Country of OriginUnited States
Nicknames and Other NamesDorkie Terrier
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeCrossbreed
GroupHound dog, Lap Dog, Toy Dog
Bred ForCompanion and lapdog
Life Span10-13 Years
Ideal Weight7-12 Pounds (male and female)
Ideal Height12-14 Inches (male and female)
Fur TypeThick and Long
Common ColorsBlack and Tan, White, Black
AvailabilityModerately Available
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToDachshund
Yorkshire Terrier

The Dorkie is crossbreed that is created by mixing Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier. The blend of these two breeds creates a little and adorable Dorkie. It is a small-sized dog like both of its parent breeds and is best suited in an apartment who needs minimal exercise to keep itself contained.

Dorkie does well with the single living owner as long as it gets the time to time attention and a walk in the park. It is an active, alert, and very gentle dog that likes to take a nap on its owner’s lap. It is perfect for single living people as well as old and retired people.

3 weeks old Dorkie puppies.

Temperament, Behavior, Personality

Temperament: The Dorkie is a very gentle dog breed that is perfect as a lap dog for someone who wants a small dog. They are an excellent companion that will always want your attention and will follow you around. They are also good with other pet in the house and get along with them very well.

Behavior: Dorkie loves to be with its people and if they are left alone for a long time without anyone to be with them, they can face separation anxiety. So, Dorkie is not for you if you cannot be with them most of the time.

Personality: Dorkie has a friendly, fun, and playful personality. They love to play with their people or other pets in the house. At the end of the day, they like to sit on its people lap or on the couch with them and relax.

Is Dorkie Child-Friendly?

Dorkie is very friendly with children and they get along with them well. They are playful which makes an excellent playmate for children. Although they are a friendly dog, small kids might play rough and hurt them, so proper supervision is necessary when letting them play together. Teach your kids to behave around dogs and be gentle with them.

Dorkie standing with a baby boy
Dorkie standing with a baby boy.
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Dorkie is trainable dogs as they are eager to please, intelligent. The leader should be consistent and gentle. Harshness can scare them and they might not be able to focus on the training. Reward them with delicious treats as a source of motivation and use lots of vocal praises as they complete a task.


  • Dorkie is often born with one blue eye which it might have inherited from Dachshund.
  • The Dorkie was probably created in 1990 in the United Stated when designer breeds were on-trend.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesDeafness, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts
Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism
Vaccination RequiredCanine Coronavirus, Rabies, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Distemper, Kennel Cough
SheddingModerate Sherdder
DroolingLow Drooler
GroomingMinimal Grooming Required
Weight Gain PotentialAverage
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 8%
Milk Thistle

Dorkie is a designer breed, so it can inherit some of the canine health problems from its parent breeds.

  • Deafness: Deafness can be seen in Dorkie as it is genetic. It might not be able to hear properly and will hamper its day to day life but it does not affect its overall health. It can still live a normal life and there are many hearing aids in the market that can make its life easy.
  • Patellar Luxation: It is a condition where the kneecap of your dog moved from its original place. It will put pain on its leg and makes it difficult for your dog to walk. If you see any abnormality in its gait, take it to a vet for an immediate check-up.


The Dorki comes in the following colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Brindle
  • Black and White


Dorkie puppy
Dorkie puppy sitting.
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Cost: The average cost of the Dorki is between $800-$1000 USD.


Height: The average height of the Dorki is between 12-14 inches.

Weight: The average weight of the Dorki is between 7-12 pounds.

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