- Activity Level: high
- Grooming Level: moderate
- Trainability: moderate
- Adaptability: moderate
- Kid/Pet Friendly: often
- Average Size: Medium
- Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
- Prey Drive: high
- Watchdog: very alert
Siborgi/Horgi Dog Breed Information
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The Siborgi, which is also commonly called a Horgi, is a designer dog breed that is a cross between a female Siberian Husky and a male Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Although a hybrid breed can take on any combination of traits from one of both parent breeds, a Siborgi tends to be an intelligent dog breed that is eager to please, energetic, playful, and makes a great family pet. As a cross-breed, the Siborgi/Horgi is not currently recognized by the American Kennel Club.
A Siborgi tends to make a great family dog, especially when they have been socialized and trained properly. They tend to get along well with children, other dogs, and strangers. Because they can have a high prey drive, they may need to be socialized more with other smaller pets in the household.
In general, a Siborgi/Horgi is a lovable, friendly, and affectionate dog that is devoted to their family and has an outgoing personality. They tend to have a lot of energy and love to play. This designer breed may make a good watchdog, but they are way more interested in making friends than being a guard dog. They may also be prone to making the typical vocalizations and “talking” that Huskies are known for.
The Siborgi is a moderately adaptable dog breed. Although they can adapt to apartment living as long they get enough exercise, attention, and mental stimulation, they tend to be better suited to homes with yards where they can run. They may also inherit the urge to wander common to Huskies. If this is the case, they should only be let off-leash in securely fenced areas.
This dog breed does well in just about any climate. As with any dog breed, they are sensitive to heat and to extreme cold. Because Siborgis bond closely with their families and thrive on attention, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. If not socialized or trained properly, they can develop separation anxiety.
A mixed-breed dog can inherit the potential health concerns common to one, both, or neither of the parent breeds. For the Siborgi, potential health concerns to be aware of include cataracts, glaucoma, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, degenerative myelopathy, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s disease, elbow dysplasia, and epilepsy.
Reputable breeders will screen their stock to avoid passing on issues to puppies, so don’t be afraid to ask about the genetic history of both the parents. If your Siborgi is stockier and closer to the Corgi stature, they may be prone to back issues and injuries later in life. They can also be prone to putting on weight, which makes proper diet, plenty of exercise, and regular vet visits essential to your Horgi’s health.
With their high intelligence and eagerness to please, the Horgi is a highly trainable dog. They can get bored easily because they pick up on things quickly, which can sometimes be a challenge for first-time dog owners. Enrolling in puppy training and obedience classes can help novice dog owners overcome this potential hurdle. Regardless of experience, puppy training classes tend to be a good idea and can offer opportunities to socialize a puppy.
Because of the Siborgi’s parent breeds, they may be prone to digging and herding or corraling. They are also likely to have a working dog mindset where they are happiest when they have a job to do. These are things to keep in mind during training, so you can guide these instinctual behaviors into more positive outlets.
Regardless of which parent a Siborgi takes after, they are going to have a thick double coat that sheds. They will shed year-round and will shed more heavily as the seasons change. Although they only need the occasional bath, they will need to be brushed daily or at least a few times a week to help keep them comfortable. Daily brushing is recommended, particularly during seasonal shedding.
In addition to coat care, you will also need to take care of your Siborgi’s nails, ears, and teeth. Cutting your dog’s nails monthly is usually sufficient to keep them from growing too long. Although droopy ears are more prone to ear infections than ears that stick up, you still want to check your Siborgi’s ears regularly to make sure they are clean, dry, and free of debris. If needed, you can carefully clean your dog’s ears to help prevent ear infections.
Gum disease is one of the most common health problems in dogs and it’s usually caused by a lack of good dental care. Taking care of your dog’s teeth is essential to your dog’s health. Ideal dental care for dogs consists of brushing teeth or using an enzyme toothpaste every day. On top of that, you can get regular cleanings at your vet. You can also work with your vet to identify good options for dental hygiene chews and treats as well as a “dental care diet” customized for your pup.
Depending on which parent breed they take after, a Siborgi can range from moderate to high-energy. Either way, you’re going to have an energetic dog on your hands that needs daily walks plus some time to play and run to be happy and healthy.
Because a Horgi loves to be around you, they’ll also likely be up for more activity if you are. Don’t be afraid to try different activities to find the things both you and your Siborgi enjoy the most. You can take trips to the dog park, go hiking together, and more. You can even try to go swimming with your dog to see if they enjoy it.
A fully-grown Siborgi usually stands 13-15 inches tall and weighs 20-50 pounds.
A Siborgi generally lives 12-15 years.
Although Siborgi and Horgi tend to be the most common names for this designer breed, they are also sometimes called a Corgsky or, more simply, a Corgi Husky Mix or a Husky Corgi Mix.