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If you are a dog lover then you are bound to fall in love with the mixed-breed Corkie. The parent breeds of the Corkie are the Cocker Spaniel and Yorkie. These are obedient and loyal dogs and have a great temperament which they inherit from their parents. They are known to get along well with everyone in the family. An everyday exercise for your puppy is a must. Since these are active dogs, they should be taken for walks every day, so that they stay healthy and fit. These are quite sensitive pets and they can suffer from separation anxiety if proper attention is not provided. These dogs have a lovely black, brown, or tan-colored coat which can either be single or double-coated, making these little dogs look extra adorable. The parents i.e Spaniels and the Yorkie are excellent breeds of dogs with greats qualities which makes the offspring, the Corkie, such a lovable animal every day of the week.

Read on to know more. If you find our content interesting then do check out English Cocker Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier facts.

Fun Corkie Facts For Kids

What do they prey on?

Small animals

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

8-20 lb (3.6-9 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

8-14 in (20-36 cm)

What do they look like?

Black and tan coat, gray coat, light brown coat, dark brown coat

Skin Type

Silky fur coat

What were their main threats?

Injuries And Diseases

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them?



All Over The World Except Antarctica









Corkie Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Corkie?

The Corkie is a type of hybrid canine which is obtained by a cross or a mix between a Cocker Spaniel and a Yorkie. This Cocker Spaniel Yorkshire Terrier mix is also called a Yorkie Spaniel sometimes.

What class of animal does a Corkie belong to?

As the Corkie is a mixed breed of dog, it falls under the class of Mammalia under the Animalia kingdom.  Both the cocker spaniel and the Yorkie also fall under Mammalia.

How many Corkies are there in the world?

Mixed or cross canine breeds like the Corkie are domesticated by humans. As a result, the breeding of these dogs either takes place in homes or in a breeding center as puppies. Thus, there is no way to know accurately the exact population of these dogs. However, since these canines are extremely famous and world-renowned mixed breeds, they are found all over the globe like their Cocker Spaniel and Yorkie parents.

Where does a Corkie live?

Being domesticated mixed breed dogs, they are known to live and reside in houses and apartments and in very close proximity to human beings. They are small to medium-sized dogs, they can easily fit in any house or apartment be it small or big.

What is a Corkie's habitat?

The Corkie is a hybrid breed of which is obtained by mixing a Cocker Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier. Being a hybrid dog, it is known to inherit some of the best qualities and traits of its Cocker Spaniel, and Yorkie parents like being watchdogs. Both the parent breeds were bred to hunt. These small dogs are extremely alert and are known to alert its owner by barking, whenever it sees or hears anything strange and different. Thus, this Cocker Spaniel Yorkie mix is known to make a good watchdog. Both full-grown dogs and puppies need a lot of exercise every day and grooming as well.

Who do Corkies live with?

As the old saying goes, 'A man's best friend is a dog', which is true for these canines too. These are dogs that can be trained very easily and are known to become best friends with adults and kids. These dogs have no problem staying with other adults, kids, and other pet animals, however, it must be ensured that as they are shy dogs they should interact with these animals from the time they are young. Apart from being good watchdogs, these little cuddlers become excellent companions. Thus it can be rightfully said that Corkies are good family dogs and have no problem in staying with other pets too.

How long does a Corkie live?

Domesticated dogs are known to lead perfect quiet and calm lives without any sort of trouble or so. However, the only obstacles which these furry pets encounter are risks of injuries and diseases. Dogs that are extra energetic have a greater risk of injuries in comparison to dogs that are quiet and calm. The Corkie is a relaxed dog and it has a substantially greater lifespan in comparison with other breeds of dogs. The Corkie is known to have a lifespan that ranges from 11-15 years. They may sometimes live beyond 15 years, even though most live until 15 years.

How do they reproduce?

The Corkie is a hybrid breed of dog and thus their breeding is controlled. The breeding process is carried out under the supervision of expert breeders and both the parents i.e. Cocker Spaniel and Yorkshire Terrier should be healthy dogs. However, if you plan on breeding these dogs at home, a few extremely important rules should be followed. It is advised to let the dogs breed after either their second or third heat cycle. No dog should be allowed to undergo consecutive heat cycles and no dog should be allowed to breed more than three times. The estrus cycle for dogs usually lasts for 21-30 days while the gestation period is of 62 days during which the mother dog should be kept under extreme care.

What is their conservation status?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature or the IUCN Red List, the Corkie dog breed is Not Evaluated.

Corkie Fun Facts

What do Corkies look like?

These are small to average-sized dogs with droopy ears. They can be either single or double-coated and exhibits a lovely silky coat. They are known to have short tails and dark eyes. The color of the silky, long, straight coat varies from black and tan to gray, dark brown, and yellowish-brown.

