Fun Dorkie Facts For Kids

Divya Raghav
Oct 20, 2022 By Divya Raghav
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Natalie Rayworth
Fact-checked by Smriti Chaudhary
One of the best dorkie facts is that they are a mix between a dachshund and a Yorkshire terrier.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 10.8 Min

A dorkie is a mix between a dachshund and Yorkshire terrier. These breeds are known for their tiny size and friendly nature.

These dogs are generally found in Northern England and America, and their first breeding happened in the 1990s, this companion dog has been winning hearts ever since. This small animal is knowledgeable, affectionate, and friendly with adults, kids, and other animals. These creatures are tiny, but their barks are pretty loud and strong for their size. This family pet can be kept in an apartment or a house, and all they need from their owners is attention, food, and safety from predators like hawks and other dogs. Handling a small dog like a dorkie puppy can be an easy task as it is a very tidy dog that does not drool or shed. This mixed breed is very easy to train, and all it needs is appreciation with spoken words and treats on accomplishing every task.

The yorkie mix has characteristics from both parents; however, it is a weaker breed prone to many diseases and health conditions like perthes disease, portosystemic shunt, and many other health problems.

Breeders mixed the two breeds to limit health issues common among pure breeds and make the resulting, adorable, laid-back companion dog. These are one of the smallest of mixed dog breeds. They weigh only 5-12 lb (2.5-5 kg), which is almost equal to a hen. The bark of this breed is thunderous when compared to its size.

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Dorkie Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a dorkie?

A dorkie is a small animal that has the dachshund and Yorkshire terrier as its biological parents. Like many other breeds, these are pets and can live in any house with standard conditions and food. They are also known as designer dogs that are obtained by crossing a dachshund with a Yorkshire terrier.

What class of animal does a dorkie belong to?

Just like all the other dog species and breeds, dorkies fall under the class of mammals because they give birth to their offspring by the process of parturition. Its parents, the dachshund and the Yorkshire terrier, are also mammals.

How many dorkies are there in the world?

The exact population of the dorkie breed is not known, but this mixed breed dog is quite rare to be found and is also quite expensive because of its rarity. Dorkie puppies are obtained by crossing or mating a Yorkshire terrier with a dachshund.

Where does a dorkie live?

Dorkies are a fantastic dog breed. The dog can easily live in an apartment or a house (with or without land) very easily and comfortably. The dog is tiny and has short legs, which limit its ability to jump higher and run fast. Still, it is better to keep the dog in a safe and secured place like a well-fenced house. The dog has the ability to tolerate both cold and hot weather conditions but only up to a specific limit. This breed can feel separation anxiety when kept alone for long durations because they perpetually crave human attention.

What is a dorkie's habitat?

The yorkie mix breed dog is known to be a famous apartment dog and fits well in urban life. The dog's habitat includes a small apartment or a house (with or without a yard) with people or other dogs to play with and food. They need to be kept in safe and secure places with fencing around, as they can be prey to eagles and dog theives. The dog is generally known to eat puppy or dog food, but they enjoy treats like carrots from time to time. They can make any home into their habitat as they have an excellent ability to tolerate hot and cold weather.

Who do dorkies live with?

The puppies are extraordinary pets and are generally maintained by people who cannot tolerate dog hair but still want a dog breed. The small breed is commonly seen living with people or humans as pets rather than with their biological parents, the dachshund and Yorkshire terriers. Dorkie puppies are bred on demand as and when people want to adopt or buy them.

How long does a dorkie live?

Dorkie dogs can live up to 13 and 16 years of age. Humans generally adopt this breed of dogs as pets as they are very small and are perfect pets for a small size family with kids. These dogs do not need much care and can eat simple food, which makes them even more compatible for becoming a pet. This dog's lifespan depends on its living conditions, hygiene, and surroundings as they are also preyed on by hawks. With appropriate living conditions and surroundings, a dorkie can live up to 15 years very comfortably.

How do they reproduce?

Dorkies are a mixed breed dog who has the dachshund and the Yorkshire terrier as its parents. Like other dogs, these cute and small animals fall under the class of mammals. They are born after mating a dachshund with a Yorkshire terrier multiple times for a couple of days. The pregnant mother has a gestation period of around 64 days (which can vary in different breeds) after which, the dorkie is given birth to. For the initial weeks after the birth, the dorkie puppy is taken care of by the mother, and then it is sold to people who wish to buy it.

What is their conservation status?

The mixed-breed dorkie is obtained by mating the dachshund with the Yorkshire terrier. Dorkie breed of dogs are known to be very friendly and excellent pets for all families, especially with children and other dog breeds. The dog attains characteristics from its parent breeds, dachshund and yorkie, and can live for more than a decade if taken care of properly. The conservation status of the dorkie puppy is not known or specified, but these dogs are quite rare to find as they are bred on demand.

Dorkie Fun Facts

What do dorkies look like?

Dorkies are mixed breed dogs and are not purebred dogs like their Yorkshire terrier or dachshund parents. The primary colors that dorkies are found in are blue, red, black, and brown. They generally have a blend of more than two of the colors mentioned above and have very small legs. They also have a small body which makes them very cute and easy to handle. They have characteristics of both of its parents in appearance too, and they have long and thick body fur, long mustache, very cute and innocent face with medium-sized ears.

Dorkies are very social animals and love to play, which they inherit from the dachshund and the yorkie.

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How cute are they?

Dorkie puppies are a crossbreed of two adorable parents, the dachshund and the Yorkshire terrier. They inherit characteristics and genetic traits from both of their biological parents (dachshund and yorkie), which makes them incredibly cute too. They have short legs with a small body size, very innocent and pretty face with big black eyes and a small nose. The body of a dorkie is entirely covered with thick and long fur in colors like red, brown, black, and tan. Apart from being physically cute, this breed is very friendly and playful, which makes it much cuter.

