The Corgi Husky Mix Ultimate Guide will walk you through every aspect of this friendly breed of K9. The goal is to answer any general questions you may have and present some important facts about the breed.
Whether you’re looking into the breed to determine if it’s the right dog for you, or if you already have one and want to know more about your dog, look no further.
The Corgi Husky Mix is a breed of dog that can be found anywhere.
They are capable of living happily in apartments or houses and are adaptable most climates. That said, they fare the best in more moderate to cold areas but can handle warmer climates in a controlled manner.
Their manageability, along with the looks and temperament of the breed, has made them grow in popularity in the United States since their first arrival in the 1930s.
Though they are not recognized as a “Designer” breed by the Designer Breed Registry, their compact size makes them commonplace in cities, and are treated as designer dogs nonetheless.
You can find this little friendly pooch referred to as the Siborgi, Horgi, and some people even call them a Corgsky or Corgski .
Any of these names are just as mixed as the dog, being a combination of names of the two parent breeds.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is a Corgi Husky Mix?
- Training the Corgi Husky Mix
- How to Care for Your Corgi Husky
- How Much is a Corgi Husky Mix?
- Corgi Husky Mix: How to Find a Breeder
What is a Corgi Husky Mix?
Some people prefer purebreds; others prefer to get a mix. Oddly, the Corgi Husky Mix can catch the attention of both types of dog owners. Yes, it is a mixed breed, but a mix done in a specific way, with specific breeds- every time.
Meet the Parents
If you’re looking for a pure mix of these two breeds, it should go without saying that the parents need to be one hundred percent true to their stock.
Dad should be demonstrably purebred as well as the mother through their certificates. As is the case whenever you are interested in a particular type of dog, it’s always valuable to be able to meet the parents, and verify that the lines are true.
A Corgi Husky is sired by the Welsh Corgi rather than the Siberian Husky. This is how it needs to be done because of the vast difference in size between the two breeds. It would be unsafe for the mother if the roles were reversed.
It happens that both parenting breeds share a similar lineage, as they are both considered to be among the “elite” of breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. But even still, because of the nature of the Corgi Husky being a mix, they are not recognized by any major association or club.
As mentioned above, if you want a true Corgi Husky Mix, you need to verify the line of its parents. We’ll be talking about that a bit more below in the “Breeders” section.
Due to the different sets of characteristics of each breed pouring into a Corgi Husky Mix, options are abundant, which genetics have to choose from. It isn’t often that any two of this breed will look identical to each other.
And this is the reason why AKC and other clubs don’t recognize the Corgi Husky Mix as its own type of breed, due to being mixed, as well as no standard size, weight, and color.
However, the same things that rub K9 Clubs the wrong way tend to be things that people in general invite. Uniqueness comes in a variety of ways when it comes to Corgi Huskies.
We’ve mentioned a few times now, that it’s important to know who the parents are, so you can know without a doubt that it is a proper mix. Here is another good reason to bring it up again. Without that verification, the variances of appearance can make it very difficult to determine the dog’s ancestry.
This is particularly true for people who have presuppositions about the appearance of the breed. They wind up not being sure what to make of one that is a strange color combination or a little bigger or smaller than they imagined.
You’ll see with the height, weight, coat, and colors, that there is a wide spectrum of variables that are passed down to the Corgi Husky.
Height and Weight
This dog falls between the small to the mid-sized range, often weighing anywhere between 20-50 pounds.
Corgi Huskies are a low set dog- close to the ground, often with short legs and a long body. The build of the dog is much like the father (Welsh Corgi) but slightly amplified in size and longer legs than the Corgi.
The looks, such as facial structure and coat, can often resemble the mother (Siberian Husky). Their tails can grow into any combination of the two parents’ tails. Often, Corgi’s are bred to have nearly no tail, and if they do wind up with one, it gets docked.
Color and Coat
Both parent breeds can have a range of different colors in their coat. Because of this, the Corgi Husky Mix can have any combination of white, cream, red, orange, brown, blue, and black.
Just like the colors, a Corgi Husky can have coats that resemble the longer, smoother coat of its father or the shorter, thicker coat of its mother.
These dogs share something with their mother’s side of the family. Some of them can have one eye a different color than the other, or they can have two of the same colored eyes. Different colored eyes are something that you’ll most often see with Huskies.
Before diving into the temperament of this dog, understand one thing. There are always exceptions to the rule as it relates to the temperament of any breed. Every dog is different from individual to individual, and how one is brought up, trained, and treated, will have an enormous impact on the nature of the dog.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about what someone can generally expect from a Corgi Husky mix.
The temperament of the breed is another place where being a mixed dog comes into play. Its temperament gleans from both sides of the temperaments of the parents.
That said, to understand the characteristics that are being poured into the Corgi Husky Mix, it’s a big help to understand the nature and history of the Siberian Husky and also the Welsh Corgi.
Here is a quick rundown of the temperaments of each breed.
