This pup came home last week as a purebred Cardigan, but his new owner has some suspicions:
His feet shape and ears do not look cardigan to me and he curls his tail up. I think he’s a PWC mix. I can see the corgi in him but can’t tell what the other part is.
I wish I had the answer! I’m inclined to agree that he is perhaps a little long-legged to be entirely Corgi, and a bit foxy in the head to be a purebred Cardigan.
I’m less convinced (at least in these photos) that his feet are off for a Cardigan — sometimes you see Cardigans with horribly crooked front ends, but they should really only be slightly bow-legged (“forearms slightly curved to fit the spring of the ribs”) and the feet should toe out just slightly - no more than 30 degrees, according to the breed standard. This could be my Pembroke-person bias talking, but of all possible Cardigan front ends, I think Bogie here may have lucked out!
If there’s a Corgi Mutt here instead of a Corgi, I’d confidently say that it’s not a 50-50 mix, unless it’s a mix of Cardigan and Pembroke! This may be one of those situations, though, where ‘mutt’ and ‘wildly deviating from breed standard’ are nigh indistinguishable. The kind of Corgi breeder who is placing dogs through the co-workers of acquaintances instead of waiting for the Corgi aficionados to bang down their door and reserve the puppies before they are even born… well, they’re probably not starting with stock that looks just like the AKC champions, who look just like the breed standard. Who knows whether it’s just that or if they maybe started with a Corgi-jack and bred it to back to a corgi…
However he came to be, congratulations on your new addition. I hope you make each other very happy!
What do you say, dear readers? Maybe you can come up with a better explanation than me! Any guesses as to how this fellow might have come about?
Seven things to consider before buying one.
I’ve wanted to talk about Chihuahua-Corgi mutts for a while. They’re all over Petfinder, occurring at a rate difficult to attribute to the winsomeness of Corgis alone (to which dogs are also surely susceptible). No, all of the Casanova-Corgis and charming chihuahuas wouldn’t find their way through the backyard fence for unholy inter-breed trysts with this kind of regularity on their own. And yet, the mixture seemed so unlikely to me that I was a bit blindsided to learn the (in retrospect entirely unsurprising) origins of the corgi chihuahua mixture.
People breed them on purpose and sell them as a designer dog-breed by the various names above.
I hope that gives you pause. Here’s why it gives me pause:
I love Corgis. I don’t love it when people breed them (or any purebred) indiscriminately.
I love Corgi mutts. I don’t love it when people make more of them.
So, without further ado, seven things to consider before buying one of these mutts:
She’s a challenge to any lover of parsimonious explanations.
Corgi mutt? Faux corgi mutt?
Husky-Jack-Corgeagle? What do you say?
Corgis (both Pembroke and Cardigan), along with Bulldogs, Daschunds, and Bassett Hounds, are dwarf breeds: all individuals are homozygous for the recessive trait, so you shouldn’t see a purebred corgi or a daschund popping up with long legs!
I should probably also clarify - I don’t think that chondrodysplasia is known to occur in every and any dog breed. Specific ones known to be affected are Alaskan Malamutes, German Shepherds, Akitas, Great Pyrenees, and even the tiny Havanese.
You’re quite right, however, that with a recessive gene like this, you can never say conclusively that it is completely absent from a population. There are any number of breeds in which it could be lurking at a low frequency, just waiting for someone with a penchant for puppy mass-production and a flair for inbreeding to find it and bring it out. I think the Havanese folks are really struggling with this right now. Even if a chondrodysplastic dog would never win in the show ring, there is enough of a market for these little dogs as pets that some breeders aren’t making any effort to avoid producing chrondrodysplastic dogs, let alone to stop producing carriers.