What do you get when you breed a Yorkshire Terrier and a Toy Fox Terrier? The Torkie! This tiny canine was bred in the 1930s to hunt rodents like squirrels.
Torkies have a relatively high prey drive. They’ll chase after other pets, low-flying birds, and small rodents in your backyard when given a chance.
- Torkies can scamper through tunnels, jump over hurdles, and race against a clock while navigating an obstacle course with speed and concentration.
- The Torkie packs a lot in a tiny package. These petite breeds are adorable but with slightly feisty personalities. But overall, they are lively, fun-loving, and super affectionate. And they like to snuggle up to their owners, often loving the attention they get from their family.
- Entertain your Torkie often to keep its excitement and energy levels optimal by getting it some gnaw-some toys, playing fetch, and even going for a walk around your neighborhood. But ensure to keep it on a short leash as it can quickly run off after other dogs.
- You can leave Torkies a year and a half alone in the house for 4-6 hours a day. At the same time, senior Torkies can keep at ease for 2-6 hours, depending on their health. By this time, your Torkie should have learned good sleeping habits.
- Torkies can be snappy towards small children when not treated gently or respectfully. And so they are not ideal for families with small children.
- The Torkie's fur is silky and similar to a human's, so it easily entangles and needs to be brushed often to prevent entangling.