The Dorkie is a mixed breed dog, a cross between the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier. These small-sized, calm and loyal puppies have inherited some of the best qualities of their parents. Despite their unfortunate status as a designer breed, you can find these mixed breed puppies in shelters and breed-specific rescues, so remember to adopt. These adorable puppies are not overly affectionate and would make great companions for seniors living in flats. Although well suited to small or single-person households, they will also thrive in larger family settings with older children, as they demand quite a bit of attention. If you are a traveller, this puppy is an easy travel companion and will love to accompany you wherever the road takes you.


Dorkies are mixed breed dogs. The main colours of Dorkies are red, brown, black and blue. The main colours of Dorkies are red, brown, black and blue, and they are usually a mixture of two or more of these colours. However, their coat is low maintenance and requires only three to four brushings per week. They are affectionate with family, friends and children. Dorkies can get along well with other dogs, as well as pets of different species. But protect your puppy from larger dogs in public. Dorkies do not see themselves as small dogs, and larger dogs may feel challenged by their confidence. Your Dorkie will be active in the house, but will not require long walks on his short legs. However, it is important to remember that they have small bladders and may need frequent toilet breaks. Therefore, make sure you give him plenty of love and attention and he will return your loyalty and devotion.


The Dorkie dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders began intentionally mixing dachshunds with Yorkshire Terriers in the 1990s, probably in the U.S. Breeders mixed the puppies to minimise health problems that are common among purebreds and also to create the ultimate, lovable, relaxed companion dog. Dorkies are recognised by the following clubs:American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine RegistryAlthough Dorkies started out as a designer breed, some have ended up in shelters or in the care of rescue groups. If you decide this is the breed for you, consider adoption. Check your local shelters, Dorkie rescue groups, or breed-specific Yorkshire Terrier and Dachshund rescue groups, as they sometimes help rehome mixed breeds.

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Dog Breed Group: Mixed Breed Dogs
Height: 5 to 10 inches
Weight: 5 to 12 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 16 years

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