Worgi

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20-25 lbs
11-16"
Unknown
Welsh Sheepdog
Corgi

The Worgi is a hybrid developed by crossing a Welsh Corgi with a Welsh Sheepdog. These are medium size dogs that weigh between 20 and 30 pounds, and stand from 10 to 15 inches tall. Their fur is abundant, silky, straight, and medium in length. Their hair can be brown, fawn, white, or black, but it is mostly multi-colored. These are super intelligent dogs that are always using their brains, and they are easy to train. They are great with children and other dogs. Worgis are highly active and require a good amount of daily activity to stay healthy and happy.

Purpose
Companion, Working Dog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Welsh Corgi, Welsh Sheepdog

Worgi Health

Average Size
Height: 13-18 inches Weight: 25-30 lbs
Height: 11-16 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Degenerative Myopathy (DM)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Complete Physical Examination

Worgi Breed History

The Worgi is a mixed dog that resulted from crossing a Welsh Corgi with a Welsh Sheepdog. The Corgi originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The Corgi’s past is rather obscure and this gave place to creating myths. There’s a Welsh legend that says that the Corgi came from the lairs of fairies and elves. One day, two children found some Corgi puppies. They thought they were foxes, but saw something odd in them, and decided to take the puppies with them. Their parents realized these were dogs and took them as a gift from the fairies. These dogs became loving pets and helped with the cattle. Aside from this legend, it is believed the Welsh Corgi descended from the Vallhund; Swedish dogs that were used to guard cattle. The Vallhunds arrived at Wales with the Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries. Another common belief is that the Corgi comes from dogs that belonged to Flemish weavers, and that were brought to Welsh in the 12th century. The United Kennel Club acknowledge the Corgi in the 1920s. Then, in 1934, the breed was divided into two categories: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934. It is well-known that Queen Elizabeth II is truly a fan of the breed; she got her first Corgi in 1933 as a gift from her father. On the other hand, the Welsh Sheepdog, also known as Welsh Collie, appeared in the 19th century. The breed resulted from crossing working Collies with native Welsh dogs. Other than that, little is known about this breed’s origin. It is believed that the breed is related to the Gellgi or “Covert Hounds” and also that Welsh Sheepdogs were a cross of the Black and Tan Sheepdog and a Border Collie. The Welsh Collies were crossed with so many other Collies that they became almost extinct. There was only a way to determine if a dog was a true Welsh Sheepdog: the way they worked sheep; as it differs from the Border Collie’s method. In 1997 The Welsh Sheepdog Society was formed, with the objective to preserve the breed. The Welsh Sheepdog is not registered in the American Kennel Club.

Worgi Breed Appearance

Worgis are medium size dogs, with short legs and a longer body. Their tails are long and hairy. They have a medium length, silky coat, which can be white, brown, fawn, chocolate, black, and it is usually a combination of colors. Their ears are triangular, and they are generally erect, but they can sometimes flap at the end. Their head is fairly wide and flat at the top, with a narrower muzzle that should meet in a scissors bite. They have sweet, intelligent, rounded eyes and a black nose. Their legs tend to be feathered, as well as their tail, ears, and chest. Their lips and eyes are black trimmed. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Fawn
Sable
Cream
White
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Worgi Breed Maintenance

Worgis are medium shedders, but they may shed more during the typical seasons for doing so, usually in the spring and fall. Their hair is medium length, silky, and straight; this makes it easy to clean. You can use a damp towel or a wipe to eliminate dirt. Bathe him only when necessary to avoid drying out his skin. Brush him weekly, using a slicker brush or a pin brush, to remove loose hair. Clean his ears every week, using an ear cleansing solution and a cotton. Clip his nails once or twice a month, depending on how worn out his nails are. Also, brush his teeth at least two or three time a week to remove tartar buildup and bad breath. Occasionally, you might need to trim the hair around his eyes, ears, and paws to prevent infections and obstructions. 

Brushes for Worgi
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Worgi Temperament

The Worgi is a lively, friendly, and sweet dog. They are definitely very smart and are always using their brains; more often than not, they are one step ahead of their owners. They are great with children, as they are very gentle and tolerant; and they get along very well with other dogs and animals. They are very easy to train because they are really smart and they like to follow orders. These dogs are always ready to play, and they also love running and swimming. They like to keep themselves busy, and are not much of a lap dog. It is important to socialize your Worgi since puppyhood to prevent shyness when adult. They are also quite vocal and will bark at intruders.

Worgi Activity Requirements

This dog is for active people. Since both of its parent breeds are working dogs, the Worgi has a high amount of energy that must be expended. Two daily briskly walks of 30 to 45 minutes duration will keep his energy levelled. Plus, he will require playtime or time to run leash free in a park or yard. These dogs love playing games like fetching, tug-o-war, and even soccer or frisbee. He will also appreciate going for a nice swim. Moreover, these dogs are highly intelligent and require mental stimulation to avoid boredom. Highly challenging toys, like a puzzle, are very welcome. The Worgi adapts well to apartment living, but you will need to take him outdoors every day for some nice exercise sessions.  

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

Worgi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Worgi Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 15 lbs
12 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 19 lbs
18 Months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 22 lbs

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