As with all hybrid and mixed breed dogs, a Yorkie and Cocker Spaniel mix puppy’s personality and physical traits will be unique. If you like the personality of a Cocker Spaniel or the energy of a Yorkie, this combination may be perfect for you.
Corkie Puppy Quick Stats
» A combination of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Cocker Spaniel
» Recognized as an official mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) and Designer Breed Registry (DBR)
» Average estimated lifespan of between 12 – 15 years
» Average estimated weight of between 8 – 20 pounds
» Average height of approximately 8 – 14 inches
» Training difficulty – Medium
» Grooming requirement – Medium
» Exercise requirement – Low
Combining different pure-bred dogs creates new combinations with the best aspects of both breeds.
The Cocker Spaniel mixed with Yorkie is also known as a Corkie. Like Cock-A-Poos, Schnoodles and other dog mixes with cute names, Corkie puppies develop a beautiful coat similar to both of the breeds that they come from.
Appearance of Cocker Spaniel and Yorkie Crosses
Corkie dogs retain either the solid coloring of their Cocker Spaniel parent or the black and tan color pattern of the Yorkie. This depends solely on the individual dog’s genetic makeup. Some crosses produce puppies with the black pattern of the Yorkie, but with a deep red or a light buff color instead of tan.
The coat of the Corkie dog is a beautiful combination of silky texture and a relatively short length. This gets rid of some of the coat tangling problems that both Yorkies and Spaniels often experience.
These dogs reach a relatively small maximum size. Weight ranges from 8 pounds for toy sized dogs to 20 pounds for a puppy that grows up with a more athletic frame. This varies greatly, even within a single litter, so be prepared for a dog that may need more room than a pure toy breed.
Temperament of the Cocker Spaniel and Yorkie Mix
With proper socialization and training, the Corkie puppy grows up to be an active, alert and affectionate dog. Allowing the dog to avoid socialization causes them to become too timid or aggressive for living with children or other dogs. Raising Corkie dogs with larger or smaller breeds will work if you keep an eye on the behavior of all dogs.
Due to the influence of the Yorkie, a crossbreed puppy won’t need the same amount of space and exercise as a pure Cocker Spaniel. Keeping one of these dogs in an apartment would be fine with daily walks and plenty of indoor playtime.
Caring For the Corkie Dog
Other than regular exercise and plenty of fresh water and food, your Corkie puppies will eventually need weekly grooming. Brushing the coat at least twice a week prevents mats from developing. The coat is smooth enough to not need conditioner or sprays to prevent tangling.
Due to the hair growth pattern around the face of a Yorkie, your puppy may need occasional trimming of the hair around the eyes and ears. This prevents long tufts of hair from irritating the eyes or causing ear infections. When trimming around the face, be careful not to accidentally cut any whiskers.
Picking the right dog for your lifestyle and living situation ensures that your pet will live a long, comfortable and happy life. If you’d like a relatively compact dog with a bright, responsive personality and lower exercise requirements, consider the Yorkie and Cocker Spaniel mix.