Though the Corgi Pitbull Mix is a hybrid of the American Pitbull Terrier and Pembroke Welsh Corgi, it is one of the most interesting dogs that make it a great family pet. With their friendly and loving temperament, they try to make others laugh with their gestures and behaviour. However, they need constant attention from their owners to stay calm and adorable, as they cannot tolerate ignorance from their loved ones.
These dogs strictly require proper training and exercise to stay happy, healthy and maintain a good bond with the family. Generally, this breed of dog is good with other pets, but some of them require socialization training for the purpose as well.
Corgi Pitbull Mix (Corgi Pit):
Quick Breed Summary Table of Corgi Pit
|Lifespan||12-15 years on an average|
|Colors||Varieties including brown, black, red, and fawn|
|Breed Type||Mix hybrid|
|AKC Breed Popularity||AKC doesn’t recognize this breed|
|Temperament||Confident, affectionate, and loyal|
|Daily Food Consumption||2-3 cups of kibble per day|
|Common Health Issues||Eye disorders, skin sensitivity, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, intervertebral disc disease, elbow and hip dysplasia|
Facts about Corgi Pitbull Mix (Corgi Pit):
Are you looking for a noble family pet? If yes, then Corgi Pitbull Mix can be an excellentchoice for you. If you wish to know more about this particular breed of dog, then hook onto the end of this article. Before going into details, first, let’s have a glance at some of the interesting facts about this breed.
- Corgi Pitbull Mix is one of the rarest designer breeds of dogs developed through cross-breeding between an American Pitbull Terrier and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
- This dog loves to be the center of attraction and possesses a good sense of humor. Similar to its parent breeds, it has a high prey drive.
- Corgi Pitbull Mix is a moderate barker, but it will not exasperate you much. Instead, its bark will make you alert about something suspicious.
- An adult Corgi Pitbull Mix may need about 600-1000 calories per day.
- This dog requires average exercise daily to keep them fit and healthy.
- Corgi Pitbull Mixes are very fond of swimming. So, you can take them out for swimming at a beach or pool and brush up their skills. It will also burn out their excess energy.
- If you don’t provide your Corgi Pit with adequate training, the adult dogs will end up having dominance problems.
- These dogs are pretty stubborn; hence training them could be a bit difficult. But rewarding it with treats and praises can make it quickly adapt to the training.
- Corgi Pitbull Mix may possess natural herding instincts, as one of its parent breeds, Corgi, was originally a herding dog.
- Unless you are as active as your dog, the Corgi Pitbull Mix is not suitable for a first-time owner.
About the Corgi Pitbull Mix:
Being a mixed breed of two renowned purebreds, the Corgi Pitbull Mix is pretty intelligent, powerful, and friendly by nature. They are very swift and agile that allows them to keep up with all their fastest friends. Also, they carry a very confident gaze filled with a friendly approach. Again, being one of the most affectionate family dogs, they love to spend some activity time with their family. Since they hesitate and tend to misbehave in front of other animals and unknown guests, this breed requires early and constant training in accordance to become accustomed to everybody.
Along with having a protective, loyal, playful, and loving temperament, these dogs are incredibly outgoing and serve to be a good companion. They pick up any form of training pretty quickly and keep motivating you with their constant zeal. However, being a cross-breed, there stay some health risks that it may have inherited from its parent breed.
This breed,being a mix of a war dog and a royal dog, possesses a courageous yet regal personality. However, they can hold a clown-likecharacter and be unbelievably goofy even after being a part of such prestigious two parent breeds.
Appearance of Corgi Pitbull Mix:
Being a mixed hybrid, the appearance of the Corgi Pitbull Mix entirely depends on which parent they adapt more. And it is very tough to predict which parent breed it’s going to take after unless it reaches a certain age. Usually, these dogs are medium-sized but are well-muscled and powerful. They possess elongated muzzles along with square-shaped heads.
With 17-19inches tall height and weight around 30-50 pounds, these dogs are incredibly amicable and adorable. However, the male Corgi Pitbull Mix usually weighs a bit more than their female companions. These dogs commonly have a floppy or erect medium-sized ears with attractive colored eyes varied from brown to blue. Besides, these hybrids possess straight legs along with powerful paws and full-length tail.
Now coming to the coat colors, the Corgi comes in a wide range of colors like tan, white, black, brown, and red. While the Pitbulls are found in different colors like fawn, black, red, and blue with various markings, therefore, their offspring can be an outcome of a wide variety of colors ranging from tan to white or brown combined with white markings. The Corgi Pitbull Mixes can also be seen in different brindle variations. However, it is observed that the coat color of this hybrid mostly consists of combinations of different colors with white patches on it, instead of having a single solid color throughout.
One of the parent breeds, Pitbull, carries a shiny, yet short coat and is known for being bristly to touches and not smelling. The other parent, Corgi, on the contrary, has a dense, water-resistant double-layered coat that sheds twice a year. Also, they might have wavy to straight hair that is dense to touch and very thick. Thus, it is almost unpredictable to claim which parent breed the mix would adapt more and be alike. The Corgi Pitbull Mix might have a very short coat like its parent breed Pitbull, but some of them may inherit longer double-layered furry coats like the Corgis. However, as this mix breed is not hypoallergenic, it means that unlike the Corgi, it will shed almost the same as the other dogs.
