We continue in this article the second part of the most popular Pomeranian mix breeds you might have some interest in purchasing. This article aims at providing the prospect buyer or adopter of a Pomeranian mix breed with all the information and opinions available without taking any personal stand or biased side.
Corgi Pomeranian mix
Corgi Pomeranian mix breed is one of the cutest Pomeranian mix breed ever. They definitely belong to the even cuter part of this article. So what to expect when you buy/ adopt a Corgi Pomeranian mix, how to care for them, and how they are different from any other Pomeranian mix breed is what this part is about.
Which Corgi you mean?
There are two different Corgi breeds, Cardigan Corgi dog breed and Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog breed. They are both Corgi dogs that belong to the same origin, but they are slightly different in physical appearance from each other. Actually just recently with the specification and classification of animals and dogs, they are separated as dog breeds. Before dog clubs and Kennels they were considered a single breed that comes in two shapes and sizes basically.
Corgi Pomeranian mix breeds appearance
– The exact description for that type of Pomeranian mix is quite elusive. For couple reasons, first Corgi Pomeranian mix breed is not very popular or in demand (the reasons will be discussed later on in the article), so there is not much information about the expected hybrid of Corgi Pomeranian mix dog breed. Second, there are two different breeds of Corgi dogs, so the product of Pomeranian and Corgi hybridization process will vary in both cases. Finally, all mix breeds in general (Pomeranian mix breeds included) have no one plus one genetic equation rule, it depends on which side the Corgi Pomeranian mix leans to, which is absolutely unpredictable, random, and variable from one litter to the next.
– But as a general rule, a Corgi Pomeranian mix breed will look like a mix of both breeds’ physical traits. As we discussed in much details in part one of this article the physical appearance of Pomeranian dog breed, here is the detailed description of Welsh Corgi dog breed.
– Welsh Corgi dogs breed is quite sturdy, well-built and strong dog breed. Their physical appearance suggests stamina, vigor, and endurance. They are distinguished with their short legs, which give them certain chubby overall look. Despite this bold and strong figure, they should be a balance between heavy boned and light boned. If they are too heavy they might be obese, and if they are too light boned, that might be indicative of bad nutrition and health problems. Keep that in mind while purchasing or adopting a Welsh Corgi puppy.
The head: Looks similar to fox heads, with upright and erect ears.
The skull: Welsh Corgi dogs have quite wide and flat skull, but the cheeks are a bit round and more pronounced than expected for such flat skulled dog breed.
Muzzle: Balanced between flat and prominent.
Neck: Quite long to balance the short body figure to the skull. Slightly curvy, but you have to be cautious of your Corgi if it has a very long, thin, or stuffed neckline. All of these former necklines are faulty and suggest of bad bloodline.
Body: this is one of the most distinguishable features of the Corgi. Corgi dog breeds along with Corgi Pomeranian mix breeds have unique rib cage. It is very puffy, and pronounced. It looks similar to well- trained body builders’ chest in terms of puffiness. It takes an oval shape towards the fore legs, and hangs low as if it is about to touch the ground. Like a heavy pregnant woman in her last weeks, dropped down and oval in shape. Sadly this body structure stunts or becomes and obstacle to the Corgi breed movement. They can’t move very fast or run briskly and lightly like other dog breeds do.
Legs: Corgi dogs breed is the shot sturdy forearms, with slight inward turning. The forearms are closer to each other than the hinder legs which are wider.
Coat: Corgi dogs have medium length fur or coat. However they have the same thick double coat. The length of the fur varies; it becomes sparse in some areas and gets thicker and fluffier around the neck, chest and the Shoulders. The fore part of these Welsh Corgi dogs are less thick and less fluffy than the hinder part. The hinder legs and underparts are marked with fuller, longer hairs.
– Shedding: It goes without saying that any dog breed with thick, double coat will suffer from constant shedding problem that worsen and improves from one season to another. This should not be alarming problem, regular brushing, moisturization, and grooming should be enough.
