Corgi Lab Mix: What To Know About This Stunning Family Dog

A Corgi Lab mix is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get!

This breed comes in literally hundreds of varieties.

The good news is their affectionate personalities are just as beautiful as their appearance.

These mini athletes make incredible dogs for first time owners or experienced dog owners, as long as they have an active lifestyle.

Keep reading to learn what it takes to care for a Corgi Lab mix…

Corgi Labrador Mix

What is a Corgi Lab Mix? (Overview)

Corgi Labs are a delightful mix between a Welsh Corgi and a Labrador Retriever.

These pups are alert, active, sweethearts who have strong hunting instincts. They are always bursting with energy and love to run, fetch and swim.

Once a Corgi Lab mix is in the water it will be hard to get them to come out!

This breed is kind, loving and will get along with pretty much anyone – they will even get along well with other pets.

Although their disproportionately large heads look a little goofy on their petite bodies, this hybrid is undeniably cute.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Welsh Corgi/Labrador Retriever).
  • Purpose: Hunting/Sporting Dog.
  • Weight: 30-60 pounds.
  • Size: 10-24 inches.
  • Temperament: Playful, affectionate and spirited.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Loyal and protective.
  • Very unique appearance (no Corgi Lab mix will look the same).
  • Low grooming requirements.
  • Easy to train.
  • Skilled at sporting events.

Cons:

  • Shed a lot.
  • Long body can lead to spinal issues.
  • Likes to bark often.
  • Have huge amounts of energy.

Corgi Lab Mix Appearance

Corgi Lab Mix

Because their parent breeds differ so much, you really never know what your Corgi Lab puppy will look like.

Their appearance will depend on which parents’ genes they inherit more of.

Puppies from a litter of Corgi Labs will all look different – no puppy will look exactly alike.

One thing we do know is that a Corgi Lab mix is one of the most unique looking dogs around.

This goofy mix usually has the head of a Labrador with the short body of a Corgi – this does not make them any less cute though!

They tend to have striking hazel eyes and muscular bodies.

Their tails can either be long and strong like that of a Lab, or they can have a stubby tail like a Corgi.

Height and Weight

Because these mixes have one short and one tall parent, their size can vary a lot.

On average these pups can weigh anywhere from 30-60lb, and range in height from 10-24 inches.

Colors and Coat

A Lab can come in three colors: yellow, black or chocolate brown.

And Corgis come in any variation of the colors: tan, black, white, brown, red and even blue.

So when you cross these two dogs it is impossible to predict what color you are going to get. You could end up with a yellow and white Corgi Lab, a red, black and tan Corgi Lab, or anything in between.

Some even have brindle coats!

The one aspect of a Corgi Lab mix that you can be certain of is the quality of their fur. These pups have dense, thick coats and they shed constantly. Their fur is short to medium in length and is always very straight.

5 Fun Facts About The Corgidor

  1. Corgi Labs are also know as a Corgidor or a Lab Corgi mix.
  2. These dogs form unbreakable bonds with their owners through exercise and play. The more you run, the more loyal they will be to you.
  3. Both the Corgi and Labrador were originally bred to be hunting dogs, so this mix will have a strong hunting instinct.
  4. Whilst this dog loves exercise, their absolutely favorite is swimming.
  5. Most Corgi Lab mix owners invest in a coat to protect their pups from the elements. These dogs love to exercise but also need to be kept warm during the colder months.

Corgi Lab Mix Personality and Temperament

A Lab And Corgi

This mix will always follow their owners.

They do not like to be left alone and will constantly want to be at your side.

Labrador Retrievers are known for being very affectionate and loving, so this hybrid has very caring tendencies. The only downside is that Corgis are easily irritated, so they may nip at young children.

Your Corgi Lab mix will have strong pack instincts.

They become fiercely protective of their families and can make very good watchdogs.

A Corgi Lab mix is like a professional athlete. They love to exercise and have seemingly unlimited endurance.

These pups love to play with toys, go for long walks, run around in the backyard, but most importantly, they love to swim. These water loving pups will always seek out water. If you do not want them to go jumping into the dirty pond near the park, you better make sure to keep them leashed or they will make a splash!

Because they have so much energy it is very important to provide these dogs with the exercise that they crave.

Just know that if you are considering adopting a Corgi Lab mix you need to have an active lifestyle.

Whilst these pups are easy going they need to be introduced to a variety of people at a young age to ensure they are socialized.

Naturally they tend to get along well with other pets so socialization should not be too difficult. You should not have to worry whether or not your Corgi Lab will get along with them.

One big drawback is that this breed just loves to hear to themselves talk. These pumped up pups have a strong desire to bark at pretty much everything they see. This is a habit you will want to train out of them from a young age.