History and Origin of Corgi Pitbull Mix:
As already said, Corgi Pitbull Mix is a hybrid resulting from the cross-breeding of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and an American Pitbull Terrier. The craze for mix breed designer dogs had been the sole reason for experts to take the decision of cross-breeding different dog breeds and to present the dog lovers with a wonderful new variety that will inherit preferable characters of both its parents. It started in the early 1990s and has paved the way for the coming up of many mixed breeds, the Corgi Pitbull Mix being one of them.
Both Pitbull and Corgi are two highly valued dog breeds, and the desire to get a pet with the features of both these parents instilled a thrill among many dog lovers. During the 1930s, some breeders started taking curiosity in Pitbulls, and finally, in 1972, the American Staffordshire Terrier was listed as an official breed by the American Kennel Club. However, the AKC did not officially distinguish American Pitbull Terriers yet. But CKC (Continental Kennel Club) and UKC (United Kennel Club) documented the American Pitbull Terrier as a standard breed of dog.
The American Pitbull Terrier’s origin can be traced back to the early 19th century England. Pitbull is a common name for a dog breed descended from the Bulldogs and Terriers. These dogs have a combination of persistent jaws of the Old English Bulldogs and unbeatable courage from the Terriers. They were initially used for baiting bulls until it was banned.
By the early 1900s, Pitbull was a well-known breed in the US and had turned out to be a representation of American pride. The Pitbulls can turn out to be aggressive towards other animals and thus are used nowadays for a new sport – dogfighting. However, when it comes to humans, Pitbull is incredibly friendly and is well-reckoned for its protective nature.
Talking about Pembroke Welsh Corgi, they are ancient and originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Their ancestry can be traced back to the 1100s. They are sturdy and short-legged and are thought to have descended from the Swedish Vallhund and other Welsh dogs. These dwarf dogs were initially used for sheep herding due to their low-to-the-ground shape.
They are considered as one of the oldest yet smallest herding breeds, efficient in guiding cattle across fields without causing any commotion. Also, the British Royal Family highly demanded the Corgi breed of dogs for more than 70 years. It was a special favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, and she had owned a total of 30 Corgis since 1933. But the breed could not gain much fame amongst the British commoners. However, by 1998, Corgis managed to secure the 37th position among the most popular breeds of dogs in the United States.
Now, coming back to the Corgi Pitbull Mix, these dogs inherit their small size from the Corgi parent and are known to possess muscular legs, like the Pitbull that makes them pretty fast as compared to other dogs with a low built. The hybrid of two well-recognized and esteemed dogs; the Corgi Pitbull Mix has inherited all the desirable features from its parents and is a great family companion.
Is Corgi Pit Dog Good with Children?
Absolutely! Corgi Pitbull Mixes are very loving and protective. Despite being a descendant of the aggressive Pitbulls, the Corgi Pitbull Mix is considered to be one of the friendliest dogs. They are playful enough, and with proper training, they can manage their temperament. So, your kids do not have to be afraid of it. Instead, the protective nature of the Corgi Pitbull Mixes will safeguard your child appropriately.
Care of Corgi Pitbull Mix:
Food and Nutrition Requirements:
Though the Corgi Pitbull Mixes might be shorter than a lot of breeds, they have quite high-protein requirements. But, since both the parents tend to become obese, care must be taken to avoid over-eating of this dog.
- The Corgi Pitbull Mixes inherit high body muscle content from the Pitbull breed, and thus they require a high-protein diet. You can provide your dog with a bowl of chicken soup, cooked lamb, turkey, whole eggs, and even cheese.
- A basic of 2-3 cups of food at two separate times of the day should be the feeding schedule for a Corgi Pitbull Mix. It can take care of their metabolism and keep them fit and enthusiastic throughout the day.
- Fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin supplements are highly essential to prevent Dysplasia, which is common in Mixes like Corgi Pitbulls.
- You may feed your dog with dry food, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, selenium, etc. to keep it healthy and active.
- Make it a habit to feed your dog according to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the food packaging or as per your vet’s recommendations. Also, make a note of the dog food labels, because based on the brand, it would be higher or lower in calories, and you can eventually keep track of your pet’s diet.
The Corgi Pitbull Mix comes with moderate energy levels, and to keep them active and mentally stimulated, the following exercises can be performed:
- You can opt for 30 minutes or an hour of walk twice a day to keep them healthy as well as happy. A Corgi Pitbull Mix requires almost 45+ minutes of regular exercise.
- If you have a big lawn or open space around your house, you can also play fetch with your dog. It will help them to strengthen their muscles and increase their speed.
- Even if you don’t like to go outside a lot, you can play some indoor games with your pet as well. For instance, hide and seek would be a perfect indoor game that your dog wouldn’t mind playing with you.
