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Horgi – The Adorable Corgi Husky Mix Breed Guide

  • September 27th, 2017
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Horgi – Corgi Husky Quick Facts

Dog Breed Group: Working/Herding Mix

Height: 10 to 13 inches tall

Weight: 15 to 20 pounds

Coat colors: brindle, sable, and red

Common health issues: Obesity, Back Problems

Horgi – Corgi Husky Breed Mix History

Horgi, also known as Siborgi, are the result of a crossbreed of a purebred Welsh Corgi and a purebred Siberian Husky and they have been very popular throughout the last 25 years. This mix is the product of two breeds known not only for working but also for herding.

In order to understand this mix, we need to take a look at each one of the breeds individually.

The Welsh Corgi has its origins in Wales and is a small type of herding dog. Historically, Welsh Corgis have always been used as herding dogs, more specifically for cattle. They are known to be great watchdogs, intelligent, and devoted. If you like to know all about the English royalty, then you probably already saw the Queen Elizabeth II corgis. They are known to be one of the oldest breeds in Britain.

The Siberian Husky has its origins in Siberia, Russia. It is a medium-sized working dog. Even though their lineage goes back to ancient Taymyr wolf, the truth is that they gained a lot of popularity when they started to be imported to Alaska during the Gold Rush. They were being used as sled dogs at the time.  

Even though the Horgi isn’t recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), both the Welsh Corgi and the Siberian Husky are.

Horgi Appearance

Height: 13 inches

Weight: 20 to 50 pounds

Some people may confuse the Horgi with the German shepherd, especially when they are still puppies. Their appearance is a combination of the two breeds – they have a small sturdy frame and they are close to the ground. The legs of the Horgi are short just like the ones on the purebred Welsh Corgi. The head is rounded and the ears tend to be erect.

The eyes are brown or black and they feature an almond shape.

In terms of the sizing, Horgis tend to be about 13 inches of height. However, it is difficult to say a very precise weight because it varies a lot from dog to dog. You can expect an adult Horgi to have between 20 to 50 pounds.

Horgi Personality and Training

Given that the Corgi Husky Mix is not a pure breed, both their personality and temperament are a combination of the two breeds.

The Corgi tends to be very sweet and has an adorable personality. One of the things that make people love them so much is the fact that they are rarely aggressive or shy. This makes them very friendly with everyone they meet even though they are not too good with other dogs.

The Siberian Husky, on the other hand, is known for their high energy, as well as by their alertness. However, they are also extremely friendly. Husky dogs require a significant amount of space, therefore, they are not a good choice for people who live in apartments, in this sense, the Horgi is a better choice.

Since the Horgi is a combination of these two purebreds, you will end up with an amazing dog who has a sweet temperament and is easy going. In case the puppy turns out to be more a Husky than a Corgi, this Horgi will get along just fine with everyone in the family, including visitors. In case it turns out to be more like a Corgi, you can rest assured that they are loyal and have a good temperament.

As you probably know, training is an essential part of a dog’s life. And when you decide to train your Horgi, you will be glad to know that he/she is a fast learner even is he/she is still a puppy. In addition, due to the incredible intelligence that is inherited from both breeds, he/she won’t have any difficulties understanding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable.

Families with children should consider starting training their Horgi when he/she is still a puppy. Even though they have a good temperament, it is always important to prepare them to be around kids.

Horgi Grooming

The Horgi inherited the double coat from the Siberian Husky. It can come in shades of brindle, sable, and red. However, when one of the parents has a different color, the Horgi can still inherit it.

In terms of the shedding, it depends from dog to dog. However, most probably, Horgis have medium to heavy shedding. If you think about it, it really couldn’t be otherwise. After all, the Corgi tends to be a heavy shedder during the entire year and the Husky is a high shedder as well. Not to mention that he has a double coat.

In case you are considering getting a Horgi, daily grooming is something that can be essential. After all, this will help you control the shedding.  

One of the most interesting facts about the Horgi is that the double coated fur is not only very helpful during the cold but also in wet environments. Since the fur is water resistant, you will spend a lot of time bathing him/her.

When you have a Horgi, you need to make sure that you brush him/her at least once a week. This will prevent the buildup of excess fur. However, during the shedding season, you may need to brush him/her more often.

Health Issues

As it may happen to any dog breed, the Horgi can either be born with or develop some common ailments that include weight gain and back problems.

One of the things that you need to keep in mind in case you are considering getting a Horgi is that even though this is a mixed breed, the puppy may not suffer the same genetic ailments of each one of the parents. However, there are two conditions that tend to affect the Horgi commonly:

  • Gain Weight: Horgis are known for gaining weight fairly easily. The truth is that they usually have a good appetite which may lead to gaining some extra pounds. This is why it is highly advisable to have a good amount of daily exercises.
  • Back Problems: Due to their longer body and shorter legs, the Corgi Husky mix is prone to developing back problems. The short legs will usually lead to spinal problems which can cause pain and distress. Another factor that can contribute to back problems is the extra weight.

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