Chigi

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10-15 lbs
7-10"
United States
Chihuahua
Corgi
Chi-corgi

The Chigi is a hybrid breed. It is a combination of the parent breeds the Chihuahua and the Corgi. He is a wonderful, family-oriented dog. He is highly affectionate and playful. He is considered a toy breed, and he bonds wonderfully to his family. He is generally orange or tan colored, but may come in other variations as well. He has a short to medium sized coat. He may be a better watchdog than comparable breeds, and the Corgi in him may have herding tendencies. He is suited to live in many environments, including apartments or larger homes with a fenced-in area in which he can play.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Chihuahua and Corgi

Chigi Health

Average Size
Male Chigi size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Chigi size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Overactive Tear Glands
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dry Skin
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work

Chigi Breed History

While there is not much information on the Chigi breed itself, one can still learn much about the breed by studying the parent breeds. The smallest of the purebred dogs, DNA points to the Chihuahua as being descendants of the ancient Techichi dog of Mexico, a canine thought to have miraculous healing and medicinal powers. Kept by the Aztecs, these dogs were treated as regal beings - but were then cremated and buried with their owners at death. The smallest Chihuahua ever recorded was named Milly, weighing in at just one pound, and featured in the Guinness World Book of Records in 2014. Though the Chihuahua is a very tiny pet, he makes a good service and therapy dog. This breed was added to the roster of the American Kennel Club in 1904. The Corgi, according to legend, originated in the hidden sanctuaries of the Welsh fairies and were gifted to those who needed protection for their families and homes. The markings on the Corgi's fur were said to be marks from the magical saddles placed there by the elves and fairies. Indeed a fairy tale looking dog, the Welsh Corgi is a breed that truly did work the land well and were quite proficient at herding cattle and sheep. Thought to have maybe descended from Swedish cattle dogs called the Valhunds, this breed was registered with the United Kennel Club in the 1920's. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was registered with the American Kennel Club in 1934 and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi in 1935.

Chigi Breed Appearance

The smooth-coated Chihuahua has a smooth, shiny coat that is close to the body with a ruff of thicker hair on the neck. The long-coated Chihuahua has a soft coat that may be slightly curly. The ears will have an extra fringe of hair and a plumed tail. He may also have feathering on his feet. The Corgi is generally short in height with a long body. He is a light tan color and white markings are possible. He usually has long ears and a ruff around his chest and neck area. Typically, the Chigi looks like the larger of the parents, with the long low body of the Corgi. His facial features often lean towards the Chihuahua parent, though the nose is long. Colors in the Chigi may include black, fawn, chocolate, silver and brindle.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chigi eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chigi nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Chigi coat
Black
white Chigi coat
White
fawn Chigi coat
Fawn
gray Chigi coat
Gray
silver Chigi coat
Silver
brindle Chigi coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chigi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chigi Breed Maintenance

The Chigi has moderate grooming requirements. He is not difficult to maintain; grooming once a week is often more than enough to keep your Chigi looking smart and cared for. A pin brush will work well on a longer coat. Because smaller dogs often have a tendency to have trouble with their teeth, brushing them should be a daily occurrence, or at the very least, twice a week. Check the ears for dirt and moisture, though because the ears will most likely be upright, you shouldn't have an issue with bacteria. Do not neglect the nails; if they are left too long they may curl under causing difficulty with walking.

Brushes for Chigi
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chigi requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chigi Temperament

The Chigi is a happy, loving, and intelligent dog. However, they can be fiercely independent, and training may be difficult. They do like to please so be certain to praise lavishly and offer great encouragement when teaching commands. The Corgi parent is known to nip at the feet of children; their instinct as a herding dog is still strong. He does not intend to hurt anyone; he is simply herding his charge back where he or she should be! Good for the first time dog owner, your Chigi may exhibit some watchdog tendencies.

Chigi Activity Requirements

Because of the strong herding instinct that may be present in your Chigi,  you should be careful while out at dog parks and other open areas with your dog as he may put his knowledge to practise. The family cat may find the herding to be a nuisance as well; otherwise, he is a very playful little dog with a good bit of energy. He requires daily exercise in order to maintain a healthy weight. Your Chigi will be happy to trail along with the family on outings; walks and games within a fenced yard are fun. He is adaptable to an apartment but ideally, a yard for running is best.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Chigi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Chigi Owner Experiences

MiNy
13 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She likes tug and war, walks, her affection
She's my first one. She's spoiled. Loves giving kisses.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Lucy
5 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
She is a rescue. We have only had her for about 6 weeks.
5 months, 1 week ago
Fiona
3 Years
4 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hiking
traveling
Fiona was completely bald from demodectic mange when she was rescued. She was listed as a greyhound mix back then LOL Now she looks like a Chigi so everyone can tell she is a corgi mix. She is very sweet and funny. We love her so much!
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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