Carkie Dog Breed

  • Other names:
  • Carkie Terrier

A Carkie is a small-sized mixed breed that is part Cairn Terrier, part Yorkshire Terrier. This breed is lively, alert, and intelligent, and will make a good family companion, especially if it is raised from puppyhood. Carkies can be willful, though, and will likely need some behavioral training. These dogs have moderate grooming and maintenance needs.

Carkie Breed Details

Breed Specs
Hybrid12-15 yrs.10-15 in.8-15 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
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Below are details and specs for the Carkie dog breed.

Carkie Breed Description

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.

Carkie Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Carkie as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Hybrid Club
  • Designer Breed Registry
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • International Designer Canine Registry