The Corgipoo is a cross between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Miniature Poodle, hence the cute name!
With very short, strong legs and an incredible amount of energy, they can be very outgoing dogs.
Since both the Corgi and the Poodle are very popular small dogs, the Corgipoo has sparked some interest in the puppy buying world.
However, there are many important things that you should know and understand before making a decision on choosing a Corgipoo.
Designed Dog Controversy
Since the Corgipoo is a mix of two recognized purebred breeds, it is a “designer dog”.
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding designer dogs.
Pedigree fans believe they are generally less healthy than purebred dogs.
There are allegations that many designer dogs come from less reputable breeders looking to make a quick buck.
However, according to a study that looked at more than 27,000 dogs, it was found that purebred dogs are at higher risk for genetic disorders.
Another study appeared to show that crossbreeds lived longer than their purebred counterparts.
With a crossbreed dog that lives an average of 1.2 years longer than a purebred dog.
It is believed that this is the result of genetic diversity that promotes better overall health.
Provided they are bred intelligently and raised in a good environment, designer dogs are not inherently less healthy than purebred animals.
We wrote an article exploring common misconceptions about comparing purebreds and nuts if you want to dig deeper into the topic.
However, purebred dog advocates state that crossbred dogs are riskier endeavors in other ways as well.
Mixed breeds can inherit traits from one or both parents, but a purebred puppy can be much more predictable.
While this is true, some owners are happy to take this risk and love the random element of their dog’s character.
Another issue addressed is that the breed is less regulated, which means there is a greater chance of encountering a bad breeder.
However, some of these problems can be applied to purebred dogs as well.
Regardless of whether you are buying a purebred or a crossbred dog, it is always wise to check the health of the puppy’s parents and the trustworthiness of the breeder.
Let’s take a look at how to provide the best chance for a happy, healthy Corgipoo.
Origins of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The corgi descended from an ancestor who was introduced to the Welsh countries in 1107 by a master craftsman from what is now Belgium.
These dogs were specifically bred to herd cattle and sheep.
In the 1800s, the genetic line split into two different races; the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
A favorite of the Queen of England who hasn’t had a Pembroke Welsh corgi since 1933!
Origins of the poodle
The poodle is the national dog of France, but the breed originated in Germany over 400 years ago.
Because of their incredible intelligence and swimming ability, they were excellent water collectors and were therefore used for duck hunting in lakes.
Their trademark protective coat served as protection against the elements during this task and later made it possible, due to its extravagant appearance, to achieve the life of luxury among nobles all over Europe.
The Corgi Poodle Mix – Everything You Need To Know
The Corgi Poodle Cross is a new and modern mixed breed, and so it can be quite difficult to predict what to expect.
Corgipoo puppies could get caught up in their looks, temperament, and health issues (or end up somewhere in between) so having a good knowledge of both parent breeds is very important.
Corgis also have some structural health issues to consider when crossing.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small dog, 10 to 15 inches tall.
Their short height is due to dwarfism called achondroplasia, which makes their leg length very short compared to their body. Unfortunately, this can lead to serious health problems that we will look at later.
The size of the poodle depends on the type.
The Miniature Poodle stands up to 10 inches tall, the miniature about the size of the Corgi, and the Standard can reach heights of about 22 inches.
So, if it’s a corgi toy poodle mix or a corgi mini poodle mix, the resulting corgi poo may be kept small. A standard poodle mix could result in a much larger dog.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi can weigh up to 30 pounds while the standard poodle can reach 60 to 70 pounds in males and 40 to 50 pounds in females.
A miniature poodle only reaches 6-9 pounds in weight while the toy reaches 15-17 pounds.
The Corgipoo is most commonly bred from the Miniature Poodle and Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The weight of the Corgipoo depends on what type of poodle is in the cross.
A standard poodle mix could result in a much heavier set dog, whereas a mini or toy poodle mix can produce a very light Corgipoo.
Characteristics of a Corgipoo
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has short, strong legs that keep the body at ground level.
They have erect, slightly rounded ears and a fox-like head.
They have a thick double coat, the typical colors being red, sable, fawn black, and tan with or without white marking.
The poodle, on the other hand, stands on tall legs and is much taller than the corgi.
You wear yourself with dignity and cute floppy ears.
The most noticeable feature of the poodle, of course, is their fur.
Curly, tightly laced, and naturally laced, the coat can either be kept long or attached to a shortcut.
The Corgipoo can either have long or short legs or anywhere in between.
Your ears could either be erect or floppy.
As a result of the cross, Corgipoo usually ends with a double coat.
Is the Corgipoo hypoallergenic?
This depends on which parent the Corgipoo is wearing after the coat.
They can potentially be hypoallergenic if their fur pulls after the poodle parent.
However, if the Corgipoo’s fur needs more after the corgi, it could shed in a moderate amount and cause allergies.
The temperament of the Corgipoo
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a lovely, affectionate, and lively dog.
They make fantastic dogs company and are rarely in need.
On the other side of the cross, the poodle stands tall and elegant.
They are very active themselves and make them very intelligent companions with a very proud demeanor.
Since both dogs have similar facets in their temperaments, you can rest assured that the Corgipoo is a very sociable and active dog.
Take care of your Corgipoo
Corgipoo’s will get along well with high-quality dog food.
However, with all dog breeds, obesity can be a real problem. So be careful and watch your dog’s calorie intake.
A daily brush for a Corgipoo is required for maintenance.
If they take after the poodle, they won’t lose much, and they will need a daily brush to keep the coat from dulling.
Poodle grooming is serious business.
If they eat after the corgi they may lose a moderate amount and need a daily comb before their fur ends all over the house!
As with any breed of dog, be sure to keep an eye on the nails and trim them as needed. Dental health is just as important as teeth need to be brushed regularly.
The Corgipoo can inherit health problems that are prevalent in either parent breed.
Therefore, it is important to know what genetic problems both the corgi and the poodle suffer from.
Degenerative myelopathy in dogs is a problem that can affect the corgi, a disease of the spinal cord that causes gradual paralysis.
Most dogs with this condition are euthanized within a year of being diagnosed.
Corgis are also at risk from blood diseases such as Von Willebrand’s disease.
One problem that can affect both the corgi and the poodle is progressive retinal atrophy.
This is a condition that can lead to blindness in dogs at a young age.
Don’t keep an eye out for health problems
Another genetic disorder that can affect both dogs is hip dysplasia.
This is a problem with the hip joint that can lead to osteoarthritis and can significantly affect the dog’s ability to walk.
Again, it is very important to check that these issues are not a problem for either parent.
Poodles can also have epilepsy, which can be genetically inherited.
Corgipoo puppies could potentially inherit these health issues from their parents.
It is incredibly important that a puppy’s parents are perfectly healthy and free from these conditions prior to purchasing it.
Corgi dwarfism brings with it some very sad health problems, including severe back problems.
While it may not affect your mix as much, we just don’t have enough data right now to know for sure.
You need to decide whether to invest your love, time, and money in a puppy that will be bred to a structure that could cause him to suffer.
Exercise and train your Corgipoo
Both the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Poodle are active dogs that require a lot of energy.
The Corgipoo Cross will be no different, and it is recommended that you take long walks regularly to keep yourself fit and happy.
Unfortunately, corgis and their mixes can have health issues that make it difficult to live up to their vibrant nature.
Positive reward-based training is required for both the corgi and poodle.
The poodle in particular is incredibly intelligent and easy to learn.
The Corgipoo should be fairly easy to train because of its parents.
It is recommended that you train your Corgipoo from a young age as these tend to be more destructive if not.
Slowly exposing them to new people and other dogs throughout the puppy’s life can turn them into a happy, friendly, adult dog.
The ideal home for a Corgipoo
Both the corgi and the poodle are very kind, friendly dogs, provided they are well trained.
They love to interact and play with people, including children, provided they are well socialized and raised by kind parents.
A Corgipoo is good in a medium-sized family where they are properly trained on a daily basis.
A large, fenced yard is a perfect environment for playing and exercising as they’re definitely not the kind of couch potatoes.
Corgipoo owners could potentially run into separation anxiety issues if not treated early in life. It may be better for a Corgipoo to live with a family where it will not be left alone for long periods of time.
Find and Buy a Corgipoo Puppy
There are several precautions that you need to take when shopping for a Corgipoo puppy.
While there are many good, honest breeders out there, there are also bad breeders who don’t care about the welfare of the litters they produce.
To be sure you are buying a healthy puppy, ask about the medical history of the parent dogs.
With the Corgi and Poodle, the most important health tests to pass lately are a hip assessment and eye tests.
Ask for physical evidence.
It’s also important to check if the corgi in particular has a blood test and a genetic test.
It’s also a good idea to ask if the Poodle dad has had seizures in the past.
Ideally, you should meet both parent dogs before you buy so you can see for yourself that they are healthy and friendly.
When it comes to the corgi’s short stature, it is a matter of your own self whether you are happy with your pup in order to inherit this potentially uncomfortable and even life-limiting disease.
Are you right for me?
Corgipoos have the potential to be loving, loyal additions to a family.
They require a certain amount of exercise and are usually very intelligent and easy to train.
However, there are some serious health issues that you need to consider.
They can sometimes require moderate to high maintenance as they require exercise after exercise and care.
Only choose a Corgipoo if you are sure that you can use the time daily to look after her.
And are happy to pay for full insurance coverage to protect them and you in the event of expensive veterinary bills they might suffer from.