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Dorkie Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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Dorkie
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Dorkie have? The dog breed also known as...
Dorkie Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Dorkie recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Dorkie recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Dorkie breed?
American Canine Hybrid ClubDesigner Breed RegistryDesigner Dogs Kennel ClubInternational Designer Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Dorkie 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? Dorkie price:
400-600
If you choose to purchase the Dorkie, 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 Dorkie for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dorkie gets to a happy place.

Dorkie General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dorkie size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Dorkie weigh? Dorkie weight:
5-12 pounds (2-5 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dorkie? Dorkie average weight:
8.5 pounds (3.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dorkie? Dorkie height:
5-9 inches (13-23 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dorkie average height:
7 inches (18 cm)

Dorkie Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dorkie have? What does this canine coat look like?
SilkyThick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dorkie's coat?
BlackGoldenWhiteTanGray
Grooming
How to groom the Dorkie and how often?
Advanced: The Dorkie requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Dorkie a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Dorkie, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Dorkie dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dorkie Terrier? Dorkie shedding level:
Dorkies shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Dorkie dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Dorkie Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dorkie have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateGentleLovingCheerfulIntelligentPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dorkie? Are they intelligent?
Average: Dorkie's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Dorkie dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dorkies are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Dorkies, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dorkie sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dorkies 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?
Dorkies 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 Dorkie Terrier need? Dorkie social needs:
Dorkies need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Dorkie dogs bark a lot? Why does my Dorkie Terrier bark?
High: The Dorkie is a very vocal breed. Definitely not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dorkie good as a watchdog?
Dorkies are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Dorkies will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Dorkie dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dorkies are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Dorkie bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dorkie Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dorkie? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dorkie 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.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dorkie do?
Dorkies 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 Dorkies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dorkie to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dorkie roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Dorkie is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dorkie have high prey drive?
Dorkies have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dorkie good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Dorkies are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dorkies 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?
Dorkies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Dorkie dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Dorkie Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dorkies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Dorkie dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dorkie and children:
Dorkies are not the most kid-friendly dogs. If you have children, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dorkie dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Dorkies are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Dorkie good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dorkie dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dorkies are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dorkie is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are Dorkies good office dogs? Do Dorkies make good office friendly dogs? Can Dorkies be office dogs?
No
Dorkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dorkie dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dorkie Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Dorkie dogs good for elderly owners?
Dorkies are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dorkie dogs get along with other pets? Are Dorkie dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dorkies are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dorkie breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Dorkies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dorkie be a service dog?
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). Dorkie is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dorkie be a therapy dog?
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. Dorkie is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dorkie 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. Dorkie is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dorkie 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 Dorkie is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dorkie be a boat dog?
Not really
Dorkie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dorkie 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. Dorkie is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Dorkie Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dorkie dogs have health problems?
Dorkies are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Dorkie breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Dorkie breed? Health risks of Dorkie:
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Skin Allergies
Life Expectancy
How long do Dorkie dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dorkie be?
13-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dorkie breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dorkies 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 Dorkie have?
Dorkies have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dorkie dogs require per day?
Dorkies exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dorkies are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dorkie 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
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dorkie risk for obesity:
Average. The Dorkie has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks 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 Dorkie's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Dorkie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dorkie drool?
The Dorkie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dorkie 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 Dorkie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Dorkie 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 Dorkie: 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 bitch 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 bitch’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 Dorkie 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 Dorkie have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Dorkie Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Health Issues: Dorkies are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Dorkies are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Dorkies shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dorkie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Dorkies are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Dorkies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dorkies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Dorkie requires a lot of grooming.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Dorkie is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dorkies tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Child Friendly: Dorkies are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dorkies are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Dorkie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dorkies are not the best breed for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dorkies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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