Small dog breeds have never been more prevalent than in the modern world. With living spaces shrinking and an increasing amount of people moving to densely populated areas, the demand for the perfect small dog has only gone up.
If you mix a Corgi and a Pug, the short Porgi offspring usually have the appearance and coloration of a Pug with a slightly longer snout.
Features and traits of new designer breeds such as the Porgi are still being discovered so don’t be surprised if there is some variation in individual dogs.
Continue reading to learn more about the Porgi as well as the other two iconic small breed dogs, the Corgi and the Pug.
Corgi, Porgi, and Pug Comparison Table
|Pembroke Welsh Corgi||Porgi||Pug|
|Height||10-12 inches||10-13 inches||10-13 inches|
|Weight||28-30 pounds||18-30 pounds||14-18 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||12-13 years||10-15 years||13-15 years|
Black and tan
|Coat Type||Double coat with short length||Double coat with short length||Double coat with smooth, short length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||Higher shedding||Higher shedding||Average shedding|
|Health Issues||Eye problems|
von Willebrand’s disease
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Easy to train||Easy to train|
|Exercise||Pretty high exercise needs||Average exercise needs||Average exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty open to strangers||Pretty open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Pretty good with other dogs||Good with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Little to no drool||Little to no drool||Little to no drool|
|Mental Stimulation||Higher mental stimulation required||Higher mental stimulation required||Average mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||More barking||More barking||Only barks to alert|
These little, captivating dwarves may be generalized as Corgis but there are two distinct breeds of Corgi: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The Cardigan variety is a little larger than the Pembroke and usually has darker coat colors as well as an undocked tail.
Even though Corgis are a small breed, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of energy. Originally bred for their high energy as herding dogs for livestock, a Corgi will find any way it can to burn off an excess of energy.
These “frantic random acts of play” sometimes called “frapping” or “the zoomies” most often consist of running around in circles or speeding through all the rooms of a home as if it were the dog’s playground.
Another aspect of being bred for herding is the vocal nature of Corgis. While Corgis can be an ideal family dog for people in tight living quarters, consistent and firm training will be required to ensure that barking is kept at a minimum.
Nipping at small children’s sensitive skin can cause minor injuries as an unsocialized Corgi’s herding instinct or stress-induced responses kicks into gear. Be sure to watch these dogs whenever children are around.
Everyone knows Pugs by name these days but no one is quite sure where they got the name from. Some people theorize that it comes from the Latin word “pugnus” which means “fist” in English.
The name reflects how some people think the Pug’s squished face and compact body resemble that of a clenched fist.
Another theory dates back to when affluent and wealthy people kept marmosets as pets. Marmosets were commonly known as “pug monkeys” by owners of these mammals and their resemblance to Pugs gives the breed its name.
Other suggestions include the Pug name coming from William Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, after the character Puck.
No matter how the name came about, Pugs are known for being distinguished companions because of their goofy and easygoing nature.
Their toy-sized classification makes them perfect for cuddling with on the couch and after a little playtime, that’s just what a Pug dreams about.
Like most designer dog breeds, it’s hard to accurately predict the appearance and characteristics of every Porgi in a litter.
Even so, we know that Porgis follow the laws of genetics and so will act and look much like their parents or a combination of the two.
This results in many Porgis looking like the Pug parent with an apple-shaped head and a curled tail. The biggest influence that the Corgi parent tends to have affects the coloration of the Porgi and the length of the muzzle.
No matter what your Porgi looks like, you can practically guarantee that it wants to be your best friend. Both the Corgi and Pug are known for being highly affectionate breeds that will select a favorite person to attach to but have buckets of love for a whole family.
Be careful with the dynamic of your relationship with your dog though, if you allow your Porgi to sleep with you in bed, they may start to think that they are equals or even above you in status which can cause many behavioral problems down the road.
Limit your cuddling to the armchairs and couches, and make sure there is consistent training to maintain a healthy boundary with your Porgi.
Are Porgis hypoallergenic dogs?
Unfortunately, the Porgi is not a hypoallergenic dog because they regularly shed hair from their double coat throughout the year.
Not only can the hair cause an allergic reaction for some people but the dander that is thrown into the air whenever a Porgi scratches itself can also be an issue.
Although not generally recommended, you could try to keep a Porgi even with allergies if you are constantly on top of cleaning or use a combination of an air filter and allergy medication.
Are Porgis prone to being overweight or obese?
Many small breeds, especially toy-sized dogs, can easily become overweight or obese. Porgis are no exception, mostly because their Pug parent is one of the infamous breeds for carrying excess weight.
Contrary to what most people think, overfeeding a small dog is not usually the root cause. Instead, the issue is that many people don’t give their small dogs enough exercise because they keep them indoors almost all hours of the day and even if they do get a chance to go outdoors, the owner typically carries them everywhere they go.
That being said, you should only allow your Porgi to feed freely up to the age of three months old. Any older and feedings should be reduced to two meals a day along with plenty of playtime to prevent overeating and looming obesity.
Porgis are fascinating bundles of energy, inheriting the best characteristics of both parent breeds and wanting nothing more than to be the center of your world.
A Porgi’s appearance will depend mostly on which of the two parents it takes after most but either way it won’t be much bigger than the parents.
If you decide that a Porgi is the right choice for your lifestyle, be prepared to spend some quality time with your dog during training and playtime to keep them trim and mentally stimulated.