Let’s face it – people love themselves some Corgi dog. People also love the beautiful and energetic Husky.
So, if you’re smitten with everything Corgi but also love Huskies, then you’re about to lose your mind over the dog we’re talking about today.
Introducing the Corgsky! That’s right folks, the Corgsky mixes everything you love about Corgi dogs and Huskies, from temperament to beauty, to intelligence and affection.
Join us today as we meet the Corgsky!
What Is A Corgsky?
Also known as a Horgi, a Corgsky is a cross between the Corgi and the Husky.
A Cross Between: The Siberian Husky and The Cardigan Welsh Corgi
Common Names: Corgsky, Horgi, Corgski, Siborgi, The Corgi Husky Mix
Height: 13 to 15 Inches
Weight: 20 to 50 Pounds
Temperament: Friendly, Happy, Energetic, Outgoing, Playful, Trainable
Best Suited For: Active Families, Singles, Couples, Homes With Other Dogs
Average Cost When Going Through A Breeder – $500 to $1,000
Lifespan: 12 to 14 Years
Health Issues: Obesity, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hypothyroidism, Retinal Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Degenerative Myelopathy, Cataracts, Corneal Dystrophy, Uveodermatologic Syndrome, Zinc Deficiency and Follicular Dysplasia
Clubs That Recognize The Corgsky: None
The Corgsky – Understanding “Designer Dogs”
Crossbreed dogs like the Corgsky are pretty controversial.
The Corgsky may be cute and loveable, but he’s not technically a breed in his own right. That said, he’s not really a mutt either.
So then, what is a Corgky?
Corgsky dogs and dogs like them are classified as crossbreed dogs, which means they are the offspring of two specifically chosen purebred parent breeds. Other terms for a crossbreed like the Corgsky include terms like hybrid dog, designer dog or mixed breed.
There is some controversy surrounding the idea of crossbreeding, though the practice truly is just about as old as time.
You see, the original purpose of crossbreeding, which began around the same time as the human/dog relationship was born, was to create dogs with certain characteristics, physical traits and temperamental traits that would be best suited for working purposes.
The Labrador Retriever, for instance, is the perfect example of crossbreeding and perfecting. Labs were designed water dogs, and were bred and perfected to have all the traits needed to be a fisherman’s best friend. All of their unique traits we know and love today were specifically bred into them on purpose.
Of course, it takes generations of breeding and perfecting before a dog like the Lab can be considered a purebred.
And this is where part of the debate comes in today when it comes to breeding and selling first and second generation cross breeds like the Corgsky.
Most modern-day crossbreeds like the Corgsky are not designed for any purpose other than to look or behave a certain way based on what the average dog owner is interested in.
When breeders breed and sell first and second generation hybrid dogs to the general public, they are leaving a lot of their traits up to chance, meaning their temperament, physical appearance and even health are unpredictable.
That said, there are some benefits that can come with investing in a crossbreed dog like the Corgsky. One benefit is that you’re investing in what some people refer to as “hybrid vigor”.
Hybrid vigor is the idea that crossbreed dogs may be healthier than their purebred counterparts thanks to their wider gene pool. Unlike purebred dogs, who have been overbred for centuries to withhold their breed standard, crossbreed dogs may be less likely to inherit certain genetic health issues.
Still, skeptics point out that genetics are genetics and thus unpredictable. It’s also important to remember that, while your Corgsky has a wider gene pool and may be less likely to develop the same health issues as his purebred parent breeds, he also has a longer list of health issues to contend with as he has both Corgi and Husky DNA.
But what should all of this mean to you?
When it comes to crossbreeds and investing in a Corgsky, it should mean quite a bit. Because the Corgsky is a mix between the Siberian Husky and the Corgi, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how he’ll look, what his temperament will be, and which type of health issues he may encounter down the road.
Keep reading to learn more.
Understanding The Corgsky Temperament
Corgsky dogs are high energy, athletic and intelligent.
As we previously discussed, the Corgsy is a mix between two different purebred dogs. This means that he could behave more like one over the other, or he could fall somewhere in between temperamentally.
The good news is that both the Siberian Husky and the Corgi are friendly, outgoing and playful by nature. This means that your Corgsky dog will likely be the same.
While the Siberian Husky is very high energy and not the ideal dog for first time dog owners or dog owners that are more laid back, his Corgi counterpart is more relaxed and novice-owner friendly.
Your Corgsky dog will likely fall somewhere in between these traits, being an energetic and outgoing dog that is trainable, friendly and companionable.
Corsky dogs are also known to be highly intelligent, coming from two work-oriented breeds. However, the Corgi in particular is a bred herding dog while the Husky is a versatile sled dog, (amongst other things).
