Just hearing the combination of this breed brings a giddy excitement. Could it be that these two adorable and popular dogs are to be fused to create an ultimate fluff of cuteness?
If you are thinking about a Corgi mixed with a Poodle, then you hit the spot right on.
Are you excited to know more about this irresistible breed? Let’s go!
What is a Corgipoo Breed Mix?
Some of the reasons why two purebreds are crossed are one, to heighten a physical attribute in a working dog. It can also be to attain a desirable temperament. In most cases involving a Poodle, it is pushed by its hypoallergenic coat.
In the case of the Corgi Poodle Mix, apart from the latter, it surely is to exponentially compound its absolute irresistibleness!
Yes, a Corgipoo is a crossbreed between a Corgi and a Poodle. On the side of the Corgi, it can either be a Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Cardigan Welsh Corgi. For the Poodle, since it comes in different sizes, it can either be a miniature or toy or the standard one.
In most cases, however, it is the combination of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Toy Poodle.
Indeed, this is a powerhouse combination. From the herding group, Pembroke Welsh Corgi is in the 13th popularity rank of the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Its other parent meanwhile, the Poodle, is at the 7th spot!
This designer dog is also called Corgidoodle coming from the collective term “doodle” which is referred to a Poodle mixed with other breeds.
History of the Corgipoos
The history of Corgipoo is not that well-documented. But it is surmised that this adorable breed graced the world in the US in the 1980s when Doodles or Poodle mixes are all the craze because of its hypoallergenic coats. Corgipoos definitely is a part of that trend.
While the designer-breed offspring may have a hazy beginning, both parents are well-known and loved.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a royal dog if there ever is one. Did you know that Corgis is literally brushing elbows with the queen?
This breed was popularized by Queen Elizabeth II in 1933 when Her Majesty got its first Corgi named “Dookie”. It was only in April 2018, when the Queen’s last Corgi named “Willow” died that also crushed the hearts of dog lovers across the world.
With the vast expanse of those years, it is estimated that Buckingham Palace has taken care of over 30 Corgis during Her Majesty’s reign.
Also called PWC, they were born in Pembrokeshire in Wales. With its stubby little feet which marked its famous appearance, it is aptly called “corgi” which is a Celtic for “dwarf dog”.
Before they became the dog of the royalty, in the 10th century specifically during the Viking era, they were used as cattle drivers and farm dogs. Their owners loved this hardworking soul and did the job by biting their herd’s ankles.
Now, what is its difference from the Cardigan Welsh Corgi? While both originated from the British Isles, compared to the docked tail of the Pemrbokes, Cardigans have one.
Pembrokes were recognized by AKC in 1934 and a year later, the Cardigans.
Poodles are equally famous in the history of dogs. This curly and fluffy dog originated in Germany some 400 years ago. The word Poodle came from the German term “pudelin” referring to the splashing of water.
But did you know that while it has a German origin, it is France’s national dog?
Another intriguing thing from Poodles is that very far from its flamboyant and fashionable status symbol nowadays, they used to be duck hunters and retrievers. Poodles fit the bit excellently because it is a great swimmer coupled with water-resistant coats!
This smart breed was recognized by the AKC in 1887.
Although both parents are purebred, Corgipoo is not recognized by the AKC or any of its international counterparts. Its unpredictability makes it impossible for these organizations to create a standard for it. But who knows in the future when it has enough generations to establish predictability?
The organizations recognizing Corgipoos are:
- Designer Breed Registry
- Dog Registry of America
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
How Will a Corgipoo Look Like?
The appearance of a Corgipoo you might conjure in your minds is that of the stance of a stubby-legged Corgi, only that it is curly-haired.
Well, might not be far-off but no one can really predict what your Corgipoos will look like especially when it is a mix across two pure-breds.
But it is said that yes, most Corgipoos will have a body like their Corgi parents though there’s also a chance that their legs can be longer. Corgipoos sport a round head, with large, almond-shaped eyes which can either be black or brown.
