12-28 lbs
United States

The Corgipoo — also known as a Corgi Doodle or Corgi Poodle — is a bubbly, beautiful dog with a fine ancestry. It makes a fabulous addition to any household, and as you read on you’ll discover why. In this guide to everything Corgipoo-related, you’ll also learn:

  • Why you probably shouldn’t  employ a Corgipoo as a guard dog
  • That the breed is susceptible to conditions like Addison’s Disease, bloat, and Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease
  • That no one knows exactly when and where the Corgipoo was invented

Corgipoo breed overview

If your dog knowledge is Grade A, you’ll know that the Corgipoo is a mix between a Welsh Corgi and a Miniature Poodle. Because of the difficulty of finding these two breeds, Corgipoos are therefore extremely popular. 

They’re small but sturdy dogs made in the USA, and you’d struggle to find a soul on the planet who won’t be won over by their impish charm and their boundless energy. 

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purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Welsh Corgi and Miniature Poodle

Corgipoo Health

Average Size
Male Corgipoo size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 12-28 lbs
Female Corgipoo size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 12-28 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Addison's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Corgipoo Breed History

As can be the case with a lot of hybrids, we know a good deal more about the origin of dogs that give rise to the Corgipoo than we do the Corgipoo itself. We know, of course, that the two breeds that produced this cutie pie are the Poodle and the Welsh Corgi. 

The Corgi — alleged to hail as far back as Viking times — was a fond favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, who owned many during her lifetime. The Poodle, whose name once meant ‘puddle’ in German, is a water dog of controversial origins — some believe the dog sprang up in France, and others Germany. 

Regardless of these quibbles, the Corgipoo didn’t arrive in the United States until after World War Two, but it remains a mystery as to who was the first person to propose crossing a Welsh Corgi with a Poodle, and exactly when they did it. Enjoy this mystery, Corgipoo lovers; it just adds to the allure of the breed.

Corgipoo Breed Appearance

With its round head and black muzzle, the Corgipoo adult tends to stand around 11 inches tall but its body is sturdy. Sometimes it will take after its Poodle parent; sometimes it will look more like a Corgi. With a wooly, soft inner coat, the Corgipoo’s fur is dense, with a noticeable curl. This outer layer can be any color you please: brown, red, gray, apricot, etc. etc.

Another area in which it’s hard to predict which parent they’ll take after is in the rump: Corgipoos can have a traditional stumpy rear end like a Corgi, or a comparatively elegant longer tail like a Poodle. It varies, dog by dog.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Corgipoo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Corgipoo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Corgipoo coat
cream Corgipoo coat
gray Corgipoo coat
brown Corgipoo coat
black Corgipoo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Corgipoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Corgipoo Breed Maintenance

Though it sheds a fair amount, the Corgipoo is considered one of the more hypoallergenic breeds, making it a perfect pet for anyone suffering with pet allergies. Just be aware that no dog breed can be classed as completely hypoallergenic though; some breeds are more allergy-friendly than others, and the Corgipoo is one of those.

We’d recommend running a brush through your dog’s gorgeous hair every day, just to prevent any knots and matting further down the line. Monthly baths are a good idea, as is brushing your furry friend’s teeth around every few days. 

The Corgipoo is a perfect house pet — friendly about children and around any other pets big or small. With children they may not have endless patience with rough play, so make sure that any small kids in the house understand this. The kids may actually be bigger than the dog, hence the need to be gentle with the little pup.

Corgipoo health risks

The Corgipoo is generally a very healthy dog but no Corgipoo will be entirely immune from health problems, no matter how healthy they are. Some of the conditions to which this breed can be particularly vulnerable are:


Known technically as gastric dilatation volvulus, bloat can be a life-threatening condition for your dog. Because a Standard Poodle is one of the most vulnerable breeds to bloat, the Corgipoo is also at some risk of falling victim to the condition.

If you see your Corgipoo suffering bloating of the abdomen, excessive drooling, rapid breathing or a faster heart rate, you should consult a vet straight away; your dog may be suffering an attack of bloating and may suffer complications like rupturing of the stomach wall or serious difficulty breathing. 

