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The idea of a Corgi Dachshund mix is pretty appealing to anyone that has experience with these two parent breeds, or in fact anyone that can imagine the offspring produced.
Dorgi puppies, as they are commonly known, are adorable and an interesting hybrid for those interested in small, working dogs.
This is the first question to consider here. The word Dorgi will be mentioned on a few websites about desirable designer hybrid dogs. This is much like many other cute portmanteau names like Doxle and Labradoodle, but what are we breeding here?
You could find that your Dorgi cross is a little bigger than a dachshund, as the average height of a corgi is 12 inches, but they will always be small dogs. They can also be as light as 15 pounds or as heavy as 28.
The coat type will depend on the parent dogs. Do you have a Welsh Corgi bred with a long haired Dachshund or short haired?
This precise linage of a pup can play a big part in its look. You will see that many sites list the colors as brown, black and black and tan, but many retain the redder colors of the corgi, some have white bellies and there are even adorable photos of Dorgi pups with merle coats.
However, it should be noted that while the Dorgi is seen as a light shedder, the Corgi parent is a little different. There could be different grooming needs and shedding issues with a long haired Dachshund Corgi mix. Longer hair will need to be brushed and maintained to keep it in shape. Wire-haired Dachshunds will also produce a more wiry coat.
All Corgi Dachshund mix puppies need the right home environment with enough exercise and a good diet to keep them fit and healthy.
The good news for busy apartment owners is that they are suitable for this type of home and they can be left alone for longer than some other small dogs, although this does require some training.
Despite this, it must be noted that they are still energetic and love to run and play. They need at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.
Also, the Dorgi will need 3/4 to 1.5 cups of dry dog food each day.
The great news here is that these hybrid pups are generally seen as being pretty healthy. This is partly due to the health of the parents and partly due to the fact that crosses can be healthier than purebred dogs.
They have a life expectancy between 12 to 15 years and few major concerns. There is the risk that a Dorgi may develop patellar luxation, hip dysplasia or cataracts due to their genetics. Another important risk here is obesity. Over-eating is a concern with these small dogs, which highlights the importance of that strong exercise and diet regime.
The temperament of Corgi Dachshund is wonderful if these sweet little dogs find a good loving home.
They are seen as loving and loyal by most owners, who have no regrets over their decision to chose this breed. The hunting and herding instincts of the parent breeds also allow these dogs to be alert, brave and intelligent.
This description of the Dorgi makes it sound like the ideal family pet it want to protect and play and can offer all that love.
However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t also some behaviour problems to watch out for in these pups. The parentage of a Corgi Weiner dog mix could cause some issues.
One of the benefits of this hybrid is that it is a good watchdog that will bark at intruders. Many owners have seen this in action and say that they no longer need a doorbell. There is the risk that this tendency to bark could get out of hand and you find they are frequent barkers.
There are also concerns from some that this dog could struggle with separation anxiety. This is interesting as there are two viewpoints here. It seems that these dogs can be left alone with ease, as long as they are trained from an early age. Those that aren’t trained or given enough exercise could become a little destructive.
This shouldn’t be a big problem as long as you are prepared to start early and maintain consistency. The intelligence of these dogs, as well as their keenness to play and please, are all helpful in turning your pup into an obedient pack member.
Be aware that these Corgi Doxie mix puppies can share the stubborn nature of their parents at times.
It helps to be consistent and firm with your commands and to stay positive about success. Reward-based positive reinforcement goes a long way. Just be careful with food based treats because of that risk of overeating and obesity.
If you do find that your dachshund corgi mix is a bit of a handful, you could turn to Doggy Dan the online dog trainer for further guidance. This internet-based resource is one of the most renowned guides on dog training as it has so much information on different problems and breeds.
The breadth of information is ideal for owners of hybrids and the step-by-step guide is designed to be used at your own speed, whenever you need it. This is perfect for stubborn Corgi Doxie crosses.
The popularity of these dogs means that there are lots of Dorgi breeders out there promising cute pups at the right price. Take your time to look around at your options and find a reliable source. It is better to find a healthy, happy pup than a cute, cheap one that may have issues down the line. Visit the home and see the parents to get an idea of what you are buying into.
Don’t forget about the opportunity to adopt a Corgi Weiner dog either. There are many happy owners that found their new friends in shelters. You may not get as clear an idea of the pups linage, and there may be some behaviour problems to iron out, but you could be saving a sweet dog that becomes a beloved family member.
The good news with these hybrid dogs is that there are definitely more positives than negatives here. There is a small risk of health issues, like hip problems and obesity, and the chance that they might get a little vocal and clingy.
However, most of these problems can be overcome with the right healthcare plan and training. With the right approach and love, these cute little dogs can not only be loyal, playful guard dogs, they can also be a joy to live with.
Corgi Dachshund puppies are cute and remain so as they grow up. Their lovely personalities, trainability, minimal care needs and energy levels means it is hard not to love this cross breed. Whether you get one from a reliable breeder or a shelter, you can pretty much be sure that you will get a great mix of two wonderful little dogs and a great companion.
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