A Yorkie/Jack Russell mix (also known as a Jorkie) is a great addition to the family! They are a loveable, bouncy breed that is full of energy and love.
Thinking of adding a Jorkie to your household? This quick guide will give you everything you need to know about Jolly Jorkies!
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What is a Jorkie?
A Jorkie is a mixed breed of dog, crossed between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Jack Rusell Terrier.
Unlike a lot of other Yorkie crossbreeds, a Jorkie carries terrier genes on both sides of the family tree. So at times, they can be a handful, but they are always up for fun and games!
Jorkies are loveable dogs that are popular with both single people and families. They are considered to be Designer Dogs, but with a much lower price tag than their pedigree parents.
What Do Jorkies Look Like?
The appearance of a Jorkie can vary depending on which parental genes are strongest. However, most Jorkies do tend to inherit the characteristic longer snout of a Jack Russel, and the soft luscious hair of a Yorkie.
Whilst their limbs are steady and stout like their Jack Russel parent, they aren’t as robust. Their ears are set further apart than the average jack, and they often inherit the big soft brown eyes of the Yorkie.
Overall they are an adorable breed that doesn’t disappoint when it comes to looks.
How Big Do Jorkies Get?
Well, as both of their pedigree parents are small dog breeds, so too is the Jorkie.
They tend to weigh between 6 to 12 pounds when fully grown (females tend to be smaller) and they have an average length of 12 inches once adulthood is reached.
So if you are looking for a small house pet, perhaps you live in a small home or apartment, a Jorkie is a great small dog breed.
But just because they are small, doesn’t mean they are suited to small living! Jorkies are full of energy and love big open spaces.
Therefore no matter the size of your Jorkie, if you do live in a small space it’s a good idea to get out daily and take them for a long walk or run to help them burn off that extra energy.
Are Jorkies Easy to Train?
Jorkies are highly intelligent crossbreeds. In fact, most terriers of any breed are fairly easy to domesticate and train.
Although, due to their intelligence they are easily bored, easily distracted, and stubborn. Training them requires you to make use of a variety of techniques. There is no one-method-fits-all when it comes to Jorkies.
If your Jorkie is not responding well to one method of training, we advise you to switch to another.
Like their Jack Russell and Yorkie parents, Jorkies will like to run the show a bit. But once you find a method that suits their learning style, they will catch on quickly.
What is the Life Expectancy of a Jorkie?
Similar to their parents, the life expectancy of a Jorkie is around 13 and 15 years.
Although assessing the exact vulnerabilities they face can be a bit tricky because of their mixed parentage, some likely illnesses can be identified by looking at the health history of the pedigrees they descend from.
Overall, Yorkies are considered to be healthy dogs, and the nature of their mixed heritage does give them a slight advantage in that they are less prone to some illnesses because the gene from one parent counteracts the gene from the other.
That being said, like us humans, no dog is invincible. Canine glaucoma, cataracts, tracheal prolapse, and Vonn Willebrand Disease are just some of the illnesses that its parents are prone to.
The best way to keep your Jorkie as fit and healthy as possible is to feed them a good diet and make sure they get plenty of exercises.
How Much Do Jorkies Cost?
If you are thinking of buying a Jorkie puppy it will cost you around $200 to $600, so they are a cheaper option than their pedigree parents.
There are other costs to consider on top of purchasing your beloved pup. Make sure to factor in the cost of microchipping (which is compulsory in some states), vaccinations, blood tests, neutering, collar, leash, pet bed, etc and the cost can soon mount up.
But who can put a price on love, right?
No matter what dog you get there are long-term costs incurred for their care. Making sure you can afford your pet for the long haul, is the first step in planning for your new family addition!
Do Jorkies Shed?
Well, yes and no. Jorkies will be prone to shedding depending on how much it takes after one parent or the other.
This is because their parent dog, the Yorkie does not have any undercoat. They barely shed and they have soft wavy shiny locks that require grooming to avoid knotting, but otherwise, don’t shed.
Whereas the Jack Russel, particularly the short-haired varieties, are prone to shedding. They have a thick undercoat and require constant brushing and upkeep.
So whether you Jorkie takes after their Jack Russel or Yorkie ancestors, depends on how much they shed. The good news is that most Jorkies fall somewhere in the middle, so they do shed but only in small amounts.
Do Jorkies Make Good Family Pets?
Jorkies are very loveable, very affectionate dogs that make great companions that love to travel or stay at home.
Whilst they are considered good with most children, Jorkies are very energetic and enjoy rough play from time to time. Therefore keeping them away from very small children and infants is probably a good idea.
Especially if your Jorkie has not had its usual long walk and has lots of excess energy to burn off.
They are great for older kids though, as they have boundless energy. They can run for miles and enjoy long hikes and outdoor adventures. So, if you have a busy household with lots of things going on to keep your Jorkie occupied, then your Jorkie will make a fine addition to the family.