The small-size, Dorkie, a cross breed between the two purebreds- the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier, is an extremely quick acting dog, making them even more cute to watch. Longer built like the dachshund, with an average lifespan of 11 years, this breed has a keen sense of smell that is comfortable living in apartments, making them a great family dog and ideal for those who look for short-term attachment with pets.
|Other Name||Dorkie Terrier|
|Color||Black, black and tan, white|
|Breed Type||Cross breed|
|Group (of Breed)||Hound dog, toy dog, lap dog|
|Lifespan||10 to 13 years|
|Weight||7 to 12 pounds|
|Height/Size||Small; 12 to 14 inches|
|Temperament||Loving, cheerful, affectionate|
|Good with Child||Yes|
|Health Concerns||General dog issues|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR, DBR|
The non-hyper, attention-loving Dorkie need its family members to give it time, love, hugs, and take them for walks or rides. Being good with other pets and children they enjoy playing with them and sleeping or burrowing under cover, and love to meet other dogs. They tend to give short, shrill barks to alert its family when they hear unrecognizable sounds.
Experienced trainers/owners should impart a consistent socialization training when the dogs are still puppies, making the task easier. Take the lead when out for a walk to keep away any possible behavioral or pack-leader issues during adulthood.
Being pick-and-choose eaters, the diet of the Dorkie should regularly be monitored to assure complete nutrition. Also, adding oats to your dog’s diet can also provide it with many nutritional benefits. If you opt for dry dog food, growing puppies need 1 to 2 cups per day, but for the adults, 2 ½ to 3 cups is recommended, divided into two meals.