Porkie is the ultimate small-breed dog. Also, this dog is considered to be a hybrid dog, meaning that two breeds were joined together in order to create a new breed. Porkie is a beautiful mix between the energetic Pomeranian and affectionate Yorkshire Terrier.
This small dog comes with a big personality that might surprise you. However, before you consider opening the door of your home to this dog you should everything, or as much as possible, about this designed dog. After all, when it comes to designed dogs each litter can show its own characteristics.
1. Porkie: The Name
This small dog is officially known as Porkie. When you hear ‘Porkie’ you probably think about something small that resembles the pig’s size, something like a piglet. Yet, this dog is so far from that.
Although we can guess that this breed was named after its parents (Pomeranian + Yorkie), there are many other names that people use to address this breed. Therefore, porkie is also known as Yoranian, Yorkie Pom, or Pom Yorkie. Overall, Porkie is known for being 1/2 Pomeranian and 1/2 Yorkshire Terrier.
Recognized names are:
- American Canine Hybrid Club = Yoranian
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Yoranian Terrier
- International Designer Canine Registry® = Yoranian (Porkie)
- Designer Breed Registry = Yoranian Terrier
2. Porkie Is A Pure Mix
Active Pomeranian and friendly Yorkshire Terrier are specifically crossed to create a new breed. Like many hybrdis, Porkie was created on the ground of the States. However, The American Kennel Club has not yet recognized porkie or many other hybrids.
Since Porkies are not purebred dogs, their appearance may vary from dog to dog. Moreover, this is a young breed that was first introduced to the world 20 years ago. These mixed dogs come with an interesting history since we don’t know who started breeding Pomeranians and Yorkshire’s. It is extremely challenging if not impossible to pinpoint the origin of a single hybrid breed.
Those with experience in breeding are claiming that a few Pomeranians and playful Yorkies got together and created unplanned mixed breed litters. And this was probably before designed dogs were even a thing. Moreover, this is the most challenging part of determining its origin.
3. Handbag Dog
Porkies are miniature dogs. Puppies are tiny. They are known for traveling everywhere with their owners. That’s why they are also known as ‘handbag dogs’ because you can see them watching at you while they are heading to their gate and next travel adventure.
Even when they are full-grown they weight between 3 and 7 pounds. Once they are adult, they are between 6 inches and 1 foot tall at the shoulder. Males are slightly larger than females. Although the American Kennel Club, doesn’t recognize Porkies as a purebred, they keep size and weight standards for the parents if both are purebreds.
There are even some puppies that are a result of porkie-to-porkie breeding.
4. They Are Their Parents Image
Yorkie Pom or Porkie, resembles either parent. Many look like Pomeranian with terriers coloring, while most of them look like terriers with Pomeranian coloring. In general, Porkie breeders tend to mate a Pomeranian female with a Yorkshire terrier male to produce the mix.
Yorkies come with black and tan coats, while the porkie often comes with the long hair of the Yorkie with the white, tan or other solid colors that are characteristic to Pomeranian. Occasionally, there are some puppies that look more like Yorkies and vice-versa.
5. They Are Bred To Love
This small dog is the perfect example that love comes in different sizes. This dog is all about love. After all, this dog was bred for companionship. Porkie will be around you all the time, sit in your lap, watch you while you sleep and accompany you on your outings.
Regardless of their size, they will have the energy to follow you the entire day, so expect to have an additional shadow 24/7.
6. Porkie Is A Great Dog For City Dwellers
Thanks to their size and calm personality Porkie is a great choice for people who prefer city residences. Although they are small they are not easily intimidated. Furthermore, this intelligent little guy will be an alert dog all the time. Actually, one of the best Porkie’s traits is that they are utterly fearless.
7. Porkies Are Vicious Protectors
If you are thinking about getting a Porkie, but you actually need a watch dog don’t worry! this little companion will protect you 24/7. Surprisingly, Porkie is a good alert and guard dog. They will protect you every time a stranger approaches you. This may come as a surprise due to their size, but this breed can easily become overprotective. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with your pup from day one.
