Also known as Corgidoodle or Corgi-Poodle Mix, the Corgipoo is a charming curly-haired pooch with stubby legs!
Besides having adorable looks, this dog inherits the playfulness and intelligence of its parents. This mix is also an affectionate breed that will make a great addition to any home.
Are you planning on getting one? If so, read our guide so you’ll know what to expect from owning this crossbreed.
What is Corgipoo?
The Corgipoo is a companion dog that originated from the United States.
In the 1980s, people crossed the Poodle with different breeds to get a dog with a hypoallergenic coat.
Breeders tend to use the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Miniature Poodle since it was easier to mix two different dogs with similar sizes. But this designer dog can also have the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Toy or Standard Poodle as parents.
What’s the difference between these Corgis and Poodles? Let’s find out more about each parent breed.
The Welsh Corgis are herding dogs from Wales, United Kingdom. They have helped farmers by taking cattle to graze land and guarding the barnyard.
It is easy to distinguish the Corgis because of its elongated body structure combined with disproportionately short legs. They have a large fox-like head with upright ears.
Aside from making everyone fall in love with those cute bubble butts and puppy-dog eyes, Corgis also have a wonderful temperament. They are devoted companions who love to be around people. They’re also intelligent dogs that are easy to train because it learns quickly. And despite their size, these active and athletic canines love to work and do physical activities.
There are two variations of Corgis: Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These two breeds have never interbred except for a few years back in the 1930s.
Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Cardigans were discovered in 1200 BC in Ceredigion (formerly Cardiganshire), a rocky-terrain country in southwest Wales.
This breed has big, rounded ears and a long tail. Their coat can come in these colors:
- Blue merle
- Black and white with tan spots
- Red and sable with white markings
The Cardigan has a height of 10.5 to 12.5 inches (27 to 32 cm). The male can weigh up to 38 pounds (17 kg), while females have a maximum weight of 34 pounds (15 kg).
This pooch tends to be aloof and reserved. But don’t get me wrong, the Cardigan is a friendly dog, but it just takes longer for it to be comfortable around new people.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Back in 1000 AD, Pembrokes were found in Pembrokeshire, a flat-terrain country in southern Wales.
One of the most prominent features of this pointed-ear breed is their docked tails pressed to its body. Sometimes the Pembroke can even be born without a tail.
For the Pembroke’s coat, the only acceptable colors are sable, red, or a mix of both with white markings.
The Pembroke has a height between 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm). The male ones can have a max weight of 30 pounds (13 kg), while females can weigh up to 28 pounds (13 kg).
Did you know that the Royal Corgis you see with Queen Elizabeth II are the outgoing and energetic Pembrokes?
Even if the Poodle is the national dog of France, this breed originated from Germany around 400 years ago. They were bred as a duck hunter and a water retriever. It’s the perfect job for this hound since it is an excellent swimmer with a water-resistant coat.
The Poodle has three variations: Toy, Mini, and Standard. These three have the same appearance, body structures, and proportion. They all possess a curly, hypoallergenic coat that can come in white, black, or apricot.
The most apparent difference between the three Poodle types is their size. The Toy has a maximum height of 10 inches (25 cm), the Mini has a height between 11 to 14 inches (28 to 36 cm), while the Standard is taller than 15 inches (38 cm).
No matter which size it gets, this canine is trainable and intelligent. The Poodle is ranked the second smartest breed in the world. It is also an athletic and graceful pooch – no wonder it excels in obedience, tracking, and agility competitions!
But sometimes the Poodle’s temperament can vary between the sizes. It doesn’t apply to every Poodle, but here are the specific personalities each type may possess.
The Toy Poodle is an excellent companion but gets annoyed easily. This type is also smaller and more delicate than the other two, so it wouldn’t be able to handle rough play.
The Mini or Miniature Poodle is less sensitive to rowdiness and are more affectionate. But it has a higher tendency to develop separation anxiety because this variation prefers to be with its owners all the time.
The Standard-sized Poodle is the most active of the three. They are friendlier yet more reserved than the other two. Standards prefer to have a job to do, such as being a watchdog.
