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Fourche Terrier

Westie / Yorkie Hybrid Dogs

Information and Pictures

A black and tan with white Fourche Terrier is standing in front of a table. One of its ears is partially flopped over

"Fourche Terriers are very rare in Ireland, as hybrids are not very popular here. To the best of my knowledge the lady we purchased Harvey from is the first in Ireland and it was also her first time breeding them!! Here is some info on Harvey: Harvey is 1 and 1/2 years old in this picture. He sleeps quite a bit at this age, but is still very active and needs a good long walk or run daily, if not he becomes anxious and a bit whiny. He is black and tan with gray coming through and a white chest and the loveliest face. A real pet that loves cuddles and wants to be with us all the time, but can be very protective and barks when people pass the house but wouldn't bite. He needed very little training especially toilet training, he picks up everything so quickly. He loves to play and be chased, especially if he has a ball or toy, and loves being out and about and involved in everything we do. On the down side, I think he suffers from separation anxiety and goes crazy when we leave him but recently got a DAP (dog appeasing pheromone) to try ease the stress when we go to work. We also got a new puppy, a Yorkie, for company and it's working well so far. I don't have children so not sure how he would do with them but like any dog trained properly, I'm sure he would be fine!"

Other Names

West Highland Yorkie

Yorkie West

Description

The Fourche Terrier (pronounced "fush" to rhyme with "push") is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the West Highland White Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

Recognition

ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club

DBR = Designer Breed Registry

DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club

DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.

IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®

Close Up - A black colored Fourche Terrier dog is standing on a carpet looking to the left

Markie Grisholm Bear Robinson the Fourche Terrier at 9 months old—"His daddy is a West Highland White Terrier, which I own and his mommy is a Yorkshire Terrier, which my mom owns. The pregnancy wasn't planned but we are glad it happened. Markie is wonderful. He is strong willed, happy and definitely the boss of the house. He has us all wrapped around his little paw. Love of our life."

A black colored Fourche Terrier dog is laying on the back of a couch with a lamp behind it

Markie Grisholm Bear Robinson the Fourche Terrier at 9 months old

Close Up - A black colored Fourche Terrier dog is laying down on a couch with its head on a pillow

Markie Grisholm Bear Robinson the Fourche Terrier at 9 months old

A tan, black and white Fourche Terrier dog is standing in front of a person in a chair with a fireplace behind it.

Harvey the Fourche Terrier at 1 and 1/2 years old

A tan, black and white Fourche Terrier dog is sitting on a human's bed and looking forward.

Harvey the Fourche Terrier at 1 and 1/2 years old up on the bed

A tan, black and white Fourche Terrier dog is laying on a black leather couch looking sleepy.

Harvey the Fourche Terrier at 1 and 1/2 years old up on the bed

A tan, black and white Fourche Terrier puppy is standing on a tan tiled floor with its head tilted to the left

Harvey the Fourche Terrier as a 3-month-old puppy

Close Up - a tan, black and white Fourche Terrier puppy is laying on a towel that is on a tan tiled floor and looking up

Harvey the Fourche Terrier as a 3-month-old puppy

A long-haired brown Fourche Terrier is sitting on the back of a couch

Petite, a female Fourche Terrier at 7 months old—Fourche Terriers were first created in 1978 by Fourche Valley Kennel, and Petite was one of the pups from that litter. The first litter of Fourche Terriers was created strictly by accident, by crossing a Yorkie and a West Highland White Terrier. They turned out to be wonderful little dogs and their breedings continued. "We named them "Fourche Terrier" after the name of our kennel, Fourche Valley Kennel. "Fourche" is pronounced "fush" to rhyme with "push." That isn't the French pronunciation, but that is the name here. The Fourche Terrier was slightly larger than the Yorkie, much smaller than the Westie. They had superior personalities, with the Westie spunkiness and non-shedding coat of the Yorkie, but looked like a miniature Cairn Terrier."

Close Up - A tan Fourche Terrier is laying its head down on a bed

This is ToTo, a male Fourche Terrier at about 15 months old.

A tan Fourche Terrier is laying on a carpet and there is a brown teddy bear in front of it

This is ToTo, a male Fourche Terrier at about 15 months old.

A white Fourche Terrier puppy is sitting on a carpet and looking forward A white Fourche Terrier is laying in a circular dog bed. There is a white plush dog toy next to it.
A White Fourche Terrier is laying on a floor and is wrapped in a blanket. It has its head on a Brown Teddy Bear. There is a person kneeling behind it

"Yogi Bear, Yogi for short, is a Fourche Terrier shown here at 7 months old. His mother is a Yorkshire Terrier and his dad is a West Highland White Terrier."

Close Up - A tan with white Fourche Terrier is laying on a human's bed that has blue blankets on it.

Charleston the Fourche Terrier (Yorkie / Westie hybrid dog) at 7 months old)

Close Up - A tan with white Fourche Terrier is standing on a carpet and looking up

Charleston the Fourche Terrier (Yorkie / Westie hybrid dog) at 7 months old)

A tan, brown with white Fourche Terrier puppy is sitting in front of a computer monitor and on top of a calender

Charleston the Fourche Terrier (Yorkie / Westie hybrid) puppy at 10 weeks old)

A black with brown Fourche Terrier puppy is sitting in front of a yellow wall

Yorkie / Westie mix breed dog (Fourche Terrier) puppy at about 8 weeks old.

Three black and tan Fourche Terrier puppies. One is standing on its hind legs and licking a persons fingers. To the left of it, one of the Fouche Terrier puppy is sitting and to the right is another Fouche Terrier puppy just looking forward

Yorkie / Westie mix breed dog (Fourche Terrier) litter of puppies at about 8 weeks old

Close Up - A tan and black Fourche Terrier puppy is being held in the air

Yorkie / Westie mix breed dog (Fourche Terrier) puppy at about 8 weeks old

Close Up - A black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier puppy is laying on a dog bed next to a pink plush toy

Fourche Terrier puppy at 5 weeks old (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog)

Close Up - A black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier puppy is laying in a blue plastic swimming pool used as a whelp box.

Fourche Terrier puppy at 5 weeks old (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog)

Close Up - A black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier puppy is laying on a newspaper inside of a plastic blue swimming pool.

Fourche Terrier puppy at 5 weeks old (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog)

A black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier puppy is laying on a couch and on top of a person chewing on a shoe lace.

Maggie Puddin the Fourche Terrier (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog) at 7 weeks old

Close Up - A black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier puppy is sleeping on a pink blanket

Maggie Puddin the Fourche Terrier (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog) as a puppy at 8 weeks old sleeping

Close Up - A wiry-looking black and tan brindle Fourche Terrier Puppy is laying on a carpet and looking forward with a pink and black flip flop shoe behind it.

Maggie Puddin the Fourche Terrier (Westie / Yorkie mix breed dog) as a puppy at 12 weeks old