Breed group : Terrier, Toy
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GENERALBreed group: Terrier, Toy Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Small Weight: 3 - 7 lbs Fur length: Ears: Pointy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & Brown, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Gray / Salt & Pepper
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12 - 16 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Torkie is a cross between the Toy Fox Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. Both small breeds of dog, the Fox Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier share several similarities in temperament, such as alertness, playfulness and the equal propensity to just relax and lounge about. A combination of these makes the Torkie an ideal pet and companion, especially for urban dwellers. The Yorkshire Terrier, nicknamed Yorkie, is an English breed with its standards defined in the late 19th century. Ancestors were Scotch terriers (meaning, from Scotland), with probably a mix of Maltese and Paisley Terrier. The Toy Fox Terrier originated as an American breed, with several other small dogs in its lineage, most probably other fox terriers and the Chihuahua and Manchester Terrier. The Toy Fox Terrier is a good, versatile dog, one that can be cuddled or held, or taken along on a hunt or long walk to flush and chase quarry.
The Torkie can ideally either be mostly white, with tan markings and a black head, or ave a grey-to-blue coat, with tan markings as well. Other colors are possible, but the predominant ones would be tricolor, black and white bi-color, and blue and tan.
If the Torkie inherits its Toy Fox Terrier parent's coat, it will have very short, fine fur that is shiny. If the Yorkie's coat is inherited, strands will be longer and silky to the feel.
The Torkie is a keen and lively companion that is perfect for older children and adults. It is a "people" dog, and will always want to be with and around its family. Its intelligence allows for it to be trained to respond to a variety of commands, and its eagerness to please can produce hours of fun and antics. It can be possessive of its owner and toys or food, though, so it might not mix well with other very sociable breeds. The Torkie is an outgoing, confident dog, but will easily raise the alarm at strangers getting too close. It is an active dog with an "off" switch that allows it to loll about and relax with its owners at times.
Care for short coats will take no more than a quick brushing daily to maintain shine and get rid of dead hair. If a coat can be and is grown long, it may be groomed into a clip that is manageable and does not impede the dog's mobility. If oil is used on the coat to help prevent breakage, shampooing once a week will be necessary. Otherwise, bathing can be once every month. Nails should be kept short, and regular teeth-cleaning will help keep the dog healthy.
Barking is something that can be mostly trained out of the Torkie, if training is started at a young age and kept consistent. Crate training is best to housebreak a puppy. The Torkie's best motivation in training will be verbal praise, petting, and occasional treats, such as a toy or a biscuit. Streaks of stubbornness can be weathered by the trainer showing consistent dominance and being patient all throughout.
The Torkie, with its playfulness, can take care of most of its energy requirements for the day, but a walk outside is still ideal. A leash is needed, as the Torkie might curiously go off after anything that catches its fancy. For small urban spaces, a backyard for play will usually be enough for the Torkie, with occasional forays into parks or long walks down the street.