If you try mixing a captivatingly handsome Siberian Husky with a cute and lovable Pembroke Welsh Corgi, you’d definitely get a dog that is worth entering into competitions and it will come out a winner. Except that you won’t be able to since it’s a hybrid. Regardless, it will still be a clear champion in the hearts of those who have learned to live with this enthusiastic, smart, affectionate, and very playful little hound. The Corgi Husky Mix or Siborgi is one adorable hound that is the result of mating two of the dog-loving world’s cutest characters. The physical attributes and personality traits of its parents are well integrated into this hybrid that the Siborgi is simply incredible not to love.
History of the Corgi Husky Mix
We would love to share with you how the Corgi Husky Mix (also known as Corgsky, Horgi, and Siborgi) was developed, but it would seem we couldn’t find any credible source that will point to who first developed the hybrid, where it was created, and when the first Siborgi was born. We only know that people as early as the 15th century already began experimenting with the crossing of different breeds to produce the kind of dog that they want.
It is also possible that crossbreeding could have been initiated much earlier. We just don’t have evidence to prove that yet. The only thing we know is that many of the modern dogs we have today are the result of crossbreeding. Over a long period of time, these dogs have attained uniformity in their characteristics that it already became possible to predict the traits of their offspring.
As for the Horgi, what we know is that its creators wanted a smaller version of the Siberian Husky. As such they had to look for smaller breeds that would retain many of the fundamental traits of the Husky including its hardiness, intelligence, playfulness, and alertness. Of course, you might say they could have opted for a Chihuahua or even a Yorkshire Terrier, but this might diminish the Husky’s work ethic.
Whatever the case, the Corgsky is one cute and adorable hybrid.
Don’t expect the Siborgi to have come from the natural way of breeding, though. It simply isn’t physically possible. A Siberian Husky can grow as tall as 24 inches while the maximum height that a Pembroke Welsh Corgi can attain is about half that at 12 inches. Can you imagine the size disparity?
It is for this reason that the Horgi is a product of artificially inseminating a female Siberian Husky with the semen of a male Pembroke Welsh Corgi. While the very first artificial insemination in dogs was reported y Lazarro Spallanzani in 1784, it is only in the later parts of the 20th century that artificial insemination in dogs became quite common among breeders. This should give you an idea as to the history of the Siborgi; it is plausible it was created in the 20th century.
Even though artificial insemination is now quite common, there are still those who maintain that it is not ‘natural’ since one is tampering with the design of Mother Nature.
Again, we leave the decision to you.
Who are the Parents?
The Corgsky, as we mentioned above, is the product of getting the semen from a male Corgi and inserting these into the vaginal canal of a female Siberian Husky that is currently in heat. It would be wise then if we spend some time learning a few things about its parents.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Welsh call it the ‘Dwarf Dog”, perhaps because of its short and stocky yet very nimble legs, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a distant relative of the Siberian Husky. Both belong to a general classification of dogs known as “Spitz”, although it is more closely related to the Finnish Spitz, Chow Chow, Samoyed, and Pomeranian.
Looking more like a stubby little fox, the Corgi should never be underestimated. It’s a Napoleon in a clown suit that loves nothing more than to be in charge, especially when it comes to herding cattle. It is bold, protective, and tenacious yet very friendly and kind. It is a very adaptable breed with an affection level that very few other breeds can match. It’s intelligent and will do well being trained, but will always appreciate several hours of exhausting games. Its high energy levels will mean you’re the one who will give up first.
The Corgi is believed to have descended from the dogs brought by Flemish weavers and Vikings to Wales way back in the 10th century. These dogs were used to herd their masters’ sheep, cattle, geese, horses, and even duck. As a matter of fact, the Corgi is regarded as one of the planet’s oldest herding breeds.
But if you think the Corgi is nothing more than a livestock farmer’s four-legged shepherd, you’d be surprised. One of the most popular fans of the Corgi is none other than Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty was presented with this lovable herding dog by King George VI. You can see many of the Queen’s photographs that include her favorite Corgi. In 2012, the Queen ceased breeding Pembroke Welsh Corgis so that she will not leave any behind when she passes into the afterlife.
