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Corgi x Husky = 'Horgi'
If you are wondering what is a Horgi? It's simply a mix between a Welsh Corgi and a Siberian Husky. You will see that they often get referred to as a Siborgi, Corky and Corgsky too.
Corgi Crossed with a Husky Overview
When you want to get a particular breed of dog, one problem that you might have is finding the style that suits you most.
One of the most popular forms of dog at the moment for some people, though, is the adorable Corgi Husky mix (also referred to as a Horgi, Corgsky, Corky and Siborgi for short).
While they might not seem like the ideal dog for some, these are versatile canines that have plenty of passion for life.
If you want a dog that makes it easy to feel optimistic about the world, you’ll absolutely love to spend some time around a Horgi!
12 to 15 inches
25 - 45 Lbs
12 - 15 Years
Grey, Black & Golden
$300 - $1000 plus
Loyal, Protective & Family Oriented
Easy to Train
The happy mix of the Corgi, which can grow to around 30lbs, and the Husky, which could weigh as much as 60lbs, makes a very interesting kind of dog.
Indeed, it’s been noted as one of the most unique mix breeds that you can get.
They have the adorable nature of a little corgi, but the wild charm and intellect of the beautiful husky dog.
We are going to go through the following in more detail but here are quick answers for those short on time.
What Actually is a Corgi Husky Cross?
A Horgi is a mixed breed dog with a Siberian Husky parent and Welsh Corgi parent typically. You can also get a Corgi Husky mix puppy from two Horgis (who are already mixed breed dogs too).
What Do They Generally Look Like?
It's a combination of the classic grey looking Siberian Husky as well the Corgi tinged golden back. Predominantly they tend to take on the Husky type appearance and tend to be more Corgi sized.
How Big Does a Horgi Get?
They can get as tall as 15 inches which is what would you expect - a dog between that of a corgi and husky type size.
What Type of Traits Do They Have?
A Horgi is a perfect dog to have as a family dog, they get on great with children and are loving too. They also tend to have a nose for danger, so make good guard dogs too.
Are They Easy to Train?
If you get them at the right age, they are an easy dog to train as they tend to have a decent appetite and are quite intelligent dogs.
Where Can You Buy Puppies for Sale?
There are plenty of avenues online, a simple search for corgi husky mix puppies for sale will point you in the right direction, we just stress that you make sure that they are a reputable breeder.
Hopefully the full guide will be able to give you a pros and cons list of a Horgi and whether it is the right dog for you. One thing is for sure, they are a beautiful cross breed to look at.
One thing that is really interesting about this mix is how it came to be. Since the 1990s, this mix has become a breed of dog that many people see as an interesting pet to own.
The mix of a little purebred Welsh Corgi with a Siberian Husky creates a totally different kind of animal to either.
While some breed mixes tend to have a dominant personality, it is relatively common for a Horgi to have a ‘best of both worlds’ approach.
Why do they work so well together?
Both of them are known as dogs that are hard workers.
They are naturally dogs that live busy days, so they tend to be a good and natural fit for one another.
It’s actually a big part of the reason why a lot of people might just choose to get a dog like this in their life.
They tend to be dogs that are well-known individually as breeds, but less-so as a mix.
The Siberian Husky has been part of British dog breeding circles since it helps to add another outgoing, life-embracing dog to the mix community.
They are mostly a dog of US-origin, and tend to be dogs that need a lot of work and exercise.
If you are someone who wants a friendly and endearing dog to spend time around, this breed is one of the best.
They are generally friendly, unaggressive dogs.
They leave behind much of the power of the classic Husky, and instead have the kindness of a Corgi instead.
One thing that is interesting to note about this particular mix is that they tend to be good with other animals.
If your main aim is to find a dog that can be friendly around other dogs and non-dog animals, then this is one for you.
However, we do have to note one thing about this kind of dog: it needs a long walk every single day.
It has to be given the chance to stretch its legs, to get out there and see the world.
Otherwise, that friendly and happy side can give way to frustration. These definitely are not dogs that like to lounge around indoors!
What is a Corgi Husky mix?
The thing with these dogs is that they take on a unique blend of designs from both sides of the family tree.
