Corgi Husky mix- The complete guide to a Horgi

Horgi

Corgi Husky mix is an exciting blend between the Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Siberian Husky also known as a Horgi Siborgi. This Husky and Corgi mix is a medium-sized crossbreed weighing between 20 and 45 pounds and stands at between 13 and 15 inches.

He is a combination of brains and bravery that will for sure melt your heart.

So, by now you may be wondering what it entails to own and take care of this beautiful dog. Well, we have you covered in all that you might need to know.

If you are a first-time dog owner or already own one of these dogs, you will learn all that needs to be learned from care to buying and even other dogs that are similar to this one.

So, let us take a look into this hybrid dog.

About the Corgi Husky mix

The Corgi Husky mix is a designer that is got from combining the genes of a purebred Siberian Husky and a purebred Welsh Corgi.

A designer dog is a Hybrid or a crossbreed aimed at getting the best from both the dogs in terms of traits.

However, a 50-50 split is not always guaranteed and there may be variations even with pups of the same litter.

This adorable ball of fluff is also known as a Horgi, a Siborgi, or a Corgski.

He comes in different sizes from small to medium.

The Corgi Husky mix may have a disproportional body with small legs and a normal-sized head. However, his great personality makes up for what he may lack in size.

This canine friend makes for a great companion for those that are looking for an outgoing, social, happy, and friendly dog that can live in smaller spaces.

Though you should be warned that he can be a bit mischievous and naughty.

The American Kennel Club does not recognize him as he is not a purebred dog.

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Corgi and Husky mix general characteristics and appearance

Corgi Husky mix summary table
Height 13 to 15 inches
Weight 20 to 45 pounds
Lifespan 12 to 15 years
Breed Type mixes and more
Purpose Companion
Suitable For They are best suited for families with older children, perfect for adult-only homes.
Grooming requirements May require moderate to high grooming
Color Variations Red, Sable, Brindle or Grey, Black, and White
Health concerns skin, eye and back problems, or more severe concerns such as epilepsy, DM, PDA, Von Willebrand’s Disease, obesity, and hip dysplasia
Temperament keen, mischievous gregarious, eager-to-please social, friendly, outgoing
Other Names Horgi, a Siborgi, or a Corgski

Horgi weight and weight

If you prefer a small to medium size then the Corgi Husky mix is what you should go for. Just like his Corgi parent, the Horgi is so close to the ground due to his compact size.

This hybrid grows to approximately 15 inches in height and will weigh up to 45 pounds.

His size makes him look sturdy and stable due to his short legs. Their weight makes them suitable for you if you want to own a Husky but cannot manage their large size.  He just looks like a Husky puppy.

This dog may be too heavy for a dog that is his size but that does not make the Horgi less agile.

Physical appearance and lifespan

The average lifespan of Corgski is about 12 to 15 years.

How long your dog lives are also affected by the size of the dog. If the dog is smaller he will live for longer and vice versa.

Some of the features that you can expect to seen form a Horgi apart from his small size are a long stocky body and a tail that has curved of curled up.

The skull is wide and flat in the middle of the ears.

Horgi has a long neck that helps him get a maximum balance with the eyes being almond-shaped and mostly upright ears.

The forequarters have a broad chest that is well let down between the pooch’s forelegs with hindquarters that should have a moderate angulation at the stifle and hock.

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Corgi and Husky mix

Corgi mixed with Husky coat appearance and shedding

A corgi mixed with a Husky will most likely have a thick coat.

This is because the Welsh corgi has a medium length, water-proof and thick coat and the Siberian husky has a heavy double-coat.

The double coat is usually useful as it protects the dog in a wet environment as they are water-resistant.

Depending on the parent breed that he takes after, the coat length may be medium to long.

As this is a crossbreed you can never be really sure what you are going to get. However, if you are dealing with a reputable breeder it might be of help.

Horgis are most likely guaranteed to be shedders something that you should consider before getting any dog.

Corgis are heavy shedders and shed all year round while Huskies shed a lot due to their double coats.

Colors

  • Red
  • Sable
  • Gray
  • Dark Brown
  • Brindle

Horgi personality traits and temperament

This dog’s personality is typically the combination of that of a Husky and a Welsh corgi.

The Husky and Corgi Mix is not only a companion but also a family dog and this mainly because he is a people’s doggo.

