Corkie Hybrid Dogs
The Corkie is a small hybrid dog which a result of a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and an American Cocker Spaniel. There are different names for this hybrid dog including the Chorkie or the Chi-Yorkie. Although they are small, they are not a toy breed and typically weigh between 8 and 20 pounds and measure between 9 and 14 inches at the shoulder. Some Corkies, also known as Chorkies or Chi-Yorkies may be more like the Yorkie parent or may be more like the Cocker Spaniel in both appearance and temperament.
Most Corkies are a blend of both parents, with the physical attributes of both breeds. Typically this canine hybrid will have a slightly longer silky coat that tends to be straight and smooth in texture. Colors can range from the standard brown and tan colors, through to brown and white or parti-colored, black and tan or even yellow and very light buff colors.
The Chi-Yorkie is an athletic small dog that is sturdy and well built. They have a definite spunky attitude and an alert, intelligent face and expression. The muzzle is moderately long and tapered and the ears and eyes are very alert. The tail is moderately short with longer, fringed light hair. Some owners may choose to dock the tail, however this is not possible in many areas.
The Corkie or Chi-Yorkie is a very energetic and loving canine hybrid that is both fun loving and a very obedient and trainable dog. As with many of the hybrid breeds the best traits of both parent breeds tend to be represented within the Chorkie personality. In general these dogs are ideal for families or for single people and can adjust well to being either a single pet or living in a multi-dog or multi-pet household. They are known to be wonderful with children of all ages.
Training with these dogs need to be routine and planned and socialization needs to be encouraged, especially when the dog is young. Without socialization this hybrid can be either aggressive or very timid. With correct and consistent positive training these dog types will do very well in a large variety of settings including apartment living. Some Corkies may be more territorial and protective, although all dogs will be good watchdogs.
Grooming And General Care
The Chorkie will need regular grooming at least two to three times a week. Typically the coat is a very silky and low maintenance coat and a pin brush or comb is all that is needed. For many owners that own Chi-Yorkies clipping their dog is the best way to cut grooming requirements.
The eyes of the Chorkie, like both parent breeds, are more prone to tearing and infections than many other breeds so cleaning around the eyes with a damp cloth is recommended. The ears also need to be checked for any types of infection. Hairs within the outer ears need to be plucked to avoid wax build up from becoming a health problem. Since these dogs are prone to problems with their elbows and knee joints jumping up and down off of furniture should be highly discouraged.
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