Apartment life is becoming more and more common, which can make owning a dog more difficult. Smaller breeds typically do better because of space limitations, but then you can lose some of the personality of bigger dog breeds that many people love.
The Corgipoo is a designer dog breed with an attitude. The big personality of Corgis is condensed into the adorably small body, and the wavy coat of the Poodle makes these dogs that much more of a joy to cuddle with.
If those attributes sound interesting to you, keep reading to learn more about this mixed breed, its parents, and more.
Corgi, Corgipoo, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Pembroke Welsh Corgi||Corgipoo||Poodle|
|Height||10-12 inches||10-20 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||Up to 30 pounds||12-40 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-13 years||12-14 years||10-18 years|
Black and tan
|Coat Type||Double coat with short length||Wavy with short to medium length||Curly with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||High shedding||Not too high shedding||No shedding|
|Health Issues||Eye problems|
von Willebrand’s disease
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty good with strangers||Pretty good with strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||High mental stimulation required||High mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||More barking||More barking||More barking|
Corgis and their ancestors have a rich history almost a millennia long. Although they are famously a Welsh breed, the dogs can trace their origins back to 12th century Flanders (a northern part of modern-day Belgium).
Back then, the breed acted as companions and working dogs, herding the flocks of cattle and sheep of renowned Flemish weavers.
The term “Corgi” can refer to one of two distinct breeds – the Pembroke or the Cardigan. The Cardigan is the older of the two breeds, but the Pembroke is the more popular of the two, with a distinctly shorter tail. You can also identify a Pembroke by its pointy ears that stand straight up.
As if the breed wasn’t already adorable enough, the breed has a uniquely buoyant bottom! If you were to bathe your Corgi in sufficiently deep enough water or take it for a swim, you might notice that their hind paws never quite reach the bottom of the tub or pool.
This is because their fluffy butts are filled with about 80 percent fat, making them less dense than water and causing them to float.
The Poodle, like the Corgi, also has an extensive history, although it is about half the length. The signature coat of this breed comes from careful grooming and trimming instead of being a natural feature of the dog. Even some 400 years ago, hunters cared deeply for their dogs.
They wanted their dogs to be able to move freely without restricting amounts of fur as they went about their waterfowl hunting duties. They also knew their dogs needed to be protected from the harsh elements and cold waters while on a hunt.
The result was the rounded groupings of hair left around the legs, hips, and tail tip. These fanciful balls of fur are known as pompons – not to be confused with cheerleaders’ pom-poms.
The Poodle was bred down in size as time passed, but the high standards were kept. This means that, despite their size, the Miniature and Toy Poodles experience relatively low amounts of genetic disease.
The Corgipoo might be the perfect mix for a swimming companion, considering the floating bum of the Corgi and the intelligent, waterfowl retrieving nature of the Poodle.
If you live in close quarters and are gone for long periods consistently, the Corgipoo might not be a great choice because it tends to bark out of boredom or to alert owners to even the slightest threat.
Luckily, Corgipoos are generally receptive to training, and with enough ways to stay stimulated, most of this barking can be avoided.
How Big Will My Corgipoo Be?
Keeping the different Poodle size varieties in mind, your Corgipoo can be anywhere within a relatively wide range of sizes. It’s possible a Miniature Poodle and a Corgi might breed naturally, but it is more likely that the two breeds are crossed via artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.
This allows any of the Poodle sizes to be used and an appropriate surrogate to be used for birthing. Using common sense, a Corgi bred with a Toy Poodle will result in the smallest Corgipoos.
While being bred with a Standard Poodle would produce the largest Corgipoos, so plan accordingly if possible.
Will My Corgipoo Enjoy Swimming?
Some people look for athletic dogs to motivate them on runs and keep them in shape. If you’re an avid swimmer, you might try looking for a dog with similar interests.
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine whether or not an individual Corgipoo will enjoy swimming as a form of exercise or leisure.
While your dog may exhibit suitable features for swimming, your Corgipoo may have an unexplained fear of water, or it may just be stubborn and refuse to swim unless it absolutely has to.
If you are curious, you should slowly introduce your Corgipoo to bodies of water and let the dog approach on its own terms. Never force your dog to swim if it does not want to.
Are Corgipoos hypoallergenic?
As with all mixes, the offspring can inherit either parent’s coat. While this can eliminate the hair and dander allergens, drool, and other bodily fluids from a Corgipoo could still trigger an allergic reaction.
Poodles are typically hypoallergenic because they have a single coat with a long length that isn’t shed or shed in extremely low amounts.
On the flip side, Corgis are known for having a dense, double coat of short fur that is shed on a near-constant basis. This makes them a terrible choice for allergy sufferers.
In general, your Corgipoo should inherit the hypoallergenic coat of its Poodle parent while retaining many of the Corgi parent’s features, such as its height and erect ears.
Corgipoos are excellent family watchdogs because of their keen senses and alert nature, but you must take care to train out excessive barking from a young age. Because they are quite intelligent and can have a stubborn attitude, the mixed breed isn’t recommended for first-time dog owners.
However, with enough mental stimulation and exercise, this breed can be an exceptional choice for those with dog allergies and small living spaces.