He is a great dog that has a sweet personality, is friendly but very cautious.

These canines are great with children but you should always make sure that you supervise play between them. Your children should also be shown what to do and what not to do with this dog. For example, they should know that pulling the dog’s ears is wrong.

They are are also alert and protective.

This is mostly a companion dog meaning that they want to be around you at most times.

He should not be left alone for long periods as he could end up being mischievous to entertain himself. In other instances, he may also suffer from separation anxiety.

These dogs are intelligent which makes them very trainable.

Remember that predicting the temperament of a mixed dog isn’t and so it would be better if you spoke to other Horgi owners to know if their personality will suit your lifestyle. Speaking to your breeder can also be of great help.

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Origin and history of this mixed doggo

Designer dogs have been in existence for some time now with them gaining momentum in the last 20 to 30 years. The Husky and Corgi mix is one of the many designer dogs out there.

However, it is not known when he 1st came into existence or who the first person to intentionally breed them was.

The parent breeds are very popular and have been around for quite a while.

Both the Siberian husky and Pembroke Welsh Corgi have a Northern spitz-type dog ancestry.

To better understand the history of this dog let’s look at the history of the parent breeds.

Siberian Husky brief history

Huskies are the descendants of an extinct breed that was known as Taymyr Wolf that was found in North Asia.

This is according to research that was conducted recently.

There is a group of people that believe that the Siberian Husky originated from the Grey wolf.

Either way, the origin of the Siberian Husky dates back to about 8000 years ago from the Siberian Arctic.

Today they are classified as Nordic sleds by the FCI but they are also known as working dogs.

Huskies have an average lifespan of about 12 to 15 years and can weigh 60 pounds for the males and 50 pounds females.

Huskies were bred to help humans in the pulling of heavy sleds over long distances and for that reason they were required to have a lot of strength and endurance.

These dogs then gained popularity in Canada and the US and were then recognized by the American Kennel club in the 1930s.

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Other Husky mixes

  • Great Huskyenees has Husky and  Great Pyrenees’ genes.
  • The result of mixing the Husky and Shar-Pei gives you the Huskpei.
  • Mixing up the Husky and Akita produces the Huskita.
  • Ausky is a beautiful result of mixing the Husky with the Australian Shepherd.
  • Bullsky is a mixture of Husky and Bull-mastiff.
  • The Gerberian Shepsky is a blend between two incredible dog breeds, the German Shepherd and a Husky

Welsh Corgi Brief history

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the most popular herding dogs. He is one of the most agreeable small house dogs.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a strong, athletic, and lively little herder who is affectionate and companionable.

The background is steeped from Folklore.

There are many theories of where the Welsh Corgi came from.

One of those theories is that the Pembroke Welsh Corgi sprang from the lairs of elves and fairies.

In this theory, the children spotted the dogs and mistake them for foxes but they noticed that they were something different about them.

Their parents are the one that recognized them as dogs and not foxes. They believed that these dogs were gifts from the fairies. The tale goes on and on.

More

There are those of you that don’t believe in fairy tales and there is a historical story of where these elegant dogs came from.

It is believed Corgis are descendants of Vallhund which are Swedish cattle dogs that were brought to Wales in the 9th and the 10th century.

Others believe that Corgis were taken to wales by Flemish weavers in the 12th century.

This dog breed has a very misty origin history.

Farmers that kept the dogs in the past bred the best for what they wanted them to do. However, they did not keep good records of their breeding.

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Other popular Corgi mixes

  • Augie is a mix between a Corgi and an Australian Shepherd.
  • Corman Shepherd is a combination of the genes of a German Shepherd and a Corgi.
  • Combining the genes of a Corgi and a Labrador retriever will give you a hybrid that is known as a Corgidor.
  • A corgi inu is a mix between a Shiba inu and a Corgi.

Corgi Husky mix puppy

When you are out to get your dog make sure that he is a first-generation Puppy.

This means that the puppy is got from breeding purebred Corgi a purebred Husky.

The Siberian Husky is usually the dam and the Welsh Corgi should be the sire.

This is because of the known issues that occur when you cross a large dog breed with a smaller one.

How much does a Husky Corgi mix cost?

If you expect to buy this ball of fluff you should expect anywhere from $600-$1000.