This means that Corgsky dogs may be independent thinkers. Still, they are highly people oriented and social, and enjoy being around other dogs and children. Corgsky dogs are also eager to please and very trainable, especially when you keep training fun, gamelike and repetitive.
Training and Socializing A Corgsky
Just like most dogs, Corgsky dogs do best when trained and socialized early.
All dogs require routine training and socialization beginning early during puppyhood and then carrying on throughout their lives. Proper training and socialization not only help ensure your Corgsky is well-mannered and behaved, but also that he is well-rounded, confident and happy.
Training A Corgsky
It’s never too early or too late to begin training a Corgsky dog. While it is easier to begin during puppyhood, any dog of any age or background is capable of learning so long as you take the right approach.
In the Corgsky’s case, this is a dog that is eager to please and highly trainable. However, he is also an independent thinker and enjoys training sessions that are challenging, game-like and fun.
Like all dogs, the Corgsky will respond best to positive reinforcement training methods. This means you should use lots of treats, praise, toys and encouragement as opposed to punishments, fear, scolding or force.
Using aversive training methods may not only hinder your Corgsky’s ability to learn and retain information, it could also harm his bond with you and deteriorate any trust built between you.
For this reason, it’s best to ensure everyone in the home is on the same page with your training techniques. We also recommend taking time to learn about basic canine body language and helping to teach young children how to respectfully interact and behave around the family dog.
Socializing A Corgsky
Socializing a Corgsky is just as important as ensuring he is properly trained. Socializing is best utilized when dogs are young, usually between 7 weeks on. However, it is never too late to begin working on socializing a dog.
To properly socialize your Corgsky, it’s important to introduce him to as many new experiences, sounds, sights, people, and animals as possible. Try and ensure these first impressions are positive for your Corgksy, and avoid forcing him into situations that are clearly stressful or scary for him.
Helping your Corgsky learn that the world around him is a safe and good place will help instill confidence and reduce behavioral issues.
A well-trained and socialized Corgsky is much less likely to exhibit fear-based behaviors like aggression, barking, marking, chewing and more.
Both training and socialization are practices that should begin from the moment you get your Corgsky and carry on throughout the rest of his life. To help ensure training and socialization are fun for your Corgsky, we recommend investing in high quality training treats, like those listed below.
Pupford Freeze Dried Training Treats
These treats by Pupford are specifically designed for training. They come in small, bite sized bits that are ideal for rapid feeding during socialization or for simply holding your Corgsky’s interest during training.
The treats are freeze dried liver bits from either beef, chicken, rabbit or salmon. They also are available in a sweet potato recipe.
We like that these treats are healthy and natural. However, they are quite rich, and feeding too many can lead to tummy upset. As with all training treats, feed these treats in moderation.
The Corgsky Exercise And Mental Stimulation Needs
Though small and shorter in stature, Corgsky dogs are high-energy working dogs built with stamina.
Corgsky dogs can be prone to a number of bone and joint issues due to their unique body shape. They can also be prone to suffering from obesity.
All of these ailments make exercise that much more important for the Corgsky, and it’s vital that exercises are properly implemented to not only increase the health of your Corgsky, but reduce the chances of injury as they age.
Corgsky dogs are considered to be moderate to high energy, and they’ll do best with at least two good walks a day broken up into thirty to forty minute increments.
If your Corgsky takes after his Husky parent breed more, he may need even more routine exercise than this.
Corgsky dogs will also enjoy having a backyard to play in and outings to dog parks. They are highly social and get along well with other dogs and children, so they make wonderful companions to households with kids or other pets to help keep them busy and active.
Remember, as with all dogs, it’s important to walk your dog on the right leash and harness. We have listed one of our harness recommendations for the Corgsky below.
Rabbitgoo Dog Harness
Your Corgsky could vary in appearance, but there’s a good chance he’ll be built an awful lot like a Corgi. His shorter legs and longer body can make it difficult for you to find the right harness, which is why we recommend the Rabbitgoo Dog Harness above.
This dog harness fits over your dog’s body snuggly and can clip both in the front and in the back. Not only will this help ensure your Corgsky is safe and stays with you during walks, but it can also help reduce pulling.
The harness comes in four sizes and several color varieties, and is ideal for dogs with lots of energy who may be tempted to pull ahead on walks.
Along with exercise, it’s also important to implement routine mental stimulation for your Corgsky. Remember, this is a highly intelligent dog that can be prone to serious behavioral issues, stress and anxiety if his mental needs are not met.
Corgsky dogs will enjoy learning and they are eager to please. Any training session that involves you will make them super happy. They will also enjoy running basic agility courses that you set up in your yard or home, as well as solving problems with puzzle toys.
Some of the best puzzle toys utilize treats or dog food to help hold your dog’s interest, but the Corgsky will also enjoy chewing on a KONG filled with tasty dog-safe treats, xylitol-free peanut butter, or specified KONG filler from the pet store.
