The Dorgi (Corgi x Dachshund): Features, Fun Facts, Photos

The Dorgi is a magnificent crossbreed, offering the best traits of the Corgi and the Dachshund. Loyal, affectionate and friendly, they are little dogs with huge personalities!

You wonder how they could exist? Let’s take a look at the history behind the breed.

How did Queen Elizabeth II influence the creation of the Dorgi?

A breed beloved by Her Majesty, the Welsh Corgi’s roots go back centuries. In 920 AD, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi It is thought to have been introduced to Wales by Flemish shepherds. In 1928 the Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgi breeds were recognized as one, but six years later they were recognized as their own unique and individual breeds.

Having owned Corgis since she was gifted to Susan on her 18th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II accidentally created the Dorgi. The cross was created when his own Corgi mated with Pipkin, a dachshund owned by Princess Margaret. The resulting puppies became the first of their kind resulting in the adorable Corgi mix we know today.

Queen Elizabeth II and her Dorgi Candy

Having owned over 30 Corgis, Queen Elizabeth II was known to have a soft spot for the Dachshund and Corgi Candy crossbreed. The oldest and oldest of the Queen’s many dogs, little Dorgi Candy was sweet and inquisitive, interrupting a souvenir tour in search of a treat.

What are the main differences between a Dorgi and a Corgi?

While Dorgis and Corgis have the same long bodies and beautiful brown coats, the Dorgi combines many of the best traits of both parent breeds. What these dogs lack in size, they certainly make up for in personality. They are affectionate and intelligent companions.

Personality differences

The Dorgi tends to have a more stubborn streak than the Corgi, which maybe comes from the Dachshund in there. Described by the Kennel Club as lively and brave, the Dachshund is a big dog in a small body. If the Dorgi has even a fraction of the determination of the Dachshund, you can be sure that this is a dog that knows its own mind.

Appearance differences

The Dorgi has a shorter and coarser coat than the Corgi, and soft, triangular ears. It is also slightly shorter and lighter than the Corgi, making it an ideal size for any home.

All about the Dorgi

As with any crossbreed, you should expect the unexpected, but here are some traits you’re sure to find in your Dorgi:


Dorgis are cute, cuddly and love company. These little bits of cabbage have strong personalities, who to like to play and spending time with people and other dogs. The Dorgi can be reserved and shy if not socialized from an early age., so it’s important for your pup to meet people early on. They may not be the best dog choice for young children, as their herding side might make them nervous. They can also be stubborn and independent, so they are best suited for singles or couples.


As with any mixed breed, the Dorgi can vary in size according to their parents. With a dachshund dad and a corgi mom, you can be sure that your pup won’t grow into a large dog, but there may be variations in size and weight from litter to litter.


As a mixed breed dog, the Dorgi is generally energetic and fairly healthy. That said, there are some health issues that owners should be aware of.

Hip dysplasia is a fairly common condition in the Corgi breed, affecting the development of the hip joint and can lead to loss of hip function. Symptoms look for include decreased range of motion, lameness, and change in gait. Corgis should be health checked and tested for hip dysplasia before breeding to prevent such a condition from being passed on.

Intervertebral disc diseaseWhere IVDD, is a condition of the spine which causes back pain, partial loss of limb function and, in severe cases, even paralysis. This is a particular problem with the dachshund breed, which is up to ten times more likely to suffer from this disease than other dogs.

The average lifespan of the Dorgi is 12 to 15 years.

When it comes to choosing a Dorgi puppy, be sure to find a reputable breeder who has reviewed the health of the parent dogs.


Dorgis are surprisingly active and energetic dogs for their size, and they love the outdoors. This active cross combines the versatility and athleticism of the Dachshund, with the herding nature of the Corgi, resulting in an intelligent dog that needs to run around and spend time in nature.

Dorgis may have a stubborn streak and know what they want, so training from an early age with a lot of positive reinforcement is essential. Dorgis can be easy to train, as long as they are sufficiently exercised, both mentally and physically.


As for grooming, the Dorgi is fairly low maintenance as even individuals with long hair only need brushing every two weeks.

In summary, the Dorgi is very easy to love. If you’re looking for a fun-loving, friendly and happy dog, this dachshund, corgi cross is a great choice.. Be sure to socialize and train from an early age so your pup grows into a well-rounded adult.

If you want to share your life with a dog fit for royalty, the Dorgi might be the dog for you!

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