This new and unusual breed is a genius creation. People originally started breeding these two together in order to make a more compact Husky. But what they didn’t realize is that this was actually a match made in heaven.
The physical and personality traits of these two breeds come together to create a Corgi Husky Mix that is just impossible not to love. Find out why in this guide!
Horgi, Corgsky, Siborgi – Whatever you call them, here’s what makes them so cute
Physically, it looks like a tiny Husky. So it usually has a grey and white coat with black accents and the long, curled tail that is so characteristic of a Siberian Husky. But then it has the short legs and overall proportions of a Welsh Corgi.
A full-grown Husky Corgi Mix will max out at about 15 inches (38 cm) tall, but their weight is pretty variable. You could end up with anything from 20 to 50 pounds (9-22 kg) depending on which of its parents’ genes are dominant.
Their Husky parents were bred to be working dogs, especially to pull sleds through the snowy terrain of Siberia. So they are built for power and endurance which means tons of energy.
I mean, just look at this adorable guy trying to jump and scamper on those short little legs!
Due to their high energy, you’ll definitely want a house with a yard. They need lots of exercise so that they don’t get bored and destructive.
However, even with a yard, they won’t want to spend the whole day alone because their Corgi background makes them a very social breed. So if your house is empty during the day, you should consider getting a second pet to keep your pup company.
The 3 Most Common Horgi Health Risks and What You Can Do About Them
The Corgi & Husky Mix is a pretty healthy breed that can live as long as 15 years in a loving, nurturing home. But there are some health risks that come with the breed. Here are three of the most important conditions to watch out for:
#1 Back Problems
Because of those unusual proportions that make them so adorable, the Husky and Corgi Mix is prone to back problems. These problems are made worse if they are obese, so you definitely want to watch your pup’s weight.
You can also prevent back problems by training your dog not to jump onto or off of furniture. Jumping puts extra strain on their spine and joints. For the same reason, when you pick them up, do it in a way that keeps their spine completely straight. You want to avoid unnecessary twisting and movement.
#2 Hip Dysplasia
This condition involves a poorly formed hip joint that gets worse over time. It’s common in a lot of breeds, but especially in large ones so this risk comes from its Husky genes. Symptoms include difficulty standing up from a seated or lying position and a reluctance to run or be active.
It’s partly caused by genetics but is often made worse by obesity or malnutrition. So a well-balanced diet and plenty of gentle exercise can keep it from becoming serious.
#3 Degenerative Myelopathy
This is a progressive disease that affects the spinal cord of the Welsh Corgi Husky Mix. They inherit the risk from their Corgi parent. Symptoms usually start to appear in older dogs (between 8 and 14 years old). It begins with a loss of coordination in their legs, so you’ll see lots of wobbling, stumbling, and feet dragging. Eventually, they become unable to stand.
There is some evidence that it can be prevented by adding a lot of fresh, raw vegetables to your dog’s diet (especially ones rich in B vitamins, vitamins C and E, and minerals).
Luckily, many of these conditions can be either completely prevented or at least effectively managed through a proper diet and exercise. So you can really do a lot to help your Horgi by just following the diet and exercise tips you’ll read about in the next section!
How to Keep Your Corgi Husky Mix Healthy and Happy
Before you run to get one of these cuties, make sure you are prepared to do your absolute best to provide a healthy and happy lifestyle for your Horgi.
Here are 3 things you need to consider as a parent of this adorable pooch:
#1 A Healthy, Low-Calorie Diet Is Essential for Your Husky Corgi
Obesity in a Horgi is a serious problem because the extra weight places a lot of strain on the back, legs, and joints. And many owners have a habit of overfeeding these breeds simply because it’s not as easy to recognize the difference between normal and overweight in dwarf breeds.
So you really need to be vigilant about their weight and carefully monitor their food intake. That means automatic feeders that keep their bowl full all day are out of the question. They will overeat if you don’t regulate their portions.
You can make this easy for both you and your dog by setting a fixed feeding schedule and putting reminders on your phone’s calendar.
You should also schedule in monthly weight checks. Use this visual method designed by veterinarians to see if your Horgi is overweight. This works even for puppies and young dogs that are still growing because you're checking the proportions of the dog’s body rather than the actual number of pounds.
If a puppy is gaining weight at a healthy pace, they will maintain these same proportions. If they are gaining weight faster than they should be, they’ll start to fill out and lose their shape.