Finding a Puppy

Getting a crossbreed puppy is more difficult than getting a purebred.

You must be careful when you are about to get a dog by making sure that you are working with a good and reputable breeder.

It is for this reason that you should do your research before deciding where you are going to get your Horgi mix.

A responsible breeder should have the most important information about the breed.

Apart from getting a reputable breeder, you should also spend time with the parent breeds and get to know their traits. And if you are lucky enough and get a puppy or adult dog to adopt then also spending time with his is also crucial.

Do research prior to buying the puppy so that you can be sure of what type of questions to ask your breeder that would be helpful for what you want. It is also helpful that you meet the dog prior to buying him to know if you are compatible.

The price of the pup will differ from breeder to breeder, the healthier the puppy is the more expensive he will be.

If you notice any of the issues below you should avoid buying the puppy:

  • Too many hereditary diseases in the puppy’s family history.
  • Signs of aggression from either of the mixed parents.
  • No certification was issued by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for both its parents.

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Grooming a Corgski

This mix has a double coat that sheds with 2 yearly blow out seasons.

For this reason, you should be ready to take care of the pooch’s grooming needs.

You should invest in a good brush.

It recommended that you brush the coat regularly and preferably daily and by doing this you should be able to minimize the rate at which your Horgi sheds.

You may also be required to vacuum your house more than usual to reduce the amount of fur.

Apart from brushing the coat, you should bath the dog once every month.

You should note that the dog should not be bathed too often as this strips the coat of essential oils and minerals. Only bathe him when it is necessary.

Use a good dog shampoo and conditioner to keep the coat shiny and healthy. Your vet can help you choose the shampoo that is best suited for your dog.

This shampoo should have a neutral pH and should be hypoallergenic.

Never use human shampoo while bathing your dog.

You may find that bathing a Horgi is challenging as the coat is water-resistant and lathering can take quite sometimes.

Drying the coat will also be difficult after it gets wet.

other grooming requirements

Apart from taking care of the dog’s coat, you should also check the ears for any chances of ear infections.

Dip a cotton bud into an ear cleaning solution after which you will use it to clean the Husky and Corgi’s ears.

Make sure that you are cleaning the outer area as you do not want to damage the dog’s ears. Visit a groomer if you are not comfortable doing it by yourself.

Clipping the nails is also an important part of grooming.

Brush your Corgi and husky mix teeth a few times every week to reduce the risk of periodontal diseases.

Some dogs may not want you to touch their teeth, so make him get used to the process. Make it a gradual process. The process of brushing a dog’s teeth is just the same as how you would do it on your teeth.

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Feeding requirements of a Horgi

Considering the average weight of a Corgi mixed with a Husky which should be around 30 pounds then that means that the dog will require about 900 calories of food per day.

To make it simpler for you to understand, this is about 2-3 cups of kibble every day.

This is because the average calorie requirement for an active dog is 30 calories for every pound. Using this calculation you should be able to calculate the number of calories that your dog requires according to his weight.

Make sure that the food you give to the pooch is high-quality.

Puppies will feed more than adult Lab shepherds as they require more energy for development. Make sure that you divide his meals into intervals of 4 meals in a day.

As the puppy transitions into an adult reduce the number of meals to 2 per day. This is when they are about 6 months old.

Nutritional needs

A healthy diet will consist mainly of protein as the main ingredient. The protein should be in high amounts and should be meat protein.

The more protein that is in your dog’s diet the healthier he will become.

So, as a puppy, the diet should be made up of about 25% protein and 8% fat. it should also be rich in minerals such as calcium and phosphorous.

The amount of protein and fat that you give to your dog will reduce as he grows to about 20% protein and 5% fat.

Many dog lovers try to avoid foods that have grains when they want to avoid allergies in their dogs.

Always make sure that you read the food label to make sure that it has the correct amount of fat, proteins, and that it does not have too many carbohydrates.

  • Remember to always provide clean water to the dog for him to stay hydrated.

Fatty acids help in keeping the coat healthy and shiny.

Exercise and proper diet are required to keep the dog from getting obese which can bring some health complications.

