Yes, you read that right. There is an adorable ball of fluff known as the Corgi Husky Mix.
This beautiful bear is not a pure bred dog, but the husky corgi mix is a result of mating a purebred Welsh Corgi with a purebred Siberian Husky.
This hybrid will grow to approximately 13” in height, will have a weight of around 20 pounds and a lifespan of between 12 to 15 years.
This crossbreed, has maintained their parents feisty nature, along with their loyal alertness and has developed many names including:
What a mouthful. Let’s have a look at this friendly guy in more detail.
|Quick Summary of a Husky Corgi Mix|
|Breed Type||Mixes and More|
|Suitable For||They are best suited for families with older children, perfect for adult only homes.|
|Size||Approximately 13” in height|
|Weight||20 to 45 pounds|
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Color Variations||Red, Sable, Brindle or Grey, Black, and White|
|Temperament||Friendly, Loyal, Gentle, Alert and Energetic|
|Daily Exercise||High Physical and Mental – 60 minutes walking and additional mental stimulation|
|Daily Food Consumption||600 to 900 calories each day based on 30 calories per pound of body weight|
|Known Health Issues||Obesity, Back Issues and von Willebrands Disease|
Corgi Husky Mix Breed Overview
The Corgi Husky mix is often described as the dog with the small legs but big character. It is a perfect pooch for a busy home.
Both the Corgi and Husky arrived in the US during the 1930’s, so you could say this mix has been on the cards for a while. It’s just taken the boost from designer dog breeding in the last 25 years to increase it’s popularity; peaking around 2014!
This crossbreed must be a first generation puppy from a purebred male Corgi and female Siberian Husky. Notice which breed is the sire and which breed is the dam.
The mother of this mix must always be a Siberian Husky, leaving the sire to always be a Welsh Corgi. This is because of known reproduction issues and risks associated with mating a larger male dog with a smaller dam.
As it’s a cross breed, the Corgi Husky Mix isn’t recognized by any major Kennel Club. It also hasn’t yet been recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club or the Designer Breed Registry.
The husky and corgi mixes were bred to be companions and, not surprisingly, for their adorable appearance.
For one of these balls of fluff you can expect to pay anywhere between $300 and $1000.
To understand a little more about these alert, intelligent characters, let’s look at their parents. The Welsh Corgi and the Siberian Husky.
The Welsh Corgi
There are two types of Welsh Corgi:
- The Cardigan Corgi
- The Pembroke Corgi
The difference between a Cardigan and Pembroke Corgi is the tail. Cardigans have tails, Pembrokes do not. The Pembrokes are born with their tail very short or missing, if they do have a tail, it is usually docked within 3-5 days.
The Pembroke is the younger of the two corgi breeds and is famous for being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Corgi is a herding breed, specifically renowned in cattle herding.
The word Corgi, originally “kergie” is Celtic for dog.
It is believed that the Corgi arrived to Pembroke, a town in Wales, in 1107 AD after Henry I of Britain invited master craftsmen from Belgium to relocate to Wales. Along with their talents and crafts, their dogs came too!
The two Corgis were inter bred until at least 1934; being recognized as one single breed.
The first pair of breeding Corgis arrived in the US in 1931.
Despite being recognized as independent breeds, their temperaments are very similar.
They are liked for their friendly, playful and outgoing nature. Due to their performance on the herding field, they were soon loved for their trustworthiness and loyalty.
Not surprisingly, as with a lot of small breed dogs (e.g. Puggle), they can be quite stubborn. They are strong willed and feisty – perfect for herding, not so great for recall when they’ve spotted a squirrel on the park fence.
Herding dogs need to be alert and aware of their surroundings and have strong instincts. Corgis have this down to a fine art and can create problems with excessive barking. They are extremely attentive to next door’s teenager coming in at midnight.
Due to their herding ancestry – the corgis expect the family to stick together. This can cause problems if they are left alone for long periods of time. They will become anxious, resulting in barking and destructive behavior.
So on the one hand we have this bossy, intelligent, outgoing comrade. Let’s have a look at the other!