Its muzzle is described as fox-like topped with a usually black nose. Now its ears can either be floppy like a Poodle’s or erect and alert like the Corgi’s.
Most Corgipoos also inherit the dense coat of their Poodle parent which can either be medium or long. This coat is usually wavy or wiry. Just like a Poodle’s double-coat, the outer layer is waterproof but dense while the outer one is soft and fluffy.
In terms of the colors of its coat, it can be:
- Black or Sable
- Cream or Tan
- Red or Fawn
But it is not always blocks of colors as it can be speckled, spotted or even in merle.
In terms of size, it will be greatly dependent on the size of the Poodle but it can grow from 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm) and weigh from 12 to 40 pounds (5 to 18 kg).
How to Groom a Corgipoo?
One of the charms of a Corgipoo is its hypoallergenic coat, thanks to its Poodle parent. But taking the Corgi blood which can be a heavy shedder, into consideration, the offspring may shed moderately.
Note that no dog breed is 100% hypoallergenic as all dogs produce dander and of course, saliva that can be irritants to allergy sufferers.
Sporting a medium to long coat, daily brushing is required to keep it from matting and also to keep it soft and beautiful. Schedule your Corgipoo to the groomer after every six weeks. Some tools to keep your Corgipoos in check are a slicker brush, dematter, comb, and nail trimmers.
In terms of bathing, once a month will do or only when necessary. But make sure to regularly check and clean their ears for any moisture or dirt that may cause infection.
Your dog’s teeth also need care with brushing at least twice a week to prevent periodontal disease. Inspect also your pooch’s nails for weekly trimming.
The Temperament of a Corgipoo
What will be the general personality of a Corgipoo?
The Corgi side of this mix is described as affectionate, smart, alert with a wonderful temperament. But they are known to be mischievous too! Then again, when its antics roll, who will even get angry at this cute troublemaker?
The other parent, the Poodle has an active and product demeanor but it is very smart. It is an excellent companion and prefers to be with its owners most of the time; thus it is also prone to separation anxiety.
So what should you expect from the Corgipoo mix? This doodle is very sweet, outgoing, playful, lively, friendly and affectionate. They love working their high energy off with play and they enjoy being at the center of the attention.
With its cheeky personality coupled with its adorable appearance, who wouldn’t pore its attention to this fluffball?
Generally, Corgipoos are friendly and great with other children and pets although sometimes they can be aloof to strangers.
Just like its Poodle parent, it does not tolerate being alone for a long time. A dog suffering from separation anxiety will cope by exhibiting bad behaviors. So best to make sure you have time for this loyal dog.
Does a Corgipoo Bark a Lot?
Corgipoos are even-tempered and will only bark when provoked. This is good news for those who value peace but might be a disadvantage considering the next question.
Will a Corgipoo Make a Good Guard Dog?
Maybe not. Corgipoos are not into barking and won’t alert you of any intruders. So no, they are not great as guard dogs but maybe as cute little stuffed toys?
Is a Corgipoo a Good Family Dog?
Yes, a Corgipoo is best suited for families with kids and even elderlies. Since they enjoy the company and are very outgoing, this breed will sure be a hit to the family.
Daily Exercise Needs of a Corgipoo
Both its parents are active dogs. Corgis might be small but they are touted as the world’s greatest herders. Meanwhile, Poodles also love all kinds of activities and of which, swimming is their favorite.
No, this dog is not for a couch potato because daily, they need an hour of exercise of moderate intensity. Corgipoos are high-energy and playful dogs! You can opt to split the 60-minute exercise throughout the day. For example, 30 minutes walk in the morning and in the afternoon is enough to keep them healthy and happy.
While this dog has bursts of energy, take note that they tire easily. So you ask when to stop? Only when it says so.
Apart from physical exercise, as a smart breed, this dog also needs mental stimulation so prepare some puzzle games for it to keep its mind sharp.
