What happens when you cross the loving and lively Siberian husky with the sweet and spunky corgi? Why, the best of both of course, all wrapped up in a compact corgi-husky-mix package.
The corgi husky mix, known also as the horgi or siborgi (we like corgsky best), combines the most desirable features of these popular breeds into one adorable designer dog.
From temperament and appearance to training and breeders, we dive into everything you need to know about caring for your corgsky companion.
4 Facts You Didn’t Know About This Corgi Mix
- A corgi husky mix can either be a first generation cross, meaning its parents are either purebred huskies and corgis or a multi-generational cross, in which case both of its parents are corgi husky crosses.
- The word Corgi is Welsh for “dwarf dog”, while Husky is thought to have derived from a corruption of the nickname for Eskimo, “Esky”. So does that mean corgsky translates to “dwarf Eskimo” dog?
- Despite their short stature, with their loud bark and alert nature, corgskys make good watchdogs. Just don’t confuse that with a guard dog, as the corgi husky mix has far too friendly a disposition with strangers.
- The Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Husky actually share a common ancestry, as they both descend from a northern spitz-type dog.
Appearance and Personality of the Sociable Corgi Husky Mix
Little Legs, But Big Heart
As with any mixed breed, the size, weight, and color of the corgi husky mix can vary greatly and depends largely on an individual’s parents.
While the medium-sized corgi husky mix can weigh anywhere from 20-50 pounds and stand from 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, the one unifying trait is easy to spot – those short little corgi legs.
In fact, corgskys often look like a husky in a corgi body, with their black and grey double coat and striking facial markings. While keeping their erect ears and almond-shaped eyes, corgskys may also take on the red, sable, or fawn coloring of their corgi lineage.
A Good Doggo For Everyone
Those fun-sized legs, aside from being adorable, make for great apartment living. It’s their small stature that makes corgskys perfect for those with limited space.
But don’t let those short legs fool you – this corgi husky mix still needs a moderate amount of exercise, including a daily walk and lots of playtime.
Meanwhile, their adaptability and tolerance for different climates mean they feel right at home in the snow or the sun. Friendly, outgoing, and intelligent, these guys make great pets for families with kids and other dogs, provided they’re properly trained and socialized from a young age.
Whether the Weather is Cold: The Best Environment for a Corgi Husky Mix
Both corgis and Huskies have beautiful, thick coats, the husky doubly so with its downy undercoat and top coat of long, water-resistant guard hairs. So whether your corgsky skews more corgi or husky in the outwear department, you can bet either way that he’ll be one plush guy.
With all that hair as insulation, this corgi husky mix is well-equipped for cold climates.
While a corgi husky mix can also tolerate warmer weather fairly well, they might have a tendency to overheat at high temperatures. And with all that hair comes the requisite care and maintenance, which should include daily brushing and regular trips to the groomer.
As both huskies and corgis are heavy shedders, a corgsky is not ideal for allergy sufferers or the vacuum adverse.
The Lifespan of This Particular Husky Mix
The corgsky has a life expectancy typical to that of a medium-sized dog, ranging from 12-15 years.
While this mixed breed is generally healthy, there are a number of health issues to watch out for. These are most typically associated with corgi lineage and include eye and skin problems, in addition to congenital and genetic conditions such as Von Willebrand’s Disease, PDA, and epilepsy.
Corgskys are also prone to back issues and hip dysplasia, thanks to their distinctive low-slung corgi shape.
You can help minimize the health risks posed to your furbaby by buying from a reputable breeder and keeping spine-straining activities (think too many stairs or excessive jumping) to a minimum.
Because they have a tendency to overeat, you should keep an eye on your corgsky’s weight and monitor his food intake.
So what exactly, aside from its cute mini-sized frame and out-sized personality, makes the corgi husky mix a great pet?
Here we take a closer look at the attributes of the two breeds that make up this canine cocktail.
Both the Cardigan and Pembroke Welsh Corgis pack lots of affection, fun, and intelligence into their sturdy little frames.
Originating in Central Europe before making their way to Wales, corgis were used as watchdogs and herding dogs to move cattle and sheep.
