Also known as a Chigi, Chorgi, Chi-Corgi, or Cohuahua, the Corgi Chihuahua mix is a crossbreed that any dog lover would want.
Due to the small size of both parent breeds, the Corgi Chihuahua mix is a pint-sized pooch that’s totally adorbs!
Are you looking to adopt or buy a Chigi dog? Keep reading to find out all you need to know about this breed.
Corgi Chihuahua mix history 101
While no one really knows when the lovable Corgi was crossbred with the tiny Chihuahua to create the cute Chigi, it was probably sometime in the last 20 to 50 years when designer dogs took off.
However, we know a bit about the history of both the parent breeds of this dog:
Meet the Welsh Corgi
With a history that dates back to medieval times, Corgis can be traced back to Wales, where they were sought after as working dogs and as beloved companions.
Believe it or not, they were bred as herding dogs on farms in the United Kingdom. In fact, the country’s love of the adorable Corgi is evident due to their role in the royal family.
Although there are two types of Corgis – Cardigan and Pembroke – Queen Elizabeth is known for her love of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi – a breed she has kept, bred and loved for most of her life, and is the more popular variety.
Meet the Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is Mexico’s national dog, and the world’s smallest dog was named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua in the 1850s. This breed is thought to be a descendant of the now-extinct Techichi dogs.
They were bred with a smaller dog to create the ultimate dinky companion.
This cutie has crept into the hearts of many due to its prevalence in popular culture.
From 1993 to 2004, a Chihuahua named Gidget was the mascot for the takeaway chain Taco Bell.
Chis was also featured in famous Hollywood movies such as Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Legally Blonde.
There are two unofficial types of this breed – the Apple Head and the Deer Head Chihuahua. As the names suggest, Apple Head’s have small, rounded heads, while Deer Head’s feature a more elongated, longer face.
What does a Corgi Chihuahua mix look like?
Any crossbreeds appearance can come from both parent breeds, or lean more on one side. The final look of each Chigi puppy is up to a blend of chance and genetics.
They usually have oversized ears, and a slender muzzle with dark nose and eyes, and a long tail. And their face shape can vary, depending mainly on the type of Chihuahua parent.
You can see what a Corgi Chihuahua cross looks like by watching this video of a cute howling Chorgi:
How big will a Chihuahua Corgi mix get?
Measuring up at around 7 to 12 inches (18 to 30.5 cm) tall and weighing just 10 to 20 pounds (5 to 9 kg), the Corgi Chihuahua mix typically results in a toy- or small-sized dog.
That said, these dogs are not as teensy-weensy as its Chihuahua parent, but they generally get the strong, sturdy body of its Corgi parent.
And with their size, they make excellent apartment dogs, as long as they get their daily dose of exercise.
Coat & Color: How much shedding can you expect?
Chihuahua Corgi mixes aren’t hypoallergenic and are considered moderate shedders.
Their coat is straight and can be short or medium, depending on whether the Chihuahua parent is long-haired or short-haired.
The color of the Corgi Chihuahua cross coat will typically reflect the warm copper red hues of the Corgi parent. However, you may also see them in black and white, just white or black, brindle, or dark brown.
Are Corgi Chihuahua mixes good dogs?
Yes, they are. They are affectionate, playful, and intelligent. Chigis are well-mannered dogs that are eager to please with a desire for attention.
They’re friendly and can socialize well with children, other pets, and even strangers. Because of its Corgi parent, the Chigi might try to herd small children.
And since most small dogs are unaware of their size, their own behavior can result in them getting hurt. So this pooch is more suitable for families with older children.
By your side at all times
Much like their Chihuahua parent, these companion dogs are fiercely protective and vocal. Sometimes, the Chigi can become a little too attached to one particular person, which can lead to some jealousy and bouts of aggression.
You will need a firm yet tender hand when it comes to training. Since they love being with their favorite human and enjoy the attention, don’t leave them by themselves for an extended amount of time as they can suffer from separation anxiety.
