In the past several years, owning a designer breed has become the new standard in dog ownership. There are a couple of reasons why hybrid dogs have risen in popularity. One of them is certainly improved health. But then there are factors like a unique breed, different looks, and so on. The Dorkie, or the Yorkshire terrier Dachshund mix definitely has that wow unique factor.
This laid-back and loyal puppy inherited the best qualities of both parent breeds. It is a pint-size puppy, one that is small enough to fit even in a purse.
Some people call them Doxie Yorkie, others call them Dachshund Yorkshire terrier mix, or simply, Dorkie. Let’s learn more about this amazing pooch.
Meet The Breed
As we said before, Dorkies are a hybrid breed. They are a cross between a Dachshund parent and a Yorkshire terrier parent. They are small, smart, and loyal dogs. Best fit for apartment living, they can also live in a house with a yard. Most importantly, they are playful companions that will make your life much more entertaining.
The hybrid breed is sweet and affectionate and packs enough cuteness and confidence to shake off the silly name. Yes, a name like Dorkie might make you think you have a dorky in your home, right?
Well, that is not the case. These petite playmates are a good match for different people, from families with children to single people, and even seniors. They can adapt to most living situations as long as they get their fair share of attention.
Meet The Parents
As with every other designer dog breed out there, there is no breed standard set by The American Kennel Club. This is why we have to take a look at the parents so that we can understand what to expect from the offspring. Let’s go.
First, let’s begin with the Yorkshire terrier parent breed. Often referred to as a Yorkie, this small terrier breed has all the makings of a terrier. You might think this small dog is a couch potato or a lap dog.
But that is not the case. Yorkshire terriers were bred to hunt vermin on farms, and they pack quite a lot of energy. They love running around, playing, and having fun. Here are some common personality traits of the Yorkshire terrier dog breed.
- Despite its small size, this hybrid dog displays confidence and assertiveness, typical for all terriers
- They are relatively independent small breed dogs that might look self-reliant at times. Yorkies can find ways to entertain themselves easily
- Because of their hunting history for hunting vermin, they are quite alert and have a keen sense of awareness
- Highly intelligent dogs that pick up things quickly. Yorkies have amazing problem-solving abilities and skills
- Lively and energetic, they enjoy playing and will provide entertainment and joy in your household
- They have a curious nature and love exploring around
- Despite their independent character, they are quite loyal and affectionate. Yorkies want to have their space, but they also crave human affection and companionship
Famously known as the wiener dog or sausage dog, this medium-sized puppy has some of the most unique characteristics. Its body is definitely a rarity in the canine world.
Their personality may vary from one Dachshund puppy to another, but there are some common things that you cannot escape from. Here is another interesting fact. Dachshunds were also bred as hunting dogs. They have retained some of their instincts to this day.
- Described as courageous and fearless, these brave dogs have a sense of confidence like few other canines
- They can solve most problems, and will quickly find a solution to the given task
- Dachshunds enjoy mentally stimulating activities where their intelligence shines
- Combine their intelligence with their playful demeanor, and they love engaging in interactive games
- Can have a prey instinct, due to their history as hunting dogs
- They are often vigilant and alert and might bark at strangers approaching their territory
- They are strong-willed. While some dog owners praise their determination, others hate their stubbornness
- Sociable dogs that enjoy the company of other animals, including cats
Now let’s go back to our Dorkie, and see what you can expect there. Since there is no breed standard set by The American Kennel Club, things can go either way. As a crossbreed, the Yorkshire terrier Dachshund mix can inherit physical traits from both parents.
One thing, however, is certain. And that is the size. Both parents are smaller dogs, with the Yorkie being one of the smallest. Your Dorkie puppy should grow no larger than 10 inches, usually growing between 8 and 10 inches. They weigh between 7 and 12 pounds, which makes them suitable for airline travel.
These dogs reach their full size at around 10 months. Now, speaking of their appearance, they might inherit the wiener dog body of the Dachshund, but with the coloring and markings of the Yorkie. Now, here is another interesting fact. Dachshunds can have a short coat or a long coat. Yorkies, on the other hand, have a long coat.
The Yorkshire terrier has one of the most glamorous hair in the canine world.