After tackling the background of the Corgi and the Poodle, it’s time to learn more about their offspring.
Are Corgipoos recognized by major kennel clubs?
Since the Poodle and Corgi cross is a mixed breed, it’s not recognized by major kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club (AKC).
But this hybrid is recognized by the ICA (International Canine Association, Inc) and the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC). Corgipoos are also accepted by these registries:
- Dog Registry of America
- International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR)
- Designer Breed Registry
What does a Corgi Poodle Mix look like?
Most Corgidoodles will resemble the Corgi’s stature, inheriting its long body and short legs. But since this mix also has the Poodle’s genes, there is a chance it will get longer limbs.
Coripoos has a circular head and a fox-like muzzle. They have rounded ears that can either be floppy like the Poodle or erect like the Corgi. They also have dark almond-shaped eyes and a black nose.
Most Corgidoodles tend to inherit the Poodle’s hair, which is a medium or long double-coat that is smooth and corded. Its wiry outer hair is dense and waterproof, while its inner coat is soft and fluffy to keep this pooch warm.
You can find this designer breed in black, white, brown, gray, cream, red, or a mix of these colors.
The Corgi Poodle Mix can also get merle, speckled, or spotted patterns in any of the mentioned colors.
Check out this video of cute Corgipoo puppies of different colors. It looks as if these pups are different breeds!
Are they Corgi-sized or Poodle-sized?
Corgipoos can be either or in-between. Depending on which Poodle variation is bred with its Corgi parents, this crossbreed can come in three sizes: toy, small, or medium.
Full-grown Corgidoodles has an average height between 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 cm) and can weigh between 12 to 40 pounds (5 to 18 kg). But these numbers can change depending on the size of their Poodle parents.
Whichever size you choose, this breed will be suitable to live in an apartment; as long as you can provide their daily exercise needs. The Corgi & Poodle Cross would also love living in a house with a yard or garden so it can run around or relax outdoors anytime it wants.
The Results of a Power Couple
Compared to its appearance, the Corgi-Poodle Mix’s personality won’t vary as much.
Since both the Corgi and Poodle are intelligent and affectionate, this breed inherits the same temperament.
Let’s see what it’s like to own this pooch.
Excellent addition to any home
With parents who are popular family pets, it’s not a surprise if the Corigpoo turns out the same. They are sweet, outgoing, and loves having company.
This playful and lively breed will get along great with children and teenagers. They’ll actually enjoy playtime and being the center of attention.
Some say the Corgi & Poodle Mix is a mischievous pooch who loves antics. Too bad because the Corgidoodle is so adorable, you’ll have a hard time getting mad at it!
If you have other pets in your household, you can rest assure that the Corgipoo will have no trouble getting along with them. This canine would even prefer having other dogs or even cats around since it doesn’t like being alone.
This friendly canine will also welcome your guests or friends in your home. But don’t worry, the Corgidoodle is a loyal and alert dog that will stand watch and bark if there is any potential threat.
Even if the Corgipoo is bred for companionship, it will also be an excellent working dog.
Similar to the Corgi, Corgidoodles can be amazing at herding, too. They may even be better thanks to the athleticism of its Poodle parent. You can count on them to help out in farms and in gathering and protecting livestock.
Another role Corgi Poodle Mixes can fill is being a service or therapy dog. This gentle canine can aid people with hearing loss, visual impairment, and PTSD.
This cute furball is also used in military training because of its petite body, excessive energy, and excellent sighting skills.
A tiny bundle of energy
Corgipoos have medium to high activity levels and will need an hour of exercise per day. You can spread the required time throughout the day. Take him for a long walk or a quick jog in the morning and then play a round of fetch with him in the afternoon.
Since both parents are clever dogs, the Corgidoodle turns out the same. Lucky for you, this crossbreed will be easier to train than the stubborn Corgi because it gets the Poodle’s eager-to-please attitude and ability to learn quickly.
