Updated on November 8, 2022
Corgi Husky Mix (HORGI): Owner’s Guide
The Horgi, also sometimes called Siborgi, is what is referred to as a designer dog breed or a mix between two popular breeds. The Horgi is a mix between a Siberian Husky and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This unique pairing results in an incredibly friendly, intelligent, and active dog who just happens to be a little bit closer to the ground!
Key Questions Answered
What is a Corgi Husky Mix called?
A Corgi Husky Mix is called a Horgi.
How much is a Corgi Husky Mix?
The cost of a Horgi will typically land somewhere between $800 to $1,800.
Where to buy a Corgi Husky Mix?
Corgi Husky Mixes can be hard to find for sale online. Your best bet is to Google ‘Corgi Husky Mix for sale’ or call your local dog rescue/shelter.
Horgi Traits & Characteristics
Horgi Traits Summary Table
|Traits||Corgi Husky Mix|
|Eye Color||Brown, blue or one of each!|
|Coat Color||Black, white, tan, red, fawn and sable.|
|Weight||Up to 50 pounds|
|Physical Activity||Small size but big energy!|
|Good With Kids?||Great with kids|
|Origin||Horgis were first bred in 90's as a designer breed.|
|Price||$800 to $1,800|
|PROS||Highly sociable and friendly, incredibly smart and highly active.|
|CONS||Prone to separation anxiety, prone to obesity and may be stubborn!|
These cuties are short and stocky but with long bodies. They may have a straight tail or a tail with a bit of a curl in it. Both parent breeds have ears that stick straight up but depending on the pup, its ears may be more pointed at the top or more rounded.
Horgi pups will most likely inherit the black and white patterning of the Husky, but they could also get some tan or red from the Husky, too. The Corgi parent may contribute black and tan, fawn, red, or sable, and white markings. Horgis can have either brown or blue eyes but they sometimes can have one of each!
Horgi Coat & Shedding
Both parent breeds are double coated. The Corgi has short and thick fur, while the Husky has fur that, though also thick, is more medium to long in length. Both parent breeds can be described as heavy shedders, especially as the seasons change, so frequent brushing will need to become a part of your daily or weekly routine. It may be best to invest in a good vacuum!
The Corgi stands between 10 and 12 inches tall and can weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. Huskies are about double the size of Corgis and stand at about 20 to 23.5 inches and weigh 35 to 60 pounds. A Horgi will likely be somewhere in the middle, standing still low to the ground at about 15 inches tall, and can weigh up to 50 pounds or so.
Horgi Temperament & Personality
The Horgi is best described as a social butterfly. These dogs make good watch or alert dogs and will be sure to tell you if someone is at your door or on your property. But more than likely, they will ask for pets from whoever walks through the door!
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s life expectancy is between 12 and 13 years of age. For a Husky, the average lifespan is somewhere usually between 12 and 14 years. The average lifespan for a Horgi will probably be somewhere around 12 to 14 years. Keep in mind though, that to provide a dog with a long and healthy life, proper nutrition, exercise, and preventative health care will be necessary.
Horgis are very intelligent dogs. They are always eager to learn and will do just about anything for a treat. Sometimes the Husky nature and tendency to be a bit stubborn can come into play. But despite this, they are high performers in areas like agility, obedience, dock diving, hunting and retrieving, or really any athletic competition that requires some smarts!
Horgi Activity Level
Horgis are high-energy and love to run, jump, zoom, and play. Though they are small, lots of exercise and fun activities is a must for this breed!
Are Horgis Good with Kids?
Horgis are really good-natured and kind dogs that do well with most other dogs and children. However, there is always a chance their herding instinct from the Corgi side will kick in, and they will try to herd kids. Training the dog early on will be a must. Some herding dogs have a tendency to nip a little bit at the person or animal they are trying to herd, so you’ll want to teach your dog that this is inappropriate and work on bite inhibition as a puppy.
As with every breed, you should always teach children how to approach and touch dogs and always supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while they’re eating or sleeping or to try to take the dog’s food away.
Horgi Speed, Strength & Endurance
Though they may be small, these pups are strong and athletic. They are also quick and agile. In fact, some describe them as being extremely athletic dogs, even with their stocky build and low profile. They will happily participate in all kinds of dog sports like dock diving, agility, obedience, Frisbee, and more. More than anything, you’ll definitely see some Horgis get some good zoomies throughout the day!
Because this breed is quite intelligent, they can also be too smart for their own good sometimes and get themselves into trouble! Boredom is truly one of the leading causes of behavioral problems, so start training early on and consider enrolling in behavioral courses with dog trainers.
