Those short, stout dogs are familiar to anyone who follows the British royal family. Corgis are loved worldwide for their loyal temperament and athletic playfulness. While not every corgi mix will have the same temperament and corgi traits, many will act similarly to their purebred cousins and be great herders.
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Purebred corgi traits
Corgis have been in Wales for more than 3,000 years, migrating to the British Isles with early Celtic settlers from Europe. The original corgis were the Cardigan Welsh corgis; the breed came from the same family of dogs who created the dachshund. The Cardigan Welsh corgi was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. The Pembroke Welsh corgi breed is not as old as the Cardigan, but has been in Wales since the 11th century and was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) a year earlier than the Cardigan.
Typical corgi temperament
While every dog is different, a corgi mix might have many similarities with a purebred corgi, as outlined by AKC. Corgis were bred initially for herding cattle, so a corgi mix might have a strong herding tendency. The corgis nip at the heels of the cattle, so a dog with strong corgi tendencies might nip to herd his people or other animals.
Corgis often get along with other dogs, but they especially love their human families. For this reason, a corgi cross, such as a corgi terrier mix, might not do well spending long periods of time alone. Corgis are loyal dogs and are easily trained. A corgi mix likely would do well in obedience training, agility, or even more active sports such as fly ball or herding competitions. Many corgi mixes make great family dogs, but their herding instincts can overwhelm small children.
Physical corgi traits
Corgis are long, stout dogs with short legs, likely from recessive genes. They proved to be valuable herders, as they were short enough to avoid kicks from the cattle. Today, corgis and corgi mixes are often recognized by their short, strong legs. Pembroke Welsh corgis are chondrodysplastic, which means they have slightly bowed limbs and are prone to back problems, so crossing with non-chondrodysplastic breeds can help.
How do you tell a Cardigan from a Pembroke? Cardigan corgis have tails; Pembrokes don't. Therefore, A corgi mix might not have a tail. The colors in a corgi mix vary widely, as Cardigans appear in five colors and seven different marking patterns, while Pembrokes come in four colors with only one marking pattern.
Finding a corgi mix
To find a corgi cross like a corgi terrier mix, start with the purebred corgi rescue groups. They often have corgi mixes available for adoption, in addition to purebred dogs. Many corgi mixes are available through local shelters and rescue groups. Keep in mind that any short-legged, stout dog might be listed as a corgi mix, but also could have a variety of other dog breeds in his genes.
Popular corgi mixes, sometimes called designer dogs, including a corgi and Labrador, corgi and German shepherd, corgi and pug, and the very cute corgi and husky cross. Each will have their own distinctive features and likely fewer back problems.