- Apart from the activities mentioned above, you can also go for hiking with your dog once in a while. As it is said, the Corgi Pitbull Mix is full of energy; hence, hiking would also be an ideal exercise to strengthen and tone their muscles.
- You can teach your dog certain courses like the obstacle course or lure coursing. These types of activities will help your dog to stay fit and active, both mentally and physically.
Thus, the above-stated activities will not only keep your dog fit, but also hold their interest in doing something new every day, and not let them feel bored.
Since its parent breeds have a tendency to please their masters, training a Corgi Pitbull Mix also turns out to be pretty effortless. You must follow a thorough training schedule to help your pets be the best versions of themselves.
Being energetic, strong-willed, and intelligent, it is generally seen that the Corgi Pitbulls benefit from puppy training classes and early socialization programs. These training classes make them friendly with strangers and other animals.
Similar to humans, even animals love to be praised for performing well. So, keep praising and rewarding your Corgi Pitbull Mix, when it executes the tasks well. It will keep it ecstatic throughout the training, and it will perform better to continue receiving your praise and affection. Avoid punishing or hitting your pet. Such actions might invoke anger and being a descendant of Pitbull; it may start becoming aggressive. Deal with love and sympathy.
Prevent your pets from acquiring bad habits:
Corgi Pitbull Mixes tend to chew and dig items of your house. So, they might turn out to be destructive if left alone for long. But since they are obedient pets, you can efficiently train them and prevent them from acquiring such bad habits.
Obedience and agility training program:
Corgi Pitbull Mix performs excellently well when exposed to agility training and obedience tracking programs. Being intelligent animals, they like to be challenged with games that trigger their mental strength. Giving them an outlet to execute their intelligence keeps them engaged and calm. It also helps in bringing their destructive behavior to a minimal level.
Like any other dog, Corgi Pitbulls also require proper grooming and primary care to look presentable. The way you groom your pet helps them develop a bond of love and care between you and your pooch. Hence, you must provide them with appropriate grooming.
Shedding and brushing:
It has been observed that the Corgi Pitbulls shed a lot if it takes after the parent breed Corgi, which is known for its thick double coat. However, if the mix takes after the Pitbull breed, then it might be easier to handle their shedding. Corgi Pitbull Mixes generally shed the most during spring and fall.
One must brush a Corgi Pitbull for at least 15 minutes daily, using a pin or slicker brush. It will keep your pet look neat and groomed and pave the way for better bonding. And of course, it will also prevent your sofas and carpets from getting covered with pet dander.
Bathing and cleaning:
Bathing a Corgi Pitbull Mix over-frequently might cause it to develop skin sensitivity towards shampoos and conditioners. Try using hypoallergic dog shampoos to cut down their irritation. Avoid bathing it until extremely necessary, to prevent drying of its skin as well.
Eyes, ears, nail, and teeth care:
Check their ears and eyes weekly for any sign of infection. Regularly brush their teeth to maintain dental hygiene. In case, their nails grow quickly, trimming should be done bi-weekly, else once every 3-weeks.
Common Health Issues:
Corgi Pitbulls are intrinsically playful dogs, but when they face any health issue, they start to cut down their activities drastically. So, if you notice any difference in their behavior and health, it is always recommended to consult a veterinary doctor. Here, we have highlighted a few common health issues observed in the Corgi Pitbull Mixes.
Elbow and Hip Dysplasia:
Dysplasia is prevalent among any breed of Pitbull. This health condition gives rise to the malformation of the hip or elbow joints. Changes in walking stance, reluctance in games involving jumps and runs might indicate the occurrence of Dysplasia in your pet. To avoid such conditions, try to keep a check on the heaviness of your dog and maintain the correct weight range.
The term describes a progressive neurodegenerative disease with characteristic clinical signs and distinct histopathologic spinal cord lesions. It starts with loss of synchronization in the hind limbs causing the dog to wobble while walking, knuckle over and drag their feet. No clinical treatment has proven to cure a dog completely of this issue but may slow down the problem.
Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD):
IVDD is a health condition in Corgi Pitbull Mixes where the cushioning discs, located in between the vertebrae of the spinal cord, either bulge or burst out into the spinal cord space. Forceful jumps and bad landing may cause a disc to burst and press onto the nerves of the spinal cord. Early intervention is needed to avoid permanent nerve damage. Symptoms of IVDD include stiffness in neck, limbs or back, impaired gait, incontinence, etc. So, prevent your pet from jumping off heights that might injure it and keep a check on its weight regularly.
Corgi Pitbull Mix is a breed of dog that is highly intelligent, active, and loves to be with people. They are protective as well as kid-friendly. Their playful and goofy nature will keep you entertained throughout the day. But sometimes, they can be trouble-makers, when left alone for long.
With proper training, the Corgi Pitbull Mixes can gain control over their aggression, inherited from the Pitbull breed. Besides, the furry Corgi Pitbulls, if groomed properly, will not even annoy you with their shedding. All they ask for is love and affection from their owners.
So, if you are active enough to keep up with their energy and pace, then they are a perfect choice for you. If you liked the article, do share your experiences with your canine companion in the comment box below.
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.