How do they communicate?

Dorkie terriers communicate in the same way that most dog breeds do. They use actions, body postures, vocals like barking and growling. Dogs are considered as the best friends of humans and have the ability to know what a human is feeling by just looking at their eyes. These dogs are very good family pets and share great bonding and relationships with family members and other dogs. These dogs make different sounds in different situations to communicate with humans and other breeds.

How big is a dorkie?

Dorkie puppies are very small, and they can grow to a length of 5-10 in (13-25 cm) when fully grown. This dachshund and yorkie mix has a height of 6-10 in (15-25 cm), and weighs between 5-12 lb (2.5-5 kg). They are predominantly known as a designer dog, as they are not born naturally but made upon demand. They can be nine times smaller in size and weight than an adult and are comparatively smaller than their parent breeds.

How fast can a dorkie run?

Dorkies are a very small breed and cannot run as fast as other breeds because of their tiny legs. They can run as quick as 10 mph (16 kmph) which, comparatively, is very slow. Dorkies, considering their small size, are thought of as medium-paced when it comes to sprinting.

How much does a dorkie weigh?

An adult dorkie weighs around 5-12 lb (2.5-5 kg). The dachshund and yorkie mix have very small bodies and legs, and because of their short-sized body, they have a very small appetite. A healthy adult dorkie weighs somewhere around 8-9 lb (3.6-4 kg).

What are the male and female names of the species?

There are no names in particular for the male and female species of this breed. The pet names can be a variety of human names or other names, but this animal goes by the name of Canis lupus familiaris when it comes to scientific naming. Dorkies are also called names like dorkie terrier and doxie yorkie. A baby dorkie is called a puppy.

What would you call a baby dorkie?

A baby dorkie, just like any other dog's baby, is called a puppy. There is no specific name in particular for a baby, and it is also known as terrier dorkie or doxie yorkie. The scientific name of this breed is Canis lupus familiaris.

What do they eat?

This breed needs to be fed very carefully and must not be given anything that might cause health issues. The best-suggested food is recommended brand dog food as they tend to have small size kibbles and take care of the nutrition of the dog well. The dog can also be fed things like peanut butter, salmon, carrots, cereals, and eggs but in a limited quantity.

Are they slobbery?

Most dog breeds are observed to slobber, which is also known as hypersalivation. Drooling can also be because a dog is in discomfort or not okay. Luckily, drooling is not one of this breed's habits as the parent yorkies do not drool at all. The dorkie dog breed drools very rarely, so if you notice your pet doing this it is advised that you take them to see a vet as it could be a health condition.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, this animal makes great friends with humans and other dogs and is an excellent choice to keep as a family pet. These dogs absolutely love to play and are very kind and friendly, much like their parent breeds. They are the best choice for pets if a family is small and has children. They also get along with other dogs breeds. This breed has a very friendly nature which helps it get along with people and other dogs well. This small animal has another quality and reason to be adopted as a pet, as it sheds very little or not at all, which is an advantage for people who are allergic to fur or who cannot stand the sight of dogs' hair on sofas and beds.

Did you know...

This breed is one of the sweetest, playful, affectionate, and intelligent breeds. Dorkies are very friendly to children and are attached to the people who feed them regularly. Training a dorkie can be very easy if they are given treats and appreciation on completing each task. This breed is often born with one blue eye that is inherited from the dachshund. They can have health issues like patellar luxation, which results in serious problems in the knees of these animals.

Characteristics and health issues

These are one the most friendly and attention-seeking breeds of dogs. The dog is very easy to handle and maintain but can sometimes be very irritating when they bark loudly. The size of this breed makes it very easy to be carried to different places and to take care of it. The puppies of this breed are one the cutest puppies in the world and are incredibly small.

This breed is so small and not being strong enough physically, it is very prone to a few harmful diseases and serious life conditions. Some of these conditions are: perthes disease, disc disease, patellar luxation, portosystemic shunt, and other health problems that might cost the dog physical or mental stimulation. These designer dogs are weaker than their parent breeds which is why they need extra care.

Getting your own dorkie

These dogs are very joyful and always show positive reinforcement towards training. They can become great pets if they are given the attention that they desire and fed correctly. The cost of the offspring of dachshund and Yorkshire terrier can be between 600 and 800 USD. The dog is expensive but is absolutely worth it.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals, including pitbull chihuahua mix, or American cocker spaniel.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one of our Dorkie dog coloring pages.

Dorkie Facts

What Did They Prey On?

Rats, badgers, squirrels and small game

What Type of Animal were they?


Average Litter Size?


How Much Did They Weigh?

5-12 lb (2.5-5 kg)

What habitat Do they Live In?

houses with and without yards

Where Do They Live?

northern england and america

How Long Were They?

5-10 in (13-25 cm)

How Tall Were They?

6-10 in (15-25 cm)







Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris

What Do They Look Like?

Black, tan and white

Skin Type

Straight, medium to long fur

What Are Their Main Threats?

health conditions, larger dogs, hawks, and dog thieves

What is their Conservation Status?

Not Extinct
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Written by Divya Raghav

Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

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Divya RaghavBachelor of Commerce specializing in Accounting and Finance, Master of Business Administration

With a diverse range of experience in finance, administration, and operations, Divya is a diligent worker known for her attention to detail. Born and raised in Bangalore, she completed her Bachelor's in Commerce from Christ University and is now pursuing an MBA at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Bangalore. Along with her professional pursuits, Divya has a passion for baking, dancing, and writing content. She is also an avid animal lover who dedicates her time to volunteering for animal welfare causes.

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