If your Corgipoo is at risk of going into shock, the vet will need to increase oxygen to the dog’s body and stabilize them. They’ll then need to release air from the stomach. If the stomach has revolved, the vet will conduct surgery to rotate it back again. If they’re worried about bacteria, the vet will want to prescribe antibiotics to your pup.

Addison’s Disease

When your dog’s adrenal glands can’t make enough hormones for endocrine function to happen properly in the body, it can be affected by something called Addison’s Disease. It’s a condition that can also happen to humans. In dogs it’s most common in female dogs between young and middle age but it can affect any dog at all. Some of the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. 

The prognosis for Addison’s tends to be good; your vet may give your Corgipoo an injection or a pill, or, if the condition is sufficiently advanced, the dog may require liquids administered intravenously. Generally, your dog will require medication for the remainder of its life.

Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease

Because Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease occurs most often in young miniature and toy breeds, the Corgipoo is bound to also be vulnerable, poor thing. Hopefully you’ll never need to know all this but Legg-Calvé Perthes Disease is a hip condition affecting the femur bone of a dog’s hind leg. Various causes have been proposed, including limited blood supply; infective degenerative arthritis; an endocrine system disorder. It’s not a straightforward disorder.

What we do know, however, is how it manifests: you’ll need to be on the look-out for your little Corgipoo limping, struggling to walk, developing muscle atrophy, or pain when a vet tries to stretch its hip joint. These are all reliable signs of Legg-Calvé Perthes but, of course, your vet will need to confirm. 

Once they have, giving the dog a period of enforced rest often works wonders but it might be necessary to perform surgery, easing the pain with the removal of the head and neck of the femur bone. If it’s even worse, your dog may need an entirely new hip.

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Feeding a Corgipoo - what’s the best diet?

The Corgipoo is an active dog. A full grown Corgipoo — or Corgi Poodle, to give it one of its available titles — does a good deal of scampering about and, as such, needs to be fed properly with good-quality food (like all dogs do, in fact). This breed is, however, a little liable to become overweight. In terms of quantity, therefore, about one cup of food a day is about right for an average Corgipoo.

Consider a chondroitin and glucosamine supplement because of the breed’s short legs, and avoid giving it human food if you can help it.

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Brushes for Corgipoo
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Corgipoo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Corgipoo Temperament

You’ve got nothing to worry about with this dog in terms of mood. From the moment those Corgi doodle puppies come into your life, you’ll realize that this dog is a joyous bundle of energy: affectionate, friendly, mischievous and intelligent, they’ll be the envy of all your friends. 

Loyal to the point of becoming over-reliant on their human family, the Corgipoo doesn’t love fending for itself, and is happiest curled up in your lap or playing with you. You’ll no doubt have guessed this, but it wouldn’t have a glittering career as a guard dog — it’s just too loving.

It’s relatively easy to train Corgipoos, though they may be a touch stubborn at times (a tendency they’re said to get from the Welsh Corgi side of their family). It’s better not to leave your pup outside by itself for too long as this breed of dog doesn’t love being alone for extended periods.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Corgipoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Corgipoo Owner Experiences

Nicodemus (Nico for short)
2 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Super excited and friendly loves other people.
3 years, 10 months ago
16 Weeks
2 People
Playing fetch
going on walks
Nixon is an excitable 16 week corgi. He loves to play fetch, go on walks and take frequent naps... although those are decreasing as he gets older. He loves to have a bone! He is not a fan of getting brushed although he is okay with a bath! Potty training is taking longer than expected and he is somewhat reverted to peeing inside. Consistency is key! Walks have become a staple for him as he now requires at least one a day. He does really well being home alone as we both work during the day. He does require one potty break at lunch time. Kennel training has been fairly easy.
3 years, 8 months ago
16 Weeks
2 People
Bunny loves attention from everyone, and their dogs, but she is not clingy with us at home. As long as we are nearby she is happy. That being said, if you pick her up in the afternoon, she is happy to nap in your arms. She loves chew toys and is still learning that that doesn’t include our shoes, the carpet or the furniture... With strict supervision she is starting to let us know that she needs to go out. She has a tendency to want to try and boss us around, but knows she if she wants a treat she has to do as asked (“sit”, “leave it”, etc). She has started going in her crate on her own during the day when she wants a break. She is strong-willed and sweet. Consistency has been key.
3 years, 7 months ago
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