The Corgipoo dog is a cross between the Corgi and the Toy Poodle. This dog falls under the category of herding dogs, however, they were not bred for this purpose. These dogs have become common over the last few decades and if this is the dog that you desire, it is easily available. They are often used as watch dogs due to their alertness and in some cases even military work due to their intelligence.
These are generally smaller dogs, but despite their size they are very loving and full of energy. Although they are smart and easy to train, they do have a mischievous side and will sometimes break the rules to get attention.
Although the Corgipoo is a petite dog, they are strong sturdy dogs that have short legs. Depending how much they inherit from their parents will depend on their appearance and it is not unusual for a number of Corgipoos from the same litter to look totally different from one another. Like the Poodle, they generally have floppier ears. Their heads are typically round with dark heavy set almond shaped eyes. They have shorter muzzles generally, which may cause a few breathing problems. Corgipoos have double coats that are of an average length. The outer layer of its hair is thick, wiry and water-resistant protecting them from different weather conditions, especially cooler weather. Their coats have no typical color and they can range in color that includes: sable, brindle, black, red, white, or even blue merle.
If they do not suffer from any hereditary disease or illness their average life expectancy is between 12-14 years.
The average Corgipoo is small and weighs on average between 12-40 lbs and measures 10-12 inches in height.
Corgi Toy Poodle Mix Health Problems
The Corgipoo is generally a healthy mixed breed dog, but in some cases like with all hybrid dogs they can inherit health conditions from their parents. Typical health conditions that your dog could inherit from its parents include PRA, ear infections due to wax buildup, skin conditions, and epilepsy.
The Corgipoo is a very intelligent dog just like the Poodle which makes them easy to teach them to be obedient and perform tricks. These are playful dogs that like a lot of attention and often they do not do well with other dogs because they want to be the centre of attention.
They are curious dogs and have the tendency to be disobedient when they find something that interests them. If they are not the centre of attention, they will break the house rules on purpose.
Despite their mischievous and playful side, the Corgipoo is an excellent family dog and loves children and older people. They will often show off their tricks to receive your praise. They will try to test you and see what they can get away with, and at times your patience will be tried. They need attention and consistent training and if they get this, your dog will remain happy and a loyal companion.
Corgi Toy Poodle Mix Grooming and Exercise
The Corgipoo is a low-shedding dog therefore unlike the Poodle it does not require frequent visits to the grooming parlor. If your Corgipoo has a curlier coat like its Poodle parent, it will need daily brushing with a fine bristle comb to keep its fur tangle-free. Because they are prone to having a buildup of wax in their ears, it’s necessary to check and clean the Corgipoo’s ears with a damp towel to avoid infection.
Due to their size they do not need a huge amount of exercise and active playtime is sufficient. It is however, recommended to take your dog out at least once a day to stretch its legs and change its surroundings.
Your Corgipoo will require more mental stimulation rather than physical stimulation and this can be done with various games and toys.
Corgi Toy Poodle Mix Training
Your Corgipoo needs to be trained from a young puppy. It is very intelligent and therefore easy to train. Dog training with your Corgipoo needs to be fair and consistent. Because of their energetic and playful side, it is recommended to take your Corgipoo to a professional dog trainer.
Corgipoo Suitability and Living Conditions
The Corgipoo is the perfect family pet with small children. They have a lot of energy and therefore would suit a young family that can play a lot with them, especially outdoors.
Its small size means that the Corgipoo is suitable to live in an apartment; however, to keep it mentally stimulated, you will need to take it outdoors a lot to change its surroundings.
Some people use the Corgipoo for herding, but typically it is an indoor pet. The Corgipoo does not adapt well to hotter climes.