When you’re ready to finally let the kids have the dog they’ve been begging for all summer, you need to look into various types of breeds and cross-breeds to understand their personalities, health issues, and temperaments.
These factors can help you understand if a particular breed of dog could be a good match for your family or not and can also reveal any struggles that you might face later on.
To help you in that research, we’re taking a look at a popular cross-breed, the Yorkie/Dachshund mix, an adorable, rambunctious little dog that could be the perfect pal for you and your kids.
What Do You Need To Know About The Dorkie
The Dorkie is a mixed breed dog that’s a cross between the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier breeds.
If you’re interested in determining the potential temperament of a mixed breed dog, it’s important to look at all breeds in the mix, as you may get any combination of characteristics found in either of the breeds.
It’s important to find out the exact breed of your dog because not all hybrid dogs are bred at an equal 50% split. Many breeders commonly use multi-generation crosses to breed the dogs that they sell.
Yorkshire Terriers were bred specifically for keeping houses and farms free of mice and rats. These little dogs, also known as Yorkies, were originally bred for hunting down rats in textile mills but over time were bred down to a smaller size that people use as lap dogs.
Yorkies are known to be highly courageous little dogs. They bark to warn their owners of perceived threats, instead of running off or hiding.
Dachshunds, or Doxies, are a smaller breed of hound that was originally bred for hunting badgers. For an activity this dangerous, the dog needed to have a very strong disposition, a ton of courage, and the type of body that would allow the dog to chase a dog deep into burrows.
These dogs are known for their long bodies, which have earned them the nickname of weenie or sausage dog. They also have short legs which are perfect for digging out badgers, rabbits, and other burrowing animals.
Other Names For The Yorkie / Dachshund Mix
The Dorkie is known by different name by different groups. The International Designer Canine Registry is one group that refers to the Dorkie as the Dorkie Terrier. The name Dorkie is used by groups such as the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Designer Breed Registry, and the American Canine Hybrid Club.
History Of Yorkie / Dachshund Mix Dogs
Behind every mixed breed of dog, you have the histories of the parent breeds. And behind the Yorkie/Dachshund mix, there’s loads of interesting facts and tales that brought the desire for these two breeds to cross.
The History And Background Of The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire Terrier’s history goes back to 19th Century Yorkshire, England. The breed came about because of a need for a dog to catch mice and rats that were in clothing mills. Scottish workers came to Yorkshire in a search to find work, and as they came, they brought different varieties of small terriers with them. As these workers began to work in woolen and cotton mills, they saw the need for a breed of dog that could be used to deal with the rat infestations everywhere.
The Yorkshire Terrier was introduced to North America in 1872. The first time a Yorkshire Terrier was registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1885. The Yorkshire Terrier became a popular pet and show dog during the Victorian era of England.
As Americans began to embrace Victorian ideas and concepts, they also embraced the Yorkshire Terrier. During the 1940s, this breed’s popularity began to dip, and the number of small breed dogs being registered fell to an all-time low, however. Soon after, the popularity of this dog was renewed, thanks to a famous World War II Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky.
This breed has become a very popular companion dog and has become an important breed in the development of other small breed dog mixes. In 2012 and 2013, the Yorkshire Terrier was ranked as being the 6th most popular pure-breed in the United States of America.
The History And Background Of Dachshunds
Dachshunds as a breed have been around since the 15th Century. This breed was developed in Germany and was intended to be badger hunting hounds. Dachshunds have short legs, which aided them in digging in tunnels and dens for rabbits, badgers, and foxes. Whenever Dachshunds found their prey in the dens, they were trained to bark in order to bring attention to where they were located underground.
Dachshunds are known as a very noisy breed because of this breeding to make them loud and barky. This trait enabled them to be found while underground in the animal burrows. This burrowing instinct is also why they tend to dig into piles of laundry, pillows, and other soft materials.
It wasn’t until the 1800s that the Dachshunds were brought to the United States. They become a breed that was recognized by the AKC in 1935.
Typical Healthy Sizes For Yorkie/Dachshunds
Part of keeping an eye on the health of your Yorkie/Dachshund mix is knowing their ideal height and weight. The average maximum height of a Dorkie is 6 to 7 inches. The healthy weight for a grown adult Dorkie is approximately 7 pounds.
A variation of this dog that weighs four pounds or less when fully grown is known as a teacup Dorkie. This is a very controversial type of dog that’s not recognized by major dog breed groups. The controversy is because the teacup varieties require breed runts, often siblings, to mate to achieve this designed dog size.
Teacup dogs end up with the worst health and temperament traits of the parent breeds and are prone to major and minor illnesses.
Health Issues And Lifespan For The Yorkie/Dachshund Mix
Yorkshire Terriers and Dachshunds are both breeds known to be hardy, with life expectancies ranging from 12 to 15 years. The Yorkie/Dachshund mix dogs live to be approximately 13 to 20 years. It’s important to remember that the lifespan of any dog comes from a combination of factors involving both their heredity and the quality of care given to the dog throughout their life.
There are some diseases that a Dorkie is genetically prone to because of the parent breeds. While this is not an exhaustive list, some of these diseases include:
While these specific problems may not develop in your pet Dorkie, routine veterinarian visits can help prevent these diseases from developing into serious health issues. You can also use grooming sessions as opportunities to check your dog’s body over for any potential problems.
Cautions With A Mixed-Breed Dog
Use caution when you consider bringing home a mixed-breed dog. Mixed breeds that aren’t established aren’t monitored by kennel clubs and associations, so there are no restrictions and guidelines instructing the breeding of these mixes. The parents may or may not be healthy, and the temperament will be influenced by these unknown dogs.
Finding The Right Dog For Your Family
Finding the right breed of dog is incredibly important before you bring home a puppy or adoptive dog for the family. Purebred dogs have different issues than mixed-breed dogs, so it’s important to know the various potential health issues, temperaments, and strengths and weaknesses of either or both parent breeds that can be carried into the offspring.
All these factors matter, but ultimately, finding the right dog will come out of meeting the right puppy or dog who needs adopting. Going in with the knowledge of breed you want can definitely help as you look into the thousands of puppies available everywhere.