Porgi

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> China -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Corgi Pug

A brief presentation of the Porgi

The Porgi, sometimes simply called the Corgi Pug, is a mix of a Corgi parent and a Carlin parent. Both parent breeds are small to medium-sized, with the resulting size of their puppies falling somewhere on this sliding scale, depending on which they take after most. While the Pug is a pure companion dog, the Corgi was once a bold shepherd. This means that the latter can have a stubborn, wilful streak, which can appear in the Porgi. As the Porgi has aspects of both parent breeds, it's particularly important to find a well-socialized puppy from an early age. This reduces the risk of the dog becoming a barking or over-anxious adult who may bite under stress.

History of the Porgi

The history of hybrid dog breeds is relatively short. It's only in the last twenty years or so that deliberate mating has taken place between pure-bred dogs. The history of the Porgi is therefore that of two related breeds.
        

A little of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke

        
The Corgi is an intriguing and much-misunderstood breed. Perhaps the image of an appeased Corgi as Queen Elizabeth II's companion has given the impression that they are less willing than they are. Indeed, the Corgi has its roots as a working dog, trained to hear cattle and nip at heels to keep them in order. As you can imagine, it takes a certain amount of courage to run among the hooves of a moving herd of cattle, and that courage is something the Corgi has in abundance. Their distant ancestors are probably Swedish Vallhunds, brought to Wales by Viking invaders. Once naturalized in Wales, they developed into a distinct breed, almost wily in appearance, robust and stubborn.
Standard of the Welsh Corgi Pembroke

A little of the Pug

The Pug is a breed with a long and interesting history. Their origins date back some 2,000 years to ancient China. These flat-faced dogs were a common ancestor for another instantly recognizable dog breed, the Pekingese. The Pug was introduced to Europe in the 16th century by Dutch merchants and quickly became a popular companion dog for aristocrats and royalty. Over the centuries, their appearance has changed somewhat, with the modern dog having a much flatter face than their more robust ancestors.
Standard of the Pug

Appearance of the Porgi

The Porgi is a small to medium-sized dog, small enough to be picked up, but sturdy enough for a decent walk. As with all hybrid dogs, in a litter some will look more like one parent than another. For those sitting somewhere in the middle, the Corgi gives the Porgi a slightly longer muzzle than the pure Pug. While the Pug gives the Corgi extra leg length, bringing their proportions back to those of a typical dog. The most common coat color is beige or fawn, sometimes with a black mask. They have short to medium coats, unusually dense and prone to shedding. The Porgi has floppy ears and a tail that is usually curled like that of the Pug.

Temperament of the Porgi

When it comes to laid-back nature, the Pug and the Corgi fall into different halves of the temperament scale. Although the Pug is definitely a lover and not a fighter, the Corgi's work instinct can make it a little more shy. This trait can be largely worked on with a Porgi when the puppy receives excellent socialization at a young age and ongoing training. However, this means they may not be best suited to a young family or a chaotic household, as they may not tolerate the rudiments without falling apart. That said, when properly trained, the Porgi is a charming, affectionate and loyal dog. They are fun-loving dogs with the ability to charm, but be aware that experience as a dog owner may be preferable before taking one on.

Needs and activities of the Porgi

Porgis are medium-energy dogs requiring daily exercise. Both parent breeds have the same energy and exercise requirements, so your Porgi's energy level is not variable. If the Porgi gets enough daily exercise, this hybrid is ideally suited to apartment or condominium living, and most exercise needs can be met at home. This hybrid doesn't need large spaces to run around, but a small backyard is welcome for exploring and playing. Socializing at the dog park is a great way to get some fresh air and gives your Porgi more time outdoors. Plus, those hours of daily play and exercise help strengthen your bond and keep your Porgi's mind stimulated. The Porgi may not tolerate extreme weather conditions and prefers a temperate climate. Porgis have medium-intensity physical needs and require daily exercise to prevent weight gain. The Welsh Corgi parent has added intelligence to the hybrid, but the Pug parent has added elements of independence and stubbornness, making the Porgi a little more difficult to train.

Maintenance of the Porgi

The Porgi is not a hypoallergenic dog and sheds a lot, given its parent breeds. Short coats require daily brushing to remove dead or loose hairs, and will help remove dirt and debris from the Porgi's coat. Regular ear cleaning with a vet-approved solution will help prevent ear infections in your Porgi, and brushing your dog's teeth at least twice a week to prevent dental disease will keep his mouth clean. Porgi doesn't drool at all, and keeping his coat and teeth clean will help eliminate any doggy odor that may arise, although this mixture is not known to smell.

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