All dog lovers have their personal favorites when it comes to dog breeds. While some people love small dogs, others prefer larger breeds. Similarly, some like dogs with floppy ears and long coats, while others choose a short-haired breed with wrinkly features. It is not just about the physical characteristics of a dog, though, as each breed has different personality traits. The advantage of choosing a designer dog is that it has the best characteristics of the two breeds. One such designer breed is a Corgidor, and here is everything you need to know about this dog.
1. Its Parents Are a Corgi and a Labrador Retriever
Corgidors are a mixed dog breed, says Dog Time. One parent is a Corgi, while the other is a Labrador Retriever. There are two breeds of Corgi; the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The latter is famous for being the chosen breed of Queen Elizabeth II. Both of the Corgi breeds are used for the breeding of Corgidors. Labrador Retrievers have remained the most popular dog breed in the world, and they are known for being fantastic family dogs.
2. They Probably Originate from the 1900s
Many designer breeds were not deliberately bred until the 1990s when designer breeds’ popularity began to grow. However, Labrador Retrievers and Corgis were possibly bred deliberately much earlier. There is evidence that they were bred as herding dogs as early as the 1990s.
3. They Are Available in Various Colors
The color of Corgidors depends on the color of their parents. The main Labrador Retriever colors are black, golden, and chocolate brown. While Labrador Retrievers are a solid color, Welsh Corgis are usually a color pattern with two or three colors. Typical color combinations of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi include red and white, sable and white, black-head and tri-color, and red-head and tri-color. The color variations of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi are brindle and white, black and white, blue merle and white, red and white, or merle patches. A Corgidor can inherit any of these colors.
4. Corgidors Have a Medium Coat
Both Labradors and Corgis have short-to-medium-length coats. Therefore, Corgidors also have short-to-medium-length coats that are straight and dense. Despite not having long coats, your Corgidor will need regular grooming, at least twice a week. Corgidors also have a waterproof, insulating undercoat.
5. The Appearance of Corgidors Varies Greatly
It is hard to tell while they are pups how a fully-grown Corgidor will look. They will inherit a combination of physical characteristics from each parent, although they may inherit more from one than another. They may have the large pointed ears of a Corgi, or the folded down ears of a Labrador. Similarly, they may inherit the square face of a Labrador Retriever, or the pointed nose of a Welsh Corgi. However, they will usually have brown eyes and a black nose regardless of their other physical characteristics.
6. They Are Not Recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC)
Currently, Corgidors are not recognized by the American Kennel Club because they are a mixed breed. However, both parent breeds, the Corgi and the Labrador Retriever are recognized by the organization. As Corgidors are not recognized, they cannot participate in any competitions or events held by the American Kennel Club. Some clubs do recognize Corgidors as a breed, including the Dog Registry of America, Inc.
7. Corgidors Can Vary in Size
Corgis and Labrador Retrievers differ greatly in size. Corgis are usually between 10 and 13-inches tall. On the other hand, Labrador Retrievers are within the range of 21 and 24-inches high. The height of a Corgidor depends on whether they take after their Corgi parent or their Labrador Retriever parent. You cannot tell when they are puppies how big Corgidors will grow. You will need to wait until your Corgidor is fully-grown before you find out how tall they are.
8. Weight Can Also Vary Significantly
Due to the different sizes of the parent breeds, the weight of Corgidors can vary significantly. Labrador Retrievers can weigh between 55 and 80 pounds. On the other hand, Corgis weigh between 26 and 38 pounds. It is worth noting that Cardigan Welsh Corgis are the larger and heavier of the two breeds. Usually, the taller the dog, the more they will weigh. Most Corgidors will weigh between 30 and 60 pounds. Some other factors can impact a dog’s weight, such as diet and exercise. Keeping your Corgidor within a healthy weight range is essential, as obesity can lead to many health problems. If you are not sure about the healthy weight range for your dog, speak to your vet. They can advise your about the right weight for your dog, and how you can help your dog to maintain a healthy weight.
9. They Love to Swim
According to The Labrador Site, it is likely that your Corgidor will enjoy swimming, as both parent breeds love the water. You will need to take care when you are out and about if you do not want your dog to get wet. If they are off their leash and they see a pond, stream, river, or lake, your Corgidor will likely make a bee-line for the water to take a quick dip.
10. They Need Daily Activity
If you have a smaller Corgidor, you may assume that they are the ideal apartment dog. However, that is not necessarily the case. Both Labradors and Corgis are lively, energetic, and playful dog breeds. These characteristics mean that they need a lot of activity and regular exercise. The larger the Corgidor, the more exercise they will need. If you have a good-sized apartment and are willing to take our dog for a walk every day, it is fine for a Corgidor to live in an apartment. However, they are best-suited to homes with a large yard or garden in which they can run around, especially if they are a larger Corgidor.