If your fido is fully trained, barking tendencies won’t be a problem, which means they won’t make a very good watchdog – one of the reasons they’re perfect for all types of homes, even apartments. No neighbor will be complaining about your pet making noises.
Looking after your Corgi Chihuahua mix
Other than their behavior problems, this doggo needs a lot of care, so they’re best for those experienced dog owners.
For grooming, your Chigi should be brushed about two or three times a week, while bathing should be given on a bi-monthly basis.
Don’t wash your pet too often because it can get rid of the natural oils, which can lead to damaged, irritated skin.
The Chigi’s nails will require regular trimming, while their teeth and ears should be frequently cleaned and checked for any signs of infection.
If you’re looking for an active canine companion, this fido has moderate energy levels and will need 30 minutes to an hour of exercise daily.
Because of their size, avoid swimming and long, steep hikes.
House-based play or short walks and jogs are sufficient to keep this dog healthy and happy. When taking your pet out for a walk, a no-pull dog harness is recommended.
For playtime, your Chigi may have a stubborn streak, but she will still like to learn new tricks and tasks. Why not entertain her with dog treat dispensers and puzzles, so that you can change up her activities from time to time.
When it comes to their diet, it’s vital to be mindful as the Chihuahua & Corgi mix may tend to eat more than it will burn off. One cup of high-quality dry kibbles a day is enough for this canine to get its daily caloric requirement.
Choose a dog food that’s formulated for small breeds. Try to use the same kibble for their first six months before trying a new one and see if it’s right for your pet.
Are Chihuahua Corgi mixes healthy?
Both purebred parents of this designer dog are known to have health problems, and even if they’re considered healthy with a lifespan of 12 to 16 years, they can still inherit some illnesses.
The Corgi Chihuahua can be predisposed to several health issues, including eye and heart disease, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, tracheal collapse, and even epilepsy.
Be prepared if you want this crossbreed as annual medical costs for these dogs can range from $450 to $550 without any surgeries or hospitalization.
Finding Chigi puppies for sale
Most designer breeds are quite costly, especially since many factors can affect each pup’s price. There’s the availability of puppies, the lineage of the Corgi and the Chihuahua, the breeder’s location, etc. For this mix, expect to pay between $200 to $750.
But before you get excited about paying a puppy seller, make sure that you’re purchasing a dog from a reputable breeder.
Take the necessary precautions to avoid backyard breeders and puppy mills.
This will also help ensure that you’re going to pay for a healthy furball that matches your lifestyle.
We want to clarify that the price of a puppy doesn’t guarantee its health.
It’s crucial to do your research and ask the breeder for medical records of the parents and the puppy to see if they have the appropriate clearances.
Corgi Chihuahua mix breeders & rescues
As of the moment, we weren’t able to find breeders who specialize in producing Chigis, but here are some marketplaces that you can check out:
- Greenfield Puppies
- Puppy Finder
- Lancaster Puppies
Adopting a rescue Chihuahua cross Corgi from your local shelter or on an adoption site is another great option.
Not only will you be giving an adult Chigi a new home, but you’ll also be aware of the dog’s health and personality. Luckily, most shelters train the canines they take in so that they’ll be ready to go home anytime!
Here are some adoption and rescue sites to look at as you search for a Chigi dog to call your own:
- No Paw Left Behind Animal Rescue (Union Beach, NJ)
- Southeast Corgi Rescue (Pooler, GA)
- Sunshine Corgi Rescue (Sarasota, FL)
- Chihuahua and Small Dog Rescue (Colorado Springs, CO)
- Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue, Ltd. (Albuquerque, NM)
Should you get a Corgi Chihuahua mix?
To help you decide, you must weigh in the pros & cons of this designer dog.
While the Chigi does have some adverse health and behavioral tendencies, they have many endearing qualities that make them a good fit for any type of home and experienced owners.
Chigi dogs will offer you unwavering loyalty and oodles of love. You just need to be sure to show it the same commitment through those difficult times!
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