The meal should contain;

  • A minimum of 25% protein in meals that have grains.
  • Minimum of 30% protein in grain-free meals.
  • The meals should be rich in minerals and vitamins.
  • Meals that are free from allergens. Some meals like eggs and lamb are known to contain allergens.
  • Depending on the age of the hybrid you can give the dog supplements.
  • A clean water supply throughout the day.

Consult your vet if you have any questions concerning your dog’s diet.

Corgi mixed with Husky exercise requirements

Both Corgis and Huskies are designed to be high energy working dogs.

However, nowadays they have become more sedentary and prone to obesity. And it is for this reason that you should involve your Corgi and Husky mix in exercises.

This hybrid has a moderate exercise requirement per day.

If you exercise the mix for around 45 minutes in a day, that will be more than enough to keep him in shape and properly stimulated.

After an exercise session, give the dog some time to rest and cuddle.

You can take him for a run or two walks in a day.

However, if you are not a huge exercise fan then you can use play around with your dog as you both work out. In this way, you both benefit and create a better bond between you and your dog.

There are challenges that you can dog between you and your dog to further stimulate his mind. Hide and sniff is a perfect example of such a game.

Failure to provide the dog with the correct amount of exercise will reduce his quality of life lowering his lifespan.

Training needs

Training your dog can be a  very challenging task even for a person that has experience doing it and it is not for the faint-hearted.

Especially if your Corgi Husky mix takes more after the Husky that is known to demand strong leadership you must be consistent to achieve great results.

Your Horgi may just be stubborn and so you should use repetition as one of the components during training. However, you should note that this hybrid dog is not a slow learner.

If the dog is not properly trained he can result in some behaviors that you may not be very happy about.

The best way to train your Horgi mix puppy is through positive reinforcement that is mainly reward-based training.

  • Never use negative methods such as punishment when training you Corgi Husky as it could turn out to be problematic.
  • Encourage the behavior that you want to see in your dog by praising and rewarding him with treats, toys, or attention and ignore the dog when he behaves in a manner that you don’t want.

Some of the rewards you can give to your dog are:

  • Verbal rewards
  • Food rewards
  • Toy rewards

If your pup does what you want then reward him. But if the training proves to be more difficult then you can use high-value food treats.

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more on training

How you train your dog will always depend on what is your main intention for getting him.

Whether you want him as a guard dog or as a companion there are different ways that you can train your pooch.

But first, you have to begin with the basics that are house training. House training will include toilet training your dog or puppy and others.

Socialize your dog to get rid of those aggressive tendencies by introducing him to the outside world.

This will include other people and even other animals. The more the dog experiences what the world has to offer the more he will learn that it is nothing to be aggressive or wary about.

Husky and Corgi mix health concerns

Corgis that have been mixed with Huskies are prone to weight issues and it is for this reason that you should watch his diet.

Make sure that you give him regular exercise and follow the feeding guidelines that are given to you by the food manufacturer and vet.

There are always a few health concerns that you have to look out for even if the dog was crossed to outbreed any health issues.

The Horgi mix is no exception to that as this dog is prone to inheriting some of the health problems from the parent breeds.

Luckily some of these problems can be treated as long as you keep a close eye on your dog.

You can schedule a test with your veterinarian to determine the possibility of any inherited health issues.

There are recommendations and diet requirements that you will require to follow to keep your pooch in a stable healthy state.

The most common health concerns are;

  • Hip and Elbow dysplasia which is a hereditary condition that if left untreated can cause undue pain to the pooch and eventually lead to arthritis.
  • Allergies, especially food-related allergies.
  • Canine cancer
  • Von Willebrands disease is a condition that mostly occurs in Corgis and is caused by the deficiency of blood clotting proteins.

Corgi Husky mix cons and pros

pros cons
Loyal and loving companion Corgskies shed a lot
Horgis are highly intelligent They are poor guardians
Ideal for moderately active homes High grooming needs
An excellent choice for someone into positive reinforcement training Potential health problems

Breed summary

The Corgi Husky Mix is a cute, loyal, friendly, and loving dog that makes the perfect companion for humans.

This small to the medium-sized dog is known to be mischievous and naughty but does well in small homes and apartments.

If socialized from an early age, they will be friendly and gentle and will live happily with other animals and dogs.

Excessive barking can also become a problem. He will not tolerate you leaving him for long periods.

The Corgi Husky Mix is a fairly active dog and needs to be taken on at least one walk a day.

There you go.

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