Owning a dog is a beautiful thing. It’s more than just a pet; it’s the beginning of a new friendship.
Dogs are loving, loyal creatures that only want the best for their owners, and will do everything in their ability to provide it.
Once you enter the 10-15 year bond of owning a dog, you are entering a pure, loving friendship that will provide you with happiness for a long time.
However, it can be somewhat difficult raising a dog at times. These are creatures that require maintenance, and a lot of attention, like any other friendship.
The labour that comes along with being a dog owner is one of the things that make it so beautiful. It is a bond that will develop, descend and flourish all over time. It’s a challenge, but more than worth it.
The Corkie is a young crossbreed, that first started becoming popular this decade. Therefore, there isn’t a slew of information on this specific hybrid.
Both the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel was raised to hunt and originated in the 1800s and the 14th century respectively.
They were renowned for their ability to hunt birds, as they would flush them out with excellence.
The only difference between both types of the Cocker Spaniel is the size, with the English Cocker Spaniel being the bigger of the two.
The Yorkie, also known as the Yorkshire Terrier, popped up in the 1800s in Britain and was used to hunt different types of rodents.
They are regarded to be an extremely desirable Terrier in the United States.
With the Corkie, you can expect a beautiful, loving dog that is intelligent, and cunning. They can be difficult to train, as they have an incredibly independent mind.
However, with patience and attention, the Corkie can become a lovely, family dog.
In this guide today, I will walk you through the fundamentals of owning a Corkie, and what you need to do to prepare for this purchase.
Like I said earlier, it can be difficult preparing to bring a dog into your life, however with an eager mindset and an organised schedule, this can be one of the best things you’ve ever done in your life.
I will detail the costs, sizes, behavioural traits and life expectancy of the Corkie, as well as a flurry of other things.
Want to learn more about this dog? Then read on to find out!
Puppies – Before You Buy…
There’s a lot to prepare when buying a dog. This is more than just your average pet, and it needs to be accommodated for in a lot of different ways.
To make this dog happy, there are some characteristics that you need to consider to make sure that you provide the best household for this dog’s life.
Things you need to consider include:
- The space in your household. The Corkie is a smaller toy breed, therefore it doesn’t need an excessive amount of space. However, you need to designate a specific area in which the dog can lay, play and sleep.
- Your time. You’re going to need to alter your schedule to both socialize and train the dog at an early age. They need to feel comfortable assimilating into the world, so it is your job to provide this for them so they can flourish healthily, and happily.
- Your desired colour
- Your desired gender
- Spaying/neutering This one is particularly important, as while this process can prevent potentially life-threatening diseases, it also prevents your dog from ever reproducing. In the end, the choice is yours.
What Price are Corkie Puppies?
One of the hardest things to do when choosing a dog is determining whether or not you can truly afford it. Budget is an important thing and needs to be taken seriously.
Luckily, the Corkie tends to be an incredibly cost-effective dog.
If you’re purchasing from a reputable breeder, you’re looking to spend around $250-$400, which is incredibly light on a budget of most aspiring dog owners.
This is considerably cheaper than most other small breeds and is a great alternative when compared to the $800-$1000 price point of a Yorkie, and the $600-$800 price point of a Cocker Spaniel.
If you’re looking to find this dog a little cheaper, you can also try an adoption shelter. They can go for as cheap as $50 but do often occur a $175 adoption fee.
Where to Find Reputable Corkie Breeders?
The best thing you can do to source a reputable breeder is either looking at the websites for establishments in your local area and check the newspaper.
You should also ask around your neighbourhood for any recommendations and word of mouth.
When visiting a breeder, there are some things you can analyze to assess their ethics. They must be professional and of high quality, purely for the sake of the future puppy.
When visiting a breeder check for things including:
- An ample, clean environment in which the dogs are kept.
- A clear effort on bathing, feeding and grooming these dogs.
- An effort to socialize, and kick-start the training process for these dogs.
- The breeder’s knowledge and experience with the Corkie, and its parent breeds.
- The breeder’s eagerness to help, and assist you with any of your dog ownership needs.
3 Little-Known Facts About Corkie Puppies
- The Corkie is particularly prone to gaining weight.
- They have a high prey drive.
- They have an unusually large appetite and will eat more than your average small breed
Physical Traits of the Corkie
It’s hard to tell what the Corkie is going to look like truly.
Hybrid dogs tend to inherit traits of both their parent breeds, and therefore can resemble either one of them, or look like a complete mix. It will vary between every puppy, in every litter.
The Corkie will have a long, silky coat that ranges a variety of colours including brown, red, cream, white, black, blue and silver.
They have brown eyes, a black nose and furry ears that will either flop over its face or stand erect like a crown upon its head. They have a sturdy body, and both a tail and legs that are short.
How Big is a Full-Grown Corkie?
The Corkie is a small-sized breed and is popular among those looking for a lap dog.
However, it is a little heftier than most toy breeds and should be watched around small children due to their exciting nature.
A Corkie can grow anywhere between 8-12 inches in length, which is the average size for most small breeds.
