It is very common to see mixes of dog breeds these days. One of the many reasons why the dog breed mixes are popular is because many of them are cute. Some of them are more functional in terms of a working dog for people and in other cases, they have a perfect personality to suit buyers.
Mixes that are chosen for cuteness factor are often referred to as ‘designer dogs’ and they can fetch a high price because they are in demand. Some breeders have made a career of developing and selling Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, for example.
These are now very popular mixes and most everything has been mixed with poodle because people think they are cute and because they shed less in most cases.
The corgi-pug is a mix that is done for a few reasons. One is that they are definitely cute. Another reason is that they pug has breathing issues by design and when they are bred with other dogs that do not have the same issues, the tendency is for the dogs to look pug-like without the breathing issues. Let’s take a look at each breed individually.
The corgi is a breed that is popular in the United Kingdom, once kept by the Queen of England as her favorite choice of breeds. The corgi is a herding breed dog that can be full of energy and hard to handle for the novice dog person.
The corgi can have a mind of his own but is also quite lovable and family oriented. They may be a bit ‘yappy’ if they are not worked with early on to curb this enthusiastic barking at doorbells and outside noises.
There are two types of corgi, the Welsh Cardigan, which has a tail and is typically darker in color with a brindling of the coat. The Pembroke is sans the tail and typically is a fawn color with white markings. They may also be a dark brindle with white markings.
They are often compared to teddy bears, particularly as puppies, due to the lack of the tail and the shape of their rather large ears. Corgis are very astute listeners and these ears help them to hear things from miles away.
Every watchful, they make good dogs to have around for watching your property and deterring would be thieves. They are known for herding sheep but can work cattle and other livestock as well.
The Corgi is short-legged but has a sturdy body and is by no means a lapdog. This breed has a lot of energy and will adapt to any lifestyle, be it the farm or an apartment, as long as they get proper daily exercise.
They may not be a good jogging partner due to their short legs, but they’ll appreciate a romp at the dog park and will play fetch as many hours as are in a day, typically.
Corgis are bright, friendly as a rule, and very trainable. Their coat is thick but not double-coated. They will shed and require regular brushings. They don’t eat a lot of food, but it should be of good quality with a healthy source of protein.
The corgi isn’t plagued with many genetic health issues, no more so than other breeds. His eyes should be checked regularly and before breeding to rule out any genetic eye faults and his hips could develop hip dysplasia if it has been passed genetically.
Corgis stand roughly 10 to 12 inches tall and will weigh in the range of 22 to 31 pounds, with the males weighing slightly more. They are a robust dog, sturdy and well put together.
This small breed of dog can be miniature or small. They are famous for their ‘smooshed face’ that is always highlighted by a black mask on a fawn body. Their body can range from nearly white to a darker blonde color or they may be all black, in which case their mask isn’t a highlight.
Pugs have big, round eyes that are accentuated by eyebrows that furrow their brow line, creating many different looks and expressions. This may be why they have long garnered the attention of artists and photographers, being highlighted in may paintings and portraits through the years.
The pug is intelligent and is not a working dog at all. They are a companion breed who enjoy being a part of your family. They will happily snore in the bed next to you, if you let them, or completely take over the coziest spot on the sofa. This is a spunky dog, with an exuberant personality. They tend to love children and are quite tolerant of the children, often allowing them to be the focus of ‘dress-up’ games.
Pugs can be trained if you can find their motivation – usually food. Pugs will overeat if you allow them to, which isn’t advised.
They are brachycephalic, which means that they have a flat face and nasal area. This makes breathing more difficult for them and other similar breeds, like the Pekinese, for example.
When the weather is overly hot, don’t force your pug to do exercise. He will have great difficulty breathing in the heat. Pugs can also become rather portly, due to the way they are shaped.
They can resemble a pot bellied pig if you overfeed them and this is very hard on their joints as they aren’t big-boned dogs. That said, they are fairly sturdy and enjoy interacting with the family. Just don’t expect them to run races and excel at agility.
They may have joint issues as they age, can be prone to hip dysplasia and are also prone to a condition where their eyes can pop out of their sockets. Don’t freak out if this happens. Your veterinarian can pop it right back in and can even show you how to do it at home.
The Corgi Pug Combination
When you cross these two dogs, you bring hardier genes into the pool from which the new puppies have to draw from. Likely, they will not have the issues with the Pug eyes popping in and out of place, they will also stand less chances of hip issues.
When the puppies take more after the corgi, they will not have the extremely flat face of the pug and this helps with breathing issues rather enormously. A corgi has no issues with breathing and is quite athletic.
The odds are in your favor of having a dog that favors the corgi more in athleticism, however it won’t have the extreme desire to herd everything in sight, like a corgi. This means that they will be more like the pug and choose to be a companion dog that only sometimes likes to chase things.
Understand that there is a good chance that you can have traits of either parent, regardless of which genes are dominant as it has much to do with recessive genes and which genes are passed from each parent.
Genetics can get quite tricky and very involved. There are laboratories and science majors who dedicate their lives to the study of genetics, so there’s so much more that you can learn about it, if you choose to.
The pups tend to be fawn in color because both breeds carry those genetics, however, an occasional all black puppy can happen, and even a rare brindle. T
he attitude of both dogs can be very funny so the mix is also very funny, seeming to have the ability to communicate with their eyes. You’ll always know when your Corgi Pug is displeased with you or any situation, this is for certain.
By the same token, you’ll know when they are happy because they are exuberant and happy to share their love with you when all is right in their world. They make an excellent family pet, good with children, and they are trainable but may be a bit difficult at times.
Both breeds might be slightly willful which can be tough for someone who has never trained a dog before. We highly recommend that you take a class and learn how to teach your Corgi Pug all the rules of your household like Corgi Husky Mix.
You will enjoy the company and the personality of this mix, no doubt at all. They are typically easy to house train and the pug is not much of a barker, which helps to tone down the barking tendency of the corgi. A small, relatively quiet, highly personable dog. Perfect!
Dawn Greer is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.