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Carkie Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Carkie so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland Scotland flagScotland
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Cairn Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier mix

Carkie Size and Weight

Is a Carkie small, medium or large dog?

How big do Carkie get?

What is the average size of a Carkie?

How much does the Carkie weigh? How much should a Carkie weight? What is the normal weight of a Carkie? How much does a full-grown Carkie weight?
Male: 14-18 pounds (6-8 kg), Female: 13-17 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Carkie?
Male: 16 pounds (7 kg), Female: 15 pounds (7 kg)
How tall is the Carkie? Carkie height:
Male: 10-13 inches (25-33 cm), Female: 9-12 inches (23-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Carkie?
Male: 11.5 inches (29 cm), Female: 10.5 inches (26.5 cm)

Carkie Price and Availability

How much does the Carkie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Carkie in the United States? How much money is a Carkie?

Where to buy a Carkie with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Carkie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Carkie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Carkie gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Carkie? How many Carkie are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Carkie is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Carkie Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Carkie? Is the Carkie breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Carkie dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Carkie is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Carkie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Carkie?
Carkie dogs are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Watchdog Ability
Is Carkie good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Carkie dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Carkie dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Carkie dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Carkie dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Carkie Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Carkie have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Carkie sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Carkie dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Carkie a good family dog?
High: Carkie dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Carkie need? Carkie social needs:
Carkie dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Carkie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Carkie roam?
Carkie dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Carkie have high prey drive?
Carkie dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.

Carkie Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Carkie is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Carkie dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Carkie bark?
A lot: Carkie is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Carkie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Carkie in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Carkie breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.

Carkie Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Carkie dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Carkie be left alone? How long can you leave a Carkie alone?
Carkie dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Carkie Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Carkie has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Carkie? How much bite force does a Carkie have? How strong is a Carkie bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Carkie bite force: Weak. The Carkie bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Carkie measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Carkie may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Carkie being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Carkie bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Carkie puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Carkie can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

Biting Potential
Do Carkie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Carkie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Carkie? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Carkie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Carkie do?
Carkie dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Carkie dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Carkie Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Carkie dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Carkie is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Carkie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Carkie breed? Most common health risks of Carkie:
CataractsCollapsed TracheaLegg-perthes DiseaseLuxating PatellaPatellar LuxationHypothyroidismProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)CryptorchidismGlaucomaPortosystemic Liver ShuntReverse SneezingCraniomandibular OsteopathyGloboid Cell LeukodystrophyMicrovascular DysplasiaPortosystemic Vascular Anomaly (PSVA)Hypoglycemia
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Carkie breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Carkie see the vet?
The Carkie should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Carkie dogs live? How old can a Carkie be? What is the age limit of the Carkie? How many years can the oldest Carkie live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Carkie?

How long is the lifespan of a Carkie?

12-16 years
The average lifespan of Carkie: 14 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.

Carkie Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Carkie have? What is the activity level of the Carkie?
Carkie dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Carkie need? How much exercise do Carkie dogs require per day?

Do Carkie dogs need a lot of exercises?

Carkie dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long ones on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Carkie breed need?
Carkie dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.

Carkie Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Carkie need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Carkie breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Carkie? How much food should I feed my Carkie?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Carkie risk for obesity:
Average: The Carkie has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Carkie weight regularly.

Carkie Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Carkie have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Carkie coats?
BlackGrayTan Red Blue Cream Silver Brindle WheatenGold
How to groom the Carkie and how often? How often should I take my Carkie to the groomer?
Advanced: The Carkie requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Carkie a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Carkie, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Carkie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Carkie? Do Carkie dogs shed a lot?
Carkie dogs are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Carkie need a bath? How often should you give a Carkie a bath? Can I bathe my Carkie every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Is the Carkie breed hypoallergenic?
Carkie dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Carkie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Carkie drool?
The Carkie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Carkie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Carkie.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Carkie Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Carkie dogs get along with other pets? Are Carkie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Carkie dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Carkie temperament with other people:
Carkie dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Carkie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Carkie temperament with children:
Carkie dogs are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Carkie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Carkie breed live with a cat?
Carkie dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Carkie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Carkie dogs get along with other dogs?
Carkie dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Carkie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Carkie breed suitable for first-time owners?
Carkie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Carkie dogs good office canines? Do Carkie dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Carkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Carkie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Carkie temperament with senior people? Are Carkie dogs good for elderly owners?
Carkies are commonly okay with elderly people.

Carkie As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Carkie be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Carkie is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Carkie be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Carkie be an emotional support animal?


This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Carkie breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Carkie be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Carkie is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Carkie be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Carkie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Carkie be a boat dog?

Not really

Carkie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Carkie be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Carkie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Carkie dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Carkie Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Carkie pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Carkie breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Carkie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Carkie have in a litter? How many puppies can the Carkie breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Carkie have? How many puppies can a Carkie give birth to?
2-10 puppies

Carkie Recognition

AKC Group
Is Carkie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Carkie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Carkie Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Carkie dogs have great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Carkie dogs are easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Carkie dogs do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Carkie breed.
  • Shedding Level: Carkie dogs are low shedders.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Carkie is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Carkie dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Carkie dogs adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Carkie dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Carkie dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Carkie requires a lot of grooming.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Carkie dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Carkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.

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