Yorkshire terriers, or Yorkies, and dachshunds are two popular breeds of dog. Both breeds come in various sizes and colors, and make friendly house pets. Because Yorkie/dachshund crosses, or dorkies, are not an established breed, the best way to learn about this cross is to consider both parent breeds.
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Yorkies are small terriers that range from toy sizes to standards. They weight seven to 10 lbs. and average six to seven inches in length. These dogs feature long, silky coats that are brown, black and tan, or black and blue. Standard Yorkies live for 12 to 15 years.
Yorkies are loyal and affectionate to their owners, but can also be stubborn and obsessive. They are high-energy dogs that exhibit bravery and a clever, adventurous attitude. Dog Breed Info Center states that these small dogs are oblivious of their diminutive size.
Dachshunds also come in miniature and standard sizes. Miniature dachshunds measure five to seven inches and 11 lbs., while standards are eight to 11 inches and 12 to 15 lbs. Dachshunds come in smooth (short-haired), wire-haired and long-haired variations. Colors include red, black, black and tan, blue and tan, chocolate, chocolate and tan, fawn, creme and blue, or variations and combinations of these. Standard dachshunds live for 12 to 15 years.
Dog Breed Info Center states that dachshunds are curious, clever, lively, affectionate, proud, brave and amusing. These are dedicated dogs who enjoy close, affectionate relationships with their owners. They are also stubborn and opinionated, and can be quite bossy.
Dorkies are generally sized between miniature dachshunds and standard dachshunds with long, silky or coarse and wiry coats reminiscent of both Yorkies and long-haired or wire-haired dachshunds. Coloration is usually in browns or black and tan, which appears in both dachshunds and Yorkies.
Always use caution when considering a mixed-breed dog. Mixed breeds that aren't established aren't monitored by kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club, and there are no restrictions or guidelines in breeding. There is no guarantee about the healthy of a puppy's parents, or the puppy's temperament or genetics.
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