The Dorkie Terrier is a hybrid between the Dachshund and the Yorkshire Terrier. Country of Origin : Dorkie Terriers originate in the United States of America.Original Purpose : The Dorkie Terrier is a great family companion. Breed Characteristics : The Dorkie Terrier is a great family dog who loves kids and adults alike. Dorkie Terriers generally are intelligent, playful, and highly trainable dogs. Dorkie Terriers tend to get along great with other dogs and animals with proper socialization. Life Expectancy : Average life expectancy for the Dorkie Terrier is 10 - 13 years.