Dog Breed Profile

Dorkie History

The Dorkie is a designer hybrid, or mixed breed, that was created in the United States in the early 1980s. The Dorkie is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Doxie. The Dorkie is a beloved family pet and is extremely popular as a show dog. The Dorkie is a mixed-breed, or designer, that was developed by crossing purebred Yorkshire Terriers and Doxies. The Yorkie and the Dachsie were both developed in England, and both dogs are small in size. The Yorkshire Terrier is thought to have originated early in the 18th century, and the Dachshund was bred as a short-legged hound. The origin of the name “Dorkie” is not known. The Dorkies were developed by Polly Adler, a breeder from New Jersey. The name is an acronym that stands for “Doxies on Rottweiler”. The names “York-Poodles” and “Yorkshire-Dachsies” have also been used. The Dorkies were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1986, and they are considered a rare breed.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Dorkie Physical Characteristics

The Dorkie is a small, toy-sized breed of dog that typically stands 7 to 8 inches at the shoulders and weighs between 6 and 13 pounds. They have a small, compact body and short, soft, silky fur that is the same colour all over. They have a round head with large, expressive eyes and a wrinkled muzzle. The ears are droopy and bat-like. The tail is carried between their legs.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Blue, Brown, Black, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 10 inches

Female Height Range: 5 – 8 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 7 – 12 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 10 lbs

Dorkie Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Dorkie Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Retinal Dysplasia, Tracheal Collapse, Portosystemic Shunt, Entropion, Color Dilution Alopecia, Corneal Dystrophy, Acanthosis Nigricans

Dorkie Temperament and Behaviour

The Dorkie is a sweet, playful, and mischievous breed of dog. They are devoted to their families and are very gentle and protective of them. They generally get along well with children and other pets, although they can be aggressive if not properly socialized as puppies. They are intelligent and learn quickly, but they can also be stubborn at times.

Dorkie Activity Requirements

The origin of a “Dorkie” is somewhat of a mystery. Some say it is a mix between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Dachshund. Others say it is the offspring of a Yorkshire Terrier and a Yorkie-Poo. Regardless of where they originated, Dorkies are cute, cuddly, and outgoing. They are a high-energy, playful, and affectionate breed that loves spending time with their families. Like all terriers, Dorkies are smart and curious. They require lots of attention and interaction to keep them happy. Daily walks and indoor play time will help to keep your Dorkie happy and healthy.

Miles Per Day

4 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Dorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Dorkie is part of the Unclassified group.

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