Corgi Inu Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Corgi Inu so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginUnited States flagUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the Corgi Inu have?
Shiba Corgi
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Corgi Inu Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Corgi Inu puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$300-$700
If you choose to purchase the Corgi Inu, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Corgi Inu for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Corgi Inu gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Corgi Inu?
Average: The Corgi Inu is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Corgi Inu Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Small Medium
Weight
How much does the Corgi Inu weigh? Corgi Inu weight:
18-29 pounds (8-13 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Corgi Inu? Corgi Inu average weight:
23.5 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Corgi Inu? Corgi Inu height:
10-15 inches (25-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Corgi Inu average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Corgi Inu Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Corgi Inu have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseWaterproofThickDoubleShortLongCorgis have shorter, thick, waterproof coats, while Shiba Inus have double coats.
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Corgi Inu's coat?
RedBlackBlue FawnWhiteSable
Grooming
How to groom the Corgi Inu and how often?
Advanced: The Corgi Inu requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Corgi Inu a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Corgi Inu, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Corgi Inu dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Shiba Corgi?
Corgi Inus are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Corgi Inu need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Corgi Inu every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Corgi Inu Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Corgi Inu have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertWatchfulTrainableIndependentOutgoingGoofyEnergeticSmart
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Corgi Inu? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Corgi Inu's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Corgi Inu dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Corgi Inus are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Corgi Inu is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Corgi Inu sensitivity:
Corgi Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Corgi Inus are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Shiba Corgi need? Corgi Inu social needs:
Corgi Inus need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Corgi Inu dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Shiba Corgi bark?
Average: The Corgi Inu barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Corgi Inu good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Corgi Inus are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Corgi Inus will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Corgi Inu dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Corgi Inus strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Corgi Inu bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Shiba Corgi? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Corgi Inu? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Corgi Inu has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Corgi Inu has a hard bite?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Corgi Inu bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI. However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are. They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Corgi Inu do?
Corgi Inus have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Corgi Inus need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Corgi Inu to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Corgi Inu roam?
Corgi Inus tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Corgi Inu have high prey drive?
Corgi Inus have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Corgi Inu good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Apartment-friendly dog the Corgi Inu breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Corgi Inus adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Corgi Inu Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Corgi Inu temperament with other people:
Corgi Inus are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Corgi Inu dogs get along with other pets? Are Corgi Inu dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Corgi Inus do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Corgi Inu dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Corgi Inu temperament with children:
Corgi Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Corgi Inu dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Corgi Inus are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Corgi Inu good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Corgi Inu dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Corgi Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Corgi Inu breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Corgi Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Corgi Inus good office dogs? Do Corgi Inus make good office friendly dogs? Can Corgi Inus be office dogs?
No
Corgi Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Corgi Inu dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Shiba Corgi temperament with senior people? Are Corgi Inu dogs good for elderly owners?
Corgi Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.

Corgi Inu Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Corgi Inu dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Corgi Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Corgi Inu breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Corgi Inu breed? Most common health risks of Corgi Inu:
CataractsElbow DysplasiaDegenerative Myelopathy
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Corgi Inu breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Corgi Inu see the vet?
Average
The Corgi Inu should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Corgi Inu dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Corgi Inu be? What is the age limit of the Corgi Inu? How many years can the oldest Corgi Inu live?
11-15 years
The average lifespan of Corgi Inu: 13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Corgi Inu breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Corgi Inus do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
No
Corgi Inus don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Corgi Inu have? What is the activity level of the Corgi Inu?
Corgi Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Corgi Inu dogs require per day?
Corgi Inus need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Corgi Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Corgi Inu need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Corgi Inu risk for obesity:
Average: The Corgi Inu has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Corgi Inu's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Corgi Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Low 🔽

The Corgi Inu has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Corgi Inu drool?
The Corgi Inu is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Corgi Inu could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Corgi Inu. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Corgi Inu As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Corgi Inu is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Corgi Inu be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Corgi Inu is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Corgi Inu is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Corgi Inu is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a boat dog?

Not really

Corgi Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Corgi Inu be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Corgi Inu is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Corgi Inu dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Corgi Inu Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Corgi Inu: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Corgi Inu have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Corgi Inu Recognition

AKC Group
Is Corgi Inu recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Corgi Inu recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Corgi Inu breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.

