What is A Dachshund Corgi Mix?
The Dachshund Corgi Mix is a lovable, energetic and playful cross. Weighing 15-30 lbs and growing up to around 9-12 inches. They can make great family pets, but they are prone to some serious health concerns.
Like all crossbreeds, this mix was engineered by human intervention to take on certain characteristics.
There is always some controversy surrounding designer breeds like this, which we’ll address below.
Corgi Dachshund Mix dogs are what you could consider “designer dogs.”
The breed is man-made, having been intentionally crossbred to produce a dog breed with certain intended characteristics.
There has always been some controversy and debate surrounding designer dogs. Are they ethical? Are they superior or inferior to purebred dogs?
There are essentially two sides to this debate.
On one side you have breeders and fans of crossbred dogs who argue that “designer” dogs are often healthier than purebreds, sometimes citing the hybrid vigor phenomenon.
On the other side you have purebred advocates and concerned dog owners who are worried about the unpredictability of crossbreeds, and that intentionally crossing breeds is akin to “playing God.”
Neither side is strictly right or wrong. Both make valid points to some extent.
Designer vs. Purebred
At times, crossbreeding dogs can help to minimize certain inherent genetic health problems that plague some purebreds.
At the same time, crossbreeding can lead to its own set of potential health problems.
The ongoing debate of purebred vs mutt is likely to rage on for a long time.
As with most things, a healthy dose of perspective is beneficial.
For one thing, it’s wise to keep in mind that every dog was crossbred at some point – with or without human intervention.
Also, a lot comes down to how the dog was bred and raised – and this is true of both designer dogs and purebreds.
Ultimately, the health of the grown dog will depend on a variety of factors.
Genetics of the parents, breeding practices, socialization and environment all play a huge role.
Those considering a crossbred dog like the Dachshund Corgi mix should closely consider one thing: with a crossbreed, you never quite know what characteristics your dog will take on.
Crossbreeds, of course, share the genetic and behavioral traits of their parent breeds, but you can never be sure which breed will come through more strongly.
You may get a dog that’s mostly Corgi, or mostly Dachshund, or anywhere in between.
So it’s important for potential owners of a Dachshund Corgi mix to be informed on the expected characteristics of each parent breed, and to recognize that any mix of those characteristics is possible.
To help inform our readers, we’ll begin with a brief look at each parent breed and their origin, before moving on to expected characteristics of a Corgi cross Dachshund.
Origin of the Dachshund
The Dachshund was bred in Germany over 600 years ago.
“Dachshund” means “badger dog” in German, and as the name suggests, the breed was engineered specifically for badger hunting.
The breed’s long, low body was ideal for crawling and digging into badger dens.
Despite the dog’s tiny size, they were bred to be fierce, brave and clever hunters that were able to face prey more than twice their size.
In fact, packs of Dachshunds were reportedly used for wild boar hunting!
The Dachshund quickly grew in popularity throughout Europe, particularly in Germany where it is considered a national symbol.
The breed made its way to the Americas in the 1800s, where it quickly became quite popular. It was accepted to the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Origin of the Corgi
“Corgi” can actually refer to one of two distinct but similar breeds: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
The Pembroke is the more popular of the two, and both breeds are often referred to as simply “Corgi” or “Welsh Corgi.”
Both Corgi varieties originated in Europe, in what we know today as Wales, UK. Some believe that the Corgi’s ancestors originally came from the land which is now modern-day Belgium.
Corgis were originally bred to herd sheep and cattle.
Despite their small size, they are diligent, energetic working dogs that remain popular choices for herding dogs in some areas of the world.
In America and elsewhere, Corgis are quite popular as household pets. They currently rank in the top 20 most popular dog breeds, according to the AKC.
Corgi Dachshund Mix Characteristics
TheDachshund Corgi mix is a small- to mid-sized dog, typically weighing 15-30 lbs at a height of 9-12 inches. They are short yet sturdily built dogs with muscular legs and chests.
They tend to take on a lot of Corgi characteristics in terms of physical appearance, but this will vary significantly depending on the genetics of the dog.
Again, with a mixed breed like this, you can never be sure what characteristics the dog will inherit.
Corgi x Dachshund Coat
A Corgi Dachshund mix can take on the characteristics of one parent breed, or both. Coats are typically short to medium-length, with a soft yet wiry feel.
A Corgi Long Haired Dachshund mix can obviously change the balance of the coat length.
Coat coloring can vary.
A golden, light brown shade is most common, but various shades of brown/chocolate, black and tan, black, and brown and white are possible.
This breed will frequently have white highlights, usually around the chest, underbelly and paws.
Corgi Dachshund Mix Grooming and Care
Dorgies are minimal shedders, and should be fine with regular brushing 2-3 times per week. In some cases, a Dachshund Corgi mix can end up with longer, wiry hair.
