Corpin

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10-32 lbs
10-12"
United States
Corgi
Miniature Pinscher

The Corpin is a wonderful mix of the Welsh Corgi and Miniature Pinscher. The appearance can vary depending on the variety of the Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has the most smooth and long coat and it is smaller, while the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is about five pounds heavier on average and has a more dark and coarse coat. The coloring tends to look more like the black and tan coat of the Miniature Pinscher. They are affectionate, alert, and independent animals who are loyal to their family and enjoy playing with everyone. They like kids but are not great with small children under five years old.

Purpose
Family pet
Date of Origin
2001
Ancestry
Corgi and Miniature Pinscher

Corpin Health

Average Size
Male Corpin size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 12-35 lbs
Female Corpin size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 10-32 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Congenital Heart Defect
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Biopsy
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests

Corpin Breed History

There are two varieties of Welsh Corgi, the Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Cardigan is one of the earliest known breeds of dog and is believed to have been brought to Cardiganshire, South Wales by Europeans in ancient times. The Pembroke is thought to have been brought to Pembrokeshire, Wales by Flemish weavers in the 1100s. Both types of the breed were used to herd cattle, ponies, and sheep. They were excellent for this job because their small stature kept them from getting kicked. The Welsh Corgi is thought to be named for the Celtic word meaning tiny dog and is related to the Dachshund, Swedish Vallhund, and other hounds. The Pembroke became especially popular when British royalty took a liking to the breed. Both Queen Elizabeth II and King George VI had dogs of this breed. The two varieties were considered one breed until 1934 when they were separated by the American Kennel Club (AKC). It continues to be a working dog but is also very popular as a watchdog and family pet. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the 18th most popular breed in America while the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the 69th most popular. The Miniature Pinscher originated in the 17th century in Germany. The word pinscher is the German word for terrier. Contrary to its name, the Miniature Pinscher is not related to the Doberman Pinscher. This breed is thought to be a mix of the Italian Greyhound, Dachshund, and the German Pinscher. In the 1800s, the breeders focused on making the breed smaller and ended up causing deformities, although this was fixed by the 1900s. They became popular in America in the 1920s and was registered with the AKC in 1925. Today, it is the 68th most popular breed in the United States.

Corpin Breed Appearance

The Corpin looks like a short and furry Miniature Pinscher. They have large and pointed upright ears, a small head with a large muzzle, long body, furry tail, and very short legs. They have the black, tan, and white colors of the Miniature Pinscher but the ears, legs, and feet of the Welsh Corgi. Their smile is huge and they have an alert and intelligent expression. Their small feet match their legs and they have an overall evenly proportioned body. The Corpin is about 10 to 35 pounds and stands between 10 and 13 inches tall. The coat may vary depending on whether the parent breed was a Cardigan Welsh Corgi or a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Corpin eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Corpin nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Corpin coat
Black
brown Corpin coat
Brown
pied Corpin coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Corpin wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Corpin Breed Maintenance

The maintenance requirements can vary depending on the Welsh Corgi parent breed. The Pembroke needs less maintenance than the Cardigan but they both should be brushed at least two or three times per week. It is recommended that you use a stiff bristle brush or slicker brush, depending on the texture of the coat. The Miniature Pinscher has a smooth coat that gives a nice sheen to the Corpin. It is important to clean the ears of your hybrid once a week and check them for excess wax, dirt, and other debris. You should also trim their toenails when needed and brush their teeth several times a week to prevent periodontal disease. Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste made specially for dogs.

Brushes for Corpin
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Corpin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Corpin Temperament

This breed is an excellent family pet and good watch dog. They will bark when needed and they are alert enough to notice when their family or animals under their care may be in danger. The breed still has the herding instinct of the Corgi and will protect whatever flock of animals they are with, even if it happens to be your other pets or children. They are easy to train but may be stubborn so you have to be consistent. While they like children, they are not great with kids under five years old and should be supervised. They do like other pets and get along fine with cats.

Corpin Activity Requirements

This breed is just as happy to lay around the house as it is to run around outside but they need at least 45 to 60 minutes of vigorous exercise every day. This will keep them healthy, prevent obesity, and stop them from getting bored. If your Corpin becomes bored, they have a tendency to develop behavior problems such as chewing and excessive barking. You can let them play outside in your yard if you have a fenced and private area for them. However, it is good if you spend at least an hour a day with your Corpin to keep them entertained.

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

Corpin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $2
Monthly Cost
$30 - $60

Corpin Owner Experiences

Sienna
4 Months
1 People
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She is beautiful. I love her.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Solovino
14 Years
2 People
House
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Walking
Tug-of-war
Solo has a huge smile, and a lovable disposition. He will only bark to alert, and it’s most definitely a very serious minpin bark! But Solo then will run to get his favorite furry toy to show visitors. Often mistaken for some type of chihuahua, people immediately recognize the features of both when I explain the Corpin breed. He is so smart, he has learned my hand signals for dozens of specific commands that we can use across the yard or quietly in the home. Health wise, at 14 he is developing retinal issues which affect night vision and depth perception. He also has had sebaceous cysts which have been a nuisance. His hearing is not as sharp as it was. Solo was quite a jumper when he was younger, able to jump into my arms from the ground. Now he has arthritis and is relieved to be picked up (17lbs) and carried when he gets tired. This boy is the light of my life. I think his healthy diet and lots of love have kept him in great shape for his age.
3 months, 1 week ago
Avery
1 Year
2 People
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My corpin is hyper but also lives to cuddle. Doesn't pick up on training very well. Loves people and other dogs.
6 months, 2 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
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