Dorgi

The Dorgi, or Dorgie, is a small designer breed of dog that has become quite popular today. It was created by crossing a short, wire or long-haired standard-sized Dachshund with a Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The result is a dog that has several characteristics of a herding breed and some traits of a hound.

The Dorgi is a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi. Their appearance can vary; some of them inherit the large, erect, Corgi-like ears, while others have forward-folding ears. They usually have long bodies with short legs and long muzzles. Dorgis usually have coarse, short coats that are easy to take care of. This dog breed needs to be brushed regularly to remove dirt and dead hair. Dorgies are small dogs that can weigh between 15 and 28 pounds when fully grown. They have short to medium-length wiry or silky hair that is often longer on the ears, tail, chest and legs. The coat can come in several different colors including red, black and tan, dapple, fawn, orange, orange and white, chocolate, black and white, and tri-colored. The ears of the Dorgie can be long and floppy like those of the Dachshund, or they can be large, rounded and held erect like those of the Corgi. These dogs typically have very short legs and long bodies. While some of them are born with long tails, there are a few that are born with bobtails. The eyes of the Dorgie should be light or dark brown, and the nose is usually black. Personality: The personality of the Dorgi can vary from dog to dog, but they usually inherit the athleticism and herding instincts of their Corgi relatives. They tend to have a mind of their own, but are usually friendly and sociable. They may bark a lot. They need daily exercise in the form of walks or short romps. The Dorgie is a dog that is overflowing with energy. These dogs love to run and play, and they will chase anything that moves. Although they will get along fine with other dogs, for the most part, they choose to be independent. They are gentle with children, but they may not have the patience necessary for toddlers.

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Breed Type
Mix
Origin
Europe
Life Span
11-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
Dorgie, dorgies, Dorgi

Dorgi Build Information

Size
Small
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
10-12 in.
Weight
15 - 25 lbs
Litter Size
4 - 5 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
No
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The Dorgi is a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi. Their appearance can vary; some of them inherit the large, erect, Corgi-like ears, while others have forward-folding ears. They usually have long bodies with short legs and long muzzles. Dorgis usually have coarse, short coats that are easy to take care of. This dog breed needs to be brushed regularly to remove dirt and dead hair. Dorgis are small dogs that can weigh between 15 and 28 pounds when fully grown.

They have short to medium-length wiry or silky hair that is often longer on the ears, tail, chest and legs.

The coat can come in several different colors including red, black and tan, dapple, fawn, orange, orange and white, chocolate, black and white, and tri-colored. The ears of the Dorgi can be long and floppy like those of the Dachshund, or they can be large, rounded and held erect like those of the Corgi. These dogs typically have very short legs and long bodies. While some of them are born with long tails, there are a few that are born with bobtails. The eyes of the Dorgi should be light or dark brown, and the nose is usually black.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The personality of the Dorgi can vary from dog to dog, but they usually inherit the athleticism and herding instincts of their Corgi relatives. They tend to have a mind of their own, but are usually friendly and sociable. They may bark a lot. They need daily exercise in the form of walks or short romps.

The Dorgi is a dog that is overflowing with energy.

These dogs love to run and play, and they will chase anything that moves. Although they will get along fine with other dogs, for the most part, they choose to be independent. They are gentle with children, but they may not have the patience necessary for toddlers.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Black & White Chocolate Fawn Light Brown Orange Red Tri-Color White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Medium Maintenance
Coat Type
Wiry

The amount of grooming your Dorgi will need depends on the length and texture of its hair. If you have a long or wire-haired Dorgi, you will need to brush its hair at least once daily. However, you will only need to brush a short-haired Dorgi two or three times a week. Since Dorgis are natural diggers, you may find that you need to bathe your pet often.

When you need to wash your dog, be sure to use a shampoo made specially for pets.

After bathing your pet, check its ears, and if necessary, use a damp cotton ball to wipe out any debris. If you need to clip your Dorgi's nails, use a guillotine clipper and trim only the tips.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
Yes
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
Yes
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
Yes
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
No
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
No
  • In addition to several Corgis and Cocker Spaniels, Queen Elizabeth II also owns several Dorgis
  • Due to their working background, Dorgis require a lot of exercise
  • As such, they are not recommended for sedentary people
  • This dog enjoys to bark, and it will bark at most anything that moves or makes a noise
  • If you do not like yappy dogs, this is not the dog for you

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Common Health Conditions in Dorgis

Most Dorgis are healthy dogs that do not develop any serious health problems, and they can live between 11 and 15 years or longer. However, there are some issues that they may be prone to developing due to their ancestry. You can find the most common of these issues listed below: Intervertebral Disc Disease, Obesity, Patellar Luxation, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Various Eye Conditions, Partial or Total Deafness, Epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia and Canine Degenerative Myelopathy. If you are looking for a lively little dog that can keep up with your active lifestyle, you should consider a Dorgie. These dogs have energy to spare making them great family pets as well. However, you may want to reconsider the Dorgie if you do not like yappy dogs or if you have such other pets as cats, rabbits, birds or rodents.

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