Houses with yards that will allow Corgipoos to run and play are perfect. An apartment dwelling is still fine for as long as they still meet their daily exercise needs.
How Trainable is a Corgipoo?
Corgipoo is an intelligent breed and it runs in its genes.
Corgis, while often considered strong-willed and having a mind of their own, are actually very smart. They are excellent working dogs that rank 11th in the list of most intelligent breeds. Understanding new commands is easy for them to pick up in just 5 to 15 repetitions. They also can follow basic commands 85% of the time or even more.
That spot is high already but wait until you learn of the other parent.
Poodles are some of the smartest dogs. They rank 2nd in the spot of intelligent dogs. Breeds at this tier can follow new commands in just 5 repetitions or less! Common commands are also followed 95% of the time. No wonder it excels in obedience, tracking and agility competitions!
So with this kind of intelligence from both parents, with Poodle’s eager to please attitude, Corgipoos are trainable. Yes, and way easier than their Welsh Corgi parents.
Learning keeps Corgipoos happy and out of trouble. Some Corgipoos are even working as service and therapy dogs.
So how to train a Corgipoo properly? First, you must start at puppyhood or get them into class as young as 10 weeks.
Corgipoos respond well to positive training techniques which reward the student for a job well done or even pat at the back. Physical rewards are also recommended in training this pooch. During the training sessions, always assert your position and be firm and consistent. Make the training short but fun also so that their focus will be solely yours.
Focus on areas such as obedience, socialization, crate, potty and leash training. Make sure also that they have mastered the basic command words which include sit, stay, and down.
What are the Food and Dietary Requirements of a Corgipoo?
Since Corgipoos are high-energy dogs, they need a high-quality kibble that is rich in protein. They need a cup of kibbles with 400 calories daily but that should be split twice daily. Of course also, its size, activity levels and age must also be part of the equation.
When in doubt about the nutrition of your dog, always seek the wisdom of your vet.
This breed is also prone to obesity. One way to make sure they do not go overboard is to provide them only with low-calorie treats such as fruits and veggies. No matter how healthy, this also should also not go more than 10% of their diet.
Remember that this breed will not back out on whatever food you serve so control must be on your end.
Since they have short legs also, adding glucosamine and chondroitin as a supplement in their diet won’t also hurt.
What are the Common Health Issues of a Corgipoo?
The unique physique Corgis are known for is also a precursor of health issues. They often suffer from back and joint problems. Poodles also have some health concerns of their own.
Especially when you are dealing with a puppy mill or untrustworthy breeders, there is a pool of potential health problems looming:
- Achondroplasia Dwarfism
- Addison’s Disease
- Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
- Patellar Luxation
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
Again, it is important to deal only with a reputable breeder because some of the diseases above can be prevented with early detection tests.
How Long is a Corgipoo Expected to Live?
Corgis have a life expectancy of 12 to 13 years. Poodles have longer at 10 to 18 years.
With proper care, grooming, diet, regular check-ups, your Corgipoos can live at 12 to 14 long years.
How Much is a Corgipoo?
A cute Corgipoo puppy is not as expensive as other doodles and its price can range from USD 350 to USD 1,000.
That is only the upfront cost of buying a puppy. You should also take into consideration other related costs such as food and vet check-up so that you are sure you are financially ready to own a Corgipoo.
Saving a Corgipoos life by adopting or rescuing from local shelters is also a great idea. Not only will you give chance to these dogs a chance but by adopting an older Corgipoo, you have an idea of its appearance and personality already.
Conclusion: Is a Corgipoo the Right Dog for You?
Owning a Corgipoo is a lifelong responsibility. It is even like taking care of a child! With all the attributes presented about Corgipoo, you alone can say if it is the right dog for you.
If you choose to welcome in your life a Corgipoo, love it until its last breath and you are sure to have a companion who will also love you for life!