Dorkie (Dachshund-Yorkie Mix)

The small-sized cute “Dorkie Dog” is a cross between the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier.

The Dachshund Yorkie mix is known for quick acting skills, intelligence, and loyalty.

It possesses all the traits of a friendly family dog making them great for apartment-style life and for owners looking for short-term pets experience and small hunting dogs.

They are generally bred for hunting the small animals like rodents, badgers, and vermin.

The Appearance of Dorkie Dogs

The Dachshund Yorkie Mix is a small dog breed and is likely to weigh between 5 and 12 pounds. And stand between 5 to 10 inches at the shoulder.

Being a mixed breed dog, the Dorkie possesses several characteristics from both the purebred parent’s lineage.

They have a longer built like a Dachshund with shorter legs. They have a well-proportioned head which may often be wedge-shaped. Their ears can be either erect or drooped.

They have a short, smooth and thick coat, and comes in various colors including black and tan, grey, gold, and black.

Dorkie Pictures

Quick Information ~ Dorkie

Other NamesDorkie Terrier
ColorBlack, Black and Brown, Tan, White
CoatLong, thick, silky
Breed TypeCross Breed
Breed GroupLap Dog, Toy Dog, Hound Dog
SizeSmall Sized Dog
Hieght5- 10 inches (13-23 cm)
Weight5-12 Lbs (2-5 kg)
Life Span/Life Expentancy10-12 Years
TemperamentCheerful, Affectionate, Loving, Playful, Gentle, Intelligent
Barking LevelShrill, Average
Energy LevelActive
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with Other DogsYes
Litter Size2-5 Puppies
Competitive Registration/Qualification InformationACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR

Temperament and Behavior

This small canine is loving and affectionate in nature. They love cuddling and are happy to be around other pets and children with their gentle nature.

Though the Dorkie is quite energetic, it is very laid back and loves to nap for hours especially under the bed covers!

These dogs have a very fun-loving and outgoing personality. They love meeting other pets, and their favorite place to be is at the dog park.

They are quite vocal, and have a good barking capability (which is shrilly at times) and alert the owner unfamiliar people/sounds.

They love to be around people and seek the attention of the family members. It is advised not to leave them alone for a long duration.

Care ~ Exercise

Like its parent breeds, the Dorkie requires only moderate exercise. They are playful and usually burn a lot of energy moving around. A few walking sessions and playtime for suffice your pooch and keep them healthy.


The Dachshund-Yorkie Mix doesn’t shed too much and is low maintenance dog.

The Dorkie coat requires low to minimum maintenance and brushing just two times a week will be sufficient.

It is important with all breeds that you clean their ears and teeth regularly and have their nails trimmed and healthy.

Health Issues

Both the Yorkie and Dachshund breeds tend to live between 12 to 15 years.

The lifespan of a Dorkie is around 12- 13 years.

It is often believed that the crossbreeds are immune to health issues, but this is not always the case and certainly not guaranteed.

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Patella luxation
  • Eye diseases

are also common, and they are also prone to weight gain issues.



Dorkie Puppies Pictures

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