Corgipoos are a friendly and affectionate mixed breed of the Miniature Poodle 🐩 and the Welsh Corgi. The combination of these 2 breeds creates a unique doodle that is intelligent and a dream to train! They are energetic and gentle with children and the elderly. 🧓 They are well behaved and get along well with other dogs and other family pets.
Even though they are sweet natured and intelligent they can make vigilant guard dogs with a very “big dog” bark.
The Poodle parent of the corgipoo is the National Dog of France 🇫🇷 , where it is known as Caniche or “duck dog”. However the Poodle is originally from Germany 🇩🇪 where it was developed as a magnificent water retriever for waterfowl 🦆 for over 400 years. Known for years for its swimming abilities the word Poodle comes from the word Pudelin referring to splashing in water. The Poodle’s high intelligence and athleticism made it an outstanding companion for all kinds of activities.
Poodles became widely popular in the United States 🇺🇲 between 1960 and 1980, right now they are ranked number 6 most popular dogs by the American Kennel Club.
The other Poodle parent of the Corgipoo also has some amazing history as a working dog throughout history. The Corgi was originally named from the medieval kingdom 🏰 of Cardiganshire, Wales. The Corgi was brought from central Europe to Wales by the Celts in 2200 BC. The Corgi is the oldest of the British breeds the word “corgi” originally “kergie” is ancient Celtic for “dog”. The Corgi is also thought to be the companion of fairies. 🧚
All of the physical traits of the Corgi are perfectly designed for herding cattle 🐄 . They are low in stature and sturdy, perfectly placed to nip at the heels of the cattle without being kicked. At night the Corgi would serve as the cattle herds’ protection and guardian. When they weren’t herding cattle they were used as all around farm dogs 🧑🌾 , hunting retrievers and guard dogs.
The first Corgis for breeding were brought to the United States 🇺🇲 in 1931. Four years later the Corgi was an officially recognized dog breed by the American Kennel Club.
Sizing it all up
Corgipoos come in less size variations than some other doodles. This is due to there only being one size of Corgi. Corgipoos are about 12 to 28 pounds and 10 to 22 inches. 🐕
Color Coding, Fur Real
Corgis come in 2 different varieties either with or without tails. The Cardigan variety have tails and the Pembrokes do not have tails. Depending on which breed of Corgi your corgipoo was bred with may determine whether it has a tail or not.
Corgipoos are soft and usually have different variations of curly hair. Some may be longer, some shorter but no matter the length they will need a daily brushing and a bath 🛁 about once per month. The corgipoo will also need to be trimmed about every 4 to 6 weeks, you can either find a groomer or do it yourself with some practice. ✂️ Corgipoos come in a few different color combinations to include red and blue-merle colors.
Let’s quickly go over the “hypoallergenic” topic. The AKC asserts that “there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic dog”. Unfortunately people with dog allergies are usually allergic to the dog dander 🦠 , not the dog’s fur. Granted the dog fur can be a carrier for the dog dander it is not the cause of the allergen. The old school of thought was that less dog hair = less allergen. So breeders would attempt to have as many Poodle genes in a dog breed to lessen dog hair shed. Unfortunately, this does not change the level of dander. Please be cautious regarding the labels of “hypoallergenic” if you have dog allergies. If you would like more info on this please read 22 Hypoallergenic Doodles. ◀️
Working it out
Corgipoos are active dogs that come from 2 active working parent breeds. They can be high energy 🔋 and they will need daily exercise. The good news is that they usually tire out pretty easily. Corgipoos also absolutely love the outdoors! Oh, and they are deceptively fast runners. 🏃
Come, Sit, Stay
Corgipoos are very intelligent and are easy to train. 👍 They are quick learners and pick up training quickly. Corgipoos are one of the best mix breeds to train due to the trainability of their parent breeds.
As with all dogs early socialization and puppy classes are recommended in order for dogs to form good habits from the beginning. 😀
Quality of Life
Corgipoos are fairly healthy dogs but they are susceptible to the same health issues that their parent breeds are. 🩺 Some of these possible medical issues for corgipoos are pancreatitis, patella luxation, legg-calve perthes disease and intervertebral disc disease. The good news is that the majority of these medical issues can be tested for.
Corgipoos can also be prone to obesity, it is not recommended to over feed them or to feed them 🍗 table scraps.
So now you want a Corgipoo….
If you are thinking about getting a corgipoo you must make sure that you are in love with any combination of traits that a doodle surprise could offer. 🎁 Your doodle may look exactly like a Corgi but act exactly like a Poodle. Would you be ok with that? What about the other way around? If you can love 💗 ALL of the traits of both parent breeds then DO IT! Doodles are the best!
I would contact Poodle rescues and also Corgi specific rescues, they may have a mixed breed/hybrid there as well. Also check regular rescues. Just realize that if you want to rescue you may have to wait to find your dog or travel to pick it up. But there are great benefits to rescuing instead of buying. 👍👏
If you decide to buy a puppy please do your research on the breeder and don’t be afraid to ask the right questions. And good luck to you! I hope you find your forever puppy! 🥰