11. They Shed a Lot
Although Corgidors have many positive traits, there are also some downsides to this breed. One such example is that they shed a lot. The amount they shed is hardly surprising as both parent breeds are known to shed badly. The problem with having a dog that sheds a lot is that you will need to clean more. Also, it is an issue for allergy sufferers. However, if you do not mind needing to clean more or you are not too fussy about a few dog hairs around your home, then the shedding is not a big issue.
12. Corgidors Are Potentially Good Watchdogs
The temperament of a Corgidor depends on whether it takes after its Labrador Retriever parent or its Corgi parent. If a Corgidortakes after its corgi parent, then it has the potential to become a good watchdog. Although they are not particularly yappy dogs, they are protective of their family and extremely loyal. Their alert and watchful nature mean that they will guard you and their home.
13. They Are Often Affectionate
If your Corgidog has inherited more of the Labrador Retriever personality traits, then you are likely to have a loving and affectionate dog. Labradors are known for their affectionate nature, and they are more likely to lick an intruder to death than to attack them. Many people consider Labradors one of the best family dogs as their personality traits mean that they quickly become a member of the family, and love spending time with their humans. However, they are not prone to separation anxiety when they spend time apart from their family.
14. Corgidors Are Excellent for Families with Older Children
Corgidors have personality traits of both Labradors and Corgis, and this makes them a great option for families with older children. If you are lucky, you will have a dog that is alert, playful, energetic, loyal, affectionate, and protective. These are all fantastic traits that make them ideal family dogs.
15. Many Are Heel Biters
A word of caution comes with Corgidors. If they have inherited the personality traits of the Welsh Corgi parent, then they might snap at your heels. This behavior is because Corgis were originally bred or cattle herding, and they would snap at the heels of the cattle when getting the cows to move around. Some Corgis snap at the heels of anything that moves, and this means they are not necessarily the best dog breed choice if you have small children, as they may potentially nip. If the Corgidor has inherited the Labrador personality traits, then this is unlikely to happen. Unfortunately, you will not know the dog’s personality traits until it has passed through the puppy stage, and you have lived with the dog.
16. They Love to Play Games
Due to their energetic nature and the fact that they love spending time with their humans, Corgidors love to play games. Labradors were bred as hunting dogs, so they love games that involve retrieving items. Welsh Corgis were also bred as working dogs, so they have a lot of stamina for games. Playing games with your dog counts as part of their daily activity. However, you should avoid games that involve a lot of jumping due to the risk of intervertebral disc disease, especially if the Corgidor has inherited the long body and short legs of its Welsh Corgi parent.
17. Corgidors Can Live in Most Environments
If you are concerned about whether this mixed breed is suitable for the climate of your location, then do not worry. Corgidors are a sturdy and resilient designer breed that can cope with living in most environments. However, very hot climates are more challenging for them as they are prone to overheating, probably because of their dense coats. During hot weather, you should make sure they have a clean, fresh water supply and that there is a shaded area where they can get out fo the heat.
18. They Can Live for Up to 13 Years
The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is 12.5 years, while the lifespan of Welsh Corgis is between 10 and 13 years. Therefore, Corgidors have a similar life expectancy and can live for up to 13 years. However, there are many factors that will impact the life expectancy of a dog. Some of these include diet, exercise, general health, inherited conditions, and the standard of care they receive. You can help your Corgidor to live a full and happy life by making sure they eat a balanced diet, enjoy regular activities, and see the vet regularly.
19. Socialization Training is Beneficial to Corgidors
If you have your Corgidor from when they are a pup, then you should consider taking them to puppy training classes rather than training them alone. Doing so will give them early opportunities for socialization. It will help them become accustomed to being around other dogs and meeting all types of people. Attending classes and learning good behavior can also reduce the risk of your Corgidor developing the heel snapping tendencies associated with the Welsh Corgi breed. Furthermore, the classes may help your dog to cut down on unnecessary barking.
20. There Are Some Health Conditions Associated with Corgidors
All breeds have some health conditions to which they are prone, and Corgidors may have a genetic predisposition to suffer from conditions that commonly affect either parent breed. One of the most common is intervertebral disc disease, which is a spine disorder that can lead to paralysis. According to Love to Know, they can also suffer from a condition called von Willebrand’s disease, which is a blood-clotting disorder that can lead to excessive bleeding. Other conditions associated with Corgidors include kidney stones, patellar luxation, and hip dysplasia. It is essential to see your vet if your dog has symptoms of any of these conditions.