Do you know what Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite dog breed is?
It’s the Corgi. She’s devoted to them.
Now combine this cute little dog bred with a poodle we all love.
Together you get the Corgipoo, otherwise known as a Corgi Poodle mix.
It’s believed that this crossbreed came into existence in the 1980s in the United States of America.
It became trendy for poodles to be bred with other dogs due to their hypoallergenic coat during this time.
No doubt, you’re probably looking at the name and finding this crossbreed intriguing already. To help build up a better profile that matches their adorable appearance, we’ve compiled an article full of fun facts and unique information about this magnificent cross.
What Will I Learn?
More about the Corgipoos parents
To fully understand the Corgipoo, we should start with its parents. If you’re a fan of poodles, you might already know that this breed comes from Germany/France and is used to be bred to be a hunting companion, in particular ducks and also a water retriever.
Similarly, the poodle has a curly coat and is hypoallergenic. Unlike other crossbreeds with poodle blood, the Corgipoo is specifically bred only from a miniature poodle. This poodle is rather petite in size; it can grow up to 11-15 inches tall and weigh anything between 15-17 pounds.
Whereas its other parent is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi which comes from Pembrokeshire in Wales in the United Kingdom. This breed was used to herd cattle and can grow up to 10-12 inches tall and weigh up to 30 pounds.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is often the most popular parent, but a Corgipoo can also sometimes have a Cardigan Welsh Corgi parent. Yes, that’s right, it is still originating from Wales but from a separate area with more rocky terrain.
This breed of Corgi can grow up to 10-12 inches and weigh up to 35 pounds. Similarly, its coat can come in a range of colors from blue merle, brown, red and sable, black and white, and more.
Now you have a basic background about the Corgipoos parents, can you start to imagine what a Corgipoo may look like?
Well, yes, most likely it’s small, but let us tell you a few more unique features…
What are the characteristics of a Corgipoo?
If you like small dogs, then the Corgipoo is perfect for you. Like its parents, this crossbreed can grow between 10-12 inches tall and weigh anything between 12-28 pounds. The life expectancy of a Corgipoo is between 12-14 years.
Similarly, they tend to have a brown eye color and have a black nose. If it tends to inherit more from the Poodle parent, It will have a classic stature such as a long, sturdy yet muscular body and short legs. Some Corgipoos can inherit more of a Corgi’s body structure and have a poodle’s facial feature.
Are you looking to own a dog and have a lot of fun with it? Then the Corgipoo most likely will be the right crossbreed for you. This dog is full of energy and loves to spend a large amount of its day playing.
They should be walked or exercised for around 45-60 minutes every day because they have high energy levels. You can quickly meet their energy level requirements through play, a walk, or even a game of fetch.
This breed is also friendly and incredibly loyal; they love to be around people. Which makes them the perfect dog for any family, and they even love children! Do note that if you have any young ones at home, you will have to supervise their play. Even though they’re a friendly crossbreed, they do love a bit of rough and tumble and may accidentally hurt your child.
In comparison to their Corgi parent, this crossbreed is easy to train.
While their Corgi parent is stubborn, this breed tends to inherit more from its Poodle parent, being more intelligent and eager to please.
Generally, this breed tends to be a loving and an affectionate one. However, it’s still essential that you socialize them from an early age and train them.
What does a Corgipoos coat look like?
You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing a Corgipoo; this beautiful crossbreed comes in a range of colors. You can get them in white, gray, red, brown, black, merle, or its coat can have a mix of these colors.
In addition to this, its coat can have different patterns such as merle, speckled, or be spotted.
On average, they tend to have a medium coat, which is dense and wavy or curly. Most of the time, they have a double coat, thin on the inside that is waterproof and the other on the outside that is heavy.
Depending on what characteristics they inherit from each parent, it will determine how much this breed sheds. If it inherits more qualities from its poodle parent, then it will shed very little meaning; it’s hypoallergenic. This is good if you have many allergies, as it will be less likely you will experience any dander to trigger them.
On the contrary, if a Corgipoo inherits more from its Corgi parent, it will shed a lot. However, most of the time, a Corgipoo does not shed much. As breeds that have a medium to long sized coat tend not to shed often.
One of the unique factors about a Corgipoo is that even though it has a double coat, it does not shed according to seasons (unlike other double coated breeds).
How to groom a Corgipoo
If you are looking to own a dog, which requires very little maintenance, then a Corgipoo may not be the right crossbreed for you. Alongside feeding it and taking it out for exercise, you have to brush a Corgipoo’s coat daily to stop it from getting matted and tangled.
The best type of brush to use is a slicker brush or a metal comb. A slicker brush will allow you to remove any excess hair that’s loosely lying around. Similarly, a comb will allow you to remove any fur from its undercoat easily.
It’s also advised that you clean your Corgipoo’s ears once a week with a veterinary-approved solution. Plus, brush its teeth twice a week to keep its mouth clean and restrict it from any dental problems.
A Corgipoo needs to be bathed every 4-8 weeks and have regular nail trimming too.
Corgipoo Health Problems
As the Corgipoo is a crossbreed, it can be prone to inheriting a few health problems from its parents. In particular, they could inherit or be at risk of getting the following:
- Von Willebrand disease– An inherited blood disorder that can be caused as a result of a protein deficiency. This disease triggers spontaneous bleeding from the nose, mouth, urinal, and reproductive tracts.
- Addison’s disease– When a Corgipoo’s adrenal glands do not produce sufficient hormones like aldosterone and cortisol. Slowly causing their body to deteriorate.
- Progressive Renal Atrophy-A degenerative disease which targets their body parts and can also cause blindness in their eye.
- Hip Dysplasia- Where their ball joint and hip socket are out of line, usually from birth, causing hip pain and mobility problems.
- Legg-Calve Perthes disease- When a hip joint does not fit in place and causes the bone around it to weaken.
- Patellar Luxation- When the Corgipoo’s kneecap becomes easily dislocated, triggering pain and forcing them to hold their leg up.
- Hypothyroidism- When the thyroid gland does not produce sufficient hormones, causing hair loss, lethargy, weight gain, high cholesterol, and a slow heart rate.
- Osteoarthritis- A degenerative condition causing inflammation and pain to their joints.
How much are Corgipoo puppies?
If you’re looking to buy a Corgipoo straight after reading this article or soon, you may have difficulty finding a few options. This is because this crossbreed is still relatively new, and it’s extremely rare to find!
The best way to seek out a Corgipoo is to find a reputable crossbreeder who only breeds Corgipoos. As you can imagine, this may take some time to do so.
It’s also essential that when you seek the advice or view a Corgipoo from a crossbreeder, you ask for its medical records, papers, and information on its parent’s history.
Other than that, a Corgipoo isn’t that expensive in comparison to other Poodle crossbreeds. On average, you should expect to pay between $350 – $1000. However, the price can vary based on whether their parents are purebred, breeders’ reputation, location, and other factors.
On the contrary, if you were to adopt a Corgipoo, the price could be lower than this range, but you would have to speak to a local shelter. It may also be easy for you to find a Corgipoo in a shelter.
It’s not unusual for crossbreeds to be found t in a shelter as a lot of the time, their temperament can’t be predicted. Therefore, many previous owners choose to abandon them because their characteristics didn’t turn out how they wanted them.
Corgipoo’s are highly energetic and active dogs that require around 45-60 minutes of exercise each day. You can easily achieve this through walking or a game of fetch.
They have an affectionate temperament, which allows them to get on with any family member, including kids! Plus, they are loyal and eager to please, which makes them easy to train and socialize.
This crossbreed is small and can grow up to 10-12 inches and live up to 14 years if yout look after it right. They have a double coat but don’t shed every season and are easier to maintain than other breeds.
Corgpoo’s come in a range of coat colors but you might be hard to find one to buy as they’re are rare and a new crossbreed. Therefore we recommend seeking out help from a crossbreeder or visiting a shelter.