Dorkie Dog - Small & Loveable Companion

Dorkie Dog - Small & Loveable Companion

Author WDF Staff


Dorkie is an adorable, small and loyal dog, and it was created by crossing Dachshunds and Yorkshire Terriers. These dogs can be a great addition to your house, and they can adapt to different living conditions. You may think that Dorikies are best suited for small apartments, but they can also be a great addition to big families with kids.

This is a designer dog breed, and as we always say, when it comes to designer and crossbred dogs, always look to adopt one if you are interested in getting Dorkies. In many cases, Dorikies will be bred by unethical breeders who only care about money, and if they cannot sell all of their puppies quickly, they will leave them in the shelter (in the best-case scenario).

Because of that, if you want to get Dorkie for your family, go to the nearest shelter and see if there are Dorkies there. Not only will your life be better, but you will also save a life.



5 - 10 in



5 - 12 lb




 Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

13 -16 years

What is a Dorkie?

Dorkie is a designer dog breed created by breeding Dachshunds and Yorkies. Dorkie puppies can look very different, even if they come from the same litter. These dogs are getting increasingly popular, and many want to own one because they could be a great addition to every family.

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The Dorkie dog breed is not that old, but two dog breeds used to create Dorkies go a long way. Dorkies were created in the US, and in the beginning, breeders started crossing these two dog breeds to create newer breeds that would be much safer. Unfortunately, because of the rise of designer dog breed popularity and demands for these dogs, many unethical breeders started to breed Dorkies to earn money. This is why bad breeding happens and why some designer dogs are experiencing health problems.

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Dorkie Appearance

Dog Breed Characteristics

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

Coat and care

Since Dorkies are mixed between Yorkie and Dachsund, their coat can vary. Dorkies can have short, wiry, or long hair. Also, they come in variety of colors, including:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Cream
  • Fawn
  • Blue
  • Blue and tan
  • Chocolate
  • Brown
  • Liver

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Depending on your dog's coat type, the grooming needs will differ. With a longer coat, you will have to brush your Dorkie to prevent tangles and mats regularly. In most cases, a short variety of Dorkies will not demand much brushing.

As you may know, small dog breeds can have many oral problems, and the same applies to Dorkies. To keep their oral hygiene at the top level, you must regularly brush their teeth. Dental chews can also help maintain good oral health.

Regularly take your Dorkie to the vet so you can be sure that non of the health problems are bothering your dog.

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Living needs

Dorkie is best suited for smaller apartments, but they can also adapt to living in a bigger house with a big family. One thing to remember if you consider sharing a home with these dogs is that they can be vocal.

Since they are small dogs, they don’t require much exercise or other outdoor activities. A few daily walks will be enough for these dogs to be happy. They will love to spend their time in your lap cuddling.

Dorkie temperament

Dorkies are lovable dogs that get along with everybody. They can get along with kids, dogs, or even other animals. They will adapt to different living conditions. Although they will love every family member, they will choose the one for them who will be their true owner.

Although they are small, they will still need proper socialization and training. The best thing you can do is start socializing your Dorkie when he is still a puppy. That way, you can ensure that your puppy will grow into a well-balanced dog.

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As with all other dogs during training, use treats and praises. Harsh training methods will not get you anything done.

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Although Dorkies are small, they have a fair amount of energy. They will love to play games indoors with their owners. They love interactive toys, so get one for your puppy. They want to spend as much time with their owners, and because of that, they will respond well to every training or exercise if you are involved.


Although they are designer dog breeds, Dorkies have a life expectancy of 13 – 16 years. However, these dogs are still predisposed to health problems found in Daschunds and Yorkies. In general, Dorkies are healthy dogs, but you must know that there is a possibility that your dog will develop some health issues.

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Dorkie Rescue

As we already said, if you are interested in getting one of these dogs, we advise you to adopt. It could be hard to find Dorkie specialized shelters, but you can always try to find Dachshund and Yorkie shelters where there is a possibility that you will find Dorkie.

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