Dorgi: Corgi Dachshund Mix

The Dorgi is a hybrid dog produced by crossing the Dachshund and the Corgi. This small designer breed of dog that has become quite popular today. This unique breed has a small body with big height. They usually have short legs and fat bodies. The Dorgis have relatively large erect ears, short legs, and a short fine coat. Even the Queen of England has a Dorgi! So who wouldn’t love this adorable dog?

Dorgi’s Size
These hybrid dogs tend to be under about 25 pounds in weight but they can get quite tall! They usually have long bodies with short legs and long muzzles. Females can get to 10-12in in length. The males Dorgi’s can get to 8-12in in length. They are considered to be smaller dogs.

Corgi & Dachshund Mix Personality
The personality of the Dorgi can vary from dog to dog but they are usually very friendly companions. They tend to have a mind of their own, but are usually friendly and sociable. The Dorgi’s inherit herding instincts from their corgi relatives. So they love to be outside playing. They will become an excellent family pet and due to their loving nature they will be in love with their owners. They are great with children and other pets. They might develop separation anxiety and even behave violently if left alone for long periods. The Dorgi all around has a wonderful, loving, and energetic personality.

Dorgi’s Temperament
Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful they will also want to be held by them. Socialization helps ensure that your puppy grows up to be a well-rounded adult dog!

As both parent breeds hunt and herd; the Dorgi is likely to be relatively high-energy or anxious. So they can get nervous easily or even suffer from separation anxiety. Excessive barking can be a problem for the Dorgi, which is why a Dorgi makes a good guard dog. Also try to teach your dog to be alone for short periods of time so they don’t wreck your house while you’re gone.

Corgi Dachshund Mix Coat
The Dorgi’s coat can come in either wiry or short-haired wiry. When you have this type of hair it is very low maintenance. They have moderate shedding and this coat only needs to be brushed about once a week. The colors the Dorgi can come in range from black, brown, orange, red, white, and crème, and tan, mix of brown and black, and blonde. It all depends on the parents genes what color Dorgi you will get!

Corgi Dachshund Mix Grooming
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. You will only need to brush a short-haired Dorgi two or three times a week. You should always give your dog a bath once a week and more if they have a bad problem with fleas. Daily brushing your Dorgi’s teeth is great to prevent gum disease and bad breath. Trim his nails regularly if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally.

Start grooming your dog as a puppy so they can get accustomed to it. Make sure you make the experience as positive as possible for them with lots of praise afterward. If your dog has a bad experience with grooming that’s it from there on out they will hate it. As you groom, check for sores, rashes, or signs of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation on the skin, in the nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet. Eyes should be clear, with no redness or discharge.

Dorgi Health Issues
Dorgi’s are generally healthy, but like all breeds they can be prone to certain health conditions. Not all Dorgi’s will get any of these health problems but it’s good to be aware of them. In no way are we saying your dog has this or will have these. If you’re buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you the health clearances for both your puppy’s parents. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for certain diseases.

Patellar Luxation: the patellar is the knee cap and luxation means dislocation. Patellar luxation is when the knee joint slide out of place causing pain. Most dogs have this condition but it doesn’t come out until much later in life or not at all.

Hip Dysplasia: this is an inherited condition where the thighbone doesn’t fit snugly into the hip bone. You will notice this on the health clearances from your breeder.

Cataracts: the dog’s eye will become cloudy and will the dog poor vision. This usually occurs in old age and it can be removed to improve the dog’s vision.

Obesity: The Dorgi has naturally very little legs and they are a more round dog. They do tend to eat a lot for a small dog so try to feed them the recommended dose for a dog so they don’t become overweight.

Dorgi Exercise
Dorgi’s have both hunting and herding instincts and will need plentiful, regular exercise. Make sure your dog gets at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. You can take Dorgi’s for a nice walk or even off the leash for outside play. Dorgi’s love to chase birds and squirrels so if you’re playing in a yard you will see them chasing animals.

Dorgi Training
This intelligent breed is suitable for those looking to keep easy-to-train dogs as pets. Early and ongoing socialization is a must for the Dorgi as a puppy! nviting visitors over regularly, and taking the dog to busy parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help to improve your puppy’s social skills. Since the puppies have the characteristic stubbornness of their parents you need to have consistent training methods reinforced with treats, rewards, and plenty of love!

Dorgi Feeding
How much your adult dog eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don’t all need the same amount of food. The quality of your dog food also makes a big difference. The better the food the more nourishment it will give your dog.

Give an adult Dorgi 3/4-1.5 cups of quality dry kibble divided into two meals. If you split your Dorgi’s daily feed into two meals, he will feel like he’s getting more food overall. Remember Dorgi’s love to eat and can easily get overweight so keep an eye on your dog’s diet.

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