15-22 lbs
United States

The Dorgi is an adorable cross between the Welsh Corgi and the Dachshund. The look of your unique pet will depend on the influence of the parentage because the Dachshund comes in several varieties and the Welsh Corgi comes in two types. Their coat may be wiry, long, short, or coarse. They may be smaller than the average Dorgi if the parent breed was a Miniature Dachshund. However, the overall look will be a small dog with short legs, large ears, a long tail, and big personality. They like children and other pets but small children should be supervised. They are easy to train because they are very smart but they may be stubborn, so you have to be persistent.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Dachshund and Welsh Corgi

Dorgi Health

Average Size
Male Dorgi size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 20-28 lbs
Female Dorgi size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 15-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Sebaceous Adenitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Portosystemic Shunts
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests

Dorgi Breed History

The Dachshund originated in Germany in the 1500s and was known for their small game hunting ability. In fact, they were so good at hunting badgers that they used to be called Badger Dogs. There are several varieties of Dachshund. The original was the smooth variety from crossing the French Basset Hound, Pinscher, and Braque. The wirehaired and longhaired varieties were created by mixing the Dachshund with Terriers and Spaniels. With their long body and strong little feet, they were easily able to dig into badger holes. In the 1800s, people started keeping them as family pets instead of for hunting and they became very popular with the European royalty like Queen Victoria’s court. Because they were being kept as pets, the Miniature Dachshund was created. The breed became popular in the United States in the late 1800s and became registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. There are two breeds of Welsh Corgis, which are the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They both originated in the United Kingdom but the Cardigan was first known in 920 AD and the Pembroke was recorded around 1100 AD. The breed is thought to have been bred from mixing the Finnish Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, Chow-Chow, Samoyed, Pomeranian, Schipperke, and the Keeshond. They were popular with royalty as well, with both Queen Elizabeth II and King George VI owning one. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was registered with the AKC in 1934 and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi was registered in 1935. Your Dorgi will be a cute mix of the parent breeds, with a spunky personality thrown in.

Dorgi Breed Appearance

The Dorgi is a small dog that can vary quite a bit depending on the parentage. This may affect their height, fur texture, and even their coat color. However, they are usually long-bodied with short legs and pointed muzzles like a Dachshund. They can get fat if you let them, but they are normally stocky anyway. Their large, pointed, upright ears give them an alert appearance and they are always listening for something. Their coat may be long or short, fine or thick, or it can even be coarse and wiry, depending on the variety of Dachshund in the parentage.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dorgi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dorgi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Dorgi coat
brown Dorgi coat
pied Dorgi coat
red Dorgi coat
white Dorgi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Dorgi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dorgi Breed Maintenance

Maintenance for your Dorgi depends on the type of coat they have. If their coat is wiry or coarse, you may have to strip the coat once in a while. This is done by removing the long hairs from the coat to just leave the undercoat. You can do this at home with a stripping comb or have it done professionally. You should also brush your dog with a stiff bristle brush two or three times a week. Once a week you need to clean their ears with a soft cloth or cotton ball and look for redness, mites, and moisture that can lead to yeast proliferation. Dental care for your Dorgi should not be neglected, nor should trimming of the nails.

Brushes for Dorgi
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Dorgi requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dorgi Temperament

Your Dorgi is a delight to have at home and loves to be around the family, both furry and human. They just want to be part of the group. They like playing with children but you should watch them around younger kids because they can be snappish if startled. They do like being the center of attention and may become lonely while you are gone so make sure you spend plenty of time with your Dorgi and give them something to do while you are gone if you will be away for several hours. They are hunters at heart and they are alert and energetic. They love to chase squirrels and rabbits around the yard or the park.

Dorgi Activity Requirements

Your Dorgi needs at least 45 to 60 minutes of exercise every day taking part in activities such as playing fetch, taking a long walk, hiking, a trip to the beach or dog park, or playing Frisbee. Dorgis love to hunt and chase, and enjoy running around off the leash in a fenced yard. Do so for about an hour a day. Make sure you play with your energetic companion inside, too. Teaching them to sit or fetch a ball indoors is just as much fun for them and Their small size makes it possible. They are also good at agility and discipline training so you may want to enroll them in that type of activity.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Dorgi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $60.00
food bag monthly cost

Dorgi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Dorgi size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Dorgi size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Dorgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 19.0 lbs
Female Dorgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Dorgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 25.0 lbs
Female Dorgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 22.0 lbs

Dorgi Owner Experiences

3 Years
2 People
I recently adopted him in December! So coming up on 7 months with this guy! He's sweet but does have an attitude that rivals my own. He's stubborn and loves to argue and get his way. He's very posessive but very friendly. He runs to strangers for pets and will just stop in front of them waiting for them to give in and pet him. He knows he's cute but he's a force to be reckoned with if you look at his food wrong or if you want to do something he's not in the mood for!
4 years, 10 months ago
7 Months
4 People
House & Yard
relaxin on the couch
Playing with toys
We got Luna on April 19th,this year. When I first met her,she just wanted my shoelaces. It was funny. I definitely love her. I'm ready to watch her grow up.
4 years, 6 months ago
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