Regarding the weight, the Corkie can weigh up to 20 pounds but has a minimum of around 10-14.
This is normal for a toy breed, however, shows its ability to grow much larger in mass than other smaller canines. This is due to its high appetite.
What is the Corkie’s Life Expectancy?
The Corkie lives around the same time as most smaller sized breeds.
It is estimated that its life expectancy is 11-15 years long, which is around the same as the 12-15 years of a Yorkie, and the 11-16 years of a Cocker Spaniel.
It is important to watch your dog’s health to get the most out of its life.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Corkie
The Corkie is loving and friendly, but it takes some time to get to this temperament. Initially, the Corkie can be sensitive and somewhat snappy, as it is small, energetic and thinks it is the boss.
To fizzle this out, you need to train it with a firm nature that prioritizes positive reinforcement over punishment.
After training, the Yorkie will settle into a family smoothly. It becomes a loving, companion dog that’ll sit beside you on the couch, and walk beside you during your morning exercise.
They become incredibly obedient and do become good with kids. It is recommended you don’t keep smaller pets like rabbits or rodents with the Corkie, due to its prey-driven nature.
The Corkie’s Diet
The Corkie eats considerably more than your average small breed and has a big appetite. You will find that the Corkie will need around 2 cups of dog food a day, costing you around $40 a month.
The Corkie will stick to a diet of grains, cereals, and dry dog food to get its needed nutrition.
It will enjoy sliced meat from time to time, but it’s important not to be excessive due to its sensitivity to weight gain.
How Much Exercise Does the Corkie Need?
The Corkie loves to burn off the large amounts of food it eats, and is, therefore, an active dog. It will need around 60 minutes of physical activity a day, and around 8 miles of walking a week.
Try to take the Corkie out for the occasional walk along the beach or on a trail. It will also love going around the neighbourhood and meeting other dogs.
It is recommended that you stick to inside activities opposed to fetching in the park, as the Corkie should stay on a leash, just in case it tries to chase any smaller pets.
Corkie Health and Conditions
- Patellar Luxation
- Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
- Lip Fold Pyoderma
3 Important Training Tips
- It is fairly easy to train a Corkie since this dog is very loving and as such, it is quick to please its owners.
On top of that, this dog is very clever and catches onto new things in no time.
To enhance this ability of your dog, you should start its training as soon as you can because a Corkie is more trainable the younger it is.
It is best to use a consistent and positive approach for training this particular dog which can include showering it with praises, delicious treats, interesting toys, and words of encouragement when it fulfils a particularly hard to follow command.
With this approach, there will be steady but definite progress in your dog’s ability to learn new things.
- The Corkie is a very playful and energetic dog who loves running around and spending time with others.
Therefore, after you train your dog, make sure you give it enough playtime and company so it does not get bored or annoyed.
This will essentially make it more obedient to you when you train it.
To ensure this, you should take out your dog for regular walks, let it play with other dogs or any children, and do not leave it alone for long periods.
- Lastly, it is important to have an experienced trainer for your Corkie since this dog requires consistent efforts to be trained.
The trainer should be well aware of the different moods and habits of the Corkie and know how to deal with the pet when it is being stubborn.
However, note well that an experienced trainer does not necessarily mean a professional; you can train your dog yourself if you know the right positive reinforcement tricks.
The more skilful the trainer is the more well-mannered your Corkie will become.
What are the best toys?
Although a toy dog themselves, the Corkie nonetheless is very fond of playtime – and the more varied it can be, the better!
The Corkie is a bright little dog, so you’ll find that toys that come recommended for this breed are as much about exercise and physical play as they are about sharpening the senses and the mind.
Of course, sticking with the basics at first, you’ll find your Corkie is as fond of playing fetch with a ball or a frisbee in the park as any other breed of dog.
The speed of these little dogs might well astound you – they’ll tear after that ball like nothing else!
Yet if you try the old trick of faking the throw of the ball, your Corkie will likely just sit and cock their head at you quizzically. These dogs are smart, so won’t be fooled – and also, therefore, do well with puzzle toys.
A popular puzzle toy for dogs that suits the Corkie is one that has hidden doors, levers to paw or nose-bop at, or hidden treats to rummage for.
If your Corkie has a mischievous side, look for the likes of a digging box or another way for that rascal-like energy to be put somewhere safe.
Fake digging beats having to fill potholes in your garden or the park any day!
My Final Thoughts on the Corkie
Overall, with great persistence and patience throughout socializing and training, the Corkie can become the ideal dog for any family.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Puppies – Before You Buy…
- What Price are Corkie Puppies?
- Where to Find Reputable Corkie Breeders?
- 3 Little-Known Facts About Corkie Puppies
- Physical Traits of the Corkie
- How Big is a Full-Grown Corkie?
- What is the Corkie’s Life Expectancy?
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Corkie
- The Corkie’s Diet
- How Much Exercise Does the Corkie Need?
- Corkie Health and Conditions
- 3 Important Training Tips
- What are the best toys?
- My Final Thoughts on the Corkie