Horgi Overview

Parent Breeds:
Husky & Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Breed Nickname:
12 to 15 inches
20 to 50 pounds
Life Span:
12 to 15 years
Coat Colors:
Black, red, cream, sable, and fawn

Horgi 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 Horgi

What Is A Corgi Husky Mix called?

Breeding a Pembroke Welsh Corgi with a Husky creates a new mixed breed called a Horgi. They are also sometimes referred to as Siborgis, although this is much less common.

Many people think of Husky mixes as large dogs, but the Horgi has dramatically reduced in size thanks to its Corgi genes. These dogs are playful with lots of energy to burn, and they love protecting their owners.

Despite their cute faces and lovable personalities, the Horgi isn’t the best dog for new owners. If you want to learn more about them, keep reading!


Horgi Breed History

  • First bred in the 1990s in the US.

  • Bred to create a smaller, more adaptable Husky.

  • Loved by Queen Elizabeth II.

While the Horgi might have been bred naturally for many years, it was first intentionally bred during the late 1990s.

The majority of designer breeds originated from North America, so we can assume that the first Horgi was also bred here.

The breeders wanted to create a smaller Husky that was more adaptable to modern living conditions.

Huskies are incredibly popular thanks to their dashing looks and herding capabilities, but they are too large for many owners to keep.

Once the Horgi was introduced to the breeding market, its popularity quickly rose as a companion dog. Breeders had to keep up with this demand, bringing more Horgis into the world and making this a fan-favorite mixed breed.

Not only do many people love the Horgi breed, but it was also a beloved breed of Queen Elizabeth II. Many people knew about her love of Corgis, but not so many knew about her fascination with Horgis.

Horgi Personality & Temperament

  • Fun-loving and friendly dogs.

  • High energy needs.

  • Require a large garden to burn off their energy.

Horgis are known for being sociable and playful animals. They love the majority of the people they encounter, so they’re not good watchdogs. They prefer making friends to being watchdogs.

Despite their smaller size, Horgis often inherit their Husky parent’s high energy needs. They’ll need a large yard where they can burn off this energy throughout the day.

Corgis love being cuddly lap dogs, but this trait is rarely seen in Horgis.

Due to this, Horgis are best suited to active households where the owners have plenty of time to satisfy these energy needs.

Many people believe that as they are a Corgi mix, they’ll be good for lower-energy families. However, this is incorrect. Without plenty of exercise, a Horgi will get very bored and lean towards destructive tendencies.

Horgi Health

  • Common health issues include back issues and Hip Dysplasia.

  • Regular vet checkups can keep your dog healthy.

  • Life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.

Generally, Horgis are considered healthy dogs. They are less likely to develop the same health issues their parent breeds are known for, thanks to crossbreeding.

However, while they are less likely to inherit these illnesses, it isn’t impossible. There are a few concerns to be aware of, including back issues, Hip Dysplasia, and Degenerative Myelopathy.

Regular vet checkups will help you diagnose any issues as quickly as possible. Horgis should be taken to a vet at least once a year to make sure they are completely healthy.

Horgi Training

  • Generally easy to train.

  • Works best with positive reinforcement.

  • Don’t train them around small animals.

The Horgi really hit the trait jackpot when it comes to training! Both the Corgi and Husky are working dogs, so they’re very intelligent and good at listening to commands.

Corgis are also people pleasers, so if your Horgi inherits this gene, they’ll be a dream to train.

However, there is a chance that this dog inherits a mischievous gene from the Husky parent, which can make training slightly more difficult as they’ll tell you when they want to train.

Making a clear distinction between owner and dog will help make training easier. Positive reinforcement is a great way to train Horgis as they are very food driven.

Train them in a secure location, as they are prone to running after squirrels and other small animals!

Horgi Exercise Requirements

  • Generally easy to train.

  • Works best with positive reinforcement.

  • Don’t train them around small animals.

Horgis have high energy needs and therefore need plenty of exercise throughout the day. On average, they’ll need around one hour of exercise a day.

However, if they inherit more of their Husky parent genes, they might need more than this to tire them out.

Horgis are very clever, so obedience and agility training are also good options for exercise. They also love playing fetch as it satisfies their high prey drive, and they also enjoy jogging or hiking with their owners.

They’ll work up plenty of energy throughout the day, so it’s best that they live in a house with a large yard. While their smaller size is good for apartment living, they will get very bored in this small space very quickly.

Horgi Diet & Feeding

  • Need high-protein food to keep up with their energy levels.

  • Can gain weight quickly.

  • Keep them on a strict feeding schedule and monitor their treats.

Horgis should be fed food formulated for small to medium-sized dogs with high energy. They need plenty of protein and only a small amount of healthy fats and carbohydrates.

Horgis are known for easily gaining weight, and this can exacerbate the back issues that they are prone to.

Keep them on a strict feeding schedule to prevent them from gaining weight. Keep an eye on how many treats you give them, too!

Only feed them enough for their body weight. If you’re unsure of this, ask your vet during your next routine health checkup appointment. Horgis will fluctuate in weight throughout their lives, so change their food intake accordingly.

Horgi Cost

  • Costs around $700.

  • Use a reputable breeder to minimize health concerns.

  • Ongoing costs include food, toys, and grooming equipment.

Reputable breeders will charge around $700 for a Horgi. However, this price can fluctuate depending on the location, breeder credentials, parents, and more. Shop around to make sure you’re using a trusted breeder who knows what they’re doing.

Ongoing costs include food, exercise equipment, vet bills, insurance, and lots of sturdy toys!