In the US, the Welsh Corgi is slowly warming up the hearts of dog lovers. From the AKC’s number 24 in 2013, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi now ranks number 15 – just 3 places behind the Siberian Husky at the number 12 spot.
With an incredible work ethic, remarkable endurance, and amazing speed, the Siberian Husky has long been favored by Arctic explorers and Nordic sled dog racers in their pursuits. It is very easy to train so long as its handler understands the intricacies of this Taymyr wolf descendant. Its wolf-like features coupled with its persevering personality is something that many folks want in their homes. After all, it is very rare that you get to bring home a descendant of the great Grey wolf.
The Siberian Husky is well-known for its work ethic. It is not as single-minded as other breeds of dogs, however, but it will never fail you when you need it to bring you across the harshest terrain on the planet. It is the venerable work dog of the Chukchi people who have to move from one place to another just to survive.
Just after the turn of the 20th century, these wolf-like dogs were introduced in Alaska where they were ridiculed by the townspeople of Nome. Little did they know that this Siberian Rat, as they fondly called it, will prove its mettle when it accomplishes the unthinkable – a nearly 700-mile run from Nenana to Nome through the deadly Norton Sound – in 1925. Known as the Great Race of Mercy, the anti-diphtheria serum run cemented the status of the Siberian Husky and officially introduced it to the rest of the world.
This only means one thing: the Siberian Husky is bred for work. It loves nothing else, except perhaps being in the company of children and playing with them all day long. Its prey drive is something that you should be especially cautious with, however, as anything that is smaller than the Husky can be viewed as prey. But, given the fact that the Husky is highly trainable, this should be easily managed with proper training.
Oh, did we mention the Husky as being stubborn, too? It would seem that all intelligent beings have a really stubborn streak in them. Yes, the Husky is smart but if you don’t know how to play to its natural intelligence, it will readily show you just how stubborn it can be.
Given that the Siborgi is a mix between two different breeds – one of a working dog and the other of a herding dog – it is quite difficult to establish a definitive standard. Even if you had an F1 hybrid – both parents being purebred – there simply is no way you can be sure what will come out. However, we can still observe some recurring themes in the individual characteristics of these dogs that we can safely say these can be considered as the standards of the hybrid.
- The tallest Siborgi known so far stands at 15 inches which should be just right between the heights of its parents, although the average is slightly taller than a purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi at 13 inches.
- Its weight is highly variable, though. It can be as light as 20 pounds (making it a small dog) or as heavy as a 50-pounder (making it a medium-sized dog).
- The Horgi can lead a fruitful life of 15 years, although it is possible that it can live even longer.
- The Corgsky comes with a dense double coat where the outer coat is long and coarse while the undercoat is usually thick and short. It is possible to have exaggerated feathering on the Siborgi’s ears, legs, chest, and feet.
- The coat can come in white, cram, orange, black, brown, or blue with hues of brindle, sable, or red.
- It is a very vocal crossbreed, the perfect combination of a Husky’s howl and a Corgi’s incessant bark.
- The stance of a Corgsky is a lot similar to that of a German Shepherd, although it retains the short limbs of the Corgi.
- The frame is strong with its ears always standing proud, pointing to the sky.
- The head is a bit roundish and adorned by a pair of almond-shaped eyes.
Things You Should Know
Pet parents of Siborgis have a lot of nice things to say about the crossbreed. Let’s find out if you’ve got what it takes to be one of the pet parents of this adorable hybrid.
Being the offspring of two intelligent dog breeds does have its advantages. The Siborgi is so easy to train as it is greatly motivated by the attention that it receives. It is very eager and has the level of enthusiasm of a preschooler who is out to discover the rest of his surroundings.
