Although not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as an official dog breed, in the last 20 years, the Corgi Husky mix has fast become one of America’s favorite new dog breeds. And why not? When you lay eyes on one of these cute, fuzzy short-legged creatures, it’s easy to see why so many canine enthusiasts are falling in love with the Corgi Husky mix at first sight.
These adorable little creatures somewhat resemble a Husky puppy, presenting a squatty stature with a somewhat undersized head, large ears and snubbed nose. You could say that owning a Corgi Husky mix is a little like having a puppy that never grows up. They have also been described as looking like miniature or baby wolves.
A Short History Of The Corgi Husky Mix
These roly-poly hybrids are a cross between a purebred male Welsh Corgi and a purebred female Siberian Husky. The Corgi half can come from either a Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgi, however, most Corgi Huskies available in America are bred from Pembrokes.
Although it is hard to pinpoint when the first Corgi Husky cross was bred, it seems they have been around since at least the early 2000’s. The breed gained in popularity steadily from around 2011, and seems to have come to a peak around 2014. However, these dogs are still quite popular to this day.
So, where did they come from? Both of the Corgi Husky mix’s original ancestors, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Siberian Husky, were first imported to America in the 1930’s. The Siberian Husky was made an official breed by the AKC in 1930, and the Corgi got its due in 1935. The Husky is a gentle, friendly and non-aggressive working dog while the Corgi, classified as a herding dog, is famous for guardianship and loyalty.
Each Corgi Husky dog is the result of a new pairing between a purebred Welsh Corgi and a purebred Siberian Husky. Pups that are produced through pairings of two Corgi Husky mixes are not encouraged, and they are not classified as true Corgi Huskies, even though this is not a true breed.
The Corgi that is bred is always the male, and the Husky is always the female. As is the case with many mixed breeds, this pairing is chosen because there are major health concerns and risks when a large male dog is bred with a smaller female dog.
What Do You Get When You Cross The Two?
The puppies of a Corgi and Husky breeding pair are short-legged, medium sized dogs that tend to reach around 12 or 13″ in height. They can range in weight anywhere rom 20 to 50 pounds, largely dependent upon the sizes of the sire and dam used to produce a particular litter.
A lot of the fully grown Corgi Husky’s features will resemble that of its father, the Corgi. However, some features, like size, may more closely resemble that of the Siberian Husky half, or the mother.
These dogs have somewhat elongated, sausage shaped bodies in comparison to their proportionally short legs, a characteristic that definitely comes from the Corgi side. Their heads oftentimes look somewhat undersized for their bodies.
Most Corgi Huskies are red, sable or brindle in color, generally showing a fairly similar coat coloring to the Corgi. However, they can also be gray, black, white or a mixture of these. When you see a Corgi Husky mix that is gray, black and white, it may look a lot more like a Siberian Husky than the average Corgi Husky. Some people even describe certain coats of the Corgi Husky mix as looking like a German Shepherd’s coat.
The Corgi Husky Personality
As a mixed breed, the Corgi Husky definitely brings temperament aspects of its parents to the table. The personality of the mix can be said to incorporate both house-pet like qualities as well as traits of a working, livestock-like animal. From playfulness and friendliness to protectiveness and alertness, the Corgi Husky mix could definitely be seen as the perfect mixture of canine personality traits.
The Corgi Husky can be a quite playful and active dog. Training will be required to keep their feisty personalities in check, but it should also be noted that they can sometimes be moderately difficult to train. Learn more about training the Corgi Husky mix in the section below.
Being quite social animals, Corgi Huskies also don’t like being left home alone. Their herding mentality, from their Corgi fathers, means they are much happier and more peaceful when their humans are home, and the whole family is together. They can get along with children and other animals, but socializing them and training them is necessary to achieve optimum peace at home.
In addition to having a strong sense of loyalty, Corgi Husky mixes maintain a very sharp herder mentality. This tends to make them great guard dogs, as they are extremely alert to all the sights and sounds around them. Don’t let the squatty stature and the babyish facial features fool you–the Corgi Husky will most definitely sound the alarm when you have a visitor approaching the door. In fact, they’ll probably also alert you to the presence of a squirrel in the brush while you’re on your morning walk, or make sure that you know when your neighbor is outside trimming the hedges.
Training Your Feisty Little Friend
Both of the parent breeds, the Corgi and the Husky, are known for being somewhat strong-willed. Both breeds are also intelligent, and they know how to put up some resistance when it comes to training.
