You might know this super cute breed as the ‘Horgi’, the ‘Siborgi’ or maybe even the ‘Corgsky’. And no matter which name you choose, one thing is for sure - it’s impossible not to love the adorable Corgi cross Husky. A cross of these two breeds will result in a compact Husky - and that’s exactly why this cross was created. Many people adore the striking looks of a Husky but need a smaller dog.
Horgis are full of energy, friendly, great in severe weather (which they mainly get from their Husky side) and extremely adaptable. To understand this cross better, it's important to take a look at the two parent breeds:
The Welsh Corgi
There are two types of Corgis: the Cardigan and the Pembroke (the latter being the most popular). Both are quite similar in personality: they are loving, devoted, and protective companions. Playful, intelligent, and eager to please, they are rather easy to train if properly motivated. Though short-legged, they are active dogs who need to be mentally and physically stimulated to be happy.
The Siberian Husky
The Husky is a real dog of a dog. You shouldn't even consider getting one unless you are a super active person who can provide this pooch with plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs. Other things to consider include the fact that they are independently-minded, loud howlers and excessive shedders. Indeed, they were built for very specific weather conditions, so their coat is extremely thick! However, for the right owners, they can be extremely loyal, loving, and gentle companions. They also do great with kids!
Physical attributes of the crossbreed
Height: 13-15 inches
Weight: 20-50 pounds (variable depending on dominant genes)
Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years
A Welsh Corgi cross Siberian Husky is quite literally (in the physical sense) a smaller Husky. Horgis often have a mixed grey and white coat with black accents, but variations of beautiful cream, black, red, orange and brown colours are possible too.
They normally have the cute, curly tail characteristic of their Husky parent. However, they get their small height and adorable, short legs from the Corgi side. Facially, a Corgi cross Husky is similar to a puppy Husky - round faces, almond eyes and erect ears.
You’ll know how strong and enduring Husky dogs, who were bred as working dogs, are. They’ve got a double-coat which can withstand seriously cold temperatures. Considering the Corgi breed has a thick and water resistant coat too, the Horgi is pretty much guaranteed to have a thick, durable coat.
Temperament of the Corgi cross Husky
The Corgi cross Husky is known to be easy-going, sociable and gentle by nature. However, with the Husky being a working dog and the Corgi breed often used on farms, it’s no surprise that the Horgi is an alert and intelligent yet slightly protective pooch. For this reason, not all Corgi cross Huskies are a good fit for families with young children - but with training and early socialisation, it could work.
The Corgi x Husky mix is a fantastic companion dog who will love being right by your side. You’ll need to be able to spend lots of time with a Horgi puppy, as they don’t cope well spending too much time alone. But if you’ve got the time to dedicate to this breed, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal, affable and undeniably cute pet.
Exercise requirements of a Corgi crossed with a Husky
A Siborgi puppy or dog will need an owner who enjoys getting outside and will take it for lots of long walks. Both purebred parents are bundles of energy - and if there’s nowhere for that energy to go, you’ll end up with a bored and frustrated pooch.
A 1-2 hour daily walk or two shorter walks, as well as regular activity throughout the day, is a good amount of exercise for the Corgi cross Husky. If you love outdoor activities, play a sport which a dog could get involved in, or have a huge yard for constant ‘fetch’ games, the Horgi might be for you.
To put it simply, the more exercise your Horgi gets, the happier your Horgi will be! If you skip walks for a day or two, prepare for some bad behaviour.
Training a Husky - Corgi mix
They might be an intelligent breed, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to train! Coming from the herding and working group on both sides, the Corgi x Husky can be rather stubborn at times. Your best bet is consistent yet gentle training and socialisation with plenty of positive reinforcement. Don’t give up - they’ll get there eventually. Patience is key.
Grooming a Corgsky
If you’ve got dog allergies, the Corgi cross Husky probably isn’t a good match for you - these pups shed all year round! You’ll need to vacuum up after your Horgi pup and brush him every single day to keep on top of the shedding. Try to bathe your pooch once a month, too - this will help remove any loose fur, reducing shedding within the home.
Check your Horgi’s ears once a week and clean them if necessary, brush their teeth at least twice a week (though daily would be better!) and clip nails as soon as they get long.
Corgi cross Husky health problems
Pretty much all dog breeds suffer from genetic ailments and are therefore more at risk of developing a certain disease or condition than others - but it shouldn’t put you off getting a lovely new Corgi - Husky mix puppy.
Horgis are particularly prone to putting on weight and becoming obese - which can turn into a whole host of other problems! They have a healthy appetite and will eat anything left for them, so keep a close eye on their weight. Plus, with the long body and short legs, Horgis are prone to developing painful back problems as well as hip dysplasia. That’s another reason to keep the weight down - extra weight makes hip and back problems way more likely. If in doubt, contact your veterinarian for advice!
At the end of the day, who wouldn't want a miniature husky with the loyal, cute and sociable nature of a Corgi? Good luck with your Horgi adventure!
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