This combination of the playful, courageous Corgi and the clever Poodle is a match made in heaven. These Corgipoos make an excellent addition to any household considering their ability to easily adapt and get along with almost anyone. A true gem of a hybrid, the Corgipoo will undoubtedly grow in popularity as dog-lovers continue to discover their lovely disposition, and their unmistakable good looks.
Is a Corgipoo the right kind of dog for you? There are a lot of things to consider when adding a dog to your life, so we’ve covered just about everything you’ll need to know in this in-depth breed profile.
- Origin: United States
- Weight: 12-40 pounds
- Lifespan: 12 to 14 years
- Breed group: Mixed Breed
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- Good with dogs: yes
- Good with kids: yes
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Corgipoos tend to be on the small to medium size, with most of them weighing anywhere from 12 to 40 pounds. They generally stand between 10 to 12 inches tall, and have round heads and large, expressive eyes (so adorable!). They’re also known to have muzzles that are medium length, with black, round noses.
Their beautiful coifs comes in shades of white, cream, gray, brown, and black, and usually have a wirey top coat with a soft, fluffy undercoat.
This mixed breed is known to have a fun, sparkling personality that makes them excellent with kids—just make sure that little ones know they need to be gentle with this pup, and not play too roughly with them. Their friendliness also makes them good with other animals, so long as they’re properly introduced and supervised.
Corgipoos are very energetic and intelligent, which means you’re going to need to find ways to keep them entertained. They also dislike being left alone for long periods of time and can get mischievous (and pretty vocal) if they aren’t given ample attention and something to occupy them.
Though this breed is known to be sweet and affectionate, the Corgi side of them also makes them protective, probably a holdover from their days serving as the “protectors” of farms and homesteads. Plus they have excellent vision, which means they can spot danger from a great distance away.
Ideal Environment for a Corgipoo
Since Corgipoos are medium-sized pups, they can be comfortable in apartments and houses of all sizes. It is important that they live somewhere where they have access to the outdoors though, since they have plenty of energy to burn off. They’ll be more than happy with a backyard where they can frolic, but they’re also fine with an urban environment where they can take walk. And though they are a high-energy breed, they do tire out quickly so multiple short walks (versus one really long one) are actually better for them when it comes to keeping their energy level balanced.
Ideal Human for a Corgipoo
Corgipoos can basically get along with anyone, from families with small children, to single pet parents and seniors. The only thing that really matters when it comes to their ideal human is that they are active and willing to shower them with affection and attention. They also need someone who is committed to keeping them healthy and happy by taking them on plenty of walks, and keeping them well groomed.
Corgipoo Dog Training
Corgipoos are extremely intelligent, so the earlier you begin training these clever pups, the better. Though they can be mischievous, they’re also quick learners, and they respond particularly well to positive reinforcement since they’re always eager to please.
It’s also imperative to socialize this breed early on by introducing them to a variety of situations, people, animals, and locations. By showing them the world around them, and making them feel comfortable and safe with you as they explore it, they’ll gain the confidence to be the well-adjusted, well-behaved pup you know that they can be.
Grooming your Corgipoo is fairly straightforward, even when taking their wirey, waterproof top coat and fluffy undercoat into consideration. They actually don’t shed all that much thanks to the Poodle genes, and can even be considered more hypoallergenic than other breeds.
It’s a good idea to brush your Corgipoos hair daily to prevent uncomfortable tangles and mats from forming, and give them a bath occasionally to keep them fresh. It’s also important to keep their ears clean to prevent infection, and brush their teeth to keep them in tip-top shape.
Corgipoo Health Facts & Information
Corgipoos are a fairly healthy breed, but they are prone to back and joint problems because of their stature, and they can also have some common health issues that are prevalent in poodles such as Addison’s disease, kidney disease, and bloat. However, using a reputable breeder (if you’re using a breeder) can help cut down the possibility of your dog having these issues.
Corgipoos generally live from 12 to 14 years, and with the proper exercise, food, and regular trips to the vet, your pup will have a good chance at a long and happy life.
Corgipoo Breed History
The Corgipoo is a hybrid mix of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Cardigan Corgi and miniature, toy, or standard Poodle. A fairly modern breed, this mix was developed in the United States in the 1980’s, and continues to gain popularity because of the positive attributes that each of these parent breeds bring. After all, how can you resist the charm and friendliness of the Corgi combined with the intelligence and beauty of a Poodle?
Getting a Corgipoo
It’s always a good idea to meet the parents of your puppy, and to see how the litter interacts with each other, and this is especially important when choosing a crossbred dog, since you can see just what size the parents are. A good, trustworthy breeder should have records of the parents’ lineage, too and should be able to tell you more about the specific mix of the litter.
Since Corgipoos aren’t officially recognized by the AKC, you’d need to start your search for a reputable breeder elsewhere, and luckily, due to the popularity of these dogs, they shouldn’t be too tricky to track down. Make sure you wise up on puppy mills and internet scams—following some simple steps can help avoid further funding of this terrible practice, and help you end up with a pet whose breeding and early-life experience will more reliably result in a well-adjusted dog.
Adopting a Corgipoo
As with many highly popular breeds, Corgipoos often find their way to rescue centers for a variety of reasons, including dogs being rescued from puppy mills, but often it’s the simple fact that their previous owners simply felt unable to care for them any longer, perhaps due to a change in lifestyle or health.
A surrendered dog will often already be well trained and simply in need of a new, loving home. You can find rescue centers local to you with a quick internet search.
A Corgipoo can make for a wonderful friend and they’re sure to be a source of joy, with plenty of laughs and perhaps a little bit of mischief along the way. So whether you’re planning on adopting or finding a breeder to find a puppy, prepare yourself, your home and your heart to welcome a dog with plenty of personality and energy.
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