Horgi

Horgi Breed

 
 

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Characteristics

Physical Characteristics:
Height: 13-15”
Weight: 20-50 lbs.
Energy Level: High
Colors:
The Horgi is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Sable
  • Brindle
  • White
  • Brown
  • Orange
  • Cream


Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Horgi is a cross between the Siberian Husky and the Corgi. Like all hybrid breeds, the Horgi is less prone to hereditary health issues than his purebred counterparts, but there is still a possibility that health problems can from either parent breed continue on into the Horgi.

Hip dysplasia, a degenerative condition caused by a malformed hip joint, may affect some Horgis. Hip dysplasia can lead to discomfort, pain, limping, and, in the most severe cases, arthritis or even lameness. Surgery may be required in some situations. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not breed, so ensure your prospective puppy’s parents have no history of the condition. Although it is hereditary, hip dysplasia can be triggered by rapid weight gain and injury. While your pup’s joints are still developing, do not allow him to run on potentially slippery floors or jump excessively.

Von Willebrand’s disease, a blood clotting problem, can impact some Horgis. Von Willebrand’s occurs when there is an insufficient amount of von Willebrand’s factor, which aids in the blood clotting process. This can result in excessive, uncontrollable bleeding, even from minor cuts or injuries. Blood transfusions may be required to treat such episodes.

The Horgi may experience eye issues such as glaucoma, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). PRA is the gradual degeneration of the retina, ultimately resulting in failed daytime vision. Although there is no cure for PRA, affected dogs generally continue to lead happy lives and the gradual nature of the disease allows them to adjust to failing vision. Corneal dystrophy refers to unusual substances such as lipids and cholesterol crystals accumulating in the cornea. Although this sometimes has no real effect on dogs, it can be painful and may lead to significant vision impairment.

The Horgi may also be prone to back injuries, similar to his Corgi parent, so do not allow him to jump from excessive heights or otherwise risk damaging his back. Other possible issues include obesity, skin problems, and epilepsy.

The average lifespan for the Horgi is 12-15 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

Like all hybrid breeds, the temperament of a Horgi can vary, because he may exhibit any combination of characteristics common to his parent breeds. However, the average Horgi is affectionate, friendly, and a devoted family companion. He is also intelligent, playful, and energetic. Both parents are known as herding or working dogs, so the Horgi is generally athletic, alert, and somewhat independent.

The Horgi is a high-energy dog who needs a minimum of one long, brisk walk or run on a daily basis, as well as plenty of active playtime. He also enjoys swimming, playing fetch, and running around with other dogs. The Horgi can live in an apartment as long as his exercise and playing needs are met, but a large, fenced-in yard is a bonus. Without adequate playtime, exercise, and opportunities to run freely, the Horgi is likely to become destructive and potentially disobedient. Although he can tolerate warm climates, the Horgi does best in colder weather.

Generally, the Horgi gets along well with children and other pets if he is raised with them. Proper socialization can also ensure this behavior. Teach your children to respect the Horgi as well as his space and belongings. The Horgi is friendly with strangers and is therefore not a good watchdog. For best results, socialize your Horgi early and often by exposing him to a variety of people, pets, places, sights, and sounds.

Training the Horgi is not always an easy task. Although he is intelligent and eager to please, he does have a stubborn streak. It is important that you clearly establish yourself as the leader. You must be absolutely firm and consistent in enforcing your rules and expectations. Use positive reinforcement by motivating him with extra playtime, favorite treats, and verbal encouragement. Overall, the Horgi is very trainable if you can employ these techniques. Housebreaking a Horgi may be a difficult endeavor that will require plenty of time and patience. Crate training is recommended.

Grooming

The Horgi sheds quite a bit throughout the year, so be prepared for the possibility of extensive vacuuming. Daily brushing is recommended to minimize shedding and reduce the amount of loose hairs in the Horgi’s coat.

Bathe the Horgi’s water-resistant coat only as needed, and trim his nails when they grow long enough to reach the floor. Check his ears regularly and clean them with a solution and cotton ball to ensure they do not get infected. Brush his teeth every other day to prevent bad breath and maintain good overall health.

Diet

On average, the Horgi should consume 1.5-2.5 cups of high quality dry dog food daily, preferably split into at least two smaller meals. The Horgi is prone to both obesity and back problems, so watch his weight and consumption. Do not overfeed him. Look for a food with wholesome, natural ingredients and avoid those with filler and by-products.

Be sure to get a water bowl and keep it topped up so your Horgi has access to water as he pleases.
 

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Cost

The average price of a Horgi puppy is $300-$700, although this can vary depending on breeder location, gender, and lineage.

If you choose to adopt a Horgi, expect adoption fees to cost in the range of $150-$300, depending on your location.






Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Horgi ranks a 3. He is generally healthy and makes a good-natured family companion who can get along well with most people and pets if properly socialized. However, adequate playtime and exercise are essential to ensure that he does not become destructive and disobedient, and training this somewhat stubborn breed can be a bit challenging. He can also be difficult to housebreak, and he requires extensive grooming for his constantly shedding coat.

 

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