If you’re looking to get yourself a new dog, oftentimes the biggest barrier can be the price. The exorbitant amounts of money needed to pay for some breeds, especially purebreds, can be a barrier for would-be dog owners to get their hands on some new furry friends.
This is often the case for Yorkshire terriers. A pure breed, they can be quite expensive. This is also true of the dachshund. However, getting a mix can be a great way to save money and get a fantastic dog with all of the good qualities of the two pure breeds.
So, how much does a Yorkie Dachshund mix cost? Well, a Yorkie dachshund mix is usually around $800-$1,000 as a puppy, if you include all of the health checks and screenings. This is quite a bit cheaper than you’d pay for a purebred dachshund or Yorkshire terrier, as mixed breeds are always less expensive than purebreds.
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Where to buy a Yorkie Dachshund mix
When you’re looking for a mixed breed puppy, you must acquire one from a reputable source. Look for reputable breeders and/or kennels that produce either Yorkshire Terriers or dachshunds. Looking online or asking your local vet is also a great option.
Make certain that the breeder you do end up selecting is a reputable one. There are plenty of bad breeders out there. Make sure you’re allowed to see the pup, the mom, and the rest of the litter first before you buy!
As mentioned above, part of the price of getting a new puppy is getting health checks and health screenings to make sure that the puppy you’re getting doesn’t have any serious health problems. This isn’t as big of a problem in mixed breeds normally, but Yorkies and dachshunds have health problems that dorkies can inherit.
Make sure your dorkie doesn’t have eye problems, as these are the most common issues that dorkies can inherit from their purebred parents. Often, taking your dorkie pup to an optometrist is a very wise move, to foresee and avoid problems coming up in the future.
If you can find a dorkie that’s been put up for adoption, this might be the best option for several reasons. Firstly, it will run you far less money than getting one from a breeder. The average adoption with fees and health screenings costs between $250 and $300, which is less than half of what you’d pay for at a breeder.
Secondly, adopting a puppy or dog can save it from a pretty rough life, and can be a rewarding, though more challenging experience. If you do rescue, you won’t be able to meet the parents, so make sure to take your dorkie to the vet to make sure everything is in order.
The reason that taking a look at the dog’s parents is so important is that as a crossbreed, your dorkie will take most of its look, personality, and temperament from its parents.
So what are a dorkie’s parents like?
The Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkshire terrier, also known as the Yorkie, is a small breed. Usually coming in brown, tan, and black, it can be identified by its small stature, long silky fur, and feisty attitude. They average out at about 7 pounds, making them quite small.
However, they tend to have big attitudes. They are playful, adventurous, and tenacious, and loyal. This makes them a fantastic pet and one of the most popular pets for people all around the world.
The dachshund, another of the most popular and recognizable dogs in the world, is the other of the dorkie’s two parents. With their long bodies, shiny coats of varying lengths, and alert and curious nature, these hunting dogs are exceptionally loyal and adventurous, making them a fantastic pet for families and single people alike!
Since both the Dachshund and the Yorkie are curious and adventurous dogs, you can expect your dorkie to be a playful and fun puppy as well. However, this energetic nature means that they rely on being happy and healthy to live out to their potential.
This is why seeing if the parents are healthy is of the utmost importance. You should at the very least be able to see the mother, whether she be a dachshund or a Yorkie. This will inform you as to whether or not your dorkie will be a good purchase, and how much you should be willing to pay for it.
The Dorkie’s Appearance
Coming from these two breeds, as you’d expect, the dorkie inherits a lot of their appearance and temperament. They have a longer than average body and short legs, so they are similar in musculature and bone structure to the dachshund.
Their ears vary in shape, sometimes being floppy like that of the dachshund, and sometimes pointy and erect like those of the Yorkie. They range from 5 to 9 inches in height and from 5 to 12 pounds. This makes them a small dog, more similar in size to the Yorkie than the dachshund (or closer to a miniature dachshund).
The Dorkie’s Behavior
The dorkie doesn’t only inherit its appearance from its parents, but the way it acts as well. They are gentle and affectionate but have quite an energy and loyalty to them as well. Being so kind and gentle, they are great family dogs and get along well with children.
They are quite intelligent, and if you start early, quite easy to train. With their dachshund parent’s hunting background, they are ready to learn and eager to please, making them excellent at picking up training given the proper positive reinforcement.
A dorkie litter is usually between 2 and 5 puppies. This is a rather small size for a puppy litter, so it can be easy to go to a breeder and see all the puppies from that particular litter. Make sure to pick the healthiest one, and more importantly than anything, the one you love the most.