- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: high
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Small
- Average Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Prey Drive: moderate
- Watchdog: aware
- Registered?: other
Corgipoo Breed Profile
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The Corgipoo is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Poodle. They originated in the United States and are sometimes called a Corgidoodle or simply a Corgi Poodle Mix. With a mixed breed, you can get any combination of traits from one or both of the parent breeds.
Generally, a Corgipoo is an intelligent dog with a sweet disposition and a playful personality. They are not recognized by the American Kennel Club. But, they are recognized by other notable dog organizations like the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more.
This designer dog breed is sure to melt your heart and win you over with their hilarious antics. Sporting the classic stubby-legged shape of the Corgi, the Corgipoo also tends to inherit a mischievous and comedic personality.
They tend to be friendly, sweet, playful, and energetic. Plus, Corgipoos tend to get along with just about everyone. They enjoy playing with kids and are also a good fit for elderly owners. They tend to be loving, loyal, and affectionate.
The Corgipoo is a highly adaptable dog breed. They are best suited to larger homes with room for them to run because of their high energy. However, they can adapt just as well to apartment living as long as they get enough exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.
They do well in most climates. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat and extreme heat or cold. And, because they love being in the company of people, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time.
As with any mixed breed, a Corgipoo can inherit conditions common to one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. In the case of the Corgipoo, potential health conditions to be aware of include Addison’s Disease, kidney disease, hip dysplasia, and elbow dysplasia. Similar to Dachshunds, Corgipoos are also prone to back problems as they age because they are longer than they are tall.
Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing genetic issues to puppies. So, don’t be afraid to ask the breeder about the genetic history of the parents and to see any health clearances. Regular visits to the vet are also important in maintaining the health of your Corgipoo.
The Corgipoo is a highly intelligent dog. Although they pick up on things quickly and do like to please their owners, they also have a mischievous streak. That, paired with their high energy and a tendency to get bored, can make training a challenge, especially for first-time dog owners.
It’s important to start training early on with your Corgipoo. Enrolling in puppy training and obedience classes will be a big help to any owner taking on the task of training a Corgipoo. They respond best to a structured schedule of training that keeps it consistent, positive training methods focused on rewards and praise, and learning different things to keep their training interesting.
Ongoing training and learning new things is important for a Corgipoo throughout their life. They love learning and it often helps keep them out of trouble as well! You can teach your Corgipoo new games like how to play frisbee, work on more complicated tricks, or even train them in some dog sports. They also tend to be good candidates for learning herding tasks, doing sighting work, or training to be a service or therapy dog.
Because the Corgipoo has a Poodle parent, there is always a chance that their coat will be low-shedding. But, this is not a guarantee. A Corgi has a double coat that will shed moderately year-round and more heavily twice a year as the seasons change. Although the Poodle has a low-shedding coat, their coat is also high maintenance because it is prone to tangling and matting.
So, you need to be prepared for anything with a Corgipoo. Even if they inherit the low-shedding Poodle coat, you will still need to brush daily or at least a few times a week and get professional grooming done every 4-6 weeks.
Regardless of coat type, you will also need to take care of your Corgipoo’s nails, ears, and teeth. Monthly nail trimming is usually sufficient to keep them from growing too long. Checking ears weekly and carefully cleaning as needed can help prevent ear infections. Proper dental care for dogs, like brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day, can help prevent painful dental diseases.
The Corgipoo is a high-energy dog breed. Although they have a lot of energy and require a lot of exercise, their short stature also often means it’s easy to tire them out. Daily walks plus some playtime and extra activity throughout the day should be plenty for this stubby-legged pup.
If you lead a more active lifestyle, don’t worry, your Corgipoo will likely be more than happy to keep up with you. Just keep an eye on them for overexertion and allow them to rest when they need it. They’ll probably be up and bouncing around again in no time!
A fully-grown Corgipoo usually stands 10-12 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs 12-40 pounds. Most Corgipoo pups will average around 20 pounds once fully-grown, but there can be some variance in size because they are a mixed breed. Looking at the mother dog can sometimes give you a good idea of what size to expect in your Corgipoo puppy, but it isn’t always an accurate prediction.
A Corgipoo generally lives 12-14 years.
Due to their intelligence, high energy, and small size, Corgipoos can sometimes be found training as military dogs, specifically for their talent at sighting.