Corgi Inu Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Corgi Inu's has great intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Corgi Inus do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Corgi Inu breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Corgi Inu is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Corgi Inu has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Corgi Inus are good watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Corgi Inus tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Corgi Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Corgi Inu requires a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Corgi Inus are heavy shedders.
  • Cat Friendly: Corgi Inus are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Corgi Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Corgi Inu History

The Corgi Inu dog breed may have existed naturally over the years, but designer breeders likely started internationally mixing Corgis and Shiba Inus in the early 2000s, likely in North America. According to experts, the common logic between breeding these two breeds together, despite how different they are, is that perhaps a friendlier fox-like dog would be produced. Moreover, the Shiba Inu Corgi mix will typically be a moderately energetic dog that is fairly easy to train. Hybrids are often quiet, well-mannered dogs who, when properly introduced, can get along with children and other animals. However, some Corgi Inu can take on both the stubbornness of Shiba Inus and the bossiness of Corgis. Although, Shiba Inus were originally hunting dogs, while Corgis were bred for herding, putting these two characteristics together in a Corgi Inu resulted in a  dog with a moderate prey drive.

 

However, to be able to understand Corgi Inu’s history, we need to look at the parent breeds’ history. First of all, Shiba Inu’s history goes back thousands of years, and it can be traced back to Japan’s Joman period, which dates all the way back to 7000 BC. According to historians, the ancestors of the Shiba Inu were owned by the Jomonjin or Rope-Pattern people. However, there have been disagreements about whether the breed arrived in Japan from northern Asia or Korea, but most experts agree that the breed has descended from dogs that accompanied people who arrived in the first or second major migration to Japan. This also proves that the Shiba has been present in Japan between 2300 and 10000 years, which makes the breed not only the smallest of Japan’s six original and distinct spitz breeds but also its oldest. Moreover, even Japan’s oldest historical document, called the Sihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan) notes the importation of dogs from the Asian continent and it also indicates that these dogs were often used for hunting in the underlying brush in the mountains of Japan. According to National Geographic, Shibas are also genetically similar to wolves, further proving the point that it is among the oldest domesticated dog breeds. Inu, of course, is the Japanese word for dog, but where the word “Shiba” came from is still being debated. Shiba actually means “brushwood” in Japanese, red-colored vegetation common in the areas where the Shiba hunted, often by Samurai during the period of the Kamakura Shogunate. On the other side, it has also been suggested that “Shiba” may have meant “small” in an obsolete dialect and that the breed was named for its small size. Whichever is the right answer, the name ‘Shiba Inu’ was officially coined in Japan in the 1920s. At that time there were not many Shibas left in their original form but a number of Japanese dog lovers acted up to save the breed from extinction. Not so much later in 1928 the NIPPO, the Association for the Preservation of the Japanese Dog, was created by Dr. Hiroyo Saito. In the next three years, the NIPPO successfully campaigned the Japanese government to designate the Akita Inu as a Japanese National Monument. In 1936 the NIPPO achieved its goal in getting the Shiba Inu declared a Japanese National Monument as well. Unfortunately just like among other breeds, many Shiba Inu died during Word War II in bombing raids. After the war ended, many breeding programs were re-established using those dogs that survived in remote rural areas. The remnants of the various bloodlines were combined to produce the breed as we know it today. According to sources, the first Shibas entered the US in the 1950s who went with the military returning from Japan. However, it was not until 1993 that the breed gained recognition by the American Kennel Club, and since that time the breed has become increasingly popular.

 

On the other hand, the Corgi originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales in the 1100s, and is a charming dog with a folkloric past. According to the legend, the breed sprang from the lairs of fairies and elves, but there are differing accounts as to how the Corgi originated. It is also believed that the Corgi was introduced in the 12th century by Flemish weavers as a working dog. While the exact ancestry of the Corgi is often debated, it is also thought that the breed originated from a combination of several breeds, including the Keeshond, the Schipperke, the Pomeranian, the Samoyed, the Chow-Chow, the Norwegian Elkhound, and the Finnish Spitz. Moreover, it is also often accepted that the Corgi descended from spitz-type breeds that were taken to Britain with the Vikings in the 9th and 10th centuries. Whichever is true, the breed has a rather misty historical pedigree. According to historians, the breed was created with the intention of herding sheep and leading them by biting their legs. The Corgi is still used as a watchdog, guard dog, and herder, even though its primary job is now to be a loving companion. In the 1920s, the UK Kennel Club recognized Corgis as purebred dogs, and they were officially known as Welsh Corgis when exhibited for the first time in 1925. At that time, Pembrokes and Cardigans were shown in the same class as one breed. The breed began to gain popularity in the 1930s when King George VI gifted one to his daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. In fact, Elizabeth II maintains this breed within her sight at all times. Furthermore, in 1934, the Kennel Club recognized the Pembroke and the Cardigan as two separate breeds and in the same year, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed. Pembrokes were first shown in the United States in 1936. They have slowly gained popularity within the U.S. and today they are among the top 50 most popular breeds for family pets.

 

Overall, the two-parent breeds make an excellent companion for all types of families, but as a designer/hybrid dog, the Corgi Inu is not recognized by any major clubs.

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