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Dorgi Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dorgi so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Dorgi have? The dog breed also known as...
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Dorgi recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Dorgi recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Dorgi breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.International Designer Canine Registry
How much does the Dorgi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dorgi price:
If you choose to purchase the Dorgi, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dorgi for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dorgi gets to a happy place.

Dorgi History

Dorgi is a cross between a Dachshund and a Welsh Corgi. This cross was created when one of Queen Elizabeth's corgis mated with Princess Margaret's dachshund, Pipkin. Cider, Berry, Vulcan, and Candy, who belonged to the Queen, and Rum, who belonged to Margaret, were among the Dorgis raised by the sisters. The Queen owned at least eleven Dorgis over the years, with names like Brandy, Chipper, Harris, Pickles, Piper, and Tinker.

Historical records place the earliest appearance of the Corgi in 1107 AD: it was most likely a short-legged dog used to guide livestock in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and it was most likely considerably different from the contemporary dog.

It's impossible to say if it's a native breed or one that arrived in England with the arrival of the Vikings. However, the distinction between Corgi Cardigan and Corgi Pembroke as two unique dog breeds was established in 1934. The Welsh Corgi Pembroke has a somewhat shorter torso and straighter legs than the Cardigan.

King George VI, who donated a copy to his daughter Elizabeth, who eventually became Queen of England, is undoubtedly responsible for the popularity of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke. She was the one who came up with the Windsor prefix to designate the royal family kennel.

The Dachshund's formal origins may be traced back to the 15th century in Germany, where two sizes of Dachshunds were bred especially for hunting. The Miniature Dachshund was bred primarily for hunting rabbits, whereas the Standard Dachshund was bred mostly for sniffing and flushing away badgers and other burrow-dwelling mammals. In the United States, dachshunds have also been used to hunt prairie dogs and track deer.

The term Dachshund is derived from the German words 'Dachs' and 'Hund.' It literally means badger dog. The dachshund is more generally known in modern Germany as Dackel or Teckel, with Teckel being more popular among hunters. Because of their long, slender, sausage-like form and build, Dachshunds are also known as wiener dogs or sausage dogs.

The paddle-shaped front paws of dachshunds aid them in any 'extreme' digging, which is particularly effective when hunting and chasing badgers, rabbits, and other creatures. When hunting underground, the dachshund's deep chest can give the dog additional lung capacity.

Dorgi General Appearance & Basic Info

What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dorgi size:
How much does the Dorgi weigh? Dorgi weight:
15-28 pounds (7-13 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dorgi? Dorgi average weight:
21.5 pounds (10 kg)
How tall is the Dorgi? Dorgi height:
8-12 inches (20-30 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dorgi average height:
10 inches (25 cm)

Dorgi Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Dorgi have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dorgi's coat?
How to groom the Dorgi and how often?
Easy to groom: The Dorgi doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Dorgi is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dorgi dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dorgie? Dorgi shedding level:
Dorgis shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Dorgi breed.

Dorgi Characteristics

What kind of personality does the Dorgi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dorgi? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Dorgi's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Are Dorgi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dorgis are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
The Dorgi is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dorgi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dorgis don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Dorgis are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dorgie need? Dorgi social needs:
Dorgis are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Dorgi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dorgie bark?
Nagyon sokat: Dorgi kimondottan hangos fajta. Gyakran élvezik az ugatást és a hangos vonyítást. Ha csendes kutyát szeretnél, nem a legjobb választás. Az ugatás legfontosabb kiváltó okai: félelem, figyelemfelkeltés, riasztás, unalom, üdvözlés, szeparációs szorongás, kényszeres ugatás és védekezés.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dorgi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Dorgis are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Dorgi dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Dorgis strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Dorgi bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dorgie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dorgi? Why do dog bites happen?
The Dorgi has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dorgi do?
Dorgis have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dorgis need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dorgi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dorgi roam?
Dorgis have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dorgi have high prey drive?
Dorgis have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Dorgis are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dorgi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Dorgi fajta. Jó, ha van egy kis kerted, ahová néha kimehet elintézni dolgát, ugyanakkor ez egyáltalán nem fontos. Napi egy-két sétával kellőképpen lemozgathatod, így nem jelenthet gondot Dorgi tartása lakásban.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dorgis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dorgis do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Dorgi dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Dorgi Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Dorgi temperament with other people:
Dorgis are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dorgi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dorgi temperament with children:
Dorgis are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dorgi dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Dorgis are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Dorgi good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dorgi dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dorgis are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Dorgis good office dogs? Do Dorgis make good office friendly dogs? Can Dorgis be office dogs?
Dorgi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dorgi dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dorgie temperament with senior people? Are Dorgi dogs good for elderly owners?
Dorgis are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dorgi dogs get along with other pets? Are Dorgi dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dorgis are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dorgi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Dorgis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dorgi be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dorgi is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dorgi be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Dorgi be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dorgi is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dorgi be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dorgi is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dorgi be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dorgi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dorgi be a boat dog?
Not really
Dorgi breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dorgi be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dorgi is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Dorgi Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Dorgi dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Dorgi is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Dorgi breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Dorgi breed? Most common health risks of Dorgi:
CataractsHip DysplasiaPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Dorgi dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dorgi be?
12-14 years
Is the Dorgi breed hypoallergenic?
Dorgis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dorgi have? What is the activity level of the Dorgi?
Dorgis have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Dorgi dogs require per day?
Dorgis need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dorgis sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dorgi need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dorgi risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Dorgi's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dorgi's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Dorgi has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dorgi drool?
The Dorgi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dorgi could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Dorgi. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Dorgi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dorgi: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dorgi have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dorgi have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Dorgi Pros & Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Dorgi's has great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Kimondottan lakásbarát kutya Dorgi fajta.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dorgi doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dorgi is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Dorgi has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Dorgis adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Dorgis are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Dorgis don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Dorgis shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dorgis do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Dorgi is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dorgis are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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