– If you see the Corgi puppy with alarming short and sparse coat, this is a red flag, you should not adopt it.
– Both Pomeranian and Welsh Corgis (cardigan and Pembroke) have double coat, with the undercoat being coarser, shorter and thicker whereas the overcoat is longer, softer and less thick. You can expect the Corgi Pomeranian mix to be have super thick, extra long and luscious fur coat.
– Trimming is the only grooming that should be allowed for both Corgi dogs in general and Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs. Shaving is forbidden at all costs, when shave many documented cases of Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs did not grow their coat back, or it grew back in patches.
Hinder legs: they are much longer and bonier than the fore legs. They should have a slight angled look, however and exaggerated angled look is a sign of faulty bone structure.
Tail: Welsh Corgi dogs have very short tails, nor more than two inches. Sometimes they are born with natural docks. Corgi dogs tail should never be raised up.
The difference between Pembroke corgi dogs and a cardigan is that, the Pembroke has a docked tail while the Cardigan has a long tail like a cardigan sleeve. Also the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a bit heavier and bigger than the Pembroke one.
Unlike Pomeranian dogs which were used as sled dogs, Corgi dogs were the opposite they were raised to herd cattle. They originate from Pembroke shire in Wales, thus the Welsh name. They go back to old times that they have their own folklore legend.
According to the Welsh legend, two young little boys were taking care of their family’s cattle in the field when they found a bundle of couple puppies that looked like foxes. They took the two puppies to their parents who pointed out that these puppies are not foxes, but rather the fairies’ carriage pullers. Their backs are marked with the straddle. So the kids kept the Corgi dogs as a gift from the fairies and let them herd the cattle where they were found.
By knowing this when you see a Corgi Pomeranian mix dog, know that they are half fairies’ gift to humans and their other half is royal parent.
Temperament of Corgi Pomeranian mix :
Both Welsh Corgi dogs have the same temperament, level of intelligence, herding abilities and physicality. Corgi dogs unlike Pomeranian dogs are still used as working dogs. Their sturdy and bony physic enables them to do hard working tasks and herd cattle. That’s why Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs are way stronger than the vulgar and fragile Pomeranians.
One thing that Pomeranians and Welsh Corgi dogs have in common is that both are family pets, very good with children. Welsh Corgi dogs are loving, sweet, and intelligent dogs but they share some of the stubbornness streaks Pomeranian dogs have. Yet, Welsh Corgi dogs are much easier to train than Pomeranians. With a Corgi Pomeranian mix dog you get a bit of both.
The thing about Welsh corgi dogs being easy to train is that they like food so much. You could have guessed that looking at their chubby cute body. So food is a great motivator who holds the treat has the power. You have to be careful with treats while training your Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs.
Welsh corgis are great watchdogs. But that comes with a price, they are high vocals dogs and they bark at anything and everything. This would be a good thing as they would ward off strangers and intruders, yet it would be a headache if not controlled early on and tamed.
To avoid any problems with anti-social Corgi Pomeranian dog, early socialization to other dogs and people is highly recommendable. Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs need to be exposed to new sights, experiences, sounds and surroundings to loosen up and lose their fright and suspicion.
Feeding Corgi Pomeranian mix
Feeding your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog is no different than feeding any other dog. First you will need a transitional phase between the dog breeders’ food and the food you are planning to provide.
– Start by deducting specific amount of your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog’s food, let’s say ¼ cup. Substitute this amount with your choice of dogs food.
– Make this feeding plan stable and fixed for a week. Next week, deduce more and substitute in its place and so on. Till you finally reach the week where you can feed your Corgi Pomeranian mix with your dogs’ food of choice.
– A noteworthy is that you should be careful with what you feed your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog, for Corgis are known to have obese tendencies. They like food so much and always want more. Chubby and cute as they are, you may have some problem with saying no to them. Yet, that’s what you should do. Corgis as a breed have thicker legs and much stamina when it comes to digestive system. Pomeranians on the other hand are more sensitive when it comes to digestion and digestive tract, so any Corgi Pomeranian mxi dog won’t tolerate what a normal Corgi would.