The end result is a dog with a fox-like head, and a skull that is quite wide and flat. This can leave them looking quite interesting, as it contrasts well with their broad chests and thick, strong bones.
As such, these dogs tend to lack a little in agility due to their brawn relative to their size – one could weigh as much as 50lbs!
They have good balance, though, thanks to a powerful and broad neck as well as a firm, strong topline.
They tend to take on various different kind of shades and coat colours, but the most common is the classic Corgi colours.
Sometimes, though, small white markings will show off that Husky heritage.
- A challenge that you might have when choosing a dog like the Horgi mix is getting to know them.
- One thing to note about this breed of dog: they are friendly with kids and family, so you can have it around the kids due to its sociable, affable nature.
- However, they retain that Husky sense of smelling out danger long before it becomes a problem. They make decent guard dogs, but they also make good exploration and hiking partners.
- They are great for searching out various things to do, and regain a sense of eagerness regardless of the activity.
- That makes them great for ensuring you always have someone around the kids who you know keeps them busy.
- They also make fun companions for those who are adventurers; they do love to get out and see the wider world that’s all around them!
What does a Corgi Husky Mix eat?
The diet of such a dog can be tough to ascertain, but with this designer breed you should ensure it gets a size-specific diet.
We would recommend going to speak to a vet about the dietary needs, as it will have to fit the lifestyle, weight range, and size range, of your mix.
Underfeeding or overfeeding a dog of this size is going to be very important: it can have a massive impact on the quality of life that it gets to lead.
An 80/20 mix is recommended of kibble/other treats.
Make sure it gets plenty of tuna, though, as this really suits their dietary needs.
They do have a big appetite, though, so make sure that you keep a very close eye on how much your dog is eating.
The health problems mentioned above all eventually come back to its weight: maintain a healthy weight, and you’ll maintain a healthy dog.
Otherwise, either over feeding or under feeding (or simply the wrong diet) can lead to or at least exacerbate some of the potential health issues that we have listed below.
Potential Health Issues
Like any typical designer breed, the Corgi Husky mix can have a few health problems that you would do well to keep an eye out for.
These are common issues that could – could – put the health and wellness of your dog at risk without any real purpose.
So, we recommend that you keep an eye out for the following issues:
· Skin problems, often leading to excess scratching/discomfort during a walk.
· Back problems, such as an inability to handle its own weight – VERY serious!
· Eye problems, leading to a lack of ability to see you/others from afar.
· Epilepsy, which is increasingly common in these canines.
· Hip dysplasia can kick in surprisingly early, too, so keep an eye on this problem.
· Excessive weight gain leading to discomfort on day-to-day activities.
· Von Willebrand’s Disease, a serious condition for any mix to suffer from.
If you wish to keep your dog healthy, then ensure you retain a high mix of intensive exercise for a around an hour, a strong dietary combination, and also regular vaccinations. These dogs should be able to live up to 15 years with the right kind of diet, lifestyle, and general day-to-day care.
Looking After a Corgi Husky Mix
One thing to note about this kind of dog mix, too, is that they need a lot of work to get them to fit your style of discipline.
While they can be easy to train once you get through the early learning curve, that curve can send you around the bend while you wait.
They need you to be consistent, and they require you to give them the attention they need – and the affirmation that you see they are developing.
Otherwise, a Corgi Husky cross will soon give up on that development.
For many of us, the best thing to do is be positive.
When your mix does something right, make sure they are amply rewarded. These are smart canines; they learn very fast indeed.
If you do not give them enough love and care, though, they might not really handle the experience very well.
They need to be given positive feedback, or they find it hard to keep on adapting.
They also tend to need a lot of yard space.
For a dog that can grow to around 15” in height, they actually need a fair chunk more space than many assume.
If you worry that your dog might not have the space that they need, be sure to look closer into the kind of care that a Corgi Husky mix needs.
With regards to exercise, make sure you give your dog as much exercise as it can possibly can.
Moderate activity should be good, but if you work during the week then make sure you have that large yard for him/her to run around in.
Over the weekends, reward your canines patience and take them out for a much longer walk; low activity makes an unhappy dog, so keep that in mind!
Be sure to keep your horgi cross mix not just physically active but mentally active too. Play games and use dog food puzzles to help them engage in thinking too.