That herding drive is present in corgis today, who often like to have a “job” and have been known to “herd” children and the family pets. These small but stout farmyard guardians have a big dog bark and plenty of spirit.
Originally bred as a sled dog by the semi-nomadic Chukchi people of Northeastern Asia, the husky is prized for its intelligence, athleticism, and striking wolf-like good looks. A natural pack animal, the husky is right at home with families and other dogs.
Built for speed and endurance, the husky’s athleticism and high energy require ample exercise.
A fenced backyard provides these agile canines with plenty of space to run and ensures that their high prey drive is kept in check (and thereby saving the neighbor’s cat).
Welsh Corgi and Siberian Husky: When Two Dog Breeds Collide
While these noble creatures make loyal and devoted pets, their intelligence and independence can sometimes make training a challenge.
Wired to follow a pack leader, huskies respond well to firm and consistent commands. Because this streak of stubbornness may find its way through to the corgsky, it is important to begin training and socialization at a young age.
With the right training, the innate sociability and curiosity of the husky are sure to shine through in your corgi husky mix.
One Smart Pup: Training Corgi Mixes
As members of the herding group and the working group, respectively, the corgi and the husky were bred to work. Diligent and devoted, these dogs require mental and physical stimulation and thrive when they have a job to do.
While your corgi husky mix isn’t likely to be herding sheep or pulling sleds, you can easily channel their curiosity and drive.
As both parent breeds are intelligent, independent thinkers, corgskys may sometimes be stubborn or headstrong. This can be overcome by setting boundaries and establishing yourself as the alpha or pack leader.
Be consistent when enforcing rules and practice positive reinforcement by firmly but gently discouraging unwanted behavior and rewarding good behavior.
5 Tips for Owning A Corgi Husky Mix
- Keep that weight off. The Corgi Husky Mix is prone to obesity, and their long and low build make any weight gain an added risk of developing back and hip problems. Set regular feeding times and practice portion control, and try not to be over generous with those treats.
- Work that big butt. Corgskys need a moderate amount of exercise and are at their happiest with plenty of stimulation. Channel those herding tendencies into productive outlets like training and tricks.
- Know that Corgskys shed. A lot. Do yourself a favor and spend five minutes every day brushing your hairy little floof. He’ll love it, and you’ll enjoy it a lot more than constantly vacuuming up after him.
- Be attentive to first impressions. Early socialization and training make for a well-mannered and gregarious corgi husky mix that is well-suited for families with children and other dogs. Use caution when introducing other pets (the family cat), as the corgsky often exhibits a high prey drive.
- Don’t forget the doctor. Because the corgsky is prone to a number of health conditions, it is important to keep up with regular vet checkups. Be mindful of those little legs and long back – don’t encourage activities that could cause spinal injury.
Corgi Husky Puppies for Sale
Husky Corgi Price
While puppy prices depend on individual breeders, you should expect to pay $300-$800 for your new corgsky friend.
Expenses don’t end there, as you’ll need to have your new floof tested for health, spayed/neutered, and micro-chipped. Don’t forget additional upfront costs like a collar, crate, and carrier, plus those reoccurring expenses like dog food, treats, and toys.
Because the corgi husky mix is not a purebred, breeders might be harder to come by.
Do your research and whenever possible, you should visit the home of the breeder in order to see the puppies and their parents. This will ensure that you’re really getting a corgi husky puppy and that your new addition to the family is healthy and well cared for.
Adopt a Corgi Husky Mix
If you can’t find or would prefer not to use a breeder, you always have the option to adopt.
Check your local shelters and rescue groups, as they are often full of happy and healthy mixed breeds, including corgi husky mixes, just waiting to be taken home. Or check out sites like Petfinder, where you can search by breed and location to find your dream doggo.
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[Disclaimer: We love all dogs, husky and corgi alike.]
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Alongside the Corgsky, there are countless other Corgi combos out there. Beagis (Beagle + Corgi), Cohuahuas (Chihuahua + Corgi), and Corgherds (Australian Shepherd + Corgi) are just a few of the delightful possibilities.
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A spirited and sociable personality plus the good looks of a husky, all in an endearing corgi package. What’s not to love? With those munchkin legs and big dog bark, the corgi husky mix is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.