Another way to help ensure good behavior is to try to keep your dog mentally stimulated as well as provide adequate exercise. Mental stimulation can take the form of learning a new trick, playing puzzle games to find treats, or playing other sorts of interactive brain games.
Horgi History & Origin
It is believed that the Corgi originated as a herding dog from the area called Flanders, which is now northern Belgium, in medieval times. It is documented that in the year 1107, Henry 1 of England asked the famous weavers that were local to the area to bring their skills to fill a need in southwestern Wales. And like any dog lover would do, they brought their dogs with them! They used their dogs, the ancestor of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, as cattle and herding dogs. But more than that, these dogs were also their faithful companions! They continued to grow in popularity throughout the years, and even Elizabeth II made room in her home for multiple corgis throughout her long reign.
The Siberian Husky is believed to have originated some 4,000 years ago in northern Siberia. A tribe known as the Chukchi bred these dogs to not only be working dogs that would help them survive but also to be companions. In addition to cuddling up with the Chukchi people to keep warm, Siberian Huskies would pull sleds full of food and equipment long distances as the Chukchi people traveled. In the early 1900s, the Siberian Husky made its way to Alaska, where it continued to grow in popularity.
How To Take Care Of A Corgi Husky Mix
Because this hybrid can be prone to obesity, a diet with limited fat is usually best. Horgis are good eaters who really love their food, so it will be important to avoid overfeeding and avoid nutritionally empty foods that have filler ingredients like soy, wheat, and corn. It is also best to avoid foods with additives, byproducts, artificial flavors, and colors. For an adult Horgi, about 2 to 2.5 cups of food will be a good starting point, but they may need more or less depending on their size and activity level.
At the very minimum, these active puppers should get an hour of exercise every day. But they would much prefer to have more! Having a fenced-in backyard for them to go play and explore without as much supervision can help, so you don’t have to dedicate hours of your day to their exercise.
If the Horgi takes after the Corgi parent more, a soft bristle brush, a de-shedding brush for short fur, or a rubber curry brush will be staples in their grooming kit. If the Horgi takes after the Husky parent more, a comb, pin/slicker brush, and a de-shedding rake would be the best to include in their grooming kit. A good de-shedding bath, blow-out, and brushing will be a perfect spa day. And don’t forget about regular ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and nail trimming!
Training your Horgi will be a top priority. They are eager to please but can have moments of independence. Horgis need consistency and patience when being trained. Rewards based training is often most successful with this breed. Be sure to remain calm and never punish your Horgi, as they will only become more resistant to training if you do.
Getting a new puppy is an exciting time, but it’s important to remember that early socialization and obedience training will be necessary to help them grow into a well-mannered dog. If you’re worried about teaching an old dog new tricks, don’t be – the Horgi is an incredibly smart breed and can learn new things at any age.
Horgis are known for being a little mischief-makers, but this is what makes them so much fun! Sticking to the routine of potty training and sleep time will help you get through these frustrating puppy stages.
Give your pup plenty distractions between naps with play sessions in between those times. And remember how unpredictable life as an adult can be! Sometimes we think our puppies have mastered skills like potty training only weeks ago (or even days!), only then find out they haven’t yet perfected everything two months later!
The Horgi is a generally healthy pup. However, there are some health problems that they may be more prone to experiencing. From the Corgi parent’s side, a Horgi could develop dry eye, intervertebral disc disease, obesity, and degenerative myelopathy. From the Husky parent’s side, concerns such as elbow and hip dysplasia, cataracts, and progressive retinal atrophy could become concerns.
Though these pups are incredibly cute, they are not altogether common. The Corgi and the Siberian Husky have only been purposefully bred together in the last 20 to 30 years or so.
Finding a reputable breeder may take some extra time and research. Don’t be afraid to check at local rescues and shelters, as some do end up there.
The cost of a Horgi will typically land somewhere between $800 to $1,800. If the breeder does health screenings for hip and elbow dysplasia and other health concerns, the cost will likely be towards the higher end.
You can also try your luck at a local shelter/rescue. They might have ended up there because they are naughty, but they deserve a second chance!
Horgi Pros & Cons
PROS: Highly sociable and friendly, incredibly smart and highly active.
CONS: Prone to separation anxiety, prone to obesity and may be stubborn!
The Horgi is a great mixed husky dog breed for those who have an active lifestyle and love to keep busy. Whether you and the dog go to work together outside every day or if you go for runs and adventures, the Horgi ultimately just wants to be by your side. And, of course, don’t forget to give your Horgi lots of snuggles every day!
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