By Dr. Watuwa JamesDr. James Watuwa Last updated: 27th November 2023


The Dorgi is a designer dog produced by crossing the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This unique crossbreed has a small body, being comparatively larger in length than its height. Characterized by light brown color and a white spotted chest, the dorgis have relatively large erect ears, short legs, and a short fine coat.

Dorgi Pictures

Quick Information

Other namesDorgie, Corgi Dachshund Mix
CoatMedium-length, soft, wiry
Colorlight brown/golden, dark brown/chocolate, brown and white, black and tan, black
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Group of BreedHounding, herding
Life span12-15 years
Weight15-28 lbs (6.8-12.7 kg)
Size and HeightSmall; 9-12 inches
TemperamentAffectionate, intelligent, energetic, social
Good with ChildrenYes
Barking Frequent
Country Originated inUnknown
Competitive RegistrationDRA, IDCR, DDKC, ACHC, DBR

Dorgi Puppy Video

Temperament and Behavior

The dorgis with loyal, social, and friendly personality traits, make for an excellent family pet. Due to their loving nature, they are always interested in everything done by their owners and exhibit real companionship. If supervised properly, they become highly compatible with other pets as well as small children in the family. They might develop separation anxiety and even behave violently if left alone for long periods. Owing to their hunting and herding ancestry, dorgies are an energetic breed. Since they are alert and courageous, they are ideally suited for guarding and watching activities. On sensing anything unusual or spotting an intruder, they start barking and warn the owner.



Being an active breed, the dachshund corgi mix requires plenty of regular exercises. A minimum of 30 mins of regular exercise in the form of off-leash play and a leashed walk is necessary for preventing boredom. Allow your pet to play with balls and other dog toys inside a fenced yard, which would take care of their exercise requirements.


As these dogs shed a bit, they need moderate maintenance. Make sure your pet is kept clean and hygienic by brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and bathing them every 3-4 months. Regular brushing of the coat is advisable, especially during the molting season.

Health Problems

Being a hardy breed, the dorgis are not known to contract any specific ailments or diseases. However, obesity can be a serious issue and may lead to disorders of bones and joints. Taking your pet dog to a vet for occasional checkups is recommended to keep it in good shape.


This intelligent breed is suitable for those looking to keep easy-to-train dogs as pets. Social and obedience training from puppyhood is crucial in developing a pleasant behavior. Since the puppies have the characteristic stubbornness of their parents, you need to adopt the firm, consistent training methods reinforced with treats, rewards, and plenty of love. You may seek professional help if you are a novice in handling pets.


As they are fond of eating, chances are your pet will gain weight. Therefore, you should keep an eye on its diet. Give an adult dorgi 3/4-1.5 cups of quality dry kibble regularly, divided into two meals. Low-fat snacks like canned foods can be provided in moderate amounts alongside the occasional carrots or apples.

Interesting Facts

  • As a multi-talented breed, these dogs are used for guarding, herding, racing, sighting, and performing tricks.
  • They are so popular even Queen Elizabeth has a dorgi.

14 responses to “Dorgi”

  1. Lynn Layman says:

    Did not know until just now that this crossbreed even existed, though I have long suspected that this could be my dog’s background! Wow, who knew!

  2. Virginia & Allen Holmquist says:

    We are interested are interested in Dorgis, Female, good with a small, shy cat 2 yrs old.
    We are experienced dog owners, having had 9 dogs since 1984.
    All of our pets ( dogs and cats) have died of old age.we had Dachshund mix for 16.5 years

  3. Vanita Vera says:

    My dorci, don’t bark , we have heard him only a couple of times. He’s about 5 months, i would like to know more about this breed he also loves bones as a treat.he plays with his toys often, he sure do have alot of energy.His name is Lincoln

    • Deena Cooper says:

      give it time. My dorgi Zack was quiet until he turned about one years old and now all he does is bark at the slightest noise or person he dont know. And mine for instance is nippy sometimes. mostly through play but when my kids are wrestling and we are all loud and crazy he gets loud nippy and crazy too. we have to scold him cuz he gets too aggressive. and he hates his nails being trimmed. he bites and scratches. I love mines tho, wouldnt trade him for nothing. so loving sweet and loyal.

  4. Preston Harper says:

    Stella’s ‘fan’ page on facebook is listed below. She is my constant companion and just turned 6 years old. Everyone loves Stella – including other dogs – and she LOVES little kids! We have traveled in 39 states and 40,000 miles so she is always down for adventure no matter the time!

  5. Robbie says:

    We have a Corgi Dachhund mix we inherited from a family member, he is a great little guy with the exception of his barking issues, and going completely “ballistic” if he sees another dog. He has scars on his head and one leg, we were told he was hit by a car, however we think he may have been in a dog fight. He is social with humans, but not with other animals. Is there anyway we can help him to tolerate other dogs/animals (doesn’t do well with cats either)! Ricky is 2 yrs old, we were told the family member had rescued him only 2 months before he had a stroke and is now in a nursing home. We have had Ricky for 7 months and he has become a loving member of our family! I hope you can give us some ideas on how we can help him overcome this behavior. Thank you

    • Tawny says:

      Like with all dogs its a socialization skill. Im guessing he was an only child?? Try the leash technique leash him with your dog make them walk together it wont just take straoght away when he gives unwanted behavior stop give him the command to sit and praise your older dog with gratifacation for not responding do this every time for about a week twice a day walks around the yard is fine but this will develope the socialazation skill hes lacked he will get it they are exceptionally smart..good luck

  6. Rachel Jane says:

    I have a 1.5 year old dorgi named Burten. It’s funny cause we rescued him after he was left at the humane society for over 4 months. He fits all those characteristics listed except he is not a barker. He barely makes any noise. The only he really barks at are cats. And when he has nightmares he’ll wake up barking sometimes.

  7. Becky says:

    We have 5 y/o. He is a doll-baby but getting too heavy now. Always been 27-30 lbs but now up to 33-34. Been on “diet” food since 1 y/o cuz he has the really skinny doxie front legs. BTW…he has always shed like crazy…any suggestipns for that??!

    • Kitty says:

      I know this has been there a while and you may have already gotten an answer, but here goes anyway. My dorgi also had the same issue with his weight. Found out he had a thyroid condition. Meds twice a day. So far has lost 3 lbs in 2 months. Vet said that it was quite a common problem, so can’t hurt to get it checked.

  8. Kaitlin says:

    I have a dorgi and he is about two years old. My grandparents found him in there garbage can so we adopted him. All I wanted to say that for your information they can come in brindle too.
    Just wanted to point out!???

  9. Melisa says:

    I have a dorgi he is about 8 months old and I am having issues with him right now whenever I take him for a walk and he sees strangers he just keeps barking and growling what can I do.because some people don’t understand he is still a baby and just a big mouth that he won’t bite….

    • Sergey Uhanov (Certified Veterinarian) admin says:

      Hey Melisa, these dogs naturally inherit some stubbornness of their parents. So, this should take time to correct, and eventually refrain your puppy from doing so. Do not leave your dog alone for long hours as separation anxiety also sometimes leads to excessive barking.

      You should remember that, it is still a pup, and hence, its training is yet to complete. Take him to the dog park, where he can meet new doggies and their masters. While training, give him treats from time to time for good behavior. Seek professional help, if the problem persists.

      • Barbara says:

        Our Dorgi will be 14 in August 2018. You have to be firm when training your pet. Maggie is very obedient and loving. She does not care for cats and is not good around small children but other than that she is perfect for a family pet.

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