“Cocker Spaniel Yorkie Mix”
The Yorkshire terrier is one of the most popular pure breeds of dogs around, but most people know they can be quite a handful. That’s why some breeders have mixed the Yorkie genes with other breeds, including the poodle (the “Yorkipoo”), the Shih Tzu (“Shorkie”), and the Miniature Schnauzer (“Morkie”). But among all these cute little fellas, there’s just something about the look of the Corkie. This is the mix that results from a Yorkie and a cocker spaniel.
Of course, it must be admitted right now that Corkies can look very different from each other. Some looks may favor the cocker spaniel side, while others may more closely resemble the Yorkie. But there’s no denying the fact that for the most part, the result of such a mix is an insanely adorable puppy that’s simply hard to resist. You only need to Google for their images to confirm this assertion.
But before you go straight to a Corkie breeder and get one for yourself, you may want to do some research first. Don’t worry; it’s not as if you need to go visit a dozen websites to get the info you need. You can just read on…
- Let’s take a look at their ancestry to get a clearer picture of what you can expect from your Corkie. On one side, you have the cocker spaniel. This breed originated from Spain—what, you think it’s a coincidence that “spaniel” sounds like “Español”? The “cocker” comes from its traditional use for hunting woodcock birds.
This is an alert and sweet dog that loves to play, and they don’t react well to harsh treatment. You will find, more often than not, that most Corkies tend to get most of their temperament from the cocker spaniel side of their ancestry.
- Now as for the Yorkshire terrier, from the name alone you know that it comes from Yorkshire in northern England. Workers from Scotland brought along their Clydesdale terrier to deal with the rodents around the mills, and these dogs then bred with the local terrier. The result was the Yorkshire terrier, which was eventually brought to the US by immigrants.
Sure, Yorkies are great. They can do well living in apartments, they’re very affectionate, and they do look great.
But they can be difficult in some ways. Some are yappers who bark all the time. They can also be spoiled brats.
- The Corkie mix isn’t just some random mashup, however. (For a random mix, try a Yorkie with a Doberman.) In fact, while it’s not recognized as a pure breed by groups like the AKC, it is recognized by well-known hybrid and designer dogs organizations. These include the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry, and the American Canine Hybrid Club. What this means is that you can go online and join forums with other Corkie owners to pool ideas and share stories with.
- There’s a wide range of looks for Corkie pups. However, for the most part they’re quite small even as adults. They only get to 8 to 14 inches tall, and they weigh somewhere between 8 to 20 pounds. So they’re easy enough to carry around with you all day.
- Next to the looks, the affectionate nature of Corkies is also very endearing. They’re very loving, and they enjoy it when you spend a lot of time with them. They’re very good-natured and cheerful.
- However, they can be so accustomed to having you around that they can suffer from separation anxiety when you’re away. That’s why the most ideal situation for them is if you work at home or you have a family that always has a family member at home so they’re not left alone.
- The good thing about this affectionate nature is that it makes them very eager to please you, and this helps with their training. They really appreciate it when you praise them when they do well, while food treats work too. It also helps that they’re usually clever to begin with, since they do have working dogs on both sides of the family tree.
- While Corkies react well with the “carrot” side of training, they’re not so good with the “stick” method. You really don’t want to treat them harshly, as they’re really very sensitive.
- You just have to make sure that they know you’re the boss. You can’t just give them what they want all the time. While this is probably true for all breeds, it’s especially crucial for dogs with Yorkshire terrier genes.
- This combination of affectionate and sensitive natures makes Corkies a better match with older children than with very young tots. With older kids, they can cuddle and play and these kids normally can control themselves from inadvertently hurting the Corkie with too much roughness. That’s the problem with younger kids, as they may hug too tight or poke them in places that can hurt them.
- It’s a good idea to socialize the Corkie with the other dogs in your neighborhood at an early age. That’s to get them accustomed to other dogs more quickly. The problem with Corkies who aren’t socialized properly is that they can display extreme behavior otherwise. They may become too nervous and fearful, or they may become overly aggressive.
- Corkies are also good apartment dogs. They can be active, but they don’t really need a lot of space all the time. You can just keep them occupied with toys, such as a tough chew toy that can entertain their hunting dog instincts. Aside from that, a 15-minute walk around the neighborhood twice a day should suffice.
- As for grooming, the Corkie doesn’t really need much. They don’t shed a lot of fur, though the fur may become matted or tangled when you don’t take care of them properly. You should brush their heir at least every other day, though daily is probably preferable.
- These cuties can live up to 11 to 15 years. They shouldn’t really be medically fragile, though regular visits to the vet should help with health concerns. It is true that having two different pure breeds in the ancestry may make your Corkie more susceptible to two sets of health problems to watch out for. On the other hand, the genetic diversity is always a good thing for their health. You should just get your Corkie from reputable breeders so you know for a fact that the parents were properly screened for health and temperament.
- You should also be prepared for the expenses, although they’re not especially exorbitant. A puppy from a reputable dealer can cost about $320 (more or less). For various pieces of equipment like their bowls, leash, and collar, as well as their carrier and crate, you need to set aside about $250. They will also need medical tests done, and that’s another $400 or so.
After that, every year you’ll spend about $730 a year on grooming, toys, and food. Yearly medical expenses will require another $500 or so.
Still, these Corkies are beautiful and lovable, and they’re great with older kids. They may suffer from separation anxiety, but it’s also entirely possible that you’ll find it hard to part with them too!