When it comes to your mixed breed, the coat color, pattern, and length can be all over the board. The coat combination can be anything between black and tan, which are two of the most common colors for the parent breeds.
But hey, a sausage dog with the coat coloring of the Yorkie? Now that is one adorable puppy, right?
We can describe these dogs and their personality as anything but dorky. The name might sound like that, but they are not dorky dogs.
Instead, these puppies are easy-going lap dogs that will make excellent companions.
They love spending time with their family, enjoy long walks, and thrive when playing games with their family.
They are good nature and get along with other animals. This is where the Dachshund temperament shines and dominates. They are people-oriented and love companionship. You do not have to worry about your Dorkie puppy getting into fights with other dogs. They do not have an aggressive nature or dominant personality.
Here is one thing you have to consider. While Yorkies are independent, they still need attention. And their mixed-breed offspring crave even more attention. They do not want alone time. When left alone for prolonged periods, they can develop separation anxiety.
They love playing with interactive toys that involve their humans. This gives them mental stimulation and the enjoyment of being in your company.
Simply put, these devoted puppies will follow you around all day. Do not expect to have alone time with a Dorkie dog in your house. They do have a laid-back and easygoing attitude. But they love being around people.
The only downside in their temperament is barking. This offspring comes from two hunting breeds, two alert dogs that are also small in stature. It is a known fact that smaller dogs bark more than larger dogs.
And your Dorkie comes from two parents that are notorious for their yapping ability. These puppies might bark at every little thing they encounter for the first time. Yet, with socialization and desensitization, they will learn to accept new things.
Training an intelligent breed with a stubborn streak can be challenging. The Yorkshire terrier is independent, and the Dachshund dog breed might be a bit stubborn as well.
Yes, both parents are intelligent dogs praised for their problem-solving abilities. But that doesn’t mean training will be easy. These dogs need constant stimulation, otherwise, they will get bored.
They are intelligent, but they are not eager to please like a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever, for example.
They do love treats and toys. So make sure to motivate them with toys during a training session. That will work like a charm.
The main thing you need to pay attention to in your training is socialization. Make sure to introduce people of different ages and sizes to them, so they do not bark at everything.
Also worth noting, this puppy is sensitive to your tone and attitude while training. Be as patient and as positive as you can.
These dogs are quite active and full of energy. But they are not on the level of a Jack Russell terrier, for example.
That being said, they need between 30 and 45 minutes of exercise per day. You can take them on long walks, or even hiking trips.
But do not forget mental stimulation. It is as important as physical exercise.
As we said in the beginning, the big reason breeders have opted for more designer dog breeds is improved health. Mixed breed dogs are healthier than purebred dog breeds.
The Dachshund genetics here play a role. Their Dachshund parent is predisposed to some health issues, but by crossing it with a Yorkshire terrier, you reduce the risk.
Some of the common health risks and issues that target these puppies include patellar luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, canine disc disease, and collapsing tracheas.
But they do live a long and healthy life. The life expectancy for a Dachshund Yorkshire terrier mix is between 12 and 15 years.
Here is something most dog owners will be pleased to hear. The Dachshund Yorkie mix has a 50% chance of being hypoallergenic. That is because Yorkshire terriers are hypoallergenic and do not shed. And a mix between two Dorkies has an even higher chance.
That being said, they do need some grooming. If your puppy inherits the silky smooth hair of the Yorkshire terrier, you need to brush them constantly to prevent matting and tangling. But also, brush them to keep their hair looking lustrous and lush.
A Dorkie with long hair might need occasional trimming. But we do not recommend doing it at home. It is much better to take your dog to a professional groomer, one who knows how to cut your dog’s hair.
This offspring is the result of two rather expensive breeds, especially the Yorkshire terrier. And hypoallergenic breeds tend to cost a bit more.
So, with that in mind, the Dorkie price might be anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000.
Why Shouldn’t You Get One?
- While intelligent, these dogs can have a stubborn streak and show it during training
- They can be quite loud and aggressive barkers
- They do have some skin and eye issues
Why Should You Get One?
- The chance of a hypoallergenic sausage dog with Yorkie colorings is too good to pass
- Easily adaptable dog to different living conditions and suitable for apartment living
- Sociable dogs that get along with other animals