1) Designer dog breed
The Corgidor is not a purebred dog, but a so called designer dog breed, which is basically just another term for a crossbreed or mixedbreed. It is mix of two pure breeds, the Labrador Retriever and Welsh Corgi, either Cardigan or Pembroke.
Most crossbreeds are rather newer creations, but that is not the case of Corgidor. Since both – Corgis and Labs – are dog breeds developed in United Kingdom, it is almost certain that these two dogs were unintentionally crossed together for a long time. And there are even some reports, that some people in Britain intentionally crossed these two breeds since the 1990s, when they tried to create a new herding dog breed from them. But nevertheless, the Corgidor is not recognized by any major kennel club as a separate breed, but lately they are gaining more and more popularity.
Just like with all the crossbreeds, the appearance of Corgidor is not unified and it is pretty unpredictable. Most often, they look like dwarf Labradors, or Labradors with short Corgi like legs. The head is usually squared with almond shaped eyes and relatively long muzzle. The ears tend to be set high on the head and they are typically slightly larger than pure Labradors ears. But again, this is only what is the most common appearance, as they can truly inherit the appearance of two pretty differently looking dog breeds and some Corgidors will look more like Corgis and some more like Labs.
Again, the size can vary quite a bit, but the Corgidor size is usually between the size of Labrador and Corgi. The height can truly differ a lot and it is normally between 12-23 inch, which is 30-58 cm and weight is usually between 40-55 lbs, which is 18-25 kg. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males.
Even though the Corgidor was first bred for herding purposes, vast majority of them are typical companion dogs. And they have amazing temperament for being the best companions! They are absolutely loving, affectionate and loyal towards their owners. The Labrador gives them their famous friendliness, while the Corgi gives them alertness and little bit of protectivness, which makes interesting mix of personalities. Most Corgidors are very smart dogs that are relatively eager to please, but just like with all dogs, patient and consistent training is essential, just as early socialization with different environemnts, animals and people.
6) Living with
The Corgidor is very adaptable breed that can live in big houses, but also in smaller apartments, if they have enough exercise. They will be very happy if they have access to big yard and some of them will enjoy guarding yard, while some of them woud invite everyone right inside your house. The Corgidor is typically very friendly, gentle and playful around kids, but of course, you should never leave any dog breed, with a very young child unsupervised. Corgidors can also live with other household pets without problems, as they do not posses high prey drive, but again, it is important to socialize your Corgidor with your other pets from the beginning. But overall, this is truly very adaptable breed that will happily live almost anywhere, if they can live there with their people.
Both Corgis and Labs are very active dogs, so as the Corgidor. Regular daily exercises are absolutelly essential to have happy and healthy Corgidor in your home. Daily longer walks, jogs, hikes, vigorous playtime and fun training sessions are great to deal with the Corgidors energy. You should also exercise them mentally with regular training, some dog sport or puzzle toys. Without enough exercise, they might develop some unwanted behaviour, such as destruction.
8) Coat and color
The coat of Corgidor is typically pretty thick and dense and in medium length. The main Corgidor colors are brown, black, red and tan and the coat can be in solid color, but it can also be a mixture of different colors.
The grooming needs of Corgidor are minimal. Even without any grooming at all, they will keep their coat in great condition. On the other hand, they do shed quite heavily, which is why regular brushing is recommended to minimize the shedding. But it is impossible to stop it. No other grooming is required. Just like with any other breed, you should regularly check their eyes, ears, nails and teeth and clip them or clean them if needed.
There are no health related studies about Corgidors, but we can presume, that they will inherit the same health issues as their parent breeds, which includes mainly hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and intervertebral disc disease. Other problems might include bloating, some eye problems, allergies or infections. The average lifespan of Corgidor is somewhere around 13 years.