- Bred to herd cattle, sheep, and horses
- Active and intelligent
- Known to be easy to train
- Eager to learn and participate
- Full of energy
- Is very affectionate with family members
- Originally developed to work in packs
- Can be independent
- Friendly and good with families
- Very Energetic
- The Husky is a working breed
Now that we can see the ingredients that are involved with developing the temperament of the Corgi Husky, the following is often the result.
The Corgi Husky mix is an intelligent dog, loyal and loving to the end. However, because of the possibility of having a chase or small prey drive, special care should be taken concerning infants or small pets- cats or smaller.
This breed is not recommended for a home with infants or small children. They are very strong-willed, and harbor traits that are not a good mix as it relates to having a calm, warm setting for an infant.
Not to say that they would be aggressive, because they are a sweet-natured and loving dog. But they can, when excited, have a tendency to throw caution to the wind.
Speaking of excited, they do love to bark. In fact, they bark to the point of becoming a nuisance in an apartment building if the training isn’t begun as soon as possible, along with plenty of walks or exercises to expel some of that energy. We’ll cover more about that in the next section.
This mix has created a great companion breed. Being a companion dog is wonderful on the one hand, because of all the unconditional love and attention, the dog gives its family.
On the other hand, when left alone, it can be extremely stressful for the dog. When this isn’t properly managed, it can result in howling, barking, chewing, or digging up carpets.
Both breeds that make up the Corgi Husky are working dogs. Though the mix isn’t very big, it has the energy to be a tireless worker, which can mean that they can be extremely focused on a task.
This focus alongside high energy can make for a stubborn dog, so, again, training is paramount.
Training the Corgi Husky Mix
As you’ve probably perceived from the remarks above, training is a very important piece of responsibility when it comes to the Corgi Husky mix. And as is true with any dog, the sooner training begins, the better it will be for you, your family, and the dog in the long run.
That being said, this particular dog is not suggested for first-time dog owners. Some experience dealing with dogs (particularly high-energy and stubborn dogs), will go a long way in being perceptive toward the dog’s behavior.
These dogs are perfectly capable of figuring out all of the things that you don’t want them to, so special care might be needed in certain situations. For example, for some owners, the dog has a remarkable ability to find and exploit any possible way to get through, around, or under fences.
So, it is important to train your Corgi Husky in a way that utilizes this strength (it’s intelligence) and to be careful about things that you don’t want it to do. One method is to remove the reason to desire something that you would rather them not desire.
Perceptive to People’s Emotions
One of the many reasons that this breed isn’t necessarily a good fit for a first-time dog owner is because they are highly conscious of the emotional state of the owners. How an owner responds to disobedience can either make or break a training opportunity.
Frustration or even anger can arise when trying to train bad habits out of a stubborn dog, and they’ll pick up on your emotional state and respond to that, rather than the lesson at hand.
The last thing you want is a Corgi Husky to think that the path of pleasing you is to do what’s bad, and wait till you’re frustrated and angry before doing what’s right.
This is a stubborn yet perceptive dog to train. A cool head, patience, repetition, consistency, and praise, will win the day against that stubborn streak with a Corgi Husky pup.
A Reward System
This particular breed responds much better to a stimulating and fulfilling reward than it does to disciplinary types of responses. The more they understand what they need to either do or not do, in order to receive that reward, the more effective its training becomes.
The better the reward, the more likely the dog is going to either complete a task (going potty outside for one example) or refrain from doing something (barking at the mailman for another example).
Rewarding your dog should continue as it progresses until that training evolves into behavior.
Here, you can kill two birds with one stone by mixing playtime with training. There are many creative ways that you can train your dog to do specific things, all focusing on the strengths of the breed.
They are balls of energy; they have a work dog pedigree; they are intelligent; they can be focused. Why not use these strengths when it comes to training playfully?
Give it a task of some sort and help it to figure out the task until it can complete it on its own. Teach it to fetch something, or even to take items and put them back where they belong. Give them things to do that they can figure out independently if they harbor that trait.
If you are unsure of how to handle training your dog, it is better if you turn to a professional that knows exactly what you should do. To fail to find the line between being too stern or too passive could end in an incredibly tough time for everyone involved.
Yes, this would wind up being an added expense, but so what? A professional dog trainer could save you a lot of time, effort, and money for years to come with proper training.
The only challenges would be finding a trainer that is honest about their experience with a dog harboring the types of traits that the Corgi Husky have, and carrying out the given advice.
How to Care for Your Corgi Husky
Every breed of dog is different (be it a mixed breed or full-bred), and it’s important to recognize these differences as it relates to caring for the dog. Some problems with any given dog may come early in life or as they enter their late stages.
Nearly all breeds of K9 have specific genetic strengths and weaknesses they face throughout the span of their lives. Some are known to have hip issues, prone to early-onset dementia, progressive retinal atrophy, or cataracts, to name a few. The Corgi Husky is no different and can have its own set of concerns.
However, proper treatment, exercise, grooming, and a stable, healthy diet can help to keep your dog healthy and happy.
At least one hour a day of good exercise is recommended for a Corgi Husky. They need an outlet to expel all of that energy that they have within them, just waiting to get out.
