Corgipoos are a small designer breed of dog that is the result of mixing a Welsh Corgi (Pembroke or Cardigan) with a Poodle (standard, miniature, or toy).
How much do they shed? Corgipoos are a low shedding, low maintenance breed with a wiry top coat and a soft, fluffy undercoat. Some claim they are hypoallergenic, but this depends on whether they are predominantly Poodle (low shedding) or Welsh Corgi (high shedding), since these are the breeds they originate from.
Corgipoos are a small designer breed of dog that was mixed with a Poodle and Welsh Corgi. Because it’s a mix breed, it’s not registered with the American Kennel Club and doesn’t have its own breed standard.
Neither is it clear exactly where this breed originated from, or the specifics surrounding its lineage. All we know is that it’s a combination of some type of Poodle and a Welsh Corgi (Cardigan or Pembroke variety).
Not that this matters, Corgipoos are just as amazing.
But these are the reasons why it’s difficult to classify exactly how this breed looks, how much it sheds, how difficult it is to groom and so forth. There’s simply no “set standard” so these characteristics can vary from breed to breed.
In order to get a better understanding into the Corgipoo, let’s take a closer look at each of its parents.
There are two types of Welsh Corgi: Pembroke and Cardigan. Both are small herding dogs that originate from Britain that are known as smart, loyal dogs that make excellent companions. Corgis have a thick double coat that sheds a lot, and even more during spring and fall. But they’re fairly easy to groom.
Poodles come in standard, miniature or toy size variations and originate from Germany. They are highly intelligent, trainable dogs that shed very little hair, but are very high maintenance with respects to grooming.
Piecing these together and we have the Corgipoo – an energetic, intelligent and highly trainable dog that is small in size and that has the best of both worlds when it comes to shedding and grooming.
Corgipoo Shedding – What to Expect
Corgipoos are a low shedding breed.
Exactly how low they shed depends on whether they are predominately Poodle (low shedding) or Welsh Corgi (high shedding). But generally, they are considered low shedders.
Most dogs shed to some extent, this is a very normal process, but some breeds shed more than others. The reason for this is largely genetics but there are some traits that lower shedding breeds share, such as the type of coat they have.
For example, coats that are longer and more hair-like tend to shed less. Because the hair growth cycle (how long it takes for the individual hairs to grow, stop growing, fall out and get replaced) takes longer.
Also, dogs with a curly or wavy coat tend to trap the hair they shed more than a dog with a short, straight coat. So, even though the shedding is still the same, less of it falls out between brushes.
And, last but not least, given their size there’s only so much fur they can lose in comparison to a large breed. Small dogs can shed just as bad as larger dogs, but size does matter.
One thing that is unique to the Corgipoo’s coat is that, unlike most other double coated breeds, they don’t shed seasonally. Most dogs with a double coat shed more during spring and fall, but this isn’t the case with the Corgipoo. The small amount of hair they shed is about the same year round.
Are Corgipoos Hypoallergenic?
No, Corgipoos are not a hypoallergenic breed.
Some mistakenly state that they are, but this is simply not true. Because in order for a dog to be considered hypoallergenic, it must be classified as a distinct breed, not a mix like the Corgipoo where there is no set criteria for their coat.
In other words, without a breed standard, the variations in coat between one Corgipoo to the next can in some cases be significant. So it is simply inaccurate to claim that (broadly) Corgipoos are hypoallergenic.
They’re not. Some may be, especially if they are predominately Poodle, because the Poodle is hypoallergenic. But others that are more closely related to the Welsh Corgi will not be.
Either way, no dog is completely hypoallergenic.
Not even hairless breeds like the American Hairless Terrier. This is because the allergens (stuff that makes you sneeze) don’t come from the hair itself. They mostly come from the dogs dander (dead skin) and dried saliva.
And this dander attaches itself to the dogs fur, and when they shed, it spreads. So the more the dog sheds, the more allergenic they are and visa versa.
This is why low shedding dogs, like the Poodle and Basenji for example, are considered hypoallergenic. It’s not that they don’t cause pet allergies, they are just less likely to do so than high shedders.
What Are They Like to Groom?
Corgipoos are fairly easy to maintain. They have a wiry outer coat and a thick, soft undercoat that requires minimal brushing.
So they kind of have the best of both worlds. The no fuss, wash and go coat of the Welsh Corgi and the low shedding nature of a Poodle’s coat.
To maintain their coat, brushing a couple of times per week should suffice. If he has longer hair, you may need to brush more often than this because longer haired varieties are prone to mats and tangles. But overall they aren’t very high maintenance.
A good slicker brush or pin brush works well for this breed, along with a metal comb for the undercoat. Start with the slicker to remove any loose hair as well as matting on their coat. And finish up with a gentle comb to remove any undercoat fur.
Aside from brushing, bathing every so often is a good idea as this can help to loosen the dead hairs before brushing. Just be sure to use a quality dog shampoo and not to over bathe, as this can dry out their skin and hair.
Corgipoos are small, modern designer dogs that are crossed with the Welsh Corgi and Poodle. They’re smart, loyal and friendly dogs that shed very little and are super easy to maintain.
So, if you’ve ever wanted a low shedding version of the Corgi, and an easier to groom version of the Poodle, all rolled into one – you’ll love the Corgipoo!