The loving and oh-so-cute Dorkie, sometimes also called the Dorkie Terrier, is a designer crossbreed of the iconic Dachshund and popular Yorkshire Terrier breeds.
These puppies are usually bred from purebred Dachshund and Yorkie parents, and the Dorkie is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.
The Dorkie is a tiny pup that still only weighs 6 to 12 pounds and is only 6 to 7 inches tall fully grown. They usually have the short, long body that’s the trademark of the Dachshund breed, with long muzzles and big eyes. Their ears can be either floppy like the Dachshund or perked up like the Yorkie, and their coats are usually long and smooth with a little bit of wave. Most Dorkies will be some variation of brown, but they can have some tan and black mixed in thanks to the Yorkie parent.
Dorkies don’t require much grooming maintenance other than occasional brushing, but their toenails tend to grow quickly and will need to be trimmed regularly. If the puppy has floppy ears, they may also need to be cleaned weekly to avoid buildup and yeast.
The Dorkie is a people-pleasing dog that loves to make its owners happy. For this reason, they are considered relatively easy to train, especially if you rely on lots of praise, treats and other positive-reinforcement tools. While their small size and long bodies can make it hard for them to participate in activities like agility, but they may enjoy taking part in scent-based activities.
The Dorkie’s small size makes it a great choice for those who live in small apartments or assisted living facilities, and while these dogs are generally laid-back and make great lapdogs, they can have a temperamental streak. These dogs can also be stubborn at times, particularly when it comes to house training or coming when called, and will need extra leadership in those areas to be their best.
Dorkies are known to be social with other pets and do well with both other dogs and cats. Despite their small size, they can be notoriously powerful chewers and need a steady supply of safe toys to curb this instinct. These dogs do well on their own and can generally be crated while their owner is at work or out running errands without an issue.
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