Are you ready for a Dorkie?

“Dachshund Yorkshire Terrier Mix”

The Dorkie is a designer dog breed, which means that it is a mixture or a cross of  other dog breeds, specifically the Dachshund and Yorkshire Terrier breeds. This furry little friend can be easily identified because of its small stature, having at least up to nine inches in height.

Often times, this ball of sunshine attracts a lot of attention from the public whenever it goes out thus, making a lot of people from all over the world want to know more about them in order to maybe own one in the future.

Therefore, if you are one of those people, which you most probably are, you are going to have to be equipped with knowledge about this dog, such as its behavior, ideal environment to be in, the diet, exercise, training, and grooming it needs and of course, the health concerns that revolve around them.

Parents

Some shady dog breeders might take advantage of you not knowing about dog breeds just to be able to be able to earn some cash. So, it is best to have background information regarding a Dorkie, starting with its parents if you want to purchase one.

The Dachshund

The Dachshund, also called badger hound or the badger dog, is a German dog breed that was used to hunt prey that were able to go into burrows in the ground, such as foxes and badgers. Back in the day, people also used dachshunds for hunting boars, but as of now, Dachshunds live their lives as very popular companions that love to have every bit of its owner’s attention.

The Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terriers are a cross between other breeds of terriers. These dogs got their name because of how most of them originated in Yorkshire, England. As of today, Yorkshire Terriers make really adorable pets. Be careful not to spoil them too much though or else, they will be giving you quite a hard time when it comes to letting them know who is the real boss in the house.

Appearance

These dogs have an appearance, obviously, similar to that of their parents. They have a long body, short legs, and may either have drooping or erect ears. Their fur may either be short and soft, or long and smooth. The height of this designer dog breed ranges from 5 inches to 9 inches high at the most. As for the weight, they usually weigh about 5 to 12 lbs.

Life Span and Life Cycle

On average, the Dorkie can only live for about ten to thirteen years or fifteen years at most if well taken care of. They are able to give birth to about two to five adorable puppies that all need to have the same amount of care and attention.

Behavior

The Dorkie is a sweet and cuddly little pet to have. It is playful yet also very smart and gentle. These dogs usually spend their time sleeping at least eighteen hours a day leading everybody to conclude that they have a quiet and non-playful nature which is definitely the opposite of what they are.

But, take note that just like the Dachshunds, Dorkies need a lot of attention from their owners, so if you own one or is planning to own one, try not to leave it alone by itself for long periods of time in order not to cause separation anxiety. Also, you should be aware of the one fact that it loves to bark. So, prepare your eardrums and brace yourself because despite its small structure, they have a very loud and deep bark, which that proves that these designer dog breeds should not be underestimated.

Ideal Environment

Dorkies are the type of dogs who love to be inside yet, they sometimes need to spend time outside to stretch their tiny legs. They also love it when they are surrounded by people especially the children because of their attention loving nature.

Diet

Just like humans, dogs of every breed also need to have a healthy diet. There should be no overfeeding. A cup of good quality food and fresh water are enough for them. Of course, along with a healthy diet comes exercise for a healthy body.

Exercise

Just like any other breed of dog, you need to have the time to be able to take this dog out for a walk once or twice a day. Allot time for you and your dog to go outside and have a breath of fresh air. Let your dog enjoy a fun-filled day of play and socialization with other dogs.

If you don’t have a large enough backyard, you can take your little Dorkie to a nearby dog park so he can mingle with other dogs. Do take note that since they are tiny little dogs, Dorkies will get tired quite easily as compared to other, bigger dog breeds, so have a bottle of water ready in case your tiny dog needs a drink.

Training

Unlike those breed of dogs who automatically get what you are trying to tell them to do, Dorkies need a little bit of extra training. Just be patient when it comes to teaching them and try to give it a little push or a little nudge of encouragement in order to keep them going with the training you are providing them.

Remember to also take note of its sensitive personality that comes from its Yorkshire Terrier side. Don’t enforce harsh ways when it comes to training them and always give them treats and compliments whenever they perform a job well done while still showing them that you are the boss.

Grooming

Don’t worry about spending a whole lot of cash when it comes to grooming this dog because apparently, Dorkies require quite low or moderate maintenance. All you need to do is brush its teeth two or three times a week. Ears have to be wiped clean every week and should be checked for ticks or infection.

As for its fur, you also need to brush it two or three times a week, but not only that, you also need to have it professionally trimmed, along with its nails, if it becomes too long. Also, only bathe them when necessary because if bathed too often, the skin will most probably become dry and damaged. Being able to provide  care of your dogs skin and fur prevents heavy shedding.

Health Concerns

If you own one or are planning to own one, you need to know how to provide your dog with good healthcare. Getting them the necessary shots and vaccinations needed, always checking for the appearance of fleas, and having your dog undergo a checkup annually are just a few of the things you need to do as their owner. You also need to provide the dog’s basic needs along with toys and treats that it can enjoy. But, most importantly, provide them with the love they need from their owner.

All in all, it doesn’t really take a lot to own and take care of Dorkies unlike other dog breeds. Mainly, all you have to do is to make sure to take care of its health and give the same amount of love it gives to you because living with these fluffy and irresistible balls of sunshine makes your life definitely feel a lot better.

No matter how bummed you may be from a day at school or at work, these little fur babies will provide you with the comfort and love you need just by their presence which definitely makes all the times you have spent taking care of them worth it.

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