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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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Other Names
What other names does the Dorgi have?
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed Welsh Corgi and Dachshund mix

Dorgi Size and Weight

Is a Dorgi small, medium or large dog?

How big do Dorgi get?

What is the average size of a Dorgi?

How much does the Dorgi weigh? How much should a Dorgi weight? What is the normal weight of a Dorgi? How much does a full-grown Dorgi weight?
15-28 pounds (7-13 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Dorgi?
21.5 pounds (10 kg)
How tall is the Dorgi? Dorgi height:
8-12 inches (20-30 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Dorgi?
10 inches (25 cm)

Dorgi Price and Availability

How much does the Dorgi puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Dorgi in the United States? How much money is a Dorgi?

Where to buy a Dorgi with a good pedigree?

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.
How easy is it to get a Dorgi? How many Dorgi are there in the world?
Average: The Dorgi is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Dorgi Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dorgi? Is the Dorgi breed dumb or smart?
Smart: The Dorgi dogs have great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Dorgi is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Are Dorgi dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Dorgi?
Dorgi dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dorgi good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Dorgi dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Dorgi dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Dorgi dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Dorgi Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Dorgi have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dorgi sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dorgi dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routines, noisy households, 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? Is a Dorgi a good family dog?
High: Dorgi dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs 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:
Dorgi dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dorgi to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dorgi roam?
Dorgi dogs 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?
Dorgi dogs 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 Dorgi dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Dorgi Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
The Dorgi is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Do Dorgi dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dorgie bark?
A lot: Dorgi is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Apartment Friendly
Is Dorgi good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Dorgi in an apartment?
Very house-friendly dog the Dorgi breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.

Dorgi Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dorgi dogs 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
How long can a Dorgi be left alone? How long can you leave a Dorgi alone?
Dorgi dogs 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.

Dorgi Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Dorgi has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Dorgi? How much bite force does a Dorgi have? How strong is a Dorgi bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Dorgi bite force: Weak. The Dorgi bite force is considered weak when compared to other dog breeds. The bite force Dorgi measurements usually fall below 200 PSI, making them one of the breeds with the weakest bite force. The bite force of a Dorgi may be weak, but it's important to remember that any dog's bite can still be dangerous if not managed properly. Despite the bite force of Dorgi being lower, it does not make them any less lovable or enjoyable as pets.

Dorgi bite wounds might not be as severe, but it is still essential to be cautious and prevent any biting incidents.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals. To ensure a well-behaved dog, it's essential to learn how to train a Dorgi puppy not to bite from an early age. With proper training and socialization, a Dorgi can be a wonderful addition to any family, providing love and companionship for years to come.

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?

Low 🔽

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?
Dorgi dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dorgi dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Dorgi Health and Lifespan

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:
Cataracts Hip Dysplasia Patellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Dorgi breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Dorgi see the vet?
The Dorgi should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Dorgi dogs live? How old can a Dorgi be? What is the age limit of the Dorgi? How many years can the oldest Dorgi live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Dorgi?

How long is the lifespan of a Dorgi?

12-14 years
The average lifespan of Dorgi: 13 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Dorgi Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Dorgi have? What is the activity level of the Dorgi?
Dorgi dogs 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 exercise does a Dorgi need? How much exercise do Dorgi dogs require per day?

Do Dorgi dogs need a lot of exercises?

Dorgi dogs 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 the Dorgi breed need?
Dorgi dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered a lazy breed.

Dorgi Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Dorgi need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Dorgi breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Dorgi? How much food should I feed my Dorgi?
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 weight regularly.

Dorgi Allergies and Grooming

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 are proper Dorgi coats?
How to groom the Dorgi and how often? How often should I take my Dorgi to the groomer?
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? Do Dorgi dogs shed a lot?
Dorgi dogs 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Dorgi need a bath? How often should you give a Dorgi a bath? Can I bathe my Dorgi every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Is the Dorgi breed hypoallergenic?
Dorgi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher 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.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

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 of a 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 minimum 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 Good With

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?
Dorgi dogs are usually friendly towards other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Dorgi temperament with other people:
Dorgi dogs are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dorgi dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dorgi temperament with children:
Dorgi dogs 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? Can the Dorgi breed live with a cat?
Dorgi dogs 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?
Dorgi dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dorgi breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Dorgi breed suitable for first-time owners?
Dorgi dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Dorgi dogs good office canines? Do Dorgi dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they 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.

Dorgi As a Working Dog

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 is 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 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

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Dorgi is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor 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.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

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.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Dorgi dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Dorgi Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Dorgi pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Dorgi breed is pregnant?

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.

Litter Frequency

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 in a litter? How many puppies can the Dorgi breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Dorgi have? How many puppies can a Dorgi give birth to?
2-5 puppies

Dorgi Recognition

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?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry

Dorgi Pros and Cons

  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: The Dorgi dogs have great intelligence.
  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Dorgi breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Dorgi doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Dorgi is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Dorgi has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Adaptability: Dorgi dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Cat Friendly: Dorgi dogs are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dorgi dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Dorgi dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Shedding Level: Dorgi dogs shed above average.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Dorgi's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dorgi dogs 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.

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.

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