The Dorgi is a mix crossbred from the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. On the whole, it is a loyal, energetic, and affectionate dog, meaning that it has a lot to offer people who are looking for a new canine companion. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Dorgi:
1. Combination of Characteristics
Since it is a mix, the Dorgi has a combination of characteristics from both the Dachshund and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. However, it can be a real challenge to predict the characteristics of a particular Dorgi because crossbreeds are not as consistent as purebreeds.
2. Uncertain Origins
Like most crossbreeds, the exact origins of the Dorgi are uncertain. However, it has proven to be rather popular in both the United States and the United Kingdom, not least because members of the breed are owned by a very prominent figure.
3. Queen Elizabeth II Owns Dorgis
After all, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms owns a pair of Dorgis named Candy and Vulcan, which were born when one of her famous Corgis bred with her sister Princess Margaret’s Dachshund. In fact, it should be noted that while Elizabeth II is best-known for her Corgis, it should be noted that Candy and Vulcan are her last two dogs because she stopped breeding Corgis a while ago on the basis that she didn’t want to left behind any young dogs.
4. Crossbred from the Dachshund
The Dachshund might be more familiar to some people as either the sausage dog or the wiener dog because of its distinctive shape. Despite its often-ridiculed appearance, the Dachshund can be much more formidable than what most people would expect because the breed was meant to fight badgers, which have a well-earned reputation for offering fierce resistance when cornered.
5. Crossbred from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi
There are a couple of breeds of Welsh Corgi, with one being the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the other being the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Generally speaking, when someone mentions Corgi, they are referring to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi because that is the more popular breed between the two. In significant part, this is because Queen Elizabeth II has favored them ever since she was presented with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Susan on her 18th birthday.
6. Smart Dogs
Intelligence-wise, the Dachshund is about average, whereas the Corgi is one of the smartest breeds that can be found out there. In fact, it is amusing to note that Corgis can be too smart for some purposes because they have been known to use what they learn for their own benefit. Together, it should come as no surprise to learn that Dorgis can be very clever dogs, which combines with their friendliness.
7. Friendly Dogs
Temperament-wise, Dorgis tend to be very friendly, whether when interacting with their family members or when interacting with others. However, there is a potential problem in that Dorgis are so social that they can develop separation anxiety if they haven’t received the proper training. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be fixed by capable owners.
8. Alert Dogs
Traditionally, the Dachshund was used as a hunting dog, while the Corgi was used as a herding dog. As a result, it is common for the Dorgi to be both very alert and very energetic, meaning that they are good at keeping a watchful eye on their surroundings. Moreover, they will bark out when they see something that they consider to be suspicious, meaning that they actually see some use as watch dogs.
9. Big Personalities
Corgis were expected to herd cattle and other livestock by nipping at their heels. Due to this, Corgis tend to be little dogs with big personalities, which is something that they have passed on to their Dorgi descendants. This means that even though Dorgis are very friendly and very intelligent dogs, they might not necessarily be a good fit for first-time owners who can’t convince them to listen.
10. Love to Eat
One potential problem for Dorgis is their fondness for food, which can cause them to eat more than what they actually need. This is particularly serious when Dorgis aren’t getting all of the physical activity that they need to remain in good health, which can cause a host of medical issues when they become overweight.