– Stick up to two or three meals at the first 6 months, then reduce them to two or one as your vet recommends according to your Corgi Pomeranian mix weight and health requirements. You will need to add more meals in pregnancy period if you have a female dog.
– No matter what type of dog food you pick, make sure you chose a good type as many dog food on the market, even with great prices are filled with artificial fillers and non- consolable ingredients that might harm your dog.
– If you noticed your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog is losing weight when you finally make the full transition to your dog food of choice, gets diarrhea, inflammation, bloated, less energy levels or any different symptoms you have to check with your vet on this particular brand. Artificial fillers sometimes irritate dogs’ stomach and cause upset stomach and other digestion related problems.
– If you are debating wet VS dry food as options for your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog, dry food is the one you should always pick. It prevents any tooth decay, gum or dental health troubles as your dog grows older.
– Never ever allow begging for food. This will lead to many attitude and training problems you don’t need in your life. Stick to your meals and don’t add more. Table scrapes are also an absolute no no. Our human food is filled with spices, and some harmful ingredients like nuts that could be fatal to dogs.
– Cooking for your Corgi Pomeranian mix could be an affordable and healthy feeding plan, use clean cut meat like chicken breasts, thighs, pork, beef, and livers. Protein is crucial for dogs well-being and healthy development. Don’t use any spice, only boil them to make them easier to chew and digest. No salt, no nuts, no corns are allowed. Only vegetables are allowed to add some flavor like carrots.
– You could add chicken stew to dry food to add some moist texture and flavor.
– When it comes to treats, limit them to training and choose non salt, and non spice ones.
Training Corgi Pomeranian mix
Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs come from two intelligent, witty, and easy to tech dog breeds. Yet, Pomeranian and Corgis both can have streaks of stubbornness and sassy attitude. Consistent and firm training sessions are all it takes to have a well trained Corgi Pomeranian mix.
– Start as early as possible with your training but don’t force it or be hard on your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog.
– Laying boundaries is the most important step in the whole training. From day one, draw the sleeping area boundaries and urination boundaries. Don’t confuse your dog by setting boundaries and then break them. Be gentle but firm. Boundaries are not important in themselves they function as the foundation for later on training. You can’t just let them be and once start making demands and start house breaking, introduce house training step by step.
– Pee pads are quite good as a start for peeing. Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs sadly are tiny and fragile; peeing outside when they are little puppies may not be advisable especially if you live in cold country with severely freezing winters.
– When it comes to house breaking and peeing, Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs are no different than any other dog breed. What is really especial and specific about Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs is Socialization. These dogs are very suspicious with strangers, and what makes this problem even worse, their high vocal cords. Literally if this problem is not controlled your Corgi Pomeranian mix will end up barking at everything and everybody.
– From very early age, after finishing all his vaccinations of course, try to expose you Corgi Pomeranian mix dog to different surrounding, people and introduce it to other dogs. Dog parks could be good choice if yours is not filled with huge dogs. If you don’t have dogs park nearby, obedience and socializing classes are always around and there your Corgi Pomeranian will make lots of good friend of the same size.
– Be careful that due to the herding abilities Welsh Corgi dogs have originally, and the sassiness of Pomeranian dogs, your Corgi Pomeranian mxi dog could easily become dominant and sassy in his attitude. This is expected but not tolerated. Be firm and let it know that this behavior is not acceptable.
– After the first year, your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog should be able to understand few commands like yes, no, wait, come and answers to his name being called.
Grooming Corgi Pomeranian mix dog
Grooming your Corgi Pomeranian dog is the heaviest task you will have to do after training your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog. Both Corgis and Pomeranian dogs have double thick coats with constant shedding problem. And in addition to their daily and constant shedding, it gets heavier twice a year seasonally and during pregnancy. So you will have to be able to handle this.