In these cases, more frequent brushing is recommended.
You should bathe your dog once a week or so, or as needed. Daily tooth brushing is recommended to ward off bad breath and gum disease.
Nail trimming once a month or so is also recommended.
In some cases Corgi Dachshund mixes can be sensitive to or afraid of grooming.
It’s important to start regular grooming from a young age to get your pup used to the process. Plenty of praise and treats during and afterward helps, as well.
Dachshund Corgi Cross Temperament
The Dachshund Corgi mix is a intelligent, loyal dog that will show an interest in everything you do. They are fairly high-energy, and may have some anxious traits.
Dachshund Corgi mix dogs enjoy human companionship, and are typically very friendly, curious dogs. They are energetic and social, both with humans and with other dogs.
Typically, they are good with children and not aggressive.
However, the Dachshund Corgi mix personality can vary significantly depending on how the dogs were bred, raised and socialized.
Early socialization is key with this breed.
In some cases, Dorgis can get very aggressive with other dogs or strangers, if they are not properly socialized from a young age.
Corgi Dachshund mixes can be prone to separation anxiety.
In some cases, they’ve been known to act violently if left alone for too long – and they also tend to bark a lot when left on their own.
The Welsh Corgi Dachshund Mix is prone to excessive barking.
This makes them good guard dogs, but it can obviously get quite annoying, to both you and your neighbors.
To minimize problematic barking, ensure that your dog gets enough exercise and does not become bored at home.
Having plenty of toys on hand can help with the latter.
Dachshund Corgi mix Energy & Exercise Needs
Both parent breeds of this designer dog have relatively high energy. Dachshunds were bred to hunt, while Corgis were bred to herd.
Thus, a Dorgi will likely display some hunting and herding instincts and will need frequent exercise.
Aim for 2 leashed walks per day, with at least 30 minutes of activity. If you have a fenced yard, your Dorgi will enjoy spending some time outside – but this doesn’t replace the need for regular walks.
Dachshund Corgi mix Health Problems
All breeds are prone to certain health problems. Unfortunately, the Corgi Dachshund mix is quite prone to serious structural health issues that make it difficult to recommend this breed.
The biggest concern with this breed is intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
This condition can cause the cushioning discs in the spinal column to become damaged or even burst, causing severe pain, nerve damage, and, in some cases, paralysis.
Dachshunds are particularly prone to this condition, and unfortunately that trait tends to come through strongly in Corgi Dachshund mixes.
Corgis may also be prone to IVDD, although the Dachshund is by far the most at-risk breed, with close to 25% of Dachshunds age 5-9 years old thought to suffer from back problems.
IVDD is a serious condition, and can be caused by something as simple as a forceful impact from a jump off the couch.
It can eventually lead to loss of bladder and bowel control, and even paralysis.
Symptoms of IVDD can include pain, unwillingness to jump or play, weakness in rear legs, muscle spasms, hunched back, reduced appetite, and more. If you are concerned, speak with your veterinarian immediately.
Treatment options for IVDD do exist, but they are quite expensive and usually invasive. Even diagnosing the condition can be difficult and require special imaging technology.
In some cases, particularly if caught early on, IVDD can be addressed with medications including steroids and anti-inflammatories.
Unfortunately, in many cases invasive surgery is the only treatment option. It’s a good idea to discuss treatment options with your vet if you have a Dorgi, even if the dog is currently healthy.
Other potential health concerns for this breed include obesity (Dorgis LOVE to eat), patellar luxation, cataracts and hip dysplasia.
It’s impossible to know for sure if a dog will develop health issues later in life. However, due to the relatively high risk of serious health concerns with the Dorgi, we do not recommend this breed in most cases.
Ideal Home for Dachshund Corgi mix Puppies
Corgi Dachshunds are active little dogs that love to run around and play. They do best with a fenced outdoor area, and require regular exercise.
This breed also requires a certain amount of patience. Frequent barking is a common trait of the Dorgi, and can be difficult to control.
They can also be stubborn and strong willed.
Any potential owner of a Dorgi should be aware of the potential for serious spinal health issues.
In general, we do not recommend this breed due to the higher than usual risk for developing IVDD.
How to Find Corgi Dachshund Puppies
When looking for Dorgi puppies, take care in locating a reputable breeder.
A good breeder will likely test the parents for signs of potential health problems, and will have the skill and expertise to improve the chances of producing healthier pups.
If you go with a Dachshund Corgi mix rescue, keep in mind that you never quite know what you’re going to get.
The Dorgi’s personality and behavior is highly dependent on how it was raised and how well it was socialized, so rescues can be a bit of a gamble.
As cute and friendly as the Dachshund Corgi mix is, we simply can’t recommend this breed due to the potential for spinal health issues.
If you want a similar small breed dog, perhaps look into Border Terriers or Miniature Schnauzers, both of which tend to be healthier breeds.
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