Dorgi - Popular Dachshund & Corgi Mix

Dorgi - Popular Dachshund & Corgi Mix

Author WDF Staff


Dorgi is a friendly, very intelligent, and loyal dog breed created by crossing Dachshunds and Corgies. These dogs have inherited some of the best characteristics of these two breeds. These dogs are excellent family dogs that can adapt to any given living situation. Dorgi will love to spend time and play with younger children. Although they are smaller dogs, they have a lot of energy, and you must give them proper exercise.

In many cases, Dorgies can be found in shelters, and if you are considering sharing your home with one of these dogs, we suggest you rescue Dorgi from a shelter. Since these are not internationally accepted dogs, breeders cannot get documents for them, and many only breed them to earn money. Many Dorgies end up in shelters waiting for a second chance in life.



9 - 11 in



15 - 28 lb




 Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

12 -15 years

General Appearance

Dachshunds and Corgies are well-known and recognizable dog breeds. Since Dorgies were created by crossing these two dog breeds, they inherited their characteristics. Generally, it is very hard to specify their exact appearance because these dogs can come in many variations.

Generally speaking, here is what your average Dorgi will look like:

  • Will weight between 15-28 lbs with 9-12 in height
  • Sausage-like body shape
  • Most dogs will have Corgis ears, although Dachshunds ears could also happen
  • Coat length – short to medium
  • Range of colors including black, brown, red, white, and their combinations

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Although their history is a bit blurry, there are some recordings of these dogs. It is thought that Queen Elizabeth II, who owned one Dachshund, was matted with one Corgi owned by her sister, and before you knew it – Dorgi was born. When we look at this, this wasn't done on purpose, and this Dorgi creation happened as an accident.

In today's world, many unethical breeders breed these dogs to earn money, and they end up in shelters. Again, check your local shelters for these dogs if you consider getting one.

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Dorgies are excellent dogs, especially for families. They will love children in the family with whom they can play. These dogs want to be a part of everything you do and be at the center of attention.

With these dogs, you can be sure your kids will also have someone to play with.

Dorgies are very intelligent but also very stubborn. In most cases, they will think they know the best, and because of that, early training is required to establish some ground rules.

Care and grooming

Dorgies are not known as dogs that will shed a lot, so weekly brushing will be enough to keep their hair under control. Regular baths will also help your dog keep their coat clean and healthy.

The rest is basic care you must provide for your dog. Regular ear and teeth cleaning to ensure that your dog doesn't end up with tartar and that he always has fresh breath. Nail trimming should be done if your dog doesn't do it alone. A good indicator of when to trim their nails is when you can hear them clicking on the floor.

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Dorgies are small dogs; in most cases, smaller dogs don't require much exercise. This is not the case with these dogs. Although they are small, they will still need a decent amount of daily exercise. Besides taking your dog for walks, you can play different fun indoor and outdoor games with your Dorgi.

These dogs love fetching, so include that in your playing schedule.

Dorgies are known to like to eat… a lot. This is another reason your dog needs proper exercise to maintain its weight. Dorgies are known that they could easily become obese, and to avoid that, you must regulate their food and exercise them regurarly.


As we said earlier, Dorgies are good dogs, but that doesn't mean they don't need socialization. Since their parents are considered hunters, you can also expect these things from these dogs. Don't be surprised if your Dorgi wants to chase a squirrel or other smaller animals. It is in their genes. Also, you can expect these dogs to bark in different situations.

Because of all that, early socialization is a must. These dogs are intelligent and can quickly pick up your commands, and to do that, start as soon as your dog comes into your home.

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Health problems

Dorgies are generally healthy dogs, although they might be predisposed to some health problems that can bother Dachsunds and Corgies. As with any dog, you must regularly check your dog and take him to the vet at least once a year for a quick check-up.

Dorgies can have problems with:

  • Obesity
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Patellar luxation
  • Cataracts

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