If you love sweet, adorable dogs and want to consider a mix breed dog, you want to consider the ever friendly, people-loving Dorgi. These dogs are a cross between Corgis and Dachshunds and are considered small dogs.
These super friendly dogs always follow their owners, ever loyal, and make for absolutely fantastic family pets.
But before you think about bringing one home, you should learn a few things, like potential health issues, exercise needs, and feeding issues.
WHAT IS A DORGI?
Dorgis are a cross breed between Dachshunds and Corgis. Their parents are expected to be purebred, but this does not make the puppies purebred. If you’re planning to bring one of these adorable dogs home, you’ll want to check the papers for the parents, however, some breeders breed together multi-generational crosses instead of true purebreds.
Nicknames for Corgi Dachshund Mix Dogs
Dachshund Corgi mix dogs have been recognized by clubs and registries by the name of Dorgi. This is the official name for the mixed breed, and information can usually be found easily under this name.
History of Corgi Dachshund Mix Dogs
To better understand Dorgis as a breed, you should get to know the parent breeds on their own. The history, background, and characteristics of both breeds highly influence how the puppies turn out.
Corgis Through History and Culture
If you love the Queen’s dogs, you love Corgis. They’re very affectionate family dogs, who are easy to train and make great companions.
Believed to date back to the 10th Century, Corgis were originally bred for herding. They’re able to herd a variety of livestock, including being able to drive flocks of geese to market. They’re also great farm guardians who keep out foxes, wolves, and other predators away from livestock and birds.
A cute side note on their legend is that Corgis were used by Welsh fairies for riding into battle. The markings on their backs are supposedly evidence of the former saddles these pups once wore.
Dachshunds Through the Ages
Dachshunds have also been around for a good long while, though only since the 15th Century. These long-bodied dogs were designed for badger hunting by Germans. Their short legs are perfect for digging out badgers, rabbits, and foxes from their dens and tunnels.
And it’s believed that this history of digging is why dachshunds are still burrowers today. If you’re ever missing your Dorgi pup, it’s likely that he’s just burrowed into some blankets or pillowcase somewhere.
Dachshunds were first introduced into the United States during the 1800s and became a recognized breed of hound by the American Kennel Association in 1935. These dogs are no longer classed as hunting dogs but are now lapdogs and pets instead.
Recognition by Registries for Dorgis
Dorgis have been recognized as a hybrid breed by a number of clubs and registries, including the following:
Typical Healthy Sizes of Dorgis
Though Dachshunds and Corgis are very different in appearance, they are often about the same size. Dachshunds tend to be a bit lower to the ground, with a long torso and short legs. Corgis are also low to the ground, with a slightly elongated body and squat legs.
There are miniature Dachshunds as well, which can be significantly smaller, at as little as weighing 1 pound, up to 11 pounds, and standing as tall as 5 to 6 inches at the shoulder.
Dachshunds typically weigh between 16 and 32-pounds and stand eight to nine inches tall at the withers – or shoulders. Corgis may weigh up to 30 pounds, while they’re a little taller than Dachshunds, at up to 10 or 12 inches at the shoulder.
Generally, you can expect Dorgis to be somewhere in these ranges in height and weight. And you can almost guarantee the pups will turn out long-bodied.
Common Coloring and Dorgi Appearances
Dorgis will have coloring and looks from either their Dachshund or their Corgi parents. Common coloring that may occur could be any of the following:
They may also have patterns from their Dachshund parent:
Or they may have the markings like those of the Corgi parent. These markings could be the white markings on legs, chest, neck, or muzzle, or the “saddle” pattern on their backs.
The coats for Dorgis may be smooth, long-haired, or wire-haired.
General Personality Traits of Dorgis
Dorgis are exceptionally faithful, intelligent little dogs who love nothing more than being around their family group. They can get a little possessive, which means they need socializing from an early age, but they’ll love the whole family for the rest of their lives.
Dorgis are very social creatures who don’t do well when left alone for long hours on end, so if you work away from home for most of the day, you’ll want to consider getting a dog walker into your home, to walk them and get them some exercise and personal interactions. If they are left alone too long, they may become destructive because of boredom.
Because these pups are descendants of hunting dogs, they’ll always be looking for something to chase, and they become rather tunnel vision when they’re on the run. Use caution when taking them off the leash to make sure you’ll be able to get his attention again.
Both parent breeds are noisy barkers, so you should expect the excitement they’ll have over pretty much everything. They may even bark when they’re burrowed under blankets and pillows, as their parents were actually bred to bark while underground to alert their masters to their whereabouts.
Corgi Dachshund mix dogs are great alert dogs, as they don’t necessarily trust strangers, and they’ll let you know when someone doesn’t belong.
Health Issues Corgi Dachshund Mix Dogs Have
Dachshunds and Corgis are unfortunately both prone to back problems. Their long bodies and short legs aren’t the best of combinations for support for such a long torso. It’s important to handle them carefully, so if you have any children, be careful to instruct them to pick up the dog correctly. One hand should be under their chest, and the other hand under their hindquarters.
These pups may also suffer from dental disease, late on-set epilepsy, and retinal degeneration.
To help make sure Dorgis are healthy, feed them a well-balanced diet and put them on regular exercise. They also need to avoid jumping too much, or running up and down too many sets of stairs, as both of these can stress their backs.
Corgi Dachshund Dog Mix Exercise Requirements
Dorgis have both hunting and herding instincts, and that means they need plenty of exercise – at least 30 minutes a day. This exercise can be leashed or off-leash walks and playtime. If you’ve got a fenced yard, they’ll likely love chasing birds and squirrels and will enjoy spending a lot of time romping around the yard on their own. They absolutely love playing chase, so getting out there with a ball will be a great way to help them get the exercise they need.
Feeding Needs for Dorgi Pups
Both Dachshunds and Corgis love their food, so it’s likely your Dorgi will have a big appetite. It’s easy for these pups to get overweight, though, so you’ll need to be careful to watch their intake levels.
Make sure they get the right amount of food, split into two meals each day, instead of just one. Splitting their meals will help them feel like they’re getting more to eat, as well, which can help with their boredom.
For a low-fat, healthy snack, you can give your Dorgi some green beans, apples, or carrots. Just make sure you deduct those snack calories from your dog’s overall caloric allotment for the day.
Lifespans for Corgi Dachshund Mix Dogs
Dorgis are likely to have a similar lifespan to their parent breeds. Both breeds, generally, have a healthy lifespan between twelve and fifteen years.
When You’re Ready to Bring a Dorgi Home
Before you go get that Dorgi from a breeder, adoption agency, or rescue, be sure to study up on the things you will need to know beforehand. Get to know the kinds of foods that are best for them, the kinds of exercise they should do, what kinds they should avoid, and ways to properly pick them up.
Being aware of potential health issues is also important so that you can prepare for any possibilities that could lie ahead, and train your children on how to handle the dog properly. These dogs are truly amazing, loving family pets, so knowing their needs is going to help make you the best pet parent possible.