Training a Siborgi puppy is like working on a blank data sheet. It can absorb everything you teach it in a relatively short period of time. There is one very important command that it needs to learn, though. When you say “stop”, it should immediately cease what it is doing. Remember, the Corgi in the Siborgi is very fond at nipping. It’s a trait that it needs when herding cattle. However, you don’t want it to be nipping at your kids’ heels either. So you need to teach it when to stop.
The Corgi has a well-rounded body, literally. As such, the Siborgi may also have the same trait. And while this rambunctious four-legged punk has tremendous levels of energy that will require lots of calories, we regret to inform you that it requires a reduced calorie diet since it is quite prone to obesity. It is also important to go slow on the fat as this can further aggravate its tendency to become a fat dog.
Stick to a weight maintenance diet so the Siborgi will avoid some of the well-known complications of obesity such as cardiovascular problems, metabolic diseases, and orthopedic conditions. You can go for automatic dog feeders or even food portioning systems just so you can keep an eye on its weight. Also, adding chondroitin and glucosamine in their diet wouldn’t hurt.
With parents that are highly active working and herding dogs, it is inevitable that the Siborgi will also have tons of energy packed inside its small yet muscular frame. Get ready with a game of Frisbee and toy ball fetch as these dogs are very eager to catch something. That being said, it wouldn’t also hurt if you play a game of chase with them. Be careful with children, though, as the prey drive of a Husky and the nipping tendencies of a Corgi can hurt your kid.
Most dogs require daily 30 to 60-minute walks. Not the Siborgi. Because of its high energy levels, it needs a minimum of 2 hours of daily walk. So if you’re more comfortable sitting and lounging in front of the TV, this dog isn’t for you.
Unlike other dogs that can be very territorial, the Siborgi is a very friendly and likable dog. Since it treats almost every other human being as a ‘friend’, it will never be a good guard dog. Instead of barking, it might as well play a game of fetch with a stranger. It can live harmoniously with other pets, too, making it a great addition to any multi-pet household.
There’s only one minor hiccup. While it is friendly, its tendency to nip remains strong. That is why it is imperative that the Siborgi be trained not to nip or bite especially kids. They don’t mean harm, mind you. They are simply acting out the herding instincts of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
The Corgsky’s dense double coat can mean only one thing – frequent coat brushing. And you’re right! It requires daily brushing, although twice or thrice a week will also suffice if you’re quite a busy fellow. Unfortunately, if your Horgi is as fluffy as some Corgis, daily brushing is a must.
It’s a heavyweight shedder, too. You might want to get another dog if you’ve got issues with pet dander. Other than that, the Corgsky should be perfectly fine.
Hip dysplasia, obesity, eye problems, skin problems, and epilepsy are quite common among Siborgis. They are also vulnerable to developing Von Willebrand’s disease, diabetes, problems with the vertebrae, and heart disease.
Given the many fine attributes of a Siborgi, it may be the perfect pet for those who…
- Are first-time dog owners, provided they can commit to training and socializing the Siborgi as a puppy
- Live in any type of domicile, be it an apartment, a small house, or a mansion
- Are highly active and can devote 2 hours every day just for exercise and physical activities with the Siborgi alone
- Are not bothered by daily grooming of the Siborgi’s coat
Unfortunately, if you are any of the following the Corgsky may not be the dog for you.
- Allergic to pet dander
- A couch potato
- Hates barking dogs
- Wants a guard dog
In a word, lovable. That’s what the Siborgi is. It’s a little bundle of joy, full of vigor and life that it would be nearly impossible not to get right in the mood, too, if you’re up to it. They are very friendly, great with kids, and very smart, too. It is very easy to train and can easily pick up a desirable dog behavior from what’s not. Its temperament is best described as sweet and easy-going, a far cry from the workaholic nature of its parents. It’s everything that individuals would want for their families, especially if they have children.
It is very easy to see why even novice pet owners want a Corgsky in their lives. Its sweet and gentle nature plus infectious friendliness and playfulness can surely bring the sunshine into one’s home anytime.