*Please note this is not a Corkie dog, it is a Yorkshire Terrier, one of the parent breeds.

How cute are they?

The Corkies are small to average-sized dogs with small legs and tiny tails. Owing to their physical description and their looks, they are extremely adorable just like Bolognese dogs who look like walking furballs. A Corkie puppy is especially cute. You will want to cuddle such a puppy from the moment you see it. Even their ears are cute, but be careful to not allow children to pull them.

How do they communicate?

Dogs are expressive animals and they are known to communicate via a wide range of methods like body language and vocal barking. Observing the body's behavior can give a wide insight into the current situation of the dog.  Apart from these body traits, vocal traits also determine the moods of the dog. Corkies are loud dogs and they bark quite often. Whenever they see something out of the ordinary in their surroundings they are known to bark and thus inform their owners, thereby making them very good watchdogs.

How big is a Corkie?

The Corkie is a small to average-sized dog and they have an average height of around 8-14 in (20-36 cm). In comparison to a chug dog which has a height of 6 in (15 cm), we can say that the Corkie is just slightly larger than the former.

How fast can a Corkie run?

Owing to very limited data, the speed at which a Corkie runs is difficult to find. However, since these are small-sized dogs, which small and slender limbs, we can assume that these dogs take small steps. We can make an assumption of their speed by taking their parent breeds' speed into consideration. Cocker spaniels are fast runners and can attain speeds of 30 mph (48 kph) while the Yorkshire terrier is a slow runner and achieves 10 mph. Thus we can assume that the speed of Corkies lies in the range of 10-30 mph (16-48 kph) for short distances.

How much does a Corkie weigh?

The Corkie is a small-sized dog and that can be easily understood from its weight. These dogs weigh roughly around 8-20 lb (3.6-9 kg) same as Miki Dogs.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Like all dogs, the males are called dogs, while the female Corkie dogs are called bitch.

What would you call a baby Corkie?

All baby dogs are termed puppies or pups. That is also the case for Corkie. A baby Corkie is called a Corkie puppy.

What do they eat?

The quantity of food that should be supplied to a dog is dependent on a wide number of factors. It depends on the size of the dog along with their temperament and health. As the Corkie is a small to medium-sized dog, so they should be provided with a specific quantity of food that will keep the dog going throughout the day. These dogs require high-quality dry dog food to remain in good health. You must always ensure to keep a regular check on their health and food so as not to overfeed the dog and make it obese. It is always advisory to consult a vet and keep a tailor-made food diet for the dog. These dogs should always be provided with a balanced diet with high concentrations of proteins, carbohydrates, and fiber in their food.

Are they slobbery?

It is uncertain whether Corkies are slobbery or not. However, as one of their parent breed, Yorkshire terriers exhibit drooling, a Corkie puppy can also be slobbery.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes absolutely. Corkies make excellent pet dogs owing to their excellent traits and temperament. Training them is also easy. These are highly obedient just like Greenland dogs and due to their laid-back attitude, these dogs can easily gel well with any member of the family including children, thereby making them great family dogs. These dogs are playful with children and also get along well with other pets if present in the family. They are intelligent dogs with high trainability and always have an eager-to-please tendency. However, you should never keep away from this pet for a long time as they are sensitive and have a tendency of slipping into separation anxiety.

Did you know...

The Corkie is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but it is recognized by the Dog Registry of America, Inc (DRA) and International Designer Dog Registry. Hence, it is considered as a designer pet.

Professional grooming of their fur can be done once every six months.

Characteristics and health issues

Much like other dogs, these dogs too suffer from diseases or health problems and injuries so you should always keep a watchful eye on your pet. Common health problems for this designer dog include the likes of hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems, and other common injuries. You should always know about a dog's personality before keeping it as a pet. This makes you accustomed to the personality as well as the behavior of the dog thereby making a suitable companion.

Corkies are active dogs and thus require necessary training and exercise activities in small amounts every day. Their high trainability makes their training easy and helps to build the right temperament you should always use positive reinforcement as a reward. These dogs don't shed fur a lot so normal brushing with a metal comb followed by a slicker brush and bristle brush should be the trick.

Are Corkies hypoallergenic?

It is extremely difficult to know if a particular Corkie is going to be hypoallergenic or not. Since these are mixed breed dogs, they can inherit any allergies from their parent breed, especially from the Yorkshire terrier.

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You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Corkie coloring pages.

*Please note the main image is not of a Corkie, it is a Cocker Spaniel, one of the parent breeds.

Written By
Moumita Dutta

<p>A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.</p>

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