This is a small-sized breed. Height at the shoulders is typically 10-15 inches, and weight is 8-15 pounds.
Carkies are energetic, intelligent, playful, and alert. These dogs are very active and social, and are generally good-natured with all people and animals if socialized with them from puppyhood. Some Carkies can be stubborn and willful, but this behavior can be minimized with consistent behavior training. This breed is good with children and other pets, especially if it grows up around them; its intelligence makes it fairly easy to train. And though Carkies are extremely curious and alert, they're not "yappy" dogs, and thus make only mediocre watchdogs because of their low tendency to bark at unknown sights and sounds.
This breed needs a moderate amount of care. The longish coat will require frequent brushing (3-4 times per week), and monthly baths are necessary. Some training will be needed, particularly with housetraining and obedience. These dogs are quite energetic, and will love any kind of play, whether indoors or out; a long daily walk is also a good idea.
Life expectancy is 12-15 years. Although they're normally happy dogs, Carkies will need consistent behavior training (from a young age, if possible) to instill proper respect. If given too much attention and free rein, a Carkie may develop Small Dog Syndrome, in which it will display spoiled and fussy behavior.