However, their high intelligence means they’re also usually highly receptive to reward-based training. Corgi Husky mixes will catch on to a behavior command, or even a complicated trick, pretty quickly. But you will have much more success getting them to perform upon command when they know that a treat, or a good scratch behind the ears, is imminently coming.
If you are not confident that you can handle fully training a Corgi Husky mix, you can, of course, take your dog to obedience school. You could also opt to have a trainer come to your home and show you how to train your dog. This option is often more successful, because a dog is bound to be more at ease in the comfort of its own home, and he will also be able to see, on a practical level, that both the trainer and his owner are on the same page.
For homes with small children, it is vital that your Corgi Husky dog be trained. While these dogs are friendly and loyal, and they can even be quite gentle at times, if they are not trained, they can be prone to high levels of pent up energy and exhibit bad behavior. They are not aggressive dogs, but they can most definitely, and very easily, accidentally cause mishaps when interacting with small children.
Ensuring that your Corgi Husky gets along with your children, and acts gently towards them, involves training and socializing from an early age. When still a puppy, the Corgi Husky should be in the center of family life. Other animals, if there are any in the home, may need to be introduced gradually to the new dog, but definitely don’t leave it too long.
Taking your puppy on play dates is a great way to get him more used to interacting with beings that are smaller. You can also socialize your Corgi Husky mix at a dog park. Of course, as with training your dog to be around children, if you aren’t sure how to go about this, call a professional in.
Lifespan, Health and Hereditary Concerns
Corgi Husky mixes tend to live around 12 to 15 years. As far as the average dog goes, this is a pretty decent length of life. Provided that all health and wellbeing concerns are dealt with properly, owners of this breed mix can expect to spend a good number of years with their new best friends.
One of the most common health concerns for the Corgi Husky mix is a weight issue. As with Corgis, these dogs are prone to becoming overweight, or even obese. The main reason for this is probably a lack of exercise. They may also tend towards being overweight because their shorter legs make it harder for them to keep an even pace with their humans. Walking a Corgi Husky mix is most definitely going to take a little more time and training to break through that initial awkward lack of matching cadence.
In general, you can ensure that your Corgi Husky maintains a healthy weight be ensuring that he gets enough exercise, and that you do not overfeed him. For more about weight issues, see the section below on nutrition and exercise.
Another health issue that Corgi Husky mixes tend to inherit from their fathers is Intervertebral Disc Disease. This condition, most prevalent in breeds that have long bodies paired with short legs, is caused by slippage of the cushions between the vertebrae. When this happens, the vertebral disc presses on the spinal cord causing pain, mobility problems and other issues.
Sometimes this condition can heal on its own, but other times it may require surgery. One way to help prevent the condition is by keeping your dog from jumping from very high up. For instance, it’s better to lift your Corgi Husky on or off of a bed or sofa than to let him jump.
Von Willebrands Disease, a blood disorder, is another common health concern for Husky Corgi mixes. This condition, which is also inherited from the Corgi side, can cause severe blood clots.
If you suspect any of these conditions in your Corgi Husky, or you are not sure how to watch for them or care for an ill dog, consult with your veterinarian.
Of course, you should also ensure that your Corgi Husky mix keeps up with regularly scheduled visits to the vet. Ensure that your dog is up to date with shots, flea and tick treatments and any other inoculations and treatments required. Most dogs require rabies, distemper, parvo and adenovirus shots to prevent potential contraction of these diseases, and the Corgi Husky mix is no exception.
Keeping your dog’s teeth clean is another thing you can do at home if you choose to. Good oral hygiene is important for dogs as well as humans. However, if you are not sure how to do this, or you are not comfortable doing so, many veterinarians will provide a teeth cleaning service for dogs.
Nutrition And Exercise For The Breed
The biggest concern with feeding your Corgi Husky mix is making sure you do not feed too much. Depending on the size of your dog at full maturity, it can require anywhere from 600 to 1300 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight.
According to Pet MD, veterinarians generally determine how many calories a dog needs by calculating various factors like weight, RER (resting energy requirement) and MER (maintenance energy requirement.) The method is really very similar to how we calculate our own caloric needs. However, other determining factors, such as the gender of the dog and whether or the dog is neutered, can come into play.
You can, of course, use the instructions on your dog food containers to determine a basic plan for feeding. Another way to ensure that your dog is not eating too much is to avoid feeding it table scraps. Even using human foods as treats or training rewards can be a problem if you are not paying attention to the calorie content.
If you aren’t sure how much to feed your Corgi Husky mix, talk to your veterinarian.