Is The Corgi Lab Mix A Good Family Dog?

A Corgi Lab can make a good family dog, but they must be socialized with children from a young age.

Caring for a Corgi Lab Mix

Corgidor

The Corgi Lab mix has demanding exercise requirements but are otherwise easy to care for.

If you are dedicated to exercising your Corgi Lab for an extended period of time, they can live comfortably in an apartment. As long as they are given the proper amount of time to run around, they could adapt to apartment life.

They are easy to groom, do not require a special diet and are overall a fairly healthy dog.

However to get a puppy you need to be prepared to drop a significant amount of money because they often come with a hefty price tag (more on this later).

Exercise Requirements

Exercise is the most important part of taking care of a Corgi Lab mix.

These pups are extremely active and need lots of exercise.

Going for a long walk, hiking and playing fetch are all perfect activities to do with your Corgi Lab.

If you really want to make them happy, take it swimming – they love to swim more than anything.

Whatever you decide to do be prepared to do it for a significant amount of time – they need at least 60 minutes of exercise a day.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 1-2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 60+ Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

This hybrid almost always has short-medium length hair, so you won’t need to do much to groom them.

They should be brushed 1-2 times each week to help them shed their dead hair.

If you have allergies or sensitivities to pet hair, this is not the dog for you. These pups shed a lot so you should look for another breed.

With this pup you will need your vacuum and lint-rollers at the ready!

Given their active lifestyle ear infections are also very common. It is important to clean their ears out often and if you notice they become sensitive when you touch their ears, you should take your dog to the vet to have it checked out.

Feeding and Diet

Although these dogs are small, they have huge appetites.

Just like other dog athletes they need to consume a lot of calories in order to maintain their highly active lifestyles.

If your Corgi Lab mix is on the smaller side or is not overly active, you should consider feeding them a little bit less.

This mix will need a diet high in proteins because they need lots of energy to do all the things they love. We also recommend supplementing your dog’s diet with fish oil to promote healthy joints that are less susceptible to dislocations.

However they can easily become obese so make sure to keep an eye on their weight!

In addition to food, you must also always have cool water available. These dogs overheat easily and need lots of water so they do not get dehydrated while they are exercising.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
700-1200 2-3

Known Health Problems

The most common health problems this mix faces is their joints and bones. This breed often suffers from dislocated kneecaps.

Arthritis is also quite common amongst this breed.

They may also suffer from eye problems. These pups may develop cataracts or central progressive retinal atrophy (which may lead to blindness).

However do not be too concerned – overall this breed is fairly healthy. With frequent vet visits your Corgi Lab should live a healthy life.

How Long Does A Corgi Lab Mix Live?

This energetic dog can live anywhere from 10 to 14 years.

How Much Does A Corgi Lab Mix Cost?

A Corgi Lab mix puppy will cost around $1,000 – some may even cost up to $1,500!

How To Train A Corgi Lab Mix

These mixes are very intelligent so training them is usually a breeze.

A Corgidor is eager to please and will want to do whatever you say.

Always use positive reinforcement with this breed – they can get very discouraged if you yell at them and will not be as receptive to your commands.

The typical option is to feed your dog treats during training however as this mix is prone to obesity lay off the treats. Instead praise them with words and lots of petting (sometimes even a favorite toy will work).

The key to training these pups is to be in a quiet environment. Corgi Labs are always alert and will get easily distracted if you try to train them outside or in a room full of lots of people.

If possible every member of the family should help with training.

One behavior you will need to look out for with this pup is herding.

When they play with young children, they may try to herd them by nipping at their heels.

This is a behavior that can be combatted with proper socialization from a young age.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 10-24 inches.
Weight: 30-60lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years.
Coat: Short-medium dense coat.
Color: Solid or mixed varieties of tan, black, white, red, yellow and brown.
Do They Shed: Yes.
Temperament: Friendly, energetic and loyal.
Intelligence: High.
Socialization: Need to be socialized early on to avoid stubborn behaviors.
Destructive Behavior: May chew if they are not exercised enough.
People Skills: Get along with people of all ages if they are socialized early on.
Good with Children: Yes.
Activity Levels: Very active.

Summary

Anyone who is prepared to go for long runs, swim, and play endless hours of fetch would be a perfect match for a Corgi Lab mix.

These little pups have a lot of love to give and can easily be trained due to their high intelligence.

Corgi Labs make great family dogs and would make a wonderful addition to almost any household.

If you adopt a Corgi Lab, be prepared to gain a very loyal companion.

Is this the perfect dog for you? Let us know in the comments section below…

Thomas Woods Face Portrait
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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