French Corgi Overview

Parent Breeds:
Corgi & French Bulldog
Breed Nickname:
French Corgi
10-16 inches
10-16 inches
Life Span:
10-15 years
Coat Colors:
Fawn, white, red, black, sable, tan, and brindle.

French Corgi Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The French Corgi

What Is A Corgi French Bulldog Mix Called?

The result of crossbreeding a Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a French Bulldog is called a French Corgi, or a Corgi French Bulldog mix. These dogs are small, apartment-friendly, and loyal to their owners.

They’re charming to everyone they meet, and they are a perfect blend of the best qualities from each parent breed. But they’re not the ideal pet for every household, and you need to do your research before welcoming a new dog into your home.

Is the French Corgi the best pet for you? Let’s find out.

French Corgi Breed History

  • First bred in the 1990s.

  • Bred to minimize the risk of health issues.

  • Offers the best traits of the Corgi and French Bulldog.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact time and place in which the French Corgi was first bred, and the same can be said for many designer breeds. However, the French Corgi first became well-known and beloved in the 1990s, and their popularity hasn’t dwindled since.

During the 90s and 00s, designer breeds were in incredibly high demand. Everyone wanted the best of both worlds in which they could have two dogs rolled into one, all with the added benefit of fewer health issues.

The French Corgi has a longer snout than most French Bulldogs, leading to fewer breathing problems. Likewise, they have longer legs, meaning they might not suffer from as many joint pains.

French Corgi Personality & Temperament

  • Loyal to their owners.

  • Cuddy lap dogs that love spending time with their family.

  • Can live in apartments and houses.

The French Corgi is a cuddly dog that loves attention and will charm anyone around them. They’re loving, playful, loyal, and intelligent.

They tend to be excellent communicators and can pick up new commands quickly, which is always a great trait for novice owners!

Since the French Corgi is a relatively low-maintenance breed, they can live in both apartments and houses. They might prefer a yard to run around in, but they’ll do fine without as long as you have enough time to get them outside throughout the day.

French Corgis are lap dogs and therefore don’t do too well when left alone. They like to be with their owners as much as possible and will be more than happy to run errands with you.

If you need to leave for multiple hours a day, consider having someone come and keep your French Corgi company.

This dog is loyal to their owners, so it might be a little wary of strangers, to begin with. To combat this, early socialization is vital with other dogs and people. A dog park is an excellent place to do this.

French Corgi Health

  • Healthier than purebred parent breeds.

  • Are susceptible to heatstroke.

  • Routine vet checkups are vital.

In general, French Corgis are a healthy dog breed. Mixed breeding minimizes the likelihood of them inheriting health conditions, but this isn’t always foolproof. Some dogs inherit many more health concerns than others, for seemingly no reason.

While French Corgis will often suffer less than their purebred parents, there are a few health conditions to be aware of. Here’s a list of things to look out for with any dog:

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Allergies
  • Canine Atopic Dermatitis
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Hereditary Deafness
  • Heart Conditions
  • Breathing Difficulties

With dogs with squished noses, you should be mindful of heatstroke. They’re more susceptible to this, so you should keep an eye out for any of the warning signs, like dry gums and elevated breathing.

Routine vet appointments will prevent any health condition from reaching past the point of treatment, so don’t miss the checkup.

French Corgi Training

  • Intelligent dogs who pick up commands quickly.

  • Enjoys short and snappy training sessions.

  • Use positive reinforcement anyway.

French Corgis are eager to please dogs and love positive affirmations, not to mention treats! They’re also very intelligent, so they can be trained quicker than other breeds.

Just make sure that you’re using positive reinforcement only, and never shouting or getting frustrated.

French Corgis like to rest and relax, so they won’t do well training for long periods of time. They enjoy short bursts of training. Make sure it’s fun, mentally stimulating, and short.

Don’t worry if they begin to lose interest and become stubborn. Stop training without getting annoyed, and try again at a later date. Remain patient – you will get there!

French Corgi Exercise Requirements

  • Intelligent dogs who pick up commands quickly.

  • Enjoys short and snappy training sessions.

  • Use positive reinforcement anyway.

The French Corgi doesn’t like too much exercise. They would rather be cuddling on the couch or working on their mental stimulation. They’ll need around 30 minutes of exercise a day, and this can be in the method of swimming, walking, playing fetch, or running.

These dogs work well in apartments as they don’t have a ton of energy to burn off. However, you should be home for most of the day to ensure you are there when they need to go outside.

You should also spend a considerable amount of time working on their mental stimulation with them. Play plenty of games with them to prevent boredom from setting in.

French Corgi Diet & Feeding

  • Choose food formulated for medium dogs.

  • Feed them enough for their weight - no more.

French Corgis don’t have too high energy needs, so they’ll need food formulated for medium dogs only. They won’t need too much protein in their food, but plenty of vitamins and minerals will go a long way in ensuring they remain healthy.

French Corgis are prone to obesity as they don’t enjoy exercise too much. This means it is vital that you only feed them the right amount of food for their weight.

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French Corgi Cost

  • Costs $500 to $1,500.

  • Avoid backyard breeders and ask to see health reports for the parents.

The average price of a French Corgi is $500 and $1,500. Bear in mind that this is from a reputable breeder, so you might be able to find them cheaper from backyard breeders.

However, we never recommend this as they often won’t conduct the necessary health checks on the parents. This could lead to a French Corgi being more at risk of health issues because the parents haven’t been screened.

Another risk is that backyard breeders might use a Pembroke Welsh Corgi rather than a Cardigan Welsh Corgi to breed their French Corgis. While the former is a lovely dog, their offspring with a French Bulldog will be different from what you’re expecting.