Shiba Inu Corgi Mix: Why We Love the Adorable Shiba Corgi

*. Mixed breed dogs can make wonderful pets ;. They are not better or worse than purebreds. It all depends on the dog, as well as whether their general traits will work with your lifestyle. As a parent breed mix , Shiba Inus has become very popular for many designer dogs.

A Shiba Inu Corgi Mix, also known as a Corgi Inu Shiba Corgi or Shiba Corgi, is a breed that has been purposefully bred. These dogs are sometimes called ‘designer breeds’. Corgis have been popular to cross with other breeds , like getting mixed with the Siberian Husky.

These breeds are not officially recognized. This means you should take extra care if you’re considering buying a puppy from an breeder.

You should also consider the traits of both breeds being crossed, as your dog could inherit a mix of them.

Shiba Inu Corgi Mix

Breed Histories

The Corgi can be divided into two distinct breeds. The Cardigan and the Pembroke are two distinct breeds of Corgi. They are both from Wales, the United Kingdom. They have similar temperaments and sizes. They were originally used to herd livestock, and they were called Welsh Corgis in the beginning. In 1934 the Kennel Clubs in the UK and US both recognized the growing difference in the two varieties within the breed and they were each recognized in their own right.

Their popularity, especially the Pembroke Corgi’s, has soared due to the media exposure they received because they are Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite breed. The Pembroke was ranked as the 13th most popular breed in the United States by the American Kennel Club in 2018.

The Shiba Inu is widely recognized as being one of the most ancient breeds, with evidence that their lineage goes as far back as 300 b.c. They were originally domesticated in Japan as hunting dogs. Their small size and athleticism made them great for flushing out game.

Despite their popularity and history, the breed nearly died during World War II bombings and, consequently due to the spread of the distempervirus. Luckily the breed survived, and they started to be imported to the United States in the mid 20th century.

The American Kennel Club did not recognize them until 1993, but they continue to grow in popularity. They are thought to be the most popular breed in Japan, and in 2018 they ranked 44th out of 193 breeds in the United States by the AKC.

Appearance

A Shiba Inu Corgi Mix can be quite unique looking. A medium-sized dog is likely to be your choice. The Shiba Inu does not usually weigh more than 23 pounds, and the Corgi between 30 and 38 pounds (depending on whether they are the bigger Cardigan or not).

The Shiba Inu and Corgis have thick double-coated coats. They shed a lot during the annual shedding season. You can get this mix in many different colors. Both Shiba Inu and Shiba Inu come in red.

Shibas come in black and sesame as well as black and tan and sesame. They also have Urajiro coloring, which is a creamy white color around their legs and face.

Pembroke Corgis are available in black, tan, red, fawn and sable colors. Cardigans can also be found in brindles and merles. They typically have shaved off tails and have their adorable corgi butts exposed.

Shiba Inus are shorter than Corgis and have longer legs. The Corgi is a stocky dog with a longer back and shorter legs. Depending on how the dice fall in their genetics, the shape of your Corgi Inu’s body could be very different.

And who knows? Your dog might end up with a Spitz-style curled-over tail that makes the Shiba Inu unique.

Personality Traits

*Corgi Inu is an intelligent, independent and confident dog. You might need to be more patient and diligent with training them due to their willful nature.

The Shiba Inu is known to be calm, curious and dignified. They are a strong, independent dog with a clear mind. This can lead to them being stubborn or headstrong.

They are loyal and affectionate with their families, but can also be reserved with strangers. They can be more comfortable in a single household because they don’t like being around other dogs.

They are quiet and non-vocal. A Shiba Inu’s bark is rare. If they are unhappy or scared, they will produce a loud and high-pitched yelp. This is sometimes called the “Shiba scream”.

Corgis can form strong bonds with their family, especially the Pembroke. They are also known to be very affectionate house pets. They can be introduced to other dogs with proper training, but they don’t thrive on it. Given their Shibas loner characteristics, they might be the best choice for being the only dog in the home.

Training

*Shibas are known to be protective of items, spaces and people they consider theirs. To teach Corgi Inu how to give up their valuable resource to motivate them, you may need to provide additional training.

If they inherit the trait of not enjoying the company of other dogs, then careful and early socialization will be necessary. It is possible to get your dog to associate good things with other dogs. A calm, quiet response to passing dogs will lead to them being given some tasty treats.

A Shiba Inu’s high prey drive, coupled with their independence, can make it difficult for them to recall. If your dog is not in an enclosed, safe and secure area, it may be necessary to keep them on a long line.

*Corgis may have strong herding instincts. This is why it is important to practice strong recall, loose leash walking skills, and other distraction techniques. They are known to chase cars, bikes and even excitable children. *Corgis are also watchdogs and can become territorial if strangers enter their territory. They are vocal, and they tend to be louder than the Shiba. This trait can be passed to your Corgi Inu. You will need to reward quieter, more alternative behaviors.

Exercise

Both breeds are bred from working dogs, but they do not have the most energy. They are able to walk with their owners for a short time, but they do require moderate exercise.

If they don’t get enough exercise, their problem behavior can quickly escalate. You should ensure that your Corgi Inu has a healthy mind and is getting regular exercise. You can keep your Corgi Inu stimulated by giving them a variety of interactive toys and training them in short sessions.

