A Corgie Yorkie is a mix between the Corgi and Yorkshire Terrier breeds.
Often referred to as a Korky, these dogs make great household companions that are affectionate, loyal, and quick to adapt to your habits and lifestyle.
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What is the Temperament of a Korky?
Korky’s generally have a great personality and are full of life. They are very friendly to both humans and other dogs, they love cuddles and like to stay close to their owners.
Korkys are essentially herding dogs. They are extremely loyal to their owners and are great with children too. They tend to be very well-behaved and are not loud barkers or destructive.
This is of course if your Korky is on form and feeling good. Like all breeds, problems and issues can occur if they are living a lifestyle that is not suited to their breed.
They have high socialization needs, so if you are absent a lot of the time then they develop behavioral issues due to separation anxiety.
You could also encounter issues if you feed them the wrong diet, don’t exercise them enough, or you continuously change their routine.
However, if you take good care of your Korky, they are a low-maintenance dog that will fit in well with any family.
Are Korkys Difficult to Train?
Korkys are intelligent dogs that respond well to training and can pick up and learn a variety of commands relatively quickly.
This is because both the Corgi and the Terrier in them are bred for working with people, either on the farm or out on the hunt.
Korkys are known for being difficult to house train. This is not due to their lack of intelligence, but rather down to their petite size and low center of gravity.
Korkys do not have the biggest bladders. They will need to the toilet around every 3 hours, so if your Korky is going to be inside for longer than that time, it is best to stock up on puppy pads or puppy litter and make a place for them to hygienically ‘go’ within the house.
But don’t worry too much, as your Korky grows into adulthood they will be able to sleep a good 8 hours without needing to go potty, so no need for late-night trips out into the garden!
How Big Do Korkys Get?
Korkys average out around 12 inches in height and around 15 pounds in weight. They have the characteristically long body of the Corgi parent, but they will have a shorter body than a full-blooded Corgi.
Despite being a mix of two different breeds, both of the Korkys ancestral lines are small and a little on the round side, so estimating the size of your Korky isn’t too difficult at all.
As with all breeds, especially mixed breeds, there is some variation and males tend to be a little larger than females.
How Much do Korkys Cost?
Korky puppies will cost you between $400 and $800 depending on where you live and how old the dog is.
Older dogs tend to be cheaper than buying a pup, it is also great to rehome older dogs too! But if you are looking for a pup, expect to pay at least $600, maybe more if your breeder has already microchipped, wormed, vaccinated, and completed all the necessary checkups that newborn puppies require.
The prices of essential veterinary visits and treatments at birth vary from state to state and country to country. Also, some pups may need more attention at birth than others. It is wise to factor in all of this when you purchase a Korky pup.
A reputable breeder will always be honest with you about the puppy’s health and the health of the parents. They will be straightforward about any costs involved, so be sure to check with them about what is included in the price of your pup before you confirm your purchase.
Do Korkys Need Grooming?
Korkys do need to be groomed but not as often as other mixed breeds. Korkys can suffer from being over-brushed! So only brush them every other day at most, and use a fine, soft comb or grooming-glove to do so.
Korkys do experience seasonal changes to their fur and feathering, so it is a good idea to get them professionally groomed twice a year at least, or when the seasons change.
Korkys do not need long walks so are prone to long nail growth. Dogs that go on long walks a few times a day may appear to have shorter nails but in fact, it is the pavement and rough ground doing the shortening for you.
Smaller breeds, like Korkys, do not need such long walks, so they experience less impact on the nails, resulting in long nail growth. Therefore it is best to trim their nails manually around once a month.
If your Korky has long blood vessels in the nails, which can be identified in white nails but are hard to spot on black nails, then you will need to take them to a vet or professional groomer for trimming.
Are Korkys a Good Mix for the Family?
In general, Korkys are good with families as they are a mix of the calm but playful Terrier and an affectionate, hardworking Corgi.
Corgis were bred as farm dogs, and used for herding livestock. Therefore the Corgi in the Korky will likely be interested in games, puzzles, walks and will take an active role in the family.
They are very affectionate and loyal, so you will find them following you, and your family members around the house as their way of being involved and ‘helping’.
Terriers, on the other hand, were bred to hunt. This gives them energy and intellect and a knack for picking up human bodily cues. The Korkys Terrier instinct means that they are very good at listening to and responding to commands, they enjoy games of ‘hide and seek’ with their toys.
Due to their strong prey instinct, Terriers are not often considered to be good with very small children and infants. However, your Korky is not a full-blooded Terrier! So this instinct is lessened somewhat by the soft kindly nature of the Corgi.