Facts & Origin
What is a Smooth Torkie?
The Smooth Torkie, also known as the Smooth Fox Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier mix, is a bright, happy and affectionate little dog. This breed portrait reveals exciting details about its origins, history and suitability as a companion dog.
Origin and history
The smooth-haired Fox Terrier originated in England and was bred to hunt foxes. The Yorkshire Terrier, on the other hand, known for its silky coat, also comes from England and was originally used to hunt rats and mice in mines and cotton mills. The combination of these two breeds results in a sturdy, small dog with a lively and lovable personality.
|Life expectancy||12 - 16 years|
|Care requirements||low-maintenance - high-maintenance|
|Activity level||average to high - low|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits
In temperament, the Smooth Torkie embodies the best qualities of both parent breeds. He is friendly, active and intelligent. The Smooth Torkie is a happy, playful, friendly and very obedient dog. He is very eager to learn and can be easily trained.
His liveliness and curiosity make him a great companion for active families or individuals. Like the Yorkshire Terrier, he loves attention from his people and has a distinct personality.
Breeding of the Smooth Torkies
Smooth Torkies are bred by crossing a purebred Smooth Fox Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier. This mixed breed can inherit both the physical traits and personality traits of both parents. Smooth Torkies are often small to medium in size, with short, straight hair and a playful, active nature. Coat color can vary greatly depending on which parent is dominant.
Grooming and health
The coat requires basic grooming, including regular brushing to keep the coat clean and dull-free. Because of their smooth-coated Fox Terrier heritage, they tend to shed less than other breeds, making them a good option for those with allergies. Dental cleanings are also required to maintain their overall health and hygiene.
Smooth Torkies are generally healthy dogs, but like all mixed breeds, they can be prone to the health issues that affect their parent breeds. These can include hip dysplasia, eye problems and certain skin problems. An annual health examination by a veterinarian is recommended to detect any health problems early.
What does this hybrid look like?
The Smooth Torkie is a mostly small hybrid breed that combines the best of both parent breeds. Shiny, smooth and often short hair is characteristic of the Smooth Torkie. Coat colors range from white, black and brown to a mixture of these colors.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
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Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.
Lenticular and patella luxation occur in some breeds and affect the eye.
Bronchitis in dogs is an inflammation of the lower airways in the area of the bronchi.
Chronic eye infections can be very painful in dogs and can be treated with medication. In rare cases, the cornea must be treated.
A Smooth Torkie is a cross between two breeds that produces a very intelligent, energetic and adaptable dog.
Smooth Torkie is a happy, playful, friendly and very obedient dog. He is very eager to learn and can be trained easily.
The Smooth Torkie has a small (to medium) build, is usually short haired and has a soft coat. He usually has brown or black fur with white patches. His head is rather rounded and he usually has dark, almond-shaped eyes.
Since it is mostly a short-haired dog, it requires little care. It should be brushed once a week and its coat should be checked regularly. The ears and teeth also need to be cleaned at regular intervals.
No, this mix has no special needs. He is an easy to handle dog that needs a lot of exercise, love and attention.