Corgis are famed for being the favorite dog breed of the Queen of England. But if you are unfamiliar with the Corgi, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we will discuss this famous and funny looking herding dog in detail and take a look at different types of Corgis and crossbreeds.
Types of Corgis
The Corgi is a small dog whose origin traces back to Wales.
It is also commonly referred to as the Welsh Corgi. It has very defining features; its legs are short, with its height averaging just about 12 inches. Some say its head is fox-like, and it also has triangular ears.
There are two recognized breeds of the Corgi: the Pembroke Welsh and the Cardigan Welsh corgi. The two have physical differences, with the Cardigan breed being larger than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The Pembroke also generally has a short tail, which is often docked. On the other hand, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi typically has a long tail.
The Corgi is a very affectionate dog and has a playful demeanor. It might not be one of the most intelligent dogs in a top-10 list, but it is brilliant.
Furthermore, they are athletic, which goes without saying since they are used in herding farm animals. Close to this trait is that they are usually very alert and like to bark.
Corgis love to eat, and this makes them prone to obesity as they grow older. But it also means you will find it easier to train them since they respond very well to treats. They are very loyal and will enjoy a wholesome family environment.
Types of Corgi Mixes
Of course, with these remarkable qualities of a Corgi, you may wonder how Corgis combine with other dog species. Well, one thing you should know is that many Corgis mixes have gone on to become internet stars – cuteness overload!
Some of these mixed breeds also have improved features or have been bred for specific purposes.
Corgi and Siberian Husky
This mix is often called a Corgski or Siborgi but is more commonly known as a Horgi. What you have here is a mischievous dog with a playful and friendly side.
The Horgi combines the best from the parents with its athletic side from the Husky and physical sturdiness from the Corgi.
The Husky is one of the most energetic dogs around, so you must be ready to exercise your Horgi regularly. Both parent dogs are strong willed and occasionally stubborn, so you may expect this in your dog.
The Horgi also sports a thick double coat for warmth but might leave hair all over the house. You will need to set aside extra time for grooming to keep up with a Horgi.
Corgi and German Shepherd
You might expect an unusual outcome with this mix since the Corgi is almost comical and the German Shepherd has very serious features. However, both dog types have something in common – they are herders, which means they are protective.
They also blend very well. The Corman Shepherd, as it could be called, has the face of the German Shepherd and the legs of the Corgi.
It also sports the German Shepherd’s brown colors, though sometimes with some white spots. You can easily regard them as a large Corgi with German Shepherd colors.
This mix is highly intelligent, stemming from its parents’ similar features. It is also fiercely loyal.
You might not expect this dog to get along with strangers immediately, but it warms up to them as soon as it realizes they are friendly.
Corgi and Australian Shepherd
The Augie, as it is fondly called, also descends from two herder parents. It takes its body size from the Corgi parent and its colors from the Australian Shepherd parent.
This breed is more adaptable and happy-to-please, which makes training easy. It is also very active and energetic. But you may not need to spend so much time on exercise.
The Augie is also famous for heterochromia, so you shouldn’t be surprised to see different coloring in its eyes. This dog mix also has a fluffy coat, so you may have to spend extra time grooming and cleaning.
Corgi and Dalmatian
This is another unique Corgi mix – the Corgitian. This mix sports the characteristic coloring of the Dalmatian, but on a shorter and much stockier body.
Corgitians are amiable dogs that are also intelligent and quick to learn. The Corgitian retains its athleticism, maybe on a gently higher level than a regular Corgi.
The Dalmatian makes an excellent watchdog, and so does its offspring with the Corgi. But the Corgitian usually isn’t a very intimidating watchdog. If you get a Corgitian, you may have to get used to it climbing in your lap for a cuddle.
Corgi and Pug
The Corgi and Pug breeds combine to form the Porgi. These dog breeds, which have lived a fair share of royal life, also combine to create a small but spirited dog.
For the most part, the Porgi gets a pug face on a Corgi body. It also takes after its pug parents in terms of coloring.
As much as you can expect frequent energy bursts from the Porgi, you should also expect to see a dog who enjoys a nap, or many naps. But it does like to play with its owners.
Furthermore, the Porgi is slightly noisy. It is mellow in the barking department as the Pug behavior mellows out the talkative Corgi side.
Corgi and Golden Retriever
Combining a Corgi with a Golden Retriever gives you a Golden Corgi. You may think of them as short and squat Golden Retrievers since they take only a little from the Corgi parents.
You might want to get a Golden Corgi if you desire the retriever but have only a little space to accommodate it. You should, however, prepare for significant amounts of shedding as both parents are known for excessive fur and grooming needs.
Corgi and American Pit Bull Terriers
You might wonder how cute and adorable (Corgi) and scary and aggressive (Pit Bull) might mix. The answer is in the Corgi Pit, and the blend is quite nice.
The Corgi Pit is easy to groom as it takes after the Pit Bull’s smooth coat. For this reason, it may also be prone to skin allergies, which can easily be managed.
Pit bulls are known to be sensitive and emotional, and that reflects in the Corgi Pit. Combine this with its intuitiveness and energetic side, and you have a very entertaining dog.
You may expect a Corgi Pit to live longer than the average Corgi because Pit Bulls generally have a greater life expectancy.
Corgi and Poodle
Corgipoo is the result of crossbreeding a Corgi and a Poodle. The best-known quality of this breed is that it is an excellent choice if you have pet allergies. This is because of the hypoallergenic coat it inherits from its Poodle parent.
The size and color combinations can vary. However, when bred with miniature or toy Poodles that are smaller in stature, the eventual mix is likely to be on the small side.
With this crossbreed, you have a dog that can switch between an excited state and a relaxed state. Nevertheless, you are sure to have an active companion, which can be occasionally mischievous.
Corgi and Greyhound
These two breeds differ significantly in size – the Corgi being small and compact, while the Greyhound is tall and athletic.
When they combine to make a Corghound, you essentially have a Greyhound with short legs. It may be unusual to see at first glance.
The blend becomes smoother when it comes to their temperaments. Both parents are affectionate, and this quality is passed on to the Corghound so much that you find yourself drawn to it.
Since they are both energetic, you will find yourself trying to keep up with their playful nature. You often see small bursts of energy with this dog. At the same time, you shouldn’t be surprised to see it lay down for an afternoon nap.
Each type of Corgi mix offers various pros and cons, depending on the quality they inherit from their parent breeds. If you are looking to get one of these mixes, study the parents and the mix itself. This way, you’ll get a holistic view of what to expect.