Otherwise referred to as the “Horgi,” “Siborgi” or the “Corgski, ” this hybrid dog is the perfect mix between the popular Siberian Husky and the Welsh Corgi, and is honestly too cute to be real. They adopt traits such as being very energetic and very alert from both their Husky and Corgi sides, as Huskies were working sledding dogs and Corgis were bred to be herding dogs. The characteristics of these two dogs combined provides a loyal, protective, thoughtful and very intelligent hybrid.
Historically, the Corgi Husky Mix was deliberately bred to form a smaller herding dog with the same or even more superior qualities of a husky, just in a smaller frame. Bringing both parents together to form this pup was supposed to make it a superior breed, as it would adopt the abilities of two extraordinary dogs. The Corgi Husky is popularly known today worldwide, especially because of its designer dog status, and is adopted worldwide by families and individuals alike, but is this pup the right fit for you?
Before you hop onto the train of this cute but simply exceptional dog, let’s take a look at some of the features that make the Corgi Husky the best dog for you.
Corgi Husky Mix Appearance & Size
Siborgis normally take a majority of their facial features and shape from the husky, with the same almond eyes and erect ears as well. They are also very stocky in stature and weigh anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds full grown. They take their short legs and small but structured frame from the corgi, not growing past measurements of 15 inches tall. The coat may differ in Horgis based on the parent that they more dominantly take after, and you will find that some Horgis have very fluffy coats like the Husky and others have less fluffy coats like the Welsh Corgi.
The colours of their coats vary in ranges, occurring most frequently in cream, brown, white, blue or red, and even a mixture of 2 – 3 different colours. Other notable features include a husky mask in the face, and the white markings of their parents.
Character & Personality
Most Horgis have traits that are clearly taken from both their purebred parents. Most are loyal, friendly and affectionate, which makes them excellent pets for any household, including homes with small children. Because of their temperament, they are also great companion to have around if you are alone. They are also very smart and intelligent pups, and easily learn hand gestures, different moods of speech and tricks.
Horgis also really enjoy being the center of attention, and enjoy being showered with adoration both by their owners and strangers alike. This pup is known for being loyal and devoted to his owner, but doesn’t make for a good watch and guard dog because he is often times too friendly. With socialization, this pup will be the best pet for every circumstance.
Activity & Training
Most Horgis are relatively active and should be okay with a walk per day, however ensure that your pup gets some play time as well. Horgis also enjoy interaction with other dogs, so a weekly visit to the dog park is sure to keep them happy. There have been reports of Corgi Huskies becoming restless, cranky and moody without regular exercise and activity, so make sure they get adequate time to move, play and socialize on a daily basis.
Because these dogs are highly intelligent, much like there purebred parents, they do very well if trained at a young age. The only thing that might be an issue is there innate nature to herd every person and animal in sight, which makes them extremely difficult to potty train, however with time and lots of positive reinforcements, you’ll be successful. The progress of their training is highly dependent on which parent is more dominant. If the husky is more dominant, then they will be harder to train but if the Corgi is more dominant, then they will be easier to train because they are eager to please.
A notable downside about the Horgi is that he shreds continuously throughout the year, which may be a bit much for a new dog owner or someone who wants to spend very little time on maintenance. Bothe the Welsh Corgi and Siberian Husky shed excessively, so this trait was passed down to their hybrid. Horgis require daily brushing to prevent fur buildup , and should only be bathed when necessary. A monthly trip to the dog groomer’s should do the trick for maintenance, but be sure to also pay special attention to their dental hygiene.
The major and most critical health issue facing the Corgi Husky is weight gain. If you allow this dog to overeat, he may get significantly chubby which will only be a disadvantage to him later down. Because he has the stature of a husky, he also has an interesting appetite, so it is important to not feed him over his portion size. An overweight Horgi is prone to developing back issues because of their short legs, and can also be prone to developing spinal problems.
These dogs may also develop other health issues, and these can either be hereditary or contracted after years of life. These health issues include but are not limited to eye diseases and infections, epilepsy, skin allergies, (which can be caused and worsened by some dog shampoos) and hip dysplasia. Apart from these health concerns, Corgi Huskies live a relatively healthy and happy life with proper diet and time to exercise, play and socialise.
Lifespan of your Corgi Husky
These pups live as long as their parents do, with their average life span being 12 – 15 years. While they are okay in an apartment, a yard would be ideally more fitting, because it would give them lots of space to play.
Overall, the Corgi Husky mix is a great pet dog for many who want the features and abilities of the Siberian Husky, without a commitment to their enormous size. Their cuteness, loyalty and caring personality will win you over with one glance.