The Siberian Husky
They were bred in Siberia Russia, as endurance sled runners and also as companions. They are one of the oldest breeds known to man. It wasn’t long before them were being exported to all corners of the world, primarily Alaska.
Most people know of the Husky from 1925 when Leonhard Seppala ran a pack of huskies 658 miles in 5 and a half days to rush a lifesaving serum to Alaska to combat a breakout of diphtheria.
They truly are an incredible breed.
The huskies won a popularity which hasn’t lessened to this day. People have fallen in love with these wolf-like athletic dogs. They are intelligent, strong and super friendly. They can also be the most gentle dog you would ever wish to meet.
Unfortunately, due to their wolf-like appearance, they have become popular with inexperienced owners. These guys are not first time dogs, or for those with no experience of working, strong willed breeds.
They dig. The howl. They put the H in Houdini – 10ft fences are a must. No that’s not a typo – they will easily clear 6ft fences.
These dogs can be the most loyal, reliable and faithful friend. But, they are not for the fainthearted. They require a consistent routine, regular reward based training, exercise and stimulation.
So we have two friendly, gentle, feisty, strong willed parents? Let’s see what we’ve end up with in the Corgi Husky Mix!
Husky Corgi Mix Temperament/Behavior
|Ease of Care|
They are intelligent and seek daily exercise and stimulation.
People have fallen in love with their generally friendly nature, suiting most families. Due to their strong will it isn’t generally advised to have these pooches in families with young children. They know what they like, and what they don’t – they haven’t quite figured out totally appropriate social skills when dealing with toddlers pulling and tugging at them.
They can tolerate living with other animals, if raised with them and are generally friendly out and about if socialized from a young age.
They don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods of time, this will often result in excessive barking and chewing. They are companions – they just love being with you.
It must be remembered that it isn’t possible to predict every personality trait of a crossbreed – so keep an open mind, speak with other owners and breeders to see if these small characters suit your lifestyle.
Let’s have a look at how we care for these guys on a daily basis.
How to Care for a Corgi Husky Mix
This adorable ball of fluff generally has the size of the Corgi but the facial features and coat type of the Husky.
They appear like a slightly longer, squatter Husky puppy which never grows up. They are generally red, sable or brindle but some present as black/grey/white and some have even presented like a mini German Shepherd.
But how do we care for them?
Food and Diet Requirements of a Corgi Husky Mix
The general expected weight for a corgi is 25 – 30 pounds and 35 – 60 pounds for a husky.
This places the expected weight of a Corgi Husky Mix anywhere between 20 and 45 pounds. If we settle in the middle and you have a Corgi Husky Mix weighing in at 30lbs, his recommended calorie intake would be around 900 calories per day.
Ensure you choose a high quality dog food which meets his daily nutritional needs, with appropriate amounts of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Most dog food manufacturers will include a feeding guide with their food for you to calculate the amounts you need to be feeding on a daily basis. Ideally you would split his meals into two per day – puppies should have 3-4 meals per day until they are around 6 months old.
Some owners feed kibble, canned, dehydrated, raw – the list is endless. Speak with breeders, other owners and your veterinarian if you are concerned about what you are feeding your pooch.
Both parent breeds are highly energetic and working dogs.
The Husky being a sled runner and the Corgi being a cattle herder. Not surprisingly the Corgi-Husky mix requires around 60 minutes of daily exercise and mental stimulation.
As a puppy, it is vital to not over exercise, especially with their short legs and long backs. Whilst they are still growing, their body is most susceptible to trauma. The 5 minute rule is a handy tip to remember. A puppy should be walked for 5 minutes per month of age. So a 8 month old puppy should be walked for no longer than 40 minutes.
Once they are fully matured, you can base your daily exercise on their individual temperament and activity levels.
Training a Husky Corgi Mix
Some of these dogs are described as being a dream to train – thanks to the intelligence of their husky parent. Unfortunately, those unlucky enough to take on the stubbornness from the corgi parent aren’t so trainable.
A point to remember is also the rather poor recall that huskies generally have. She should be regularly trained from a young age.
