20-50 lbs
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Shih Tzu

The Shorgi is a cute new designer dog breed, which means that it has two purebred dogs as parents. In this case, it is the Corgi and the Shih Tzu. These affectionate dogs are best suited for owners who are not out of the house all day, as they require attention and will get upset if left alone for a long time. They do better in the cold than the heat but are mostly adaptable to all climates. Because of their size and their nature, the Shorgi can make a great choice for people living in apartments. They are also great dogs for families since they are calm and loyal.

Date of Origin
Cardigan Welsh or Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Shih Tzu

Shorgi Health

Average Size
Male Shorgi size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Female Shorgi size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 20-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Work
  • Neurological Examination
  • Spinal Tap
  • Cultures
  • Myelogram
  • Electroretinogram

Shorgi Breed History

The Shorgi is a breed that has been recently developed. They are one of many hybrid breeds that are making an appearance in homes all around the world. This particular breed is the creation of a Corgi mixed with a Shih Tzu. The Corgi parent can be of either type; the Cardigan Welsh Corgi or the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These two varieties are now seen as separate breeds, although it has not always been this way. Up until 80 years ago, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi could be found in the same litter and were considered as the same breed. There are several differences between the two types that made them into two breeds. For example, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is slightly larger and heavier and also has a longer tail than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Cardigan Corgis are also an older breed, since they have been around for more than 3000 years. They used to be given the task of driving cattle, as well as being affectionate family pets. Pembroke Corgis were also used on farms, and were quite popular in England thanks to Queen Elizabeth II, who owns multiple dogs of this breed. Corgis can still be used for work, but are now mainly companion pets. Shih Tzus are an old breed, and are thought to be in the top 15 of oldest dogs. They originate from either China or Tibet, and were popular as companion pets. Depictions of these dogs were found in several paintings and documents throughout the Chinese and Tibetan history. These dogs, who were referred to as little lion dogs, were brought to England in 1928.

Shorgi Breed Appearance

These cute medium sized dogs will take on physical traits from both the Corgi and the Shih Tzu. Although some dogs may appear to be different than others of the same breed since they can develop looks from both parents, there are some specific characteristics that are seen in most of these hybrid dogs. The majority of Shorgi dogs will take on the short legs and long body of the Corgi parent. The head, however, will be similar to that of the Shih Tzu. The ears can be from either parent breed, which means that they could be either standing up or hanging down. Sometimes, the Shorgi could even have one of each. The coat as well could be a mix of both Corgi and Shih Tzu, or might be more like one or the other. Therefore, the fur can be either medium to long in length and can be described as shiny, silky and smooth.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shorgi eyes
brown Shorgi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Shorgi nose
black Shorgi nose
brown Shorgi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Shorgi coat
brown Shorgi coat
red Shorgi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shorgi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shorgi Breed Maintenance

These dogs are moderate shedders and the required brushing frequency will depend on which coat they develop. If the coat is long, it will be best to brush them daily; they will not need to be groomed as often if they have shorter fur. The Shorgi will only need to be bathed occasionally and not on a regular basis. Other needs include brushing the teeth two or three times a week, although it would be best if this were done every day. Daily tooth brushing will keep the teeth and gums clean and healthy. The nails will also need to be clipped once or twice a month. The exact frequency will vary from dog to dog, depending on how active they are and how quickly the nails wear down on their own. To prevent ear infections, you should wipe your dog’s ears clean once a week.

Brushes for Shorgi
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shorgi requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shorgi Temperament

The Shorgi is a strong willed dog that craves attention. They love their owners and will want affection throughout the whole day. Do not leave them alone for too long, or they could develop separation anxiety and may get into trouble. Despite their need for affection, these dogs can still be quite independent. They are loyal pets that can be protective and territorial, which means that they might be unwelcoming to strangers, and can sometimes be aggressive towards people that they do not know as well. They are very easy to train and love cuddling, which makes them a great choice for families. These dogs are well behaved around children, pets and other dogs as long as they are socialized. The Shorgi is fairly easy to handle and is a good choice for novice dog  owners who do not have much previous dog experience. It is important to train your dog in obedience so that they understand that you are the owner and must be respected.

Shorgi Activity Requirements

These dogs can do well in all temperatures, although they prefer the cold over the heat. If you notice that your dog is getting too hot while you are exercising them, take a break and let them cool off. They are suited for apartments but need to get enough exercise, and keep in mind that these dogs will be quite active indoors as well as outdoors. The Shorgi should be taken on several walks per day as well as given some play time. Although they do not need access to a yard, they would enjoy it. Overall, they should be given around 30 to 45 minutes of good exercise daily.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Shorgi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Shorgi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shorgi size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Female Shorgi size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 22 lbs
12 Months
Male Shorgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 26 lbs
Female Shorgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 26 lbs
18 Months
Male Shorgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 31 lbs
Female Shorgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 31 lbs

Shorgi Owner Experiences

6 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Eating Snacks
Find the squeeker
Go to Park
Gawyn is a very cute shorgi, when he goes to park or groomers everyone dotes on him. He doesn’t enjoy other dogs, but he loves people and gets along with cats.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Fetching a toy sitting on my lap
So easily trained minds very well loves everyone
10 months ago
7 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Our Shorgi is extremely friendly and loves people. He is a little crazy but we love him. Most importantly he is the cutest little boy.
1 year, 3 months ago
1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
Every time the family comes home, the dog gets very excited to see everyone and wants to get a belly rub. However, it is aggressive towards strangers walking past our house. Overall, it is a dog that is worth having.
1 year, 10 months ago
5 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Playing Ball
Chasing the laser light
Love my shorgie. She is her mommy's baby and goes everywhere mommy does. Very protective of everyone, but especially mommy. Sophia seems to be the dominant dog in a house of three dogs.
1 year, 11 months ago
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