If you provide consistent training and positive reinforcement, it will help your pup learn faster. This crossbreed also tends to get distracted, so it would help if you make its lessons short and exciting.
How to take care of your Corgidoodle
One of the reasons you may want to take home a Corgipoo is because he will require less grooming than the Poodle. Even if he tends to inherit the same Poodle coat, it won’t be as prone to matting or tangling because of his Corgi genes.
Corgipoo’s grooming needs
The Corgi Poodle Mix can be a moderate or non-shedder depending on which parent’s coat it takes on more after.
If your canine gets the Poodle coat, he will have a non-shedding hypoallergenic coat. But if he has a more similar hair to the Corgi, he will be a low or moderate shedder and could trigger dog allergies.
Even if your Corgidoodle does inherit the Corgi’s coat, he will still shed less because of his Poodle genes.
Corgipoos can also adapt in different climates, but of course, there’s a limit. Don’t let it spend too much time outside when it’s a hundred or negative-degree weather.
No matter which coat this Corgi & Poodle Cross gets, it needs to be brushed once a day with a slicker brush to keep it healthy and shiny.
If they get the Poodle’s water-resistant and dirt-repellent hair, you will only need to give your pooch a bath once a month or when necessary.
While we’re on the subject of grooming, your pooch’s nails will need trimming once a week. At the same time, check if there is any build up of wax or debris in their ears. Clean it right away with a damp cloth to avoid any infection.
Since the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Miniature Poodle are prone to dental problems, brush your Corgidoodle’s teeth every two weeks to be safe.
What do Corgipoos eat?
Your Corgi Poodle Mix will need 1 cup of high-quality dry dog food for small breeds per day. If your pooch is taller than 15 inches (38 cm), add a half cup to his daily intake.
Since the Corgi and the Poodle are both prone to obesity, make sure you’re feeding your Corgipoo the exact amount of food he can have for a day. Be warned: this pooch loves to eat and will not turn his back on any food you set in front of him.
Do not feed him in one sitting; separate their kibble into two meals, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Getting fed twice means he can also eat with you during breakfast as well as dinner.
Being an active dog, this breed requires a high-protein diet. Protein can help replenish its energy and will help keep its hair and skin healthy.
Are Corgipoos a healthy crossbreed?
Unfortunately, no. It’s because the Corgipoo can inherit multiple diseases from its parents.
The Corgi’s stature may look adorable, but having legs that are too short in proportion to the body is actually a condition called Achondroplasia Dwarfism.
Since most Corgipoos are short-limbed like the Corgi, they can also get back and joint problems. Eventually, the problem can lead to a progressive spinal cord disorder called Canine Degenerative Myelopathy.
If your dog develops these conditions, add chondroitin and glucosamine supplement to his diet.
The Corgidoodle may also inherit a blood disorder such as Von Willebrand Disease from the Corgi.
From the Poodle, the Corgipoo is at risk of getting a hormonal disease called Addison’s disease as well as kidney problems. Poodles are also susceptible to canine epilepsy and tend to bloat.
Both parents are also known to get Progressive Retinal Atrophy and Hip Dysplasia.
Aside from the ones mentioned, here are other health issues the Corgidoodle may get:
- Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
- Elbow dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Eye problems such as Cataracts and Glaucoma
For a canine who may inherit multiple health illnesses, it has a long life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. To help your Corgi Poodle Mix maximize his lifespan, make sure to provide his nutritional needs and daily exercise. You never know, with your love and care, your pooch may live longer than expected.
Will it be easy getting my own Corgipoo?
Because the Corgi Poodle Cross is rare and a relatively recent designer dog, it would be more difficult to find this hybrid. Don’t buy a Corgidoodle from just anyone since some crossbreeders do not follow the standard breeding process of reputable breeders.
Before buying a puppy, make sure it has medical records and papers. You should also ask the breeder for its parent’s history since the Corgi and Poodle have multiple health issues.
Compared to other crossbreeds, the Corgi Poodle Mix is not as expensive. You can get a cute Corgipoo puppy for $350 to $1,000!