8. They Are Great With Kids
Smaller and small dogs are usually afraid of children. Mostly, due to children’s tendency to perceive smaller breeds as toys. In most cases, children pinch or kick smaller dogs during the game. They treat them as if they were toys. That’s the main reason why smaller dogs avoid children. However, that’s not the case with this small and vicious dog-warrior known as Porkie. Naturally, the best way for Porkies to get along with children is for them to be raised with children together.
In addition, you should educate your children on how to behave when around the dogs.
No matter how your Porkie might be with your children, make sure that you never leave them alone in the room, as Porkie or the dog could get hurt. But if you have another dog, dogs, or a cat, don’t be scared – your Porkie will get along with them easily.
9. Porkie Is A Hunter
So far you know that Porkie is a great protector, but did you know that they are vicious hunters, as well? Don’t let the size fool you, as this dog comes with a strong prey drive.
This urge for hunting comes usually from the Terriers side, or their father’s side, as males are Terriers. Furthermore, make sure that you introduce your Porkie properly to other dogs and especially small animals, such as birds or hamsters, as his Terrier prey drive might kick in at any moment.
Furthermore, they love to be heard, so you can expect a lot of noise, as they tend to be noisy. Therefore, it’s crucial to tend your dog to a ‘hush’ command to get him to stop barking.
10. They Shed
If you tough that small dog don’t shed, think twice. Of course, it’s not challenging like having a large breed that sheds a lot, but it still requires your time. After all, Porkie is a cross between two long-coated breeds. Therefore, you can expect a fairly long coat.
If you want your small dog to have a shiny coat and healthy hair you need to have regular grooming practice. This will help you keep the shedding under control. Moreover, you will have to trim his coat a few times a year. Brushing him daily should be enough, next to regular tooth maintenance, and nails clipping. Also, keep the ears clean.
11. Porkie Is A Runner
High energy level comes with this small breed. This dog won’t let you stay in the house the whole day. Simply said, you can expect a fair share of activity with this canine and funny moments together. A once a day walk won’t work for your Porkie. This furry breed loves going distances, walking or running. In addition, he can spend hours playing with its favorite toys, especially chew toys.
If you have a dog park nearby make sure that you visit it at least once per day so your Porkie can interact with other dogs. If you are fond of teaching your dogs tricks than this is your match. As an intelligent and observant breed, Porkie will learn tricks fast. But, what to do if its raining or its snowing? Keep the routine, just dress him up properly.
12. They Are Picky Eaters
Proper nutrition is mandatory with this breed. Standard dog food is fine, but occasionally they know to be extremely picky when it comes to their meal. This may be even linked with their size.
Smaller breeds are not fond of stiff and chunk food. Every food for them needs to be cut in smaller pieces or to be soft, as there is always a risk of choking on big pieces of food.
Good to know: Whatever you are feeding your Porkie, make sure that you cut it into small pieces. That way Porkie will eat, chew and swallow easier.
13. Porkie Has No Allergies
Although this may be strictly individual, in general, this breed comes with no allergies. Moreover, Porkie is generally a healthy dog with life expectancy from 11 to 16 years.
Mix breed is always healthier than its parents, but some genetic disorders may be passed down, like insufficient production of tears or eye irritation which are common to Pomeranian’s.
Of course, it is always recommended to make regular visits to the veterinarian for regular health checks and to stay up-to-date with all the vaccinations.
14. Porkie Puppies
There is no strict rule when it comes to their litter size. The average litter size varies. Furthermore, Porkies parents are not from a large litter, as Terriers are known for having 3 puppies max, and Pomeranian’s having an average litter size from 2 to 4.
Similar litter sizes are expected to form this breed. The biggest difference here is that Porkie can have an issue with whelping due to its size.
15. Be Careful Around Porkie
This breed doesn’t require a lot of space. They will be more than happy with one corner. They will be happy equally in a smaller and bigger apartment. Moreover, they are not in need of a yard. As long as you have regular and daily walks your dog will be satisfied. However, there is one interesting thing about Porkies that you should bear in mind always.
Porkie loves to jump and play around when you are walking, or even more when you are about to sit. So keep your eyes open before you settle on the sofa or even before you stand up to avoid any unpleasant consequences or injuries.