– Daily brushing is a must. It detangles the knots and massages the skin to produce more oil and moisturize the fur. This makes it stronger, and less likely to fall.
– Don’t brush on dry fur. Yes, you don’t have to bathe your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog every day, but still spray some hair conditioner before brushing. Dry brushing will may irritate the skin and cause more fall. Think of it as normal human hair, if brushed harshly more damage and fall is bound to happen.
– Use Wide comb or soft hair bristle brush to brush daily their fur.
– No shaving for the undercoat is ever allowed. Only trimming especially the rear end for hygiene purposes and around the feet. Many Pomeranian mix owners shaved their pet to find it does not grow back, or did grow back but in coarse patches. Spare yourself the drama and stick to regular trimming.
– Don’t be affected with the lion and Boo Pomeranian haircuts, sadly if you dipped your toe in those haircuts you will have to stick and commit to them.
– Don’t forget brushing your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog’s teeth. Pomeranian dogs are prone to teeth decay and dental health problems. Two to three times a week would suffice to keep their teeth healthy and functioning.
– Your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog will need nail and paws care too. You should trim its nails twice or thrice a month. A good call would be get them done professionally. For dogs have blood vessels and veins in their nails – not like humans as we don’t have any nerve or blood vessels to our nails or hairs – So taking an amateur attempt at trimming your dog’s nails might end in hurting it. Or worse freaking it out from this whole process.
– You need to teach your Corgi Pomeranian mxi dog to be still while brushing and trimming him. Rewards after successful grooming and trimming session are expected of course.
– Start grooming and trimming when your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog is still a puppy. Hold its paw in the position of nail trimming to get it accustomed to this position and comfortable with being touched.
– You should also clean it ears with little cotton swap, wet with little PH balanced dog ear cleaners. And as physicians always advise don’t get it too far in the ear canal, just the out part.
– Investigate your dog’s body frequently for nay rashes, soreness, ulcers, bites, bald spots or any unhealthy signs or change.
– If you noticed his vision is blurry or it keeps bumping into walls or does not see obstacles clearly you should get his eyes checked. See if there is any redness in his eyes, or discharges that your vet should know about.
Exercise requirements for your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog
Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs are highly energetic dogs. Corgis are known to have a tendency to be overweight, that’s why they need regular training. With those fragile and tiny Pomeranian thighs, your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog’s weight should always be kept healthy otherwise back and feet problems are bound to worsen with age.
Also regular exercise tempers down your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog’s sassiness and nipping habits. Both Corgi and Pomeranian dogs are good with children, yet some Corgi dogs due to their herding origin nip at children’s feet. So you should watch over your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog when he deals with your kids. This is not something you should worry about, Corgis are fantastic with children and kids in general but just to be sure and safe when you leave your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog with your children especially if they are under 8 years old.
If your kids are under the age of 8, a sound advice would be not to leave them unsupervised with your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog. Even if your Corgi Pomeranian mix is the best with kids, below the age of eight years old many kids may play rough with the dog, provoke it unknowingly, or tire them out. This would be a bit unsafe especially for such small toy dog as the Corgi Pomeranian mix dog.
Health problems common with Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs
Corgi Pomeranian mix dogs are generally healthy dogs, of course they might encounter some health issues or problems as they grow older as all dogs do. Yet, there is not much documented diseases or health issues specific to either breed, or their mix’s genetic pool.
As we pointed before weight is kind of problematic issues with Welsh Corgis, but you can always avoid any future problems by sticking to healthy dog food and specific meals.
Another health issues you should keep any on, is your Corgi Pomeranian mix bones. They are tiny and fragile; don’t tighten up the collar or the leash. Be careful while you pull them during walks if they are looking at different direction. Pomeranian dogs especially are more prone to neck problems as a result of tight leash or being pulled hard.
Other than that, you should buy your Corgi Pomeranian mix dog or puppy from a reputable dog breeder who can provide you with registration and health certificates.
Continue part III of Pomeranian mix breeds; the cute and the even cuter