I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
Corgi x Shiba inu = Corgi Inus
When looking at various breeds of animal to raise, one breed in particular that comes up for a lot of people is the Corgi Shiba Inu Mix.
This particular breed of dog is all cute, and all charisma.
People love to own a dog like this as it combines two of the most jovial, charming breeds of dog; the Corgi and the Shiba Inu.
However, it’s hard to say if this is the right breed of dog for yourself without a lot of planning and preparation.
This breed of dog is the perfect example of a designer dog breed.
Not only is this particular kind of dog likely to be from a Welsh Corgi, meaning it has got an ample amount of cuteness, it also contains the intelligence and ingenuity of the classic Shiba Inu.
Shiba dogs are known to be excellent dogs for ensuring they are alert to the dangers around them, and for that reason, many people choose them to a guard dog.
Corgis, meanwhile, are cute and loyal little dogs that can do a lot to help further that alertness.
The Corgi, despite mostly being a dog that people love to look at, was bred as a herding dog.
Therefore, it comes from a pair of dog breeds which are known for their intellect and their invention.
Owning one might not be just what you are looking for, though, so it pays to spend as much time as you can looking into each breed to determine just how suited it is to your own personal needs.
What Do They Look Like?
These are very unique looking little canines. Some of the most important visual factors to take into account when looking at this breed include:
- Most of the time, they can be as short as 10” in size, though the taller ones could be around 15” in height.
- In terms of weight, they are dainty little dogs as well; tending to fall somewhere between 15-25lbs.
- For that reason, many people like to have this kind of dog around the place. Their short and cute stature makes them great dogs to have around the place, with their unique fur styles being another reason to appreciate their beauty.
- These dogs can come in anything from a rich sable colour to a beautiful black, as well as classic browns, rich reds, and beautiful blues.
- They more or less always have a brown pair of eyes with a little black nose. Most of the time, they have cute little pointy, upright ears as well.
However, one thing to note about them is that they LOVE to shed fur.
Expect to be cleaning up after these dense little dogs all the time.
Despite not having extremely long coats, they tend to just shed them all the time.
As such, you should keep an eye out for that particular problem; it can leave your whole home covered in hot hair if you are not ready for it.
In terms of looks, then, you would do well to find a dog that looks so unique as these.
They have the cute little short legs of a Corgi, but they tend to have the power and thickness of a Shiba Inu.
If you are someone who finds it hard to make the time to groom your dog, then you might find that these are not the right dog for you.
They require a lot of care and grooming, which can cause various long-term issues.
Temperament & Personality
If you choose to go down the route of getting a Corgi Shiba Inu Mix, then you will be getting a dog that has so much love to give.
One thing that you might notice is that they tend to be dogs with a really impressive, cheery nature.
Many dog breeds can be quite aggressive, especially mix breeds, especially from young years.
However, with the help of one of these gorgeous crosses, you can get a mix dog that is going to be really friendly and charming to spend your time around.
They are dogs that perceive loyalty as a major part of their lifestyle, and so you can get used to a little Corgi Inu being a dog that you would find hard to separate from.
The fact they have two very smart breeds as their base means that the majority of these cross breed dogs are smart from day one.
They are intelligent, they have great alertness, and they tend to be excellent dogs to keep an eye on something – or someone.
They are very perceptive, so it’s hard to get one by them without being spotted.
That fox-like alertness is one of the reasons why many people see this as the ideal breed of dog for them.
Despite that loving nature, it’s fair to say that they are a very high maintenance animal.
You will need to spend a fair amount of time looking after it, caring for its various grooming needs.
It’s not just when it comes to the grooming side of things, though; it’s also when it comes to their health.
Monthly nail-clipping and grooming sessions are one thing – what about caring for them from a health standpoint?
Sadly, these are dogs that can suffer from a myriad number of health problems.
The Shiba Inu is a dog that is very durable and capable of living a long, happy, healthy life.
The opposite; they are dogs that often have many, many health concerns.
As such, while they take on some of the durability of the Shiba Inu side, the chances for genetic issues that come from the Corgi end of things are still relatively common.
Some of the most common problems to look out include:
- Persistent Pupillary Membranes and Progressive Retinal Atrophy are common issues and can lead to a significant drop-off in the quality of life your dog leads.
- Degenerative myelopathy – this is a disease that can impact on the spine of your dog, eventually leading to an inability to walk – or even stand – properly.
- Hip and elbow dysplasia, which is increasingly common in this particular mix of dog.
- Patellar luxation – a form of illness that dislocates the dogs kneecap and causes significant pain.
- Skin and eye conditions, leading to significant irritation, annoyance, and a drop-off in quality of life.
While dogs like these can be quite tough to live with and care for, they are quality dogs that make up for their expensive life challenges by being brilliant pets to spend time around.
Diet & Food
The next thing you need to think about – especially in relation to his/her long-term health – is their diet.
If you wish to get a happy and healthy one, then make sure it has 1.5 cups of dog food per day.
However, it might need a bit more, so make sure that you are ready to adapt: take your mix to a vet and see if they can give you a proper dietary recommendation given his size.
You’ll also need to make sure it drinks lots of water.
Try and stick to reputed, respected dog food brands that are known to get the best ingredients in there. the less artificial preservatives, the better.
It can be tough to feet for one at first, but make sure you get something that is going to be grain-free (better for your dog) and also more likely to be free of as much processing as is possible.
One other common problem with them is that you need to keep it fit.
These are dogs that tend to be quite easy to care for, though, so we recommend that you try and get them -at least – 1-hour of exercise per day.
Going for long walks, or even taking your dog for a swim, make excellent ways to ensure they retain excellent general physical health moving forward.
Unlike some mixes, though, their exercise can be quite diverse – so just make sure you spend at least an hour doing something highly physical; your mix will thank you for it.
Given the intellect of the breeds that it is based on, it should be of no surprise to you that these dogs are very good at learning.
Just make sure you go through early training: leave it too late, and they can find it hard to adapt to the needs and commands that you give it.
Consistency is vital, too.
Many people are quite kind to the dog as it is such a polite, caring animal.
However, without consistency, it will soon forget what you have taught it. the Shiba Inu is quite a stubborn breed; expect that to bleed through into early-years training sessions
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