They might be small but the charm of these dogs is enormous! The appeal of stumpy, sausage like dogs like the Dachshund and the Corgi is even more palpable.
Can’t choose between the two equally adorable breeds? Mix them in!
What happens when you mix a stubby dog like a Dachshund with another low but long-bodied dog like a Corgi? The result is sure twice the fun!
What is a Corgi Dachshund Mix?
Dachshund is American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 12th most popular dog. It is described as a friendly, curious and spunky dog. While small, it is part of the hound group known for its hunting skills.
On the other hand, Corgis, specifically the Pembroke Welsh is at the 13th spot. This affectionate, smart and alert dog is part of the herding group.
So when you mix a Dachshund and a Corgi, it gives birth to an amazing designer breed called “Dorgi” or “Dorgie”.
Note: do not confuse it with the “Dorkie” or the cross-breed between a Dachshund and a Yorkie or Yorkshire Terrier.
Beginnings of the Corgi Dachshund Mix
There is little known about the beginnings of the Dorgi or the Corgi Dachshund Mix apart from the fact that this designer breed is well-loved by Queen Elizabeth II since 1976.
Originally, the Queen is enamored with Corgis but by accident, her purebred Tiny mated with Princess Margaret’s Dachshund named Pipkin resulting in the dawn of six Dorgis at Buckingham Palace.
The British Queen lives with its Dorgi, Candy since Vulcan died sometime in 2020.
While not much is known about the history of Dorgis, both its parents are well-known.
Let’s start with the Dachshund which has been around since the 1500s in Germany. While it is called a sausage dog due to its long and low body, Dachshund literally translates to “Badger dog”. Back in the day, it used to hunt Badgers and even wild boars. With its paddle-shaped paws, it was perfectly designed for digging to catch prey underground.
Since Dachshunds fight Badgers in their underground turf, they must be able to squeeze into holes while having a powerful body that can catch this ferocious weasel.
Meanwhile, there are two types of Corgis: Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh which both originated from the British Isles. There is little difference between the two: Cardigans have tails and Pembrokes lack it.
The name Corgi is also derived from the Celtic word which translates to “dwarf dog”; indeed a fitting name for this pooch.
Corgis are very famous because Queen Elizabeth II itself adores this breed. In fact, it is reported that Buckingham Palace has taken care of over 30 Corgis within Her Majesty’s reign.
In April 2018, when the Queen’s last Corgi Willow died, the world also shed tears.
Since mixed breeds are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, certain clubs and organizations recognize Dorgis:
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry
How Does a Corgi Dachshund Mix Look Like?
Both parents of the Corgi Dachshund mix are remarkable on their own. In the case of their offspring, it is characterized by an elongated and plump body with short legs. While small in size, it is of a sturdy build.
Like its parents, it has a charming face with dark brown eyes, a black nose with ears pointy and erect like a Corgi or sometimes floppy famous like the Dachshund.
It comes in various coat colors from brown, black, chocolate, red, and white. More often than not, it also sports a secondary color present in its chin and chest area.
Speaking of the coat, it will either be like its parents. If the Dorgi inherited the coat of its Dachshund parent, it would be smooth, wiry and long. Now if the Corgi’s gene kicks in, it will have a medium length and dense coat.
Since both parents are small, it will grow from 9 to 12 inches or 22 to 30 cm. In terms of weight, it can be as heavy as 15 to 28 pounds or 6 to 12 kg.
How to Groom a Corgi Dachshund Mix?
While very adorable, you really cannot have it all. Corgi Dachshunds are not known to be hypoallergenic. It may shed minimally to moderately depending on the coat of the dominant parent.
If it is the wire-haired coat into play, it needs daily brushing. While if it inherited a long-hair, it needs two to three times brushing to keep the hair smooth, clean and shiny.
In terms of bathing, every 3 to 4 months will do or as needed. Do not overdo bathing the Dorgi as it has very sensitive skin which can get extremely dry with over washing.
Make sure to pay attention to the ears too to prevent infection. For your Dorgi’s nails, it must be clipped monthly on when you hear it tapping on the floor already. Regular brushing with dog-approved toothpaste is also recommended.
The Temperament of a Corgi Dachshund Mix
What is not to love about the Dorgi? It is very loyal and loving making it an ideal family pet. It forms a deep bond with its owners and will do everything to protect them. A Dorgi also loves to be at the center of attention.
What’s more, a Corgi Dachshund mix is also very playful! They are very energetic and are full of life! Sometimes too, they can get very mischievous.
This dog also loves companionship and is very friendly. Early socialization, can make friends with other pets like cats. Although sometimes, it may tend to run after them when its herding and hunting instincts kick in.
