A cross between two purebreds, the Yorkshire Terrier, and the Dachshund, the Dorkie is an amazing family dog. They have official recognition from many reputed organizations, but their origin is unknown.
- Some of these dogs are born with a blue eye. According to experts, it’s because of the Dachshund’s genes.
Facts About Dorkie
|Breed Group||Lap, Toy and Hound dog|
|Country of Origin||N.A.|
|Other Names||Dorkie Terrier, dachshund-terrier mix, dachshund Yorkie|
|Size & Height||Up to 8 inches|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||DRA, DBR, IDCR|
|Color||Black, white, tan and black|
|Life Expectancy||10-12 years|
|Coat||Thick and long|
Temperament & Personality
The gentle Dorkie puppies love to please its family members and yearn for their love. It enjoys spending time with children and other animals. They respond to strange sounds is short barks and are good for owners who don’t want to be much attached to their pets.
For their high-energy requirements, moderate activities are vital every day. A walk and visit to parks will be helpful. Moreover, Indoor games are good for the animal and as it adjusts well to apartment life.
Dachshund Yorkie mix dogs require low maintenance and have minimum grooming needs. Occasional brushing and clipping the long nails will be enough. Trimming is essential for Dorkies with long hairs while bathing is essential when it’s dirty. Use a suitable dog shampoo.
Dorkies are a healthy dog breed and only inherited disorders can be a cause for concern. Look for its parent’s health clearances and consider the breeding environment before buying the dog.
Teach them socialization skills when they are puppies. Basic obedience commands will also help in controlling them. Lead during the walks to let them know who the master is.
Good quality dog food split into two meals will provide them with the necessary nutrition. Adding oats will also be nourishing for the dogs. The amount of food varies, depending on its age, metabolism, and size.