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What if you combined the bundle of personality in a tiny package that is the Corgi with the friendly, easy-going nature of the Labrador Retriever? You’d get a Corgi Lab mix!
Also known as a Corgidor, this irresistible crossbreed is loyal, intelligent, calm, and sometimes just a bit mischievous.
Want to learn more? Let’s dive in!
Wait! So what is a Corgi Lab mix, anyway?
It’s all in the name: a Corgidor is a mix between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi or Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Labrador Retriever.
Like so many designer dogs, they’re not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but the Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA) does. And there are only a few details about the Corgi Lab mix’s history.
Some have a theory that Corgis and Labrador Retrievers were intentionally crossbred in the early 1990s for herding purposes.
The best course in knowing more about a mixed breed is to learn what it can inherit from its parents.
The royal and famous Corgi
Although there are two types of Corgi, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, most Corgidors have Pembrokes as a parent.
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a popular breed in the US. This dog was first recognized as a breed in England and is a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II.
This variety weighs around 30 pounds (14 kg) and stands 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30.5 cm) high at the shoulder.
They’re the more compact and petite version with short legs, prick ears, a bobbed tail, and a medium-length, thick coat.
They can have four main colors – sable and white, red-head and tricolor, red and white, and black-head with tricolor.
Although they have similarities in appearance, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are a bit heavier and taller. They’re also more active and have a longer tail.
You can see this variation in six patterns – sable and white, brindle and white, black and white, red and white, merle, and blue merle with white.
But regardless of the kind, these dogs have a ton of personality, lots of smarts, and are extremely capable other than being cute with their wiggly heart-shaped butts.
The active and versatile Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever, simply called Lab, weighs up to 80 pounds (36 kg) and has a height of 21 to 24 inches (53 to 61 cm) at the shoulder.
They come in black, chocolate, and yellow, with a thick tail, but they’re mostly known for their friendly and eager to please personality.
Bred in England in the 1800s, Labs continue to be the most popular dog in the US today. Both the English (show line) or American (working line) type of Labrador can be used to breed a Corgidor.
Corgis and Labs are some of the most famous purebreds in the US and England, so it’s no surprise that someone thought to combine the two.
What does a Corgi Lab mix look like?
Although their appearance may vary, they generally look like Labradors with short legs and a square head with the Corgi’s facial features.
Their ears are set high but are floppy and smaller than the Lab’s. They have almond-shaped and brown eyes, a long muzzle, and a black nose.
For coats, they have short- to medium-length fur with waterproof, insulating undercoats that protect them from extreme weather conditions.
Tan, red, black, and brown are considered the Corgidor’s main colors, but they can be bi-colored with white chests and underparts.
Even in a single litter, there are Lab-Corgi mixes with chocolate, brindle, yellow, sable, and many other color combinations, like tricolored.
How big will a Corgi Lab mix get?
It’s quite challenging to predict the exact size of a Corgi & Labrador cross. Since there’s a huge gap between each parent breed’s measurements, it will be basically within those numbers.
They can have a height of 12 to 23 inches (30.5 to 58 cm) and weigh anywhere from 30 to 60 pounds (14 to 27 kg).
Corgidors can live in apartments, but given the history of the Corgi and the energy level of the Labrador, they’ll thrive in a home with a spacious yard.
Take a look at this video of a Corgi Lab mix named Hudson, chasing water in its backyard with his cute, stubby legs:
Corgidors have an irresistible temperament
The Corgi-Lab mix’s temperament can also vary from dog to dog, but in general, they are sweet, protective, alert, friendly, affectionate, loyal, and outgoing.
They’re great for almost any household, but they’ll do best with families who have a moderate to a highly active lifestyle.
Sounds pretty great, right? Don’t be fooled because no fur angel is perfect.
You need to watch for nipping, aggression, and sometimes they have an attitude that you’ll need to work with – the usual quirks of a canine who have an intelligent parent with a herding background.
Their love for humans can also mean that the Corgidor can get separation anxiety. If you’re often away from home, you might want to rethink about getting this mixed breed.
Corgis are known for being excellent watchdogs, so you can usually expect this trait from their hybrid offspring. As a result, they may be prone to being yappy but not excessively.
This designer dog is great with kids of all ages. Just ensure that little ones are taught when and how to touch and approach this fido gently.
When it comes to other pets, calm and slow introductions are advised. If trained and socialized early, they’ll enjoy having a constant playmate and companion.