Very loud and alert, the Corgi Dachshund mix also is a great watchdog. It will also bark a lot when it feels anxious. This trait though must need to be tapered down with the help of training as it can get way out of hand.
As a very social dog, it may also suffer from separation anxiety when left for more than four hours unsupervised. This loneliness can lead them to act out their bad behaviors like barking and destroying furniture.
Now is a Dorgi good for children? When supervised and socialized with kids early, they can be great playmates with them. Just always make sure to look out for both of them while at play as Dorgis can get a little bit feisty. On the other hand, kids must also be taught not to play rash play with dogs.
Exercise Needs of a Corgi Dachshund Mix
It may be a little dog but coming from herding and hunting parents, this dog is very lively and active. They need time to be with their owners playing, walking, exercising and doing mental stimulation.
This breed needs at least 30 minutes to an hour’s worth of exercise. It can be in the form of walking or off-leash playtime. A big backyard is also conducive for this type of breed to be able to roam freely and meet its daily exercise needs.
All sorts of exercise are good except for swimming which they are not good at with their stubby legs.
They also need mentally stimulating exercises as this breed can solve puzzles!
It will best fit a family who loves the outdoors and where exercising is their lifestyle.
Training a Corgi Dachshund Mix
A Corgi Dachshund mix has intelligent parents. The Dachshund is at the 49 rankings of the most intelligent dog and is considered as an average working/ obedience dog.
Its Pembroke Welsh Corgi parent meanwhile is high on the list at the 11th spot making it an excellent working dog. It means that a Corgi can understand new commands with 5 to 15 repetitions. They can also obey new commands 85% of the time.
While intelligent, Dorgis has a stubborn streak so training is really essential. Start them young with obedience training and socialization. Expose them to other people, animals, sounds and places while still young to develop their friendly character.
Use positive training techniques with your Dorgis and always be consistent and firm when training. Since this breed loves to eat, giving them treats while training will also prove beneficial. Just make sure the treats are healthy to avoid obesity which they are also prone to.
Apart from treats, shower them with a pat on the back and praise them when they have followed a command well as they are very eager to please.
Taking Care of a Corgi Dachshund Mix
As mentioned, a Corgi Dachshund mix is prone to obesity. They love eating that even when they are full already, they will still munch! Always make sure to feed them with low-calorie and low fat treats such as fruits and veggies (and make sure to read which product is not harmful to dogs).
Obesity is problematic for any dog and much so for this breed since being heavy takes a toll on their long backs through spinal problems.
Feed them with the right amount of quality dog kibble appropriate for their size, activity levels and age. Best to feed them thrice a day with ¾ to a maximum of 1 ½ cups of dry healthy kibble.
Always also consult your vet for your dog’s dietary plan.
Common Health Issues of a Corgi Dachshund Mix
While Dorgis are relatively healthy dogs, they are still predisposed to problems evident from their parents. Some of the common health issues of this mixed breed are:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Patellar Luxation
- Hip Dysplasia
Most of these can be prevented by dealing with reputable dealers. These responsible breeders will make sure that your pup is well-vaccinated, tested and with complete paperwork. They also will be willing to show you their healthy parents.
Corgi Dachshund Lifespan
Apart from ensuring that you do not deal with puppy mills, giving your Dorgis proper nutrition, a regular visit to the vet, exercise and grooming will also ensure that it will live its healthy life span of 12 to 15 years.
Do not forget tender loving care in the mix!
How Much is a Corgi Dachshund Mix?
The purebred version may cost at a higher price at the USD 1,000 mark but this mixed breed is relatively cheaper. A pup can cost around USD 200 to USD 750. Of course, that is only the upfront cost as taking care of a dog is a lifetime commitment. You should also consider that when planning to take in a new pet.
Dorgis are also quite in short supply as it can only have a litter of 2 to 5 pups in a year.
Even so, there might be a lot of Dorgis in rescue centers and you might also want to consider giving a home to these abandoned or found dogs. They also deserve a new family who will love them to bits.
If interested, just look for Dachshund or Corgi-specific shelters as they also take in the mixed breeds.
Conclusion: Corgi Dachshund Mix For Me?
A Corgi Dachshund mix is the right breed for you if you can keep up with its energy and exercise requirements as this dog needs a lot! If you love the outdoors or daily walks and exercise, this breed is perfect for you.
Consider also that this breed needs a lot of space around to work its energy off. So if you are living in an apartment, you might have to think of getting also a small but less energetic breed.
Lastly, if you are committed to taking care of a Dorgi with your whole life for the rest of its life, then go ahead and bring home this lovely dog.