Also, lastly, be sure to remember that your mix is going to be a barking dog.
Other mixes tend to lose their need to bark all day; a Horgi is nothing like that.
They will bark at most things, and at first this can take a fair amount of time to plan for.
If you worry that you might annoy the neighbours due to barking, these mix breeds and you might not work so well!
As you can see, it can be quite a tough dog to own – but a brilliant dog to have in your life.
They tend to be ambitious and exciting dogs to spend time around, and they have plenty of energy.
If you can commit to their extensive exercise and dietary needs, though, you’ll get a dog that you should have no problems raising with love.
While they can come with quite a hefty price tag as a puppy - and could cost you quite a lot depending on where you buy from, they are also going to be expensive dogs to feed, exercise, and maintain long-term.
The benefits, though, far outweigh any cons: this is a brilliant dog mix to own.
Training Your Corgi Husky Mix
Put it this way, training any dog can be difficult (especially if you don't enjoy it) and that's an absolute must if you are planning on getting a puppy.
If you are quite new to dogs, then a Horgi might be a little bit challenging as you will need to consider their strong 'pack' mentality and are looking for the owner to take lead. So you need to be firm yet positive and guide them when training.
It's unlikely you're Horgi is going to be responding straight away - this is more a characteristic of stubbornness and not wanting to do what you are saying rather than not understanding. Making the training as exciting and as enjoyable as you can for both you and your dog is the best way forward.
Ensuring that you train your Horgi is not only good for general house obedience and making your dog easier to look after. However, it helps them to have a better life as well - socializing your dog allows them to interact and play with other dogs properly, they can interact more. Training them gradually and steadily is the way forward, it's tough, but certainly worth it.
Here are a few training methods to consider:
Some of the more common behavioral issues that pet owners must consider include barking, aggression, food guarding, howling, mouthing and chewing, separation anxiety. Behavioral training will be helpful for these issues
This is simply ensuring that they are well behaved and making sure that they don't repeatedly do stuff you don't want them to do. You're not going to want them to be overly aggressive with people they don't know, howling in the middle of the night, having them suffer from separation anxiety. These are all behavioral aspects that you can address and the early you do so with your dog the easier and better it will be.
This is the simple training that most people think of - you know the standard. Stay, Come, Heel etc. Particularly useful if you are planning on letting your dog off the lead in the near future. Having a dog run off with no sense of recall is always going to be a dangerous move.
Ensuring your Husky x Corgi doesn't start urinating and defecating in the house should be your number one priority in training. So getting on with teaching them how to do that properly should be the first step, get your puppy housebroken.
Although some believe that crate training isn't right for dogs, it's your own personal take and sometimes it is simply recommended as the best course of action. If you want to train your dog to use a crate - make sure it is comfortable and they aren't too constricted. The trick is to start them early with a crate and getting them into a routine with your Horgi.
When it comes to trying to estimate the life expectancy of Corgi Husky mix it can be quite difficult to gauge (as with most cross breeds).
That said, what we can do to work out their potential life expectancy is look to the parent's typical life spans.
For instance, if we look to the Corgi's typical life.
It ranges between 12 and 15 years on average.
Then for the Husky it is the same typical age of 12 to 15 years.
Usually, when it comes to cross breeds, there is a large disparity, however with the Horgi it seems pretty nailed on for both parents.
You can expect a Horgi life expectancy to be between 12-15 years as well.
Where to Buy Corgi Husky Mix Puppies For Sale?
If you have decided that the Corgi Husky mix is the dog for you then and you are wanting to get a puppy, there are a whole number of avenues for you to look for one.
Know that they can get quite expensive, you are looking somewhere potentially over a $1000 if not more, that said they can be less too. You just need to know that you are buying from a reputable breeder.
You can tell if they are by:
- Going to see them in purpose, rather than relying online.
- Getting references
- Ask plenty of questions. If they know what they're talking about, really they shouldn't have any issues answering them.
- See if they are registered with an official body.
- Being provided with some official documentation over the breed status of your dog.
When it comes to looking for a breeder though, don't hesitate to go online. Search for sites such as Greenfield Puppies or even Craigslist. As mentioned, just make sur that you are provided with all the official documentation.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen