What happens when you mix two long-shaped dogs with short, stubby legs?
Well, you get the Dorgi — a Corgi Dachshund Mix!
I put this article together to explore the characteristics and traits of the Dachshund Corgi Mix, one of the many (and less popular) Corgi mixes.
To best understand crossbreeds, we must first learn the strengths and weaknesses of their parents.
Let’s get started!
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Quick Facts About The Corgi
The heart-warming Corgi is best recognized for its cute fluffy butt, batt ears, and two-toned coat.
The most common coat colors for this dog are orange and white, but it can also be found in variations of:
A full-grown Corgi reaches a height of 10 – 12 inches (25 – 30 cm) — the same for male and female dogs — and a weight of 22 – 31 pounds (10 – 14 kg).
Unfortunately, having such a silly body shape comes with a few major health illnesses.
The biggest two to worry about are hip dysplasia and intervertebral disc disease, which can cause muscle spasms and a ruptured spine over time.
The more minor medical concerns are epilepsy and degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord that’s common in older dogs.
A healthy Corgi has a lifespan of 10 – 12 years.
It’s also worth mentioning that this breed belongs to the Herding Group, which implies that it’s able to control the movement of other animals.
Get To Know The Wiener Dog
The Dachshund goes by many funny nicknames — the Hot Dog, the Weiner Dog, and Doxie.
Like the Corgi, it has short legs and a long body that’s slightly more narrow and slender.
The Dachshund has floppy ears, a pointy snout, and resembles a literal sausage with its brownish/orangish coat.
Its coat colors can also be found in black, silver, and dapple (markings with spots or round patches).
If it’s possible to imagine, the full-grown Dachshund is even closer to the ground than the Corgi at a height of 8 – 9 inches (20 – 23 cm) at the shoulder.
The weight of a standard Dachshund varies between 16 – 33 pounds (7 – 15 kg).
There’s also a mini version that weighs 8 – 11 pounds (3.5 – 5 kg) and reaches a height of 5 – 7 inches (13 – 18 cm).
The Dachshund has similar health illnesses to the Corgi, including intervertebral disc disease, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation (kneecap issues).
The lifespan of a Dachshund is 12 – 16 years.
This dog belongs to the Hound Group, which makes it a naturally good hunter for smaller game.
Predictions About The Dorgi
Based on what we’ve learned about the parent breeds, we can begin to guess what the Dorgi will look like.
Assuming a standard-sized Dachshund was used, the Dorgi should weigh between 16 – 31 pounds (7 – 14 kg) and reach a height of 8 – 12 inches (20 – 30 cm).
You might be able to find a mini Dorgi that has the measurements of a mini Dachshund.
The Dorgi is going to have a long and short build, with orange, brown, or white coat markings, sometimes a mix of two or three colors.
The Dorgi can either come with a long-haired coat (more Corgi genes) or a wire-haired coat (more Dachshund genes).
The health issues for the Corgi Dachshund Mix can also be tied to its parent breeds, so it’s likely to have back problems, hip dysplasia, or epilepsy.
A healthy Dorgi should have a lifespan of 10 – 16 years.
This mix is registered in some major kennel clubs, including the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, and more.
Other Corgi Breeds
The Corgi is one of the most versatile and interchangeable dog breeds — just look how many mixes there are!
- Horgi (Husky x Corgi)
- Corgi Beagle Mix
- Corgi Golden Retriever
- Cojack (Jack Russell Terrier x Corgi)
- Labragi (Labrador x Corgi)
- Corgitan (Dalmatian x Corgi)
And that’s just the beginning!
Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous
If the Dorgi breed sounds familiar to you, it might be because it’s famous in the United Kingdom thanks to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen was famous for having a handful of pet Corgis, but when her last one, Willow, died in April 2018, the world was in tears.
Fortunately, the Queen still has at least one companion by her side!
She welcomed a Dorgi home after one of her purebred Corgis mated with Pipkin, a Dachshund belonging to Princess Margaret — the Queen’s late sister.
Now, she lives with two Dorgis: Vulcan and Candy.
Dachshund Corgi Mixes have actually been in the Royal Family since 1976.
What’s To Love About The Dorgi?
Well, for starters, the Dorgi has an affectionate, loyal, and energetic temperament.
It’s a very social dog who loves meeting other people, including strangers, and other dogs and cats.
Just be careful with smaller pets, like rodents and birds, since the Dorgi comes from a Herding and Hounding background that’s known for hunting game.
This mix is a great choice for families with children — the more the merrier actually since it craves human attention all the time.
Watch baby Leo and his pet Dorgi Neville play together at home!
This kind of attachment and co-dependency could lead to separation anxiety, so watch out for that.
The Dorgi is known to bark a lot, and if it’s feeling anxious without its owner, it could howl or even become destructive.
Also, keep in mind that the Corgi Dachshund Mix sheds moderately and is not “hypoallergenic.”
Not a good fit for people with allergies.
How To Care For The Dorgi
Training this dog can be challenging since the Corgi is known to have a stubborn streak.
If you’re having trouble, try using positive reinforcement with treats and lots of cuddles. This mix needs consistent and firm training methods.
Since Dorgi puppies are very small, make sure any children living at home know how to handle them properly.
In terms of feeding, the Dachshund Corgi Mix loves to eat. Even when they feel full, they won’t turn down a snack.
That’s why it’s important to not overfeed your dog as the Corgi is prone to obesity.
For exercise, give your Dorgi at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
This dog likes long walks, playing at the park with other dogs, and running around inside after a small ball or chew toy.
The one thing you should never do with a Dorgi is take it swimming. Neither the Corgi or Dachshund are good swimmers.
The grooming needs for this dog depend on what type of coat it has.
Wire-haired mixes need daily brushing, long-haired mixes need brushing 2-3 times a week.
I Need This Dog In My Life
Dorgi puppies cost anywhere between $200 – $750.
It’s predicted that medical expenses for this dog will range from $435 – $535, and non-medical expenses (toys, dog bed, food, etc.) will vary from $300 – $400.
I haven’t found any official breeder websites for this mix, but maybe you can ask the Queen for one!
Final Thoughts On The Dorgi
OK, that’s a wrap on the Corgi Dachshund Mix!
The right owner for this crossbreed is someone who spends a lot of time at home with family members and children.
The wrong owner for this mix is someone who lives with rodents or birds and has strong allergies to dog hair.
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