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5-10 lbs
United States
Yorkshire Terrier
Dorkie Terrier

The Dorkie is a gorgeous mix of the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier. It is a small hybrid breed about seven inches tall and weighs an average of eight pounds. This breed usually has long, straight, thick fur that is usually black and brown or brown and tan. They have big floppy ears, a small head, long torso, and short legs. Their tail is medium to long and usually furry. They are susceptible to skin and eye issues and need regular checkups to stay healthy, just like any breed. The Dorkie loves kids and other pets but should be supervised with small children because of their small size.

Family pet
Date of Origin
Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier

Dorkie Health

Average Size
Male Dorkie size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 7-12 lbs
Female Dorkie size stats
Height: 5-8 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Portosystemic Shunt
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Work

Dorkie Breed History

The Dachshund originated in Germany in the 1500s and was mostly used for hunting small game such as badgers. They are believed to have descended from varieties of the French Basset Hound, Braque, and Pinscher. The longhaired and wirehaired Dachshunds were bred from varieties of Spaniels and Terriers. Their long body and strong little feet were perfect for digging into badger holes to get them for the hunters. In the 1800s, the Dachshund became a popular house pet and grew even more popular after being noticed by the royal courts of Queen Victoria. It was then that the miniature Dachshund was created to make a better sized house pet. After World War I, some Dachshunds were imported from Germany and the American Kennel Club registered them officially in 1885. They are the 13th most popular dog breed in the United States. The Yorkshire Terrier originated in England in the 1800s from the Maltese, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Skye Terrier, English Black and Tan Terrier, Clydesdale Terrier, Paisley Terrier, and Waterside Terrier. They were originally bred just for catching rats and they were quite good at it. Because of their beauty, they were soon popular as family pets and became a commonality in wealthy families. Soon they were winning dog shows and in 1885, they were noticed and registered by the AKC. Today, they are the 9th most popular dog breed in the United States.

Dorkie Breed Appearance

The Dorkie looks more like a Yorkshire Terrier than a Dachshund but has the long torso, thick body, and short legs of the Dachshund. The coat is medium to long like a Yorkshire Terrier that is thick and silky. They usually come in the Yorkshire Terrier colors of black and brown; red and black; or bluish and brown but these can vary depending on the parents. Their eyes are small, round, and dark, with large, floppy ears, a long, furry tail, black nose, and a medium muzzle with a goofy smile. They are small; usually under 10 inches tall and weigh up to 12 pounds.

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

Dorkie Breed Maintenance

The Dorkie coat does not need too much maintenance but it is recommended that you brush them with a metal comb and stiff bristle brush three or four times a week. If they get any tangles or mats, use your fingers to loosen them before brushing them out. You should also clean their teeth with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made specially for dogs. You can do this a few times a week but it is recommended that you do it every day. Trim their nails when needed and clean their ears once a week. Watch for redness as bacteria and yeast can grow in a moist environment like the canine ear.

Brushes for Dorkie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Dorkie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dorkie Temperament

Your Dorkie is likely going to be a very laid back and gentle dog that likes to nap and can be considered a lap dog. They enjoy cuddling and being held and tolerate children and other pets well. However, it is best to supervise until you know how they will react. They can be easy to train but that depends on the dog as some can just be too lazy and laid back to care much. You have to be consistent and use positive reinforcement because the Dorkie can be sensitive. They do bark sometimes but are excellent pets for apartments due to their small size and laid back attitude.

Dorkie Activity Requirements

Your Dorkie needs at least 30 to 45 minutes of activity every day to keep her healthy and happy. This breed tends to be a little bit lazy and you may have to entice her with a game of fetch or a walk around the neighborhood. You may also get her interested in agility training and competition or playing Frisbee in the park. A trip to the dog park to play with other dogs may also be a good choice. If your dog does not get enough exercise she is likely to become anxious and overweight. It is important for her to get at least a half hour per day of vigorous exercise daily.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Dorkie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$22.5 - $30

Dorkie Owner Experiences

3 Years
3 People
House & Yard
I saw a post on facebook about a lady giving a dog away- my husband tagged me in the post and I knew I loved her the instant I saw her picture. I met the lady in the walmart parking lot and i saw her and fell in LOVE with her. She is here for me through one of the roughest times of my life and has been my companion through it all. I plan to register her as a service dog for my anxiety and stress. She is my heart!
15 hours ago
5 Years
2 People
Playing outside
She was about 10 weeks old and was tied up outside of a "meth house" that caught fire. My neighbor was near the house and was next door when the fire broke out. The police arrested the dopers and my neighbor rescued Phoebe. We met our neighbor next to the mailbox and said "Hey, you want a dog"? We had lost a Yorkie to kidney failure and didn't think about getting another dog right away but, it's that moment that hit you and I knew we were taking her home. She has been a excellent companion and sleeps with me and Spike our 8 year old Shih Tzu. She's now 6 and Spike is 13.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Mr. Bear
10 Months
6 People
House & Yard
Fetch, snuggling
This is our first experience having a Dorkie. (We have the mom and dad, also) He has got to be the most loving dog we’ve ever had. He is smart, fun and very friendly. He does however seem to have a bit of cabin fever as it is winter here in Ohio. He is larger however than I’ve been reading the average is. (His two siblings both stayed small. 5 lbs each) Mr. Bear weighs between 20-25 lbs. His mom (yorkie) is approx 7-9lbs. His dad (Dacshound) is approx. 12-15lbs. Mr. Bear is taller and a bit longer than his dad! He has thick black hair (with tan and silver accents) and a long bushy tail! He seems very smart and was very easy to house train! (Also crate trained) He even rings a bell if he can’t tell someone personally! He loves snuggling, treats, esp. carrot sticks and sweet potatoes, playing fetch and lots of attention! He is definitely a lap dog!
4 months ago
5 Years
1 People
House & Yard
I adore my Bear! I actually got him for my husband who had dementia to keep him company and to keep him forcused. My husband passed away and now he is my everything. I helped to develop his social skills by taking him into pet stores and lowes. He is very smart and is to train. He loves to ride with me in his car seat. And loves riding on golf cart around the neighborhood. He is very alert to a change in noises around the house and alerts me. Yes he is spoiled rotten.
5 months, 2 weeks ago
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