Torkie Hybrid Dogs
The Torkie is a hybrid dog created through crossing a purebred Yorkshire Terrier with a Toy Fox Terrier. They are a very energetic yet small breed of dog and typically weigh between 4 and 7 pounds at maturity. The Torkie is one of the hybrid dog types that can more closely favor either breed with many appearing more Toy Fox Terrier as puppies and maturing to more closely resemble the Yorkshire Terrier as the coat grows longer and more terrier like.
The Torkie can be any color of either parent breeds including the typical steel blue and tan of the Yorkie as well as the white with any other color of the Toy Fox Terrier. Many have the blue and tan coloration with white markings, making a very striking looking dog. The coat may be short to long in length, straight or wavy, but is usually silky and smooth to the touch.
The face is very defined with a tapered muzzle, round, large, intelligent eyes and erect, pricked ears. The ears may be sleeker or they may be well fringed, depending on which parent the Torkie favors. The body is well developed and well proportioned with straight, sturdy legs and a longer than tall profile. The tail is often left long and is carried high, if docked it is close to the body.
The Torkie is a very energetic dog that is highly intelligent and eager to learn and please his or her owners. They do have a typical terrier personality and can have streaks of independence and stubbornness, especially when they are hunting mice, squirrels or chasing birds and cats. Most have a fairly high prey drive and need to be socialized early to other house pets, especially cats. They are not a good match for homes with smaller rodent type pets.
As with most toy sized hybrid breeds the Torkie needs to be worked with on a daily basis both in obedience training and socialization. If not trained they can be snappy and yappy, however when trained they are outstanding companion dogs. Some may be very dog aggressive and may not understand their small size so need to be socialized to prevent this potential problem from occurring.
The Torkie loves to be outside and makes a good companion pet for homes with older children. Their small size, especially as puppies, may make them unsuitable for homes with very young kids that don't understand how easily they can be injured.
Grooming and General Care
The coat of the Torkie is very easy to keep. A routine grooming with a pin or bristle brush once a week is all that is required. They have a single coat that sheds relatively lightly year round. As a terrier they do have a natural oil to their coat and it is important to avoid bathing these dogs too often as the coat will become dry and brittle.
The Torkie will self-exercise in a house or apartment but needs routine outside time as well. If they are outdoors they need to be in a secure fenced area since they will chase and may try to defend their territory against much larger dogs. Some Torkies may be prone to digging and owners need to reinforce the bottom of the fence or provide a digging area for the dog to prevent this from becoming a problem.
The Torkie makes a great companion dog and loves human attention and interaction. They are not a good kennel dog or suited for a house where they will be alone most of the time.
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