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The Corgipoo is a mixed breed that crosses the Poodle with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Poodle used is usually a standard or a miniature. For this reason there can be a variation in size, from small to medium. He comes in the Herding group and has talents in racing, herding, watchdog, sighting and military work. He lives between 12 to 14 years or more.

Here is the Corgipoo at a Glance
Average height 10 to 12 inches
Average weight 12 to 40 pounds
Coat type Double coat, medium, wiry outer, soft inner
Hypoallergenic? If coat is more like a Poodle's yes
Grooming Needs Low
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily brushing
Touchiness Moderately
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to moderate
Barking Low
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good
Good with other Dogs? Good - socialization can improve this
Good with other Pets? Moderate to good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? If on the smaller side yes but still needs outside exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Very good to excellent
Exercise Needs Moderate
Tendency to get Fat Quite high, measure his food and exercise him daily
Major Health Concerns Epilepsy, bloat, patellar luxation, back problems
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, eye problems
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $350 - $850
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $300 - $450
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Where does the Corgipoo come from?

Corgipoos are considered to be designer dogs, a recent creation to describe the mixing of two dogs to create a hybrid breed, and part of a modern trend. The ideal is to have a dog that has the best of both dogs but in reality it takes generations and generations of breeding to get characteristics and personalities that are constant and desirable. When you choose to purchase this kind of dog you have to be prepared for the possibility he will not have the best of both, and may in fact have the worst from both! Here is a look at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Poodle to get an idea of what their offspring might be like.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi

This dog comes from the same ancestors that created the Basset Hound and the Dachshund. The Cardi's ancestors are thought to have come to Wales over 3000 years ago brought by Celtic tribes coming from central Europe. They were used as working dogs, mostly for farmers where they helped protect cattle, drive cattle to market, guard the family and hunt vermin. They were also family pets. In 1919 one was first shown in an English dog show and in 1931 the first pair were imported to America.

Today he does not do as much herding unless you have a lot of kids for him to gather up! He is a good family dog, adaptable and helpful. He can be territorial and is not especially social but he is a very alert dog making a good watchdog. He is clever and very trainable though his independent side may mean you need to establish yourself clearly as pack leader. He is good with children but early socialization helps.

The Poodle

This dog comes in three sizes, toy, miniature and standard, some believe he has always been so and some say it happened in the 14th century when the French got hold of him and started breeding them to the kind of dog we know today. Before that they are thought to be from Germany and were good for hunting waterfowl. When the rich ladies saw the small Poodles they fell in love with them and were often seen with toy sized companions. The middle sized were used by the French for truffle sniffing and the standard for duck hunting. The first Poodle was registered in England in 1874 and in America in 1886.

People who have never had a Poodle see them as aloof, elitist, stand offish. Those who have had them would perhaps term this more favorably as a distinctive air about them. However while they may take a while to warm up to someone, they are actually very affectionate when they do and very playful and clownish! He is also a very intelligent dog, one of the brightest in fact, and since he loves to please he is quite a dream to train.

Temperament

The Corgipoo is affectionate and loving but if there is a rule to break he will do it! It is lucky they are so cute otherwise they might drive you crazy with their tricky ways! They are sweet dogs, clever too and their antics will have you laughing and sometimes shaking your head. They have a lot of energy and are friendly and like to be with people. This means they are not always good at being alone for longer periods. Scamp is quite an apt description of these guys and he will demand a lot of attention. For that reason socialization is especially important otherwise that mischievous could become destructive and out of control.

What does a Corgipoo look like

The Corgipoo is 12 to 40 pounds in weight and 10 to 12 inches tall with legs that are on the short side, small sturdy bodies and floppy ears. His head is roundish with almond shaped black eyes, a short muzzle and a black nose. He has a double coat, the outer protects him from weather as it is waterproof, being thick and wiry, and the inner insulates him and is soft. It can be various colors such as black, tan, brown, white, red, sable, spotted, chocolate, merle, speckled and dark brown.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Corgipoo need to be?

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He is only a small to medium sized dog so how activity he needs is not excessive, however he does have a lot of energy and you need to ensure he gets a moderate amount a day. A daily walk or two shorter walks plus some play time either in the yard if there is one, or indoors for example. What is nice about the Corgipoo is that while he is high energy he does tire quite quickly.

Does he train quickly?

These are bright dogs but they have a naughty streak. Therefore while they will not be quicker to train than other dogs they will not be slower either. Keep yourself in charge with a firm and consistent approach. Stay positive, use praise and rewards with him to motivate. Socialization and training as soon as you get him are key to getting a better behaved and well rounded dog. Stay patient with him as getting angry or using punishment will not be effective. With the trickster in him training and socialization will also ensure this does not turn into something more serious.

Living with a Corgipoo

How much grooming is needed?

He is a low shedding dog so there will not be a lot of clean up needed and he is also hypoallergenic. Brush him once a day still to remove debris and keep it looking healthy. When he gets especially dirty give him a bath using dog shampoo not yours.

Other grooming needs are his teeth which should be brushed at least three times a week, his ears will need cleaning with a damp cotton ball or a solution from your vet once a week. His nails will also need clipping regularly, you should not be able to hear him clicking as he walks. However dog nails are nothing like ours so this is something you could take him to a groomers to have done. There are live blood vessels and nerves in the lower section which would cause pain and bleeding if cut.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children, other pets and other dogs though training and socialization are a large part of that. He will happily play with children and also get along well with seniors. Children should be taught how and where to touch dogs and what not to do. Young ones may need to be supervised.

General information

This is not a good dog if you want a watchdog as he is unlikely to bark to alert you. He is good in most climates and needs to be fed ½ to 1 cup of good quality dog food a day, divided into two meals. He is adaptable so can live in an apartment without outdoor space as long as he still gets his walk.

Health Concerns

Health issues that the Corgipoo could be prone to because his parents are include back problems, epilepsy, eye problems, bloat, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation. Since he loves food he will overeat if you let him graze all day so keep an eye on his food including treats and make sure he moves around each day.

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Costs involved in owning a Corgipoo

A Corgipoo puppy will set you back about $350 to $850 depending in the kind of breeder you find. Please avoid puppy mills, pet stores and breeders who clearly have no care about the dogs they are creating. Your dog will need a crate, a collar and leash, a carrier bag and food bowl to start off with. Then he will need to visit a vet for blood tests, micro chipping, neutering and deworming if any of those have not already been done by the breeder. These initial costs will be around $375 - $500. Annual medical costs to ensure he is vaccinated, flea and tick free, general health check ups as well as getting pet insurance will cost $450 - $550. Annual non-medical costs for things like food, training, a license.

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  • This dog is would suit a family or a single, first time owners or seniors, apartment or house. But you do need to be prepared to either train and socialize yourself or take him to a doggy school as his naughtiness might otherwise become a problem. He is a loving guy though and it is easy to forgive the antics when you have such a wonderful dog.

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