If you adopt, you may get this breed for a lower price. You can also consider getting an older Corgipoo if you prefer getting a crossbreed whose appearance and personalities are set.
One of the reasons a mixed breed ends up in the shelter is because of its unpredictable traits and features. Some people don’t like how their hybrid puppy’s size, looks, and temperament turned out, so they abandon them.
Check out Poo Mix Rescue if there are Corgidoodles who are looking for a new family. If not, you might find a different Poodle mix you want to take home.
Sometimes Poodle and Corgi rescue shelters also contain mixed breeds. You might also find an available Corgi Poodle Mix in these sites:
If you don’t mind the unpredictability, here are some breeders to help you get a headstart on your search for your Corgipoo puppy:
Corgipoo vs. Other “poos” and “doodles”
Poodle crosses became popular because they tend to have hypoallergenic coats. Most of these dogs turn out with the desired coat, but there are also cases it wouldn’t.
Since these crossbreeds have a common parent, their temperament may be similar. Let’s check out what makes these Poodle mixes different from the Corgipoo.
Corgipoo vs. Cockapoo
The Cockapoo is a mix between the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. Compared to the Corgidoodle, this designer dog has more grooming requirements. The Cockapoo’s teeth need to be brushed every day since it is prone to getting cavities and infections.
This canine also has lower energy levels. The Cockapoo only needs 15 minutes of exercise which could be spent with a short walk or a game of fetch.
This designer dog also suffers from separation anxiety, so it would prefer to be always near its owner.
It’s more expensive to get a Cockapoo, but it’s worth it if longevity is important to you since it has a longer lifespan of 14 to 18 years and has fewer health problems.
Corgipoo vs. Maltipoo
The Maltipoo is the offspring of the Maltese and the Poodle. Compared to the Corgi Poodle Mix, Maltipoos have lower energy levels and only need 30 minutes of exercise per day.
You also can’t leave this breed alone for too long since he has separation anxiety and is less independent. If Maltipoos are lonely, it will get destructive and even start pulling out their coat.
With Maltipoos, you have to remember that they are a tiny breed with a small bladder. They would probably need to pee more than the average dog. If they need to go to the bathroom at night, these pooches will relentlessly bark until they can relieve themselves outside.
But despite their clinginess and potty needs, the Maltipoo has fewer health issues than the Corgipoo.
Corgipoo vs. Cavapoo
The Cavapoo’s coat doesn’t need to be brushed every day, but it tends to get tear and eye stains on its face. To avoid it, you have to keep checking for eye discharge and wipe before it dries up or stains.
If you have other pets in your home, it’s better to get a Corgipoo since the Cavapoo has a high prey drive and won’t be as friendly towards other pets.
Other Poodle and Corgi Crossbreeds
If you’re interested in checking out other Poodle and Corgi mixes, here are some of their famous hybrids:
- Schnoodle (Schnauzer and Poodle)
- Shih Poo (Shih Tzu and Poodle)
- Labradoodle (Labrador and Poodle)
- Bernedoodle (Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle)
- Miniature Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle)
- Sheepadoodle (Old English Sheepdog and Poodle)
- Australian Labradoodle (Labrador, Poodle, and Cocker Spaniel)
- Horgi (Husky and Corgi)
- Corman (Corgi and German Shepherd)
- Pomapoo (Pomeranian and Poodle)
- Dorgi (Corgi and Dachshund)
- Poochon (Bichon and Poodle)
Is the Corgipoo the perfect companion for me?
The Corgipoo is a sweet and clever dog that can adapt to different lifestyles. This designer dog is suited for families who have kids, new dog owners, and people who like being active.
If you live in a home with limited space, make sure your Corgidoodle gets his daily exercise. With a high activity level, they must be able to release their excess energy.
This canine is also a high-maintenance dog, especially since it tends to get the Poodle’s coat. You need to brush his hair daily and often take him to a groomer if you prefer a particular haircut.
This Corgi and Poodle Cross also want to be with its owner most of the time and hate being alone. You will need to make time for him as much as possible.
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