Since this hybrid's coat is normally more like that of its Yorkshire Terrier parent, Chorkie grooming can be a pretty time-consuming task. While they usually don't shed too much, these dogs will need frequent brushing to keep the coats in good shape. Bathing will need to be done fairly often as well (every 1-2 weeks), and like the Yorkie, numerous hairstyles are possible.
Brushing: Owners will need both a pin brush and a 2-in-1 comb. First wet the coat with mist from a spray bottle (with a little de-tangling solution mixed in, if desired), then use the comb to go through the long coat with sweeping strokes; this de-tangles the hair. Follow with the pin brush to straighten and, depending on the dog's hairstyle, "shape" the coat.
Bathing: These hybrids are small enough to be bathed in the kitchen sink. Owners will need to use high-quality canine shampoo and conditioner, as the kind made for humans can irritate the dog's skin. To bathe: first give the dog a thorough brushing, then wet the coat completely. Apply a small amount of shampoo to the dog's back, then lather well, working downward. Use a washcloth to clean the face and ears to avoid getting soap in the dog's eyes; rinse thoroughly, then repeat with conditioner. Towel- and/or blow-dry the coat, then finish with another quick brush-through to make the coat look clean, neat, and silky.
Haircuts: Plenty of hairstyles look great on Chorkies (described further in the Styling & Haircuts section below). Many styles can be done at home with a little practice, but it's a good idea to visit a professional groomer at least once. The groomer can demonstrate the proper styling methods, and provide additional tips about how to groom a Chorkie in general.