If you think of any two dog breeds, chances are that someone, somewhere, has bred the two together. That certainly seems to be the case for many less popular hybrid dog breeds that get left in a cloud of dust as others like the Labradoodle explode onto the scene.
The Porkie, while unusual, is still full of life and love to give. The cross between a “pitbull” type dog and a Yorkshire Terrier results in offspring that often inherit almost all of their traits from the Yorkie parent except, perhaps, their size.
Keep reading to learn more about this obscure mixed breed, its parents, and some common questions surrounding this conception.
Pitbull, Porkie, and Yorkie Comparison Table
|Height||17-19 inches||7-19 inches||7-8 inches|
|Weight||40-70 pounds||7-50 pounds||7 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-16 years||12-15 years||11-15 years|
Red Brindle and more
|Black and gold|
Black and tan
Blue and gold
Blue and tan
|Coat Type||Smooth with short length||Silky with medium length||Silky with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Less shedding||Little to no shedding||No shedding|
|Trainability||Average trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train|
|Exercise||Average exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty open to strangers||Pretty open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||Average mental stimulation required||Pretty high mental stimulation||Pretty high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||More barking||More barking|
About American Staffordshire Pitbull Terriers
American Staffordshire Pitbull Terriers (lovingly referred to as Am Staffs by doting owners) are just one breed of many that fall under the incredibly loose classification of “Pitbulls”.
Although their exact lineage is somewhat unclear, Am Staffs can trace their genetics back to at least 18th century Great Britain, in direct contrast to their naming.
Initially bred by those interested in betting blood sports, the average Am Staff of today is much calmer and fun-loving. Even so, many people refuse to forget their past as pit-fighters and have misbegotten ideas that the breed is naturally prone to aggression when quite the opposite is true.
It should be noted that there is no evidence to suggest that any single dog breed is more aggressive than any other breed, much of a dog’s behavior comes from learned responses and how it was treated throughout its life.
Even without proper training and socialization, Am Staffs have an inclination towards loving and protecting their owners, as well as classic dog behaviors like chewing and digging.
About Yorkshire Terriers
Developed and bred in a similar era to the American Staffordshire Pitbull Terrier, the Yorkshire Terrier’s history extends back to the mid-1800s.
The breed gets its namesake from the northern counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, where Scottish weavers settled with the breed’s ancestors (not to be confused with existing Scottish Terriers).
Instead of blood sports, however, the Yorkshire Terrier’s express purpose was as an exterminator, mainly in textile mills and coal mines after the Industrial Revolution.
The Yorkie’s small size meant it could dart around the small spaces between machines with relative ease as it chased down rodents and other undesirable vermin.
The breed rose to notoriety as time passed after the (English) Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1886. After that, the breed was assured life in the lap of luxury as the small terrier was bred to be even smaller for the fashionable ladies of the late Victorian times.
Even so, the breed still has much of its prey instinct and will gladly chase small rodents like squirrels while out on walks or in the backyard.
Porkies are not a popular mixed breed by any stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately, this means that there is very little information circulating about their condition and owning one.
The few instances that have been documented tend to share similar characteristics like their coat and coloring, ear shape, and typical size, though.
Where Do Porkies Come From?
It may seem obvious from the information in this article that a Porkie is the result of an American Staffordshire Pitbull Terrier and a Yorkshire Terrier breeding, but this is not always the case.
Like with all designer dogs, there is no breed standard, and the term “Porkie” is simply a combination of the words “pitbull” and “Yorkie”. This means that any “pitbull” type dog can, theoretically, be bred with a Yorkie to produce some kind of Porkie.
Unfortunately, because the mixed breed is not very popular, most of the individuals you see today are produced by accident or through amateur breeders who aren’t likely to have the puppies’ best interests in mind.
This can lead to complications for young Porkies later in life when the breeding stock isn’t documented or screened for genetic diseases.
Still, finding a responsible breeder that uses artificial insemination and an Am Staff surrogate for the pregnancy may be possible to produce the healthiest possible Porkies.
Do Porkies Shed Their Coat?
Yorkie are known for having their long, silky coat that doesn’t really shed. Since we know that most Porkies inherit the same or similar coat, we can assume that Porkies also shed very little, if at all. However, this does not necessarily mean that Porkies are hypoallergenic.
Even if Porkies don’t shed their coat, this simply reduces the number of hair and dander allergens present in a given space.
People with mild allergies may be OK with this, but those with severe dog allergies may still find themselves unable to share living space with this mixed breed.
Are Porkies Healthy Dogs?
If the crossing is done by a responsible breeder who has chosen their stock well, any given Porkie is likely to have a minimal chance for any genetic condition the parents are known for.
This doesn’t mean they are entirely risk-free, especially considering that they can inherit any problems their parent breeds experience, and these conditions differ.
In any case, giving your Porkie the correct diet and exercise will go a long way toward delaying or preventing as many diseases as possible so that you have the maximum number of years to spend with your furry friend.
Although they may not be common or well-known, Porkies are often suitable family pets, thanks to their compact size and affectionate, playful nature.
They may form strong bonds with a single person and fidget whenever the person is away, but they will still have enough love for a whole family.
One must thoroughly research before adopting or buying one, and proper training and socialization should still be done.