Dogs provide security, companionship, and even health benefits for millions of people around the world, for centuries.
There are many different types of dogs to choose from, making it essential for you to get the right one so you can reap all of the benefits that having a dog brings. The Shorgi might be an excellent choice for you.
The Shorgi is a dog bred from the Welsh Corgi and the Shih Tzu, making them the cutest dog around.
This beautiful dog is the perfect companion dog for those of you that want a furry friend to cuddle with all day long and loves to play and be around you.
In this guide, I will discuss other amazing qualities that the Shorgi possesses, any health risks that they are prone to get, how they get along with other animals, and many other things that are important for you to know before deciding if this dog is perfect for you.
Read on to learn about the Shorgi.
Shorgi Puppies – Before You Buy…
Going out and looking for the puppy you want is very exciting, and also a little stressful with the pressure of choosing the right one.
There are many things to know about before buying a puppy to make sure that you don’t regret your purchase.
What Price are Shorgi Puppies?
When it comes time to start researching about the puppy you want to buy, it is always important to look at the average price.
Knowing the standard price range for a dog will lower your chances of overpaying for the dog that you want. With that being said, the price to buy a Shorgi is between $500 to $900.
There is a broad price range due to the many factors that come into play when determining a dog’s price.
Things like gender, the demand for the dog breed, and reputation are just some of the ways a dog is priced.
For instance, if you want a female puppy, you may have to pay a higher price due to breeding potential for some breeders out there.
How to Find Reputable Shorgi Breeders?
Another critical thing to learn about before buying your puppy is who to buy one from. Some breeders are certified and ones that aren’t.
It is best to buy a puppy from a breeder that is certified due to their knowledge about dogs in general and their ability to give advice and instruction.
When purchasing from someone who is certified, the price will be higher, so keep that in mind.
Also, ensure that you make an effort to visit the home of the breeder two or three times before deciding to buy to see how the puppy has been raised, as this will impact their behavior.
Having information on the health conditions of the puppy’s parents, immunization records, and knowing whether or not they have been spayed or neutered is very important to know, so make sure to find a breeder that has this type of information.
3 Little-Known Facts about Shorgi Puppies
- The Shorgi is bred from the Corgi and the Shih Tzu. There are two types of Corgis, the Pembroke Welsh and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, and the Shorgi can be bred from either one of these types.
- The Shorgi is a designer dog breed, meaning that they were bred to combine the best traits of two dogs into one. They are called designer because they are bred solely for this purpose while working dogs are bred to help humans work.
- Despite not being bred specifically for working, the Shorgi has great agile abilities due to both of their parent breeds. Some people don’t know this, but the Shih Tzu loves to run just like any dog despite their cuteness and small bodies and can also run faster than a lot of dog breeds out there!
Physical Traits of the Shorgi
Like many crossbreeds and because the Shih Tzu and the Corgi are very different in appearance, the Shorgi can look a variety of ways.
The only thing that the majority of this breed have in common is their body, which has the short legs and the long body of the Corgi and the head of the Shih Tzu.
The Shorgi can have blue or brown eyes and a blue, brown, or black nose.
The shape of their ears vary, as some may have the pointy ears that stand upon the head like that of the Corgi, or they may hang downward like the Shih Tzu. In a few cases, they can have one of each.
The coat also varies considerably, since the two breeds that they are made of have very different coats. Some can have long coats, and some can be short to medium in length.
And, no matter the length, the coat of the Shorgi will be shiny, smooth, and silky. The colors that they can be are red, fawn, and brown.
How Big is a Full-Grown Shorgi?
With two small to medium parent breeds, the Shorgi is in the same size category, with a height of 10 to 13 inches and a weight of 20 to 50 pounds.
As you may notice from their height to weight ratio, the Shorgi can be on the wider side, especially those that are near 50 pounds.
Because of this, it is very easy for them to become overweight, and with owning this dog, you will have to make sure to give them the proper amount of food and the right amount of exercise.
Table food is especially important to avoid to keep their weight in check, so learning to not fall for the puppy eyes when they beg is a must.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Shorgi?
The life expectancy of the Shorgi is 12 to 15 years, which is the average lifespan of many dog breeds that are the same size.
Keeping your Shorgi healthy and happy will enable them to live a long and fulfilling life by your side.
Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Shorgi
The Shorgi is an all-around great dog to have in your family, with only a few things to be concerned about.
One thing that they tend to have is separation anxiety.
They will become very agitated and bored when they are left alone for too long, which could result in you coming back home to find things that were chewed on and torn that isn’t supposed to be.
They also will be suspicious of strangers and can become aggressive when encountered by someone they don’t know, so be sure to socialize them well at a young age to prevent this problem.
It is also important to train them to ensure that they obey you or else they might try to be in control.
Other than these minor issues, the Shorgi is a great family pet that loves to cuddle and play with everyone in your household.
Also, with socialization, they will get along with other animals too, such as other dogs and cats.
The Shorgi’s Diet
Although this dog breed is between small and medium in size, they need more food than the average dog of the same size.
When feeding this pup, it is important to give them 2 to 2.5 cups of food and not more, as they are prone to gaining weight easily.
It is also recommended that you feed them premium dog food to ensure that they get the nutrients they need to live a healthy life.
A dog that is not fed correctly can become lazy and unproductive, resulting in an unhappy dog.
How Much Exercise Does the Shorgi Need?
The Shorgi is a dog that does not require an excessive amount of exercise. They will be perfectly content and burned out with a few walks every day and time to play indoors or outdoors.
Because the Shorgi does not need a backyard to play around in, they can adapt well to those that live in apartments.
It is also important to keep in mind that the Shorgi prefers colder climates over hot ones, and this makes them prone to overheating.
Watch them as they play and exercise to ensure that they don’t get too hot and burned out.
With all this in mind, the Shorgi needs about 30 to 45 minutes a day of exercise to stay happy, healthy, and strong.
Shorgi Health and Conditions
Thankfully the Shorgi dog breed is not prone to many health risks, making it easier for you and your dog to enjoy their life. Here are a few conditions that may occur:
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Ear Infections
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
The Shorgi can have quite a fiery nature, although never outright aggressive or confrontational – this is just a little dog with a sparky personality!
Because of this, your Shorgi is going to want to be very comfortable in his or her role as the cute companion of the family – meaning that he or she might show signs of jealousy and resentment in families with very young children.
This is because this breed of dog can sense your nurturing and affection as directed towards these younger children who need a lot of your time and attention – which this little dog would much prefer was being directed towards them!
Luckily, for older children – seven years old or more – it can be a much different story. Because this is such a high energy breed, your kids can prove valuable in their role as playmates and looking after your Shorgi when you’re busy.
A Shorgi will thrive in a family unit like this, never short of someone to play with and be fussed over by, as well as feeling as though he or she is a valued member of your family overall.
It’s worth keeping in mind that this is a small and surprisingly fragile breed of dog, so being careful during playtime is good advice to pass along to your kids.
Avoid things like rough-housing or wrestling in the garden – games of fetch or jogging around the block are good pointers.
My Final Thoughts on the Shorgi
The Shorgi is the perfect dog for anyone that is a dog lover and has a family.
They are very easy to take care of, behave well for those of you that have never owned a dog, and do not have a lot of health risks.
I hope that this guide has helped you understand the Shorgi better, and thank you for reading.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- Shorgi Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Shorgi
- Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Shorgi
- The Shorgi’s Diet
- Shorgi Health and Conditions
- My Final Thoughts on the Shorgi