Aussie-Corgi

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United States, United Kingdom
Australian Shepherd
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The combination of Australian Shepherd and Pembroke Welsh Corgi is officially known as an Aussie-Corgi, although they are also commonly called Augie’s, and they are generally intelligent and friendly dogs with a strong herding instinct. These medium-sized dogs tend to be long, compact, and fairly low slung, although their legs are typically longer than their Corgi parents and their back shorter. Like their parent breeds, these dogs are well suited to herding responsibilities. However, they perform just as admirably as a family companion as, in most cases, these dogs are extremely outgoing and friendly as well as being tolerant of children and other animals. Due to their high energy levels, rate of shedding, and tendency to bark, these dogs may not be appropriate for life in an apartment.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Australian Shepherd, Pomeranian

Aussie-Corgi Breed History

Corgis are an ancient breed of dog, and their full origins have been lost to history, although some experts believe them to be related to the Swedish Vallhund and Flemish spitz-type dogs brought to Wales in the 11th century. These dogs were developed and employed as sheep and cattle herders as they were low enough to the ground to nip at the heels of livestock but agile enough to move out of the way before being kicked. The Cardigan and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi were frequently interbred until separate clubs were developed in the 1920’s when breed fanciers began differentiating the two. The Pembroke is slightly less heavily boned than the Cardigan and has feet that point directly forward rather than pointing slightly outward. The Pembroke Corgi is typically considered to be the more extroverted and affectionate of the two Corgis. The Australian Shepherd that we know today was actually developed in the farmlands of the United States in the late 19th century rather than in Australia, as the name might suggest. This breed was developed by cattle and sheep herders, most likely from Basque shepherding dogs that traveled from Australia to America in the early 1800’s. Basque shepherding dogs, most likely Pyrenean Sheepdogs that had been crossed with a Collie type breed were brought to America from Australia and are believed to be the foundation stock. These capable herding dogs are believed to have been crossed with other hard working stock dogs in America, creating an agile and enduring herding animal. This combination of breeds generally results in a friendly and energetic animal with a playful nature and a strong herding instinct which is recognized and able to be registered in most well-known hybrid and designer dog clubs.

Aussie-Corgi Breed Appearance

As these hybrid dogs are still fairly new, there can be quite a bit of variation between dogs, even within the same litter. In most cases, the head is broad and rounded, with a tapered muzzle. Their ears are triangular and may stand up, or they might fold forwards or to the side. The eyes can range from the almond shape of the Australian Shepherd to the round eyes of the Corgi and can come in any combination of browns and blue, but should always reflect the animal’s intelligent, friendly, and curious nature. The Aussie-Corgi will sport a double coat, a dense undercoat covered by a softer, silkier coat that is weather-resistant. The outer coat is typically medium length but may grow longer, and they may be born without a tail, with a partial tail, or with a full-length tail. They should have compact, oval shaped feet that point forward rather than out; feet that point out may indicate a cross with a Cardigan Welsh Corgi rather than a Pembroke.

Aussie-Corgi Breed Maintenance

Although bathing is typically only required every few months for these dogs, brushing should be a daily activity in order to prevent tangling and matting and to reduce the amount of shed hair in the home. Particular attention should be paid to any feathering the dog has, as the fur found in these areas tends to tangle easily. Aussie-Corgi hybrids usually shed moderately most of the year, but they tend to shed very heavily during the change of seasons. As with all dogs, it is important to be consistent about inspecting and cleaning both the teeth and the ears on a regular basis.

Aussie-Corgi Activity Requirements

This combination of dogs tends to create a friendly and highly intelligent hybrid with an outgoing and curious nature. If bred by responsible breeders and properly socialized these canines should be friendly with most people, although they may show slight reservation around strangers. Although all interactions between canines and small children should be supervised for the safety of the child and the animal, Aussie-Corgi dogs do seem to be particularly good with children and are generally polite to other household animals. Despite their general politeness, their herding instinct means that they will chase just about anything that moves quickly and try to herd it. This frequently includes small children and other household pets. They are also a highly intelligent breed, which means that they can pick up just about any training that you offer them. They can also be a little strong-willed and stubborn, however, so training should start as early as possible.

Aussie-Corgi Owner Experiences

Flash
3 Years
5 People
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They are great dogs.
2 months, 1 week ago
raven
3 Years
5 People
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Walking
Playing fetch
our aussie corgi is very affectionate but we have a 5 year old which he sometimes bites. he is very energetic. also, he is very protective of our household and barks when someone is at the door. he does not like big dogs
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Maggie
18 Months
3 People
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We've had blue heelers, shepherds, terriers, and collies for 50 years, but our little Aussie-Corgi, Maggie, is the best of them. She is friendly, affectionate, good-natured, and a dream to train.
3 months, 1 week ago
Colt
18 Months
2 People
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Swim
Fetch
He is very stubborn yet very smart and lovable dog. He is very ornery but he has never been aggressive unless it’s chasing an animal such as a rabbit or bird, we live out in the county and have 5 acres which he loves to run, I like to wear him out by playing fetch so he gets his play and exercise for the day. He was not hard to train but does not like to listen when it comes to coming inside he will lay by the door and I’ll have to pick him up of shock him to come in.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
DOLLARS
5 Years
3 People
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Running
Every morning take him for a walk
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Biscuit
8 Months
2 People
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Fetch
Going to pets mart
Cuddling
Dog Parks
So we dont actually live in a house we travel so we live in a 32 foot camper with my fiance and our other dog. Biscuit has been the most amazing addition to our little family and we love him so incredibly much. He is still a puppy and he still has a lot to learn but he is so smart. He gets along so well with our other dog (corgi healer,lab mix). He has the funniest personality any little dog could have so we decided not to cut him and with not cuutting him he has acted pretty normally. I thinke he just respects that we arent taking his man hood away. Over all we love him and 100% recommend you get this breed
4 months ago
Melly
2 Years
3 People
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One of the best dogs we have had so far. Trained fast, very smart, very stubborn. The sweetest, most loving, very energetic dog. Great with all people, searching for attention (like she doesn't get any at home-SPOILED)everywhere we go, get along will all the dogs at the dog park. Only negative thing is the shedding. These dogs need to be groomed every single day.
6 months, 1 week ago
Cindy
She passed about 15 years ago.
3 People
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Walk
Cuddling
Cindy had been purchased by her original owner as a herding dog but she was terrified of horses (and deer and anything livestocky). We believe her first owner may have physically disciplined her because she was scared and timid at first and would walk sort of doubled over sideways if she didn’t know a person. She was a very sweet and well behaved dog with a moderate energy level. She loved to cuddle. She was a bunch of shades of blonde and reddish brown mixed together and she was a beautiful dog. She was very sensitive to people with special needs and anxiety and so she became extremely attached to my mom (I lived with my grandparents) when she visited. She could calm my mom down out of a panic attack very easily. She would have made an amazing therapy dog.
7 months, 1 week ago
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