Are you looking for a unique dog breed that successfully combines the characteristics of two of the cutest, most popular dog breeds out there? There are several such unique crossbreeds out there, and here we’ll talk about one of them—the Dorgi.
In a Dorgi, you’ll find a lot of what’s great about the two breeds that make up this crossbreed—namely the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Just like them, the Dorgi is lovable and loyal, while also being active and playful—pretty much what most families want!
Below we’ll go over the characteristics of this cool crossbreed and try to list everything there is to say and know about these unique dogs. From their short history and their lovely characters to their health specifics, by the end of this article, you’ll know everything you need to about the Dorgi.
- Adaptability: Good; but don’t let them jump off of high places because they could hurt their back
- Trainability: Good
- Health and Grooming: Good; low-maintenance and healthy as long as you watch their weight
- All Around Friendliness: Very Good
- Exercise Needs: Above Average; this breed requires a lot of exercise for its size
Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Height: 9 – 12 inches (23 – 30.4 cm)
Weight: 15 – 28 pounds (6.8 – 12.7 kg)
Lifespan: 12 – 15 years
Dorgis are a unique crossbreed between Pembroke Welsh Corgis and Dachshunds. The exact origin of the breed—i.e., when the two parent breeds were first crossed—is unclear, but it likely happened somewhere in Europe, possibly in Great Britain.
Today, Dorgis are most popular in the United Kingdom and the United States. They are not purebred, but they exhibit most of the characteristics of their parent breeds.
They are very active and playful, while also being highly intelligent, social, and loyal to their families. This makes them great companions for families with or without children.
- Dorgis are the result of a crossbreeding between Dachshunds and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They are small as their parent breeds are and have elongated bodies just like them.
- Despite being a crossbreed, Dorgis are generally healthy. As long as you’ve got a health certificate that proves that the Dorgi’s parents are also healthy, you should have little trouble with your pup.
- Dorgis may be small, but they are very active physically; you should be prepared for a lot of running and playing both outdoors and indoors. This is good for the breed since Dorgis also love to eat and should be kept from becoming overweight.
- Dorgis are famous for being kept as pets by Queen Elizabeth II.
The history of the Dorgi is as unclear as it is short. This crossbreed is said to originate in Europe, but the exact breeder or even country it comes from is unknown. Luckily, at least the ancestor breeds of the Dorgi are rather obvious—the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Both of those breeds are well-known and beloved companion pets. The Dachshund is descended from old European hound dogs that were used to hunt rats and other critters. The Corgi, on the other hand, is one of the oldest herding dog breeds in Europe.
Both breeds are small and have elongated bodies, and both of them are people-friendly, intelligent, social, and loyal. As a result, the Dorgi was probably an unescapable crossbreed that was bound to happen.
As of today, this crossbreed is most popular in the United Kingdom and the United States. The Dorgi is also well-known for being a favorite pet of Queen Elizabeth II.
While not a pure breed, the Dorgi is recognized by multiple dog fancier organizations such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, Inc., the International Designer Canine Registry®, and others.
You can also see this crossbreed being called a Dorgie or just a Corgi Dachshund Mix.
As the product of two small breeds, the Dorgi is very small as well. On average, this dog is 9 – 12 inches (23 — 30.4 cm) tall and weighs around 15 – 28 pounds (6.8 – 12.7 kg).
The breed typically has a pointed head, short legs, and small eyes. The ears of these dogs are usually erect but can sometimes fall towards the eyes. It also has a very elongated body, especially compared to the short height.
It’s worth mentioning that because this is not a pure breed, all these physical characteristics are not set in stone. Each Dorgi’s exact size and appearance depending on how much he or she will take from each parent. There are Dorgis that take more from their Dachshund parent and Dorgis that resemble their Corgi parent more.
It’s also worth considering that while a Dorgi is 50% Dachshund and 50% Corgi, said Dachshunds and Corgis aren’t always 100% purebred themselves. Additionally, it’s quite common for breeders to breed multigenerational crosses, which can result in even more physical differences between different Dorgis.
Still, the breed is so unique in its appearance that it can rarely be mistaken for anything else and it always covers the basics in terms of size and general appearance.
PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER
The Corgi and the Dachshund are two of the cutest, most lovable and loyal dog breeds out there, so it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the same goes for the Dorgi.
Dorgis are exceptionally social and loyal to their families. They are lovable and gentle, which makes them great for lap-petting, for cuddling, for belly rubs, and for all other similar activities. Additionally, Dorgis are also quite intelligent and can be taught a ton of tricks.
As all intelligent breeds, Dorgis love to play games, solve puzzles, and to be stimulated intellectually. Despite their lovable and gentle nature, they are not stereotypical lap dogs; like their parent breeds, Dorgis are very playful and active. If you get a Dorgi, you can expect a lot of playtimes both indoors and outdoors.
In fact, you’ll need to be ready for that; the Dorgis don’t just like exercise, they require it. A Dorgi that isn’t properly exercised and played with will easily get bored and learn unwanted habits like barking from the window or even destructive behavior.
Barking, in particular, is one of the most common behavioral problems of the breed. If you’re living in an apartment, you might want to teach your Dorgi not to bark from the earliest age. Still, being intelligent enough, Dorgis can be taught not to bark relatively easily with the proper training.
All in all, in terms of personality, Dorgis are exactly what you’d expect from their unique and cute appearance; they are playful and active, while also being intelligent, social, lovable, and loyal.
HEALTH AND POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
As a fairly new crossbreed, the Dorgis don’t really have a well-examined and categorized list of breed-related genetic problems and diseases. Additionally, because they are not a pure breed and their breeding is not as strictly observed and controlled, each individual Dorgi’s health is largely dependent on the health of his or her parents.