How To Groom A Corgsky Dog
Unless your Corgsky gets into something especially nasty, he’ll only need to be bathed once every few weeks.
The Corgsky comes from two parent breeds that are known for their dense, double coats. The Husky in particular is a heavy shedder, but the Corgi isn’t too far off either. Both of these dogs shed year-round and shed heaviest during shedding season in spring and fall.
For this reason, a Corgsky dog may not be the ideal dog for those who suffer from allergies. On the other hand, their coats are weather-resistant, self-cleaning and relatively easy to manage once you get a routine down.
Corgsky dogs do not require bathing too often and do best with baths once every six weeks or so. However, they will need to be brushed routinely to help manage all that fur. During shedding season, you may find that brushing your Corgsky three or four times a week helps reduce the amount of fur on clothing and furniture.
Outside of shedding season, brushing your Corgsky twice a week should suffice.
Furminator Deshedding Brush
The Furminator Deshedding Brush is an ideal tool to keep in your Corgsky’s grooming kit. It helps get into the coat and remove loose hair and debris without causing damage to your dog’s beautiful fur.
The furminator is also a self-cleaning grooming tool that allows you to push a button and release any collected hair so you can keep brushing without stopping.
Along with the Furminator, we also recommend investing in an undercoat rake to help remove fur caught in the downy undercoat and reduce buildup, doggy odor and debris.
You’ll also need to keep up with your Corgsky’s dental hygiene, as dental disease is one of the leading health issues for dogs across the board. Brushing your Corgsky’s teeth once a day with a dog safe toothbrush and toothpaste will help reduce plaque and tartar buildup and keep his breath fresh.
Furthermore, you’ll want to keep an eye on your Corgsky’s ears. Keep them clean and dry to prevent any ear infections and use dog-safe ear cleaner as specified by your vet.
Last, be sure to keep up with your Corgsky’s nails. Trim them down every couple of weeks to help prevent them from breaking or splitting, which can be painful for your Corgsky and even lead to infection.
And speaking of infection, it’s time to talk about Corgsky health issues. Keep reading.
Common Health Issues And Average Lifespan Of A Corgsky
Corgsky dogs can have a decent lifespan, though they may also suffer from a number of health issues.
Because the Corgsky is a crossbreed, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which health issues he can be susceptible to. And while hybrid vigor does give your Corgsky good odds when it comes to health, the truth is that he could be prone to inheriting any of the same genetic health issues as either the Husky or the Cogi.
In order to get a better idea of your Corgsky’s health and stay on top of it as he ages, it’s important to know what he could be susceptible to.
The Average Lifespan of A Corgsky: 12 to 14 Years
Some Common Health Issues of A Corgsky:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Uveodermatologic Syndrome
- Zinc Deficiency
- And Follicular Dysplasia
Tips On Keeping Your Corgsky Healthy
Your Corgsky’s health will depend greatly on genetics, but it can also be impacted by his lifestyle.
To ensure your Corgsky dog is as healthy as possible, it’s important to make sure you obtain him through a reputable source. If you go through a breeder, request to see paperwork that proves your Corgsky puppy was health screened and cleared of any major health issues.
You also have the option of investing in a dog DNA test, which will give you a better idea of any of the health issues your Corgsky may be predisposed to genetically or otherwise.
Outside of genetics, remember that Corgsky dogs are prone to obesity, which can impact the spinal issues they are predisposed to. Keeping your Cogsky on a healthy diet specified for his age, weight and activity level will help reduce chances of obesity, as will ensuring your Corgsky is on a proper exercise routine.
We also recommend that you keep up with routine vet visits and wellness checks. For Corgsky dogs under seven, most experts recommend vet visits once a year. Once your Corgsky reaches seven years of age, he should be seen at least twice a year for wellness exams and physicals.
Keeping up with routine vet visits, even if your Corgsky is healthy, may not only help to save you money down the road in medical costs but also ensure your dog lives his happiest and healthiest life.
Is The Corgsky Right For You? Let’s Talk Pros and Cons
The Crogsky can make an excellent addition to the right home or family.
The Corgsky dog may make the perfect companion on paper, but is this really the right dog for you and your family?
It’s important to remember that when you invest in a Corgsky, you’re opening your home to an intelligent, emotional and complex creature. Not only should you ensure that the Corgsky fits in right with your lifestyle, but that your lifestyle fits in well with the Corgsky’s natural personality traits and needs.
Remember, Corgsky dogs are moderate to high energy dogs that may not be best suited for novice dog owners. They have a few special needs when it comes to health, including some propensities for spinal issues and obesity. This could make a Corgsky somewhat costly, especially if you don’t have pet health insurance.
