraid can be a long process. The older the dog or the more bad association the dog has with the stimuli only makes it worse. Be patient and remember distance is your friend..
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