Nevertheless, Dorgis are a crossbreed of two very specific breeds, so their potential health issues are very similar to the typical health issues of Dachshunds and Corgis. Since both of these breeds are considered to be relatively healthy, the same can be said about the Dorgi.
Still, all three of these breeds can still be affected by common dog health disorders (urinary tract problems, heart disease, and diabetes, for example). Additionally, as all dog breeds come with elongated bodies, Dorgis, Corgis, and Dachshunds all have the potential for some spinal-related health problems.
Problems with the spinal disk, in particular, are something that you need to watch out for; don’t let your Dorgi jump off of high places. Spinal disk fractures can lead to paralysis, among other things.
Another way your Dorgi can develop spinal issues is through becoming overweight. All dogs with an elongated body structure are more vulnerable than other dog breeds to the bad effects of becoming overweight, as this puts additional pressure on their spines. Since Dorgis are very ravenous and love to eat, you should keep your pup on a very strict feeding schedule. We’ll go over that in more detail below.
Aside from keeping your Dorgi from injuries and from becoming overweight, if you’ve gotten your Dorgi from a reputable dog breeder that has provided you with health certificates for the pup and his/her parents, you’ll most likely have a healthy and hardy dog.
The generally good health of this breed means that you shouldn’t have a lot of health problems to deal with if you’re taking good care of your Dorgi. Keeping your dog from becoming overweight and giving him or her plenty of exercise is the key to having a healthy Dorgi.
Every Dorgi needs at least 30 minutes of active, off-leash play, in addition to two leashed walks each day. Giving your dog plenty of indoors playtime is also required; Dorgis love to play with balls and enjoy playing fetch.
Aside from their exercise needs, Dorgis are easy to take care of; just vaccinate and deworm your pup, and maintain good physical hygiene. As with any other dog, this means that you should regularly clip your Dorgi’s nails. You should clean the ears and eyes with a damp cloth to prevent infections, and you should brush your dog’s teeth.
This last part is frequently ignored by most dog owners, but it is essential. Dogs traditionally don’t complain when they have dental problems, as they instinctively feel that this would be a sign of weakness. As a result, if you don’t keep good dental hygiene for your dog, he or she can live for years with a constant toothache that you’d be unaware of.
As far as their coats are concerned, Dorgis have short hair and are generally hypoallergenic, so you should have little trouble taking care of their fur.
As we said, Dorgis are prone to overeating, thanks to their insatiable appetite. And since overeating is even more problematic for them (and their spines) than it is for other dogs, you should definitely keep a strict feeding schedule.
For an adult Dorgi, you should be looking at ¾ – 1½ cups of quality dry kibble per day, divided into 3 (if possible) meals.
If you want, you can substitute half of the dry kibble with high-quality and low-fat soft food, as long as the general intake of calories remains the same. If you are feeding your dog with a homemade DIY food, manage the fat content of the food with extra care.
As for the schedule itself, it’s generally advisable to feed your dog three times per day instead of just 2. Particularly with overeating breeds like the Dorgi, you want the meals to be more frequent but smaller, just as is advisable for humans as well.
A lot of dog owners prefer the 2-meals-per-day schedule as feeding dogs once every 12 hours is easy for working people. However, three meals per day are not that hard either when you consider that they don’t need to be spaced between 8 hours each.
You can easily feed your Dorgi on a 10/7/7-hour schedule or on an 11/7/6-hour schedule by managing the exact quantities of each meal.
As far as treats go, it’s important to go for low-fat treats. Dorgis are highly active, and their intelligence makes them great for learning tricks and playing puzzle games. Those activities presuppose a lot of treats, however, so make sure your dog doesn’t get overweight from them.
Generally, always keep an eye on your dog’s physique and if you notice that he or she is gaining weight, intervene as quickly as possible.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
In terms of their coats, Dorgis have soft and wiry coats that are short-to-medium in length. This means that you won’t have to spend a lot of time grooming your dog. Dorgis shed minimally, and they are also hypoallergenic, which makes them perfect for people with mild allergies and/or people who hate having too much hair on their furniture.
Still, Dorgis are very active outdoors, so you’ll have to give your dog a bath regularly, as well as brush his or her coat a few times per week.
As far as their coat color is concerned, Dorgis can be seen in various colors like black, white, brown, black and white, black and brown, solid brown, and light brown.
CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS COMPATIBILITY
As a small, but very active, loving, and loyal breed, Dorgis make for great companions in families with children of all ages. Dorgis will love to play with your kids and to go outside with them, as well as to snuggle with them.
Since they are small in size, they won’t present any physical danger to your children, as long as your children are taught how to play with a dog properly (don’t pull their tails, don’t throw them around, etc.).
The only possible downside of having a Dorgi in a home with children is if the children are still babies and/or toddlers and the Dorgi isn’t trained not to bark. The excessive barking of an untrained Dorgi can present a practical problem by constantly waking up the baby. Still, this problem is easy to fix by properly training your dog.
As far as other pets are concerned, Dorgis have little problem interacting with or living with other dogs, as long as they are properly socialized. Some extra socialization and training will be required, but Dorgis are more cat-friendly than a lot of other dog breeds.
With a Dorgi, you can get a lot of “stuff” in a very small package. You can get a dog that’s playful and active, intelligent enough to learn interesting tricks, and enthusiastic enough to practice them.
Dorgis are also social, loving, and loyal, making them great for families. Dorgis are also generally healthy and sturdy, especially compared to other breeds. They only require a stricter feeding/exercise regime. They also look absolutely adorable and are very unique in their appearance.
Are you interested in welcoming a Dorgi into your family? Do you have any personal experience interacting, or perhaps even living, with this dog? Do share your stories in the comments section.