If they are putting on extra weight, you either need to cut their calorie intake down or add more exercise to their routine. Feed them a diet high in nutrients but low in carbs. That means a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables while cutting back on starchy fillers like corn and potatoes.
#2 Horgis Need a Ton of Exercise
These dogs have a lot of physical and mental energy as a result of both their parents being very active breeds. So they definitely need exercise, and their preferred activity is to play with their owners. Whether that’s a game of fetch, play wrestling, or chase, they’ll enjoy any activity they can do with you.
Regular walks will also work to meet their minimum exercise requirements but until you’ve fully leash trained them, expect to deal with a lot of sudden stopping and bolting as they explore and chase after everything that catches their interest.
At an absolute minimum, they’ll need one hour of physical activity per day, but the ideal number would be closer to two or three hours.
That may sound like a lot, but if you’ve got a backyard they can access even when you’re not up for playing, they can go out and get some of that exercise on their own. The more active they are, the more happy and obedient they will be.
#3 These Heavy Shedders Will Need Regular Grooming
Being half Husky means a thick, lush coat designed to deal with tough winters. That comes with lots of shedding in the warmer months. Welsh Corgis are also natural shedders, so there’s no escaping dog fur in your house. But there are some ways you can control the problem:
- Brush your pup once a week during warmer months and daily during the colder months. Use a brush designed to handle thick, double coats.
- Train your dog not to go on furniture so that they won’t shed on it. You’ll want to prevent them from jumping up and down too much anyway to avoid excess strain on their spine.
- Bathe your dog once every 1-2 months to help remove even more loose fur before they shed it all over your home. This also helps wash away any dirt and grime that gets buried in their thick coat.
3 Reasons a Corgi Husky Mix is a Great Fit for Families
These adorable Husky miniatures love to be part of a family, especially one with kids who will play with them! They can be very sweet and social with just about everybody. But these are the main 3 traits that make them such a great family pet:
#1 Very intelligent
Both Corgis and Huskies are known for their intelligence, so this mix certainly isn’t lacking in brains. That means that they are capable of learning a lot of tricks, including the more complicated ones. But it also means that an untrained and under-stimulated dog is likely to behave deviously and get into trouble on purpose.
So you need to make sure you assert your alpha status (see more on this below). And if you don’t plan to train it to do many tricks, you still want to keep it mentally stimulated with games that require reasoning and intelligence.
#2 Very playful
If you’ve got kids, this is an ideal breed to get because they love to play around and they have enough energy to play as long as you’re up for it. I can guarantee your kids will tire out before your Corgi Husky Mix does! They’re also very easy-going and patient, so they won’t snap at your child or lose their temper.
You should still make sure that you monitor any playtime with small children. Do not let kids sit on their back because this can increase their risk for back problems. Teach children to be gentle when they play with your Horgi.
#3 Very friendly
The Corgi Husky Mix will behave friendly toward just about everyone. They don’t have a strong territorial instinct, so you don’t have to worry about biting or barking around new people.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a guard dog, this guy is more likely to start a game of fetch with a burglar than to alert you to the intruder.
A Quick Note on Training Your Corgi Husky Mix
As mentioned above, this breed is very intelligent. However, it can be tricky to say which Corgi Husky puppies will be easy to train and which will be stubborn. That’s because the Welsh Corgi is known for being obedient and ready to learn while the Siberian Husky prefers to assert its dominance in the pack.
So depending on which genes prevail, you could have a wonderfully easy time training, or you could need the help of a professional to gain the upper hand.
The good news is that, in either case, once trained, they will be obedient. Even a Siberian Husky knows to obey the pack leader. So just make sure you assert yourself as the alpha from the beginning!
Tips for Becoming the Proud Parent of a Corgi Husky Mix
Finding a Horgi puppy is not as straightforward a process as you might hope. It’s still a fairly uncommon breed so you won’t find a whole lot of breeders specializing in this mix.
Your best bet is to start your search online. Look for a Corgi Husky Mix available in your area. If it’s advertised by a breeder, do plenty of research to make sure they are a legitimate source and not a puppy mill.
If you’re struggling to find a Horgi mix for sale, call all the rescue shelters in driving distance to see if they might have any available.
If you are looking to add a fun and lovable member to the family, the Corgi Husky Mix is the breed for you.
But you need to make sure you’re prepared for the responsibility of monitoring their diet and giving them plenty of exercise so that they can live a long and healthy life with you. If you’re up to the task, they’ll pay you back with endless love and loyalty!
Remember to leave a comment below because I love hearing about your experiences with this fantastic breed!