A well-exercised dog is generally a better-behaved dog. And that is true for any breed. The less energy they have, the easier they will be around the house, and training will also be that much easier.
If you’re a jogger, this is a great opportunity to get some good exercise in for the dog. They come from lines of great runners, and it’s more likely that you’ll run out of gas before they do.
Whatever opportunity you give them to play or run, they’ll take it.
Corgi Husky Mix dogs often wind up with a thick double coat of fur, which means that there will be shedding, and there will be mats forming if you are slow to groom your dog.
A thorough brushing once or twice a week will make a big difference in preventing mats and keeping your rugs and furniture relatively fur-free.
Also, due to their energetic and rambunctious nature, they’re not afraid to get themselves covered in whatever it is that they decide to plow through. Frequent baths will keep your dog clean, and will also assist in controlling their shedding.
Diet and Nutrition
It seems that they’ve got the appetite of their Husky mother, which doesn’t work out too well for their Corgi traits. Care is needed not to overfeed the dog, as it can easily wind up overweight.
2-3 cups per day of food should be enough caloric intake for the dog. It’s best to break it up into two meals in a day rather than giving it the whole thing and allowing it to consume it early.
TIP: If you feed your dog the same time you eat, it will keep it away from the table and will be less likely to beg.
Common Health Issues
As alluded to above, obesity is a common problem that these dogs can suffer. Measured portions and plenty of daily exercise prevents this issue.
One of the genetic problems that a Corgi Husky can wind up with is Von Willebrand’s disease. This is a lifelong disorder, and prevents blood from clotting, leading to excessive bleeding if there is an injury, etc…
Another genetic problem that this breed can face is achondroplasia. This is a lack of growth in the legs. Effects can be limited movement of the legs or dwarfism affects mostly to, again, its legs. This problem can stem from the Corgi side of the family.
Eye problems can also be an issue. Huskies are well known to suffer from vision deficits, and can be passed to the Corgi Husky.
Corgi Huskies can live a good long life of 13-15 years. With the proper care, attention, and diet, they are a pet that will be with you for a good long time.
How Much is a Corgi Husky Mix?
The cost of a Corgi Husky mix has as many variables as the breed itself. They have been known to cost anywhere from $200.00 US to over $3,000 US. That is quite a spread between process, especially for a mixed breed.
But, what drives the fluctuation of the price is the quality of the pedigree behind the pups. Markings also appear to make a difference in how pups are priced.
Before hitting up breeders and possibly paying top dollar for one of these lovable dogs, try checking out local kennels or online kennel databases, to see if one might need rescuing.
Unfortunately, as you might have perceived, this dog isn’t for everyone. Some people wind up picking them up and are ill-equipped to take care of the high-energy nature of the dog properly. So, a kennel is a great place to start looking if you want to pay less and don’t particularly care about knowing whether or not the parents are full bred.
Corgi Husky Mix: How to Find a Breeder
There are breeders that focus specifically on Corgi Husky mix dogs- both private and “official” breeders. Regardless of who you turn to, there are a few things that you’ll need to see and know. Here are ten of them.
- Are both parents on-site?
- Can you see the parents AKC papers?
- Can you see the health certificate of the pups? This includes vaccination dates and schedules.
- Can you go and visit where the pups are being kept?
- Is there any documentation about the health of the parents (particularly concerning genetic issues)?
- How long have they had experience with the breed? Or for businesses- how long have they been in business?
- Do they have any special requirements expected from their customers?
- Are they of age yet to leave their mother, if not, when will that be?
- Will they be available in the future if any questions arise after a purchase has been made?
- Are there any previous customers that have made themselves available to talk to about their dog? (This might be a long shot, but it never hurts to ask.)
Do Your Research
Finding a breeder for anything has never been easier. It’s all in the click of the “go” button of a google search. However, when you find a breeder that has some pups available, do some digging around, and find out what others might have to say about the breeder.
This is much easier to do with a breeding business rather than some folks who sell pups out of their home, but it isn’t impossible.
It’s Your Decision
In the end, be it an individual or business situation, it’s your money, and you have every right to ask any questions that you want. They have the right to either answer questions and show you a proof of health and pedigree of the parents and pups, or they can opt not to.
If the answers are either not to your liking or if they can’t verify the health and pedigree of the parents as well as the health of the pup, spend your money elsewhere.
A reputable breeder will be expecting any of the above questions and more and should be able to accommodate you with all the visual information that you need. This is their business, and if it is being managed properly, they’ll have nothing to hide, and all to show.
Only when you’re comfortable with the outcome of your questions, visit, and discussions, should you consider parting with your cash. Also, be generous about answering any questions that they might have of you.
If they care about their animals (whether they’re for sale or not), they are going to ask you a handful of questions to make sure that you are prepared to handle the dog, or that you can provide it a good and healthy home. Some may even ask to visit your home.
Don’t be put off by their questions, but be reassured that they love their animals and care about their well-being. If they care, then they’re more likely to have been on the up and up with you through the entire process.
Beware of people that are just trying to get your money, rather than find a good home for their pups. People just in it for the money will, at times, stretch the truth when it becomes more convenient to do so.
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