As far as exercise, try to ensure that your Corgi Husky gets around 60 minutes a day. This can be an average, of course, and the type of exercise can absolutely vary per day. Walks and jogs with your dog are a great start. You can also play games like catch and tug-of-war. You can also encourage outdoor self-play with toys and long runs. But exercising with your dog is definitely the best way to make sure he gets enough activity to stay healthy and fit.
Grooming Your Corgi Husky Mix
Most of the grooming you’ll do for your Corgi Husky is brushing. The coat may be medium or long. If the dog takes after its father more, the coat will be dense and medium in length, but if it takes after its mother more, it will be a long, double coat. Double coats shed a lot, and for that reason, you’ll need to brush your Corgi Husky mix at least a couple of times a week to maintain a health, sleek coat, and to prevent the hair from shedding all over and building up around your home.
Taking your Corgi Husky to be groomed professionally is recommended too. Once a week to a couple of times a month is a good rule of thumb. Keeping up with grooming at home will be easier if you break it up with these trips to the groomers.
Pay attention to your Corgi Husky’s ears too. Because their ears are erect, standing up on their heads rather than being floppy, they are more susceptible to accumulation of dirt, dust and even pests, like fleas and mites. However, regular flea and tick treatments should help prevent pests from becoming too much of a problem.
FAQ About The Corgi Husky Mix
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions on the Corgi Husky Mix that may not have been covered above, or that were not fully answered.
1. What is the Corgi Husky mix’s official name?
Since this is a mixed breed, and it’s not officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, it doesn’t really have one official name. Most often, it is referred to as a Corgi Husky Mix. However, you may also hear this mixed dog breed referred to by several other names. Other common names for the Corgi Husky mix include Horgi, Siborgi and Corgski.
2. How much dos a Corgi Husky dog cost?
The purchase cost of a Corgi Husky dog will depend in part on where you get it. Reputable breeders will not offer discount prices, so if you want a true Corgi Husky mix, and you want it to be healthy, you should expect to pay a premium. These dogs usually cost between $700 and $1,000 from trustworthy breeders.
3. How big will my Corgi Husky puppy get?
It’s really impossible to determine exactly how large a specific Corgi Husky mix will be when it is full grown. However, if you get your puppy from a reputable breeder, you should get the opportunity to see the puppy’s sire and dam, and that ought to give you at least a little bit of an idea on what to expect. Corgi Husky mixes tend to range in weight from 20 to 50 pounds, and they can be anywhere from 12 to 15″ high.
4. How do I correct my Corgi Husky when it misbehaves?
Training for Corgi Huskies should always focus on positive reinforcement. Consistency is key with any training, and you should always speak in a voice that is gentle in volume but firm in tone. The Corgi Husky wants to please, and if he is trained early, and is consistently rewarded for correct behavior, he will back down on misbehaving.
5. How do I stop my Corgi Husky from damaging furniture?
Crate training is great way to prevent your Corgi Husky from becoming destructive in the home. Crate training can also be a useful method of keeping your dog calm on car trips. When your dog is happy in his crate, he can also use it as a safe place to find some peace and quiet when he wishes to escape the noise and fray of a busy home.
6. What health issues should I watch out for?
Besides those mentioned above, other health issues that the Corgi Husky mix can be prone to include epilepsy, Degenerative Myelopathy, Hip dysplasia, the heart defect known as Patent Ductus Arteriosus and various skin and eye problems.
7. What dog food should I use?
Since weight issues are a factor in Corgi Husky health, you should feed this breed a well balanced dogfood that is high in protein and, if at all possible, low in fat. You can choose dog foods from your regular department store that are designed for weight loss, and labeled as low calorie, to achieve this.
Many dogfoods designed for senior dogs are lower calorie options. Alternatively, you can often purchase a higher end, healthy dogfood from your veterinarian. In general, try to avoid dogfoods that are high in starchy, carbohydrate laden ingredients, such as soy, wheat and corn.
8. Is The Corgi Husky Mix Right For Me?
Deciding if this dog is for you is something you will have to determine based on your personality, comfort levels, available time and more. A lot of people like this mixed breed because it’s extremely friendly and loyal. Many people like the Corgi Husky’s energy and vocal qualities. However, if you need a lot of quiet down time, this dog is probably not for you.
Further, if you are a highly active person who enjoys long walks, the Corgi Husky might be your ideal companion. But if you’re a busy professional who prefers to exercise at the gym, you may find that the Corgi Husky is too energetic for you.
You will need to spend some time considering all of this breed’s personality traits, common behaviors, tendency to shed excessively and health risks to help you determine if the Corgi Husky mix is right for you.