Otherwise, Corgsky dogs have wonderful, friendly temperaments. They are active dogs that are best suited for homes with families and other pets, or active singles and couples who enjoy being outdoors.
The Corgsky will also enjoy having a backyard where they can play and explore freely, and owners who don’t mind taking them to the dog park now and again for free play.
If you suffer from allergies, the Corgsky may not be your ideal match. These dogs are heavy shedding dogs that require routine grooming and brushing at least a few times a week.
Are you on the fence about a Corgsky dog? Let’s go over the pros and cons to help you make a decision.
Pros Of A Corgsky
- Corgsky Dogs Are Playful and Friendly
- They Do Well With Children and Other Pets
- Corgsky Dogs Are Trainable and Eager to Please
- They Enjoy Being Outdoors and Are People Oriented
- Corgsky Dogs Are Highly Intelligent
- They Are Relatively Simple To Groom Once You Land A Routine
Cons Of A Corgsky
- The Corgsky May Not Be Ideal For First Time Dog Owners
- They Have Special Medical Needs Including Obesity and Spinal Issues
- Corgsky Dogs Can Be Costly To Upkeep
- They Require Routine Exercise Each and Every Day
- Corgsky Dogs May Have Herding Instincts That Can Be Frustrating
- They Are Heavy Shedders and Are Not Ideal For Allergy Sufferers
How To Find A Corgsky Puppy Or Rescue Dog – Tips From Experts
Picking a Corgsky puppy from a trusted source is important and will help ensure your dog grows up happy and healthy.
Have you decided that the Corgsky dog is right for you? If so, then congratulations are in order. The Corgsky is sure to make a wonderful companion to the right owner or family, and we want to help ensure you find the best and healthiest Corgsky puppy or rescue dog possible.
Here are our tips from experts on how to go about finding the dog of your dreams.
When Finding A Corgsky Through A Breeder:
The Corgsky is a newer crossbreed, so it may be a bit more challenging to find a breeder specializing in this type of dog. That said, it’s not impossible, and it’s important to take your time and do plenty of research to ensure you go through reputable sources.
The average cost of a Corgsky when buying through a breeder can vary greatly, but most experts speculate it’s between $500 and $1,000. Be careful of going through breeders who sell Corgsky puppies for much higher than the average price, or who are practically giving Corgsky dogs away for nothing.
It’s also important to avoid breeders that are not qualified, cannot offer paperwork proving their puppies have been health screened, or breeders who do not have a history with breeding or understand the importance of healthy breeding practices.
Remember, a quality breeder will be able to provide you with paperwork proving their puppies have been screened and cleared of any major health issues. They will also not sell you a puppy that is under seven weeks of age.
Many reputable breeders may even be able to introduce you to the mother dog or father dog, which can give you a better idea of what your Corgsky will grow up to look and behave like, which is always a bonus!
When Finding A Corgsky Through A Rescue:
You also have the option of going through a rescue to obtain your Corgsky mix. While there are plenty of benefits of going through a rescue and it is our favorite way of obtaining dogs, we should note here that finding a Corgsky through a shelter could prove difficult.
Remember, these dogs are newer to the scene, but that doesn’t mean obtaining a Corgsky through a rescue is impossible. Just as with going through a breeder, finding the right Corgsky through a rescue or shelter is going to take time, patience and research.
Although going through a shelter is less expensive than buying a puppy from a breeder, there are still fees associated with the process. On average, rescuing a Corgsky can cost between $250 and $500. This price will often include an initial vet exam and the overhead cost of caring for your Corgsky before you adopted it.
There are numerous benefits of adopting a dog that far exceed price. In fact, if you adopt a Corgsky that is over two years of age, you get to skip the wild puppy phase. Many older Corgsky dogs at that age will have also already undergone some basic training, been spayed or neutered, and some will have even been microchipped.
Of course, rescuing isn’t for everyone, and the road you choose to take when obtaining your Corgsky dog is completely up to you.
We hope this has been a helpful guide on the Corgsky and that you now have a better idea as to whether or not the Corgksy would make the right addition to your household!
Let us know what you think about the Corgsky dog in the comment section below.
Jen Jones is a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist with more than 25 years of experience. As the founder of ‘Your Dog Advisor’ and the ‘Canine Connection’ rehabilitation center, she applies a holistic, empathetic approach, aiming to address root causes rather than merely treating symptoms.
Well known for her intuitive and compassionate approach, Jen adopts scientifically-proven, reward-based methods, encouraging positive reinforcement over punishment. Jen specializes in obedience training, behavior modification, and puppy socialization. Her innovative methods, particularly in addressing anxiety and aggression issues, have been widely recognized. Jen has worked with many of the world’s leading dog behaviorists and in her free time volunteers with local animal shelters and rescue groups.