You can even start training and socialization for your Corgi Lab mix when she’s around 8 to 14 weeks old.
For smaller, furry animals like cats, rabbits, and hamsters, this crossbreed’s Corgi parent has a high prey drive, but Labradors even it out because they’re more tolerant.
We recommend that you supervise any interaction your pooch does to avoid accidents.
But all these can be dealt with training, and Corgi Lab mixes are moderately easy to train. Mix lessons up and partner consistency with positive reinforcement – praises, treats, and rewards – and you can expect gradual results.
How to take care of your adorable new friend
Your Corgi Lab mix is an energetic hybrid that needs 30 to 120 minutes of exercise daily.
She’ll be up for anything as long as she spends time with you, so take her swimming, hiking, and while running errands.
The Corgi breed and its mixes typically have short legs and shouldn’t jump a lot. Avoid making your pet run alongside you.
Instead, let her tell you when she has to take a break. Keep her from jumping off beds or other high spots so you won’t injure her legs or back.
When it comes to food, provide a nutritious diet that’s appropriate for your Corgidor’s age, weight, and activity level.
Choose dry kibbles made for medium-sized dogs that have moderate- to high-energy, and give 2 ¾ to 3 cups divided into multiple meals a day.
Don’t leave out food on your fur buddy’s bowl and stick to a regular feeding schedule because this crossbreed is prone to weight gain.
Grooming requirements, on the other hand, is minimal. Corgi-Labrador mixes may shed all-year-round, but a good brushing once to twice a week will keep it manageable.
Excessive shedding will only occur when the seasons are changing – spring and fall.
Do a weekly check of her ears for any sign of infection, like redness or discharge, and clean them with a dog-specific ear cleaning solution twice a month.
For oral hygiene, brush your Corgidor’s teeth once a week to stave off dental issues, and trim her nails bi-weekly to avoid painful nail cracking.
You won’t even have to bath your fido, not unless she looks and smells dirty. But we advise that you wash her after swimming, especially on a river or lake, to remove pollutants, slime, or bugs.
Health: What is the lifespan of a Corgi Lab mix?
Corgi Lab mixes are considered a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years, but some can reach 15 years.
Still, both Corgis and Labrador Retrievers have their share of health problems that they can pass on to their mixed-breed offspring.
Keep an eye out for seemingly minor health problems like eye and ear problems, as well as obesity and diabetes. It can worsen and lead to illnesses that will break your heart and the bank.
There’s also elbow and hip dysplasia, back issues, skin concerns, patellar luxation, and hypothyroidism.
And if that doesn’t sound overwhelming, add cold tail, osteochondritis dissecans, intervertebral disk disease, and epilepsy.
Looking for Corgi Lab mix puppies for sale
There are several ways to get your hands on a Corgidor puppy, but adopting and purchasing one is the most common.
If you decide to go through a breeder, a smaller Corgi Lab mix puppy can cost around $750, but bigger ones have a price of $1,500.
Aside from the size, the other factors that will affect each pup’s amount are the purebred parents’ bloodline, the kennel’s popularity, the breeder’s location, and the puppy’s availability.
Do your research to ensure that you’re only buying a healthy Corgi Lab mix puppy from a reputable breeder.
Some of the signs that you’re dealing with a responsible seller are if they allow you to visit the kennel and meet the dogs and the whole litter.
They also conduct interviews or ask you to fill out questionnaires, provide all the medical and lineage documents, and give out contracts and health guarantees.
Limited information should be considered a red flag. It means the person selling the puppy only cares about the money.
Corgi Lab mix breeders & rescues
As of the moment, there are no breeders or kennels producing Corgidors, but rescue organizations for Labrador Retrievers and Corgis and their mixes are excellent starting points.
Here are some of the websites that should help you with your search:
- Labs and More Dog Rescue (Oceanside, CA)
- Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue (Broomfield, CO)
- Southeast Corgi Rescue (Pooler, GA)
- Sunshine Corgi Rescue (Sarasota, FL)
Many dogs out there need a home, particularly crossbreeds, who have been overbred in recent years. Check with your local Labrador rescue and Corgi rescue to see if they have a Corgidor available for adoption.
A Corgi Lab mix can be your new best friend
Corgidors make incredible companions. The pros are that they are loyal and affectionate. They love their people and want to make them happy.
The cons are that they can get separation anxiety, may sometimes be yappy, and some are aggressive tendencies.
That said, with the right training and the right home, they can be your new best friend for life.
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