Grooming

While a Shiba Corgi Mix will not require regular trimming, tangles or mattes, it is worth brushing regularly to keep their hair in good condition. It will also reduce the likelihood of them attaching to furniture or clothing. It is worth investing in a good vacuum and a Furminator shedding tool. You will find a dog who sheds a lot during the twice-yearly moult.

Health

Any mixed breed dog could inherit from one of their parents. Be aware of the possible conditions that can be caused by mixed breed dogs. You should ensure that the breeder you choose is responsible when purchasing a puppy. To minimize health risks for the puppies, they will have done health checks on their parents.

Shiba Inu Health

The Shiba Inu has a reputation for being a healthy and happy dog. They are not as susceptible to inheritable diseases as other breeds.

are some of the things they may be more susceptible to.

Luxating Patella: This is a common hereditary condition across multiple breeds that relates to a loose, slipping knee. This problem can be severe or even fatal. Sometimes, surgery may be necessary.

Eye Problems: A good breeder will screen for possible congenital and progressive eye conditions. Eye defects in Shiba Inu include Glaucoma and Progressive Retinal Atrophy. Distichiasis is a condition where the eyelashes are removed from the eyes. This can cause corneal ulcers.

Allergies: Shibas can be particularly sensitive to allergies, particularly airborne and food-related ones. These allergies can sometimes be controlled by eliminating the allergen from the environment and diet. Sometimes medication can also help. In severe cases, immunosuppression therapy may be necessary. In this case, a small amount of allergen is given to the dog in order to make them immune.

Corgi Health

*Corgis can also be susceptible to hip dysplasia and luxating patella, as well as eye problems such Cataracts or PRA. Below are other possible conditions they may develop.

Back/Spine Issues: Because of the Corgis conformation, with an elongated back supported by shorter legs, they can develop back problems. This breed is more susceptible to degenerative myelopathy and intervertebral disc disease than others. This may not be a problem if your dog conforms more like the Shiba Inu.

Epilepsy: Corgis can be more likely to suffer from seizures than many other breeds. This can be very distressing for both the dog and their owners, but it is often manageable with lifestyle changes and medication. It does not necessarily mean that they are permanently disabled.

Von Willebrand Disease (VWD): Because Corgis are prone to this relatively rare condition, good breeders will usually health check the potential parents to make sure that they are not a recessive gene carrier which could mean that the pups would inherit this. VWD is a condition that causes the dog to not be able to clot blood properly. This can lead to bleeding gums, nose bleeds, and a longer time for healing. Although this isn’t a cureable condition, it can be managed with medication.

Obesity: Obesity is a nationwide problem for dogs in today’s society. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reported that over 50% of dogs were estimated to be overweight in the United States in 2018. This is a problem that Corgis are especially susceptible to.

This means that you need to be careful about portion control and ensure your dog gets adequate exercise. Obesity can cause additional stress to their joints, breathing problems, mood changes, and may even lead to permanent damage. Due to the possibility of spinal problems in Corgi mixes, it is important to monitor their weight.

Nutrition

Every dog should receive a high-quality, portion-controlled diet. You may need to do an elimination diet with a restricted number of ingredients if your Shiba dog has an allergy to food. Don’t forget that a true exclusion diet needs to be done for at least 8 to 12 weeks for it to be an accurate measure, and you need to be strict during that time. To help you make the right decision, it is a good idea to consult your vet or a Veterinary Board Certified Canine Nutritionist.

Finding Shiba Inu Korgi Mix

A Shiba Inu Corgi Mix is a rare breed that will be available for adoption at your local rescue center. There are rescues that specialize in these breeds and have many dogs who need a loving forever home. Adopting a dog is a rewarding experience. Only purebred dogs can be found through accredited breeders. This means that if you do decide to purchase a puppy, make sure you do your research and ensure that the breeder is responsible. Unscrupulous backyard breeders, puppy farms and puppy mills are profiting from the growing demand for popular designer’ mixes.

Here are some useful tips to make sure you don’t support this harmful, cruel industry:

  • Make sure that you see the mum with her puppies in a home environment. If the owner wants you to meet the puppies in a random place, don’t be surprised if they do.
  • Your pup should not leave their mother or littermates until they are at least eight weeks old and fully weaned. It can have a negative impact on their socialization progress, and even affect their health.
  • A top-notch breeder will have done health checks on the parents to screen for potential inheritable conditions
  • A good breeder will want to know about you, your family and your lifestyle. If they ask questions about your life, it is not a sign that they are offended. This is an indication that they are interested in making sure that their puppies find good homes.
  • Can the breeder provide a veterinary reference? Is the mother and her puppies checked by the vet?

Final Thoughts

The Shiba Inu Corgi Mix is a medium-sized, confident, friendly, intelligent and energetic dog.

If you aren’t sure that you can handle the independence of the Shiba, there are other great Corgi mixes you may consider, like the labrador corgi mix, the beagle corgi mix, or the ever-popular corgi poo. These three mixed breed designer dogs are very popular today.

*They are strong-willed, so they may require additional training in recall and guarding. They might also be a good choice to be the only dog in the home.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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