We know that these guys respond to a consistent routine with plenty of positive reinforcement training.
Here we are looking at rewards too:
- Food Rewards
- Verbal Rewards
- Toy Rewards
When your pup is doing what you want him to – reward him. If you feed kibble, you can split his daily food allowance and use part of that allowance as food rewards. If you are training something more difficult, like recall, use high value food treats – liver squares are perfect.
Liver Cake Recipe:
- Wash liver and place on baking tray.
- Pop into the oven to cook on 210°F for 1-1.5 hours.
- When cooked, allow to cool.
- Cut into small squares ready for training.
Use verbal praise as much as possible, “who’s a good girl?” “Well done, good job!”
Some dogs aren’t particularly interested in food, which can make training difficult. In this instance, you can use toys – any toy that they like; tennis balls, rope chews etc… This approach tends to work better if you have select toys for training purposes and separate toys for general play.
In order to have this friendly guy that everyone boasts about, early socialization is essential. This means introducing them to everything the world has to offer, from a young age.
In a safe environment introduce them to all sorts of people, tall, short, children. Encourage them to investigate machines, equipment – in the home and out of the home and everything the world has to offer.
The Corgi Husky Mix has a double coat – which sheds… A lot! Expect two major blow outs a year and a couple of brushing sessions a week to keep on top of it.
Along with brushing them it is essential to check over their ears and keep them clean. As their ears sit erect on their head they are more likely to gather dirt and dust in them.
Check their teeth regularly – a groomer or veterinarian can clean them if you don’t feel confident in doing this.
If you carry out these health checks from a young age, it should be a perfect time for bonding!
Breed Appearance: Coat, Color and Grooming
Most of these mixes are red, brindle or sable in color. Some have even presented as black/white/grey; being described as mini German Shepherds!
They are often described as a shorter, squatter husky puppy that never grows up. They present with the shorter legs and longer back of the Corgi, but they have the facial features of the Husky.
One thing is for certain, their appearance will melt your heart.
As they are a crossbreed, their markings can vary – you will never be entirely sure what you will end up with. Speaking with reputable breeders helps somewhat however.
The hope with crossbreeding certain dogs is often to out breed certain health issues. However, we do know that this mix has presented with some of those issues already affecting its parents.
If you are seriously considering one of these gentle, friendly guys, you also need to know what potential health issues you are letting yourself in for.
Known Health Problems
Just like the Corgi, the Corgi Husky Mix is predisposed to weight issues. In order to avoid the likelihood of this becoming an issue, ensure you regularly exercise your pooch and feed him according to his daily calorie requirement and manufacturers feeding guidelines.
Avoid feeding human scraps as it is difficult to monitor how much he is having.
As with any long bodied and short legged dog – back problems are common. Inter vertebral Disc Disease is when the cushion between a vertebrae slips, causing the disc to press on the spinal cord. Depending on the severity, it can sometimes be managed through rest and medication. Other times, surgery is required. Ensure you aren’t over exercising your pooch and keep him from jumping on and off beds or sofas.
von Willebrands Disease – this is a blood clotting disorder common in Corgis. It is caused by a deficiency in a clotting protein. It is an inherited disorder, so research your breeders and find a reputable one!
To maintain his general health, ensure you attend regular physical exams at the veterinarian and keep up to date with his vaccination schedule.
Summary of Breed
An adorable cross breed boasting intelligence and alertness. They are loved for their wolf like appearance and loyalty.
If socialized from an early age, they will be friendly and gentle – happily living with other animals.
They are strong willed and feisty, knowing what they like, and what they don’t. This can make training a challenge. A consistent routine and reward based training will give you the best shot.
Both parents are used to working in teams, you need to remember that you are in your Corgi Husky Mix’s team, he won’t tolerate you leaving him for long periods of time.
Excessive barking can also become a problem – but really, you absolutely need to know about the squirrel up that tree.
Early and consistent training can tackle some of their stubbornness, so if you get to grips with that, you will have a loyal protector, full of character with an appearance that will absolutely melt your heart. Have you got experience with husky corgi mixes, corgis or huskies? Let us know and share your thoughts below.