Corgi Shiba Inu Mix: A Fun And Foxy Friend

If you are searching for a new best friend that will make each day just a little more interesting, the Corgi Shiba Inu Mix is the perfect dog for you.

You never really know what you are going to get when you mix these two parent breeds – this mix can be a walk in the park or a hairy handful!

However you hope you get an affectionate cuddle buddy.

One thing that is guaranteed is that life is very exciting with one of these pups around.

If you are up for the challenge then keep reading to learn the correct way to keep a Corgi Shiba Inu mix…

Corgi Shiba Inu Mix

What is a Corgi Shiba Inu Mix? (Overview)

The Corgi Shiba Inu mix is also known as the Corgi Inu or a Shiba Corgi.

They are a mix between a Shiba Inu and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and are classified as a hybrid dog.

Their attractive appearance is one of their biggest selling points. A Corgi Inu puppy looks like a little red fox with an orange and white coat, pointed ears and a sly little face.

Shibas are known for being a bit on the snooty side, while the Corgi is prized for their friendly and affectionate nature. So the best result for this mix is a happy, friendly dog with an undying devotion to their owner.

With a spirited personality and plenty of energy, these puppies can be a lot of work. Taking care of one of these furry friends is certainly a challenge but it is a challenge worth taking on.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Pembroke Welsh Corgi/Shiba Inu).
  • Purpose: Companion.
  • Weight: 17-25 pounds.
  • Size: 10-15 inches.
  • Temperament: Intelligent, curious and devoted.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Friendlier alternative to the Shiba Inu.
  • Loyal and protective.
  • Amusing and engaging nature.
  • Very intelligent.
  • Family oriented and child friendly.

Cons:

  • Needs lots of mental stimulation.
  • Stubborn and pushy during training.
  • Excessive shedding.
  • Tendencies towards either shyness or over friendliness.

Corgi Shiba Inu Mix Appearance

Shiba Corgi

The Corgi Shiba Inu Mix is a lovable little house fox.

Their coat is typically ginger orange or red against a white background, and is luxurious, smooth and dense to touch.

As there is no true breed standard their appearance can be a little varied!

However they are generally smaller than a pedigree Shiba Inu. Their legs may be short and stout like the Corgi’s, or taller and leaner to match the Shiba.

You can expect them to have erect and alert ears with dark soulful eyes.

Their fluffy tail can curve upward or be curly like a Shiba’s tail.

Height and Weight

  • You can expect males to stand between 12-15 inches tall and weigh from 19-25 pounds.
  • Females are between 10-12 inches tall and will weigh 17-22 pounds.

Breed Colors and Coat

The most sought after coat color is the gorgeous contrast of orange and white.

However there are many other possible colors including: black, sable brown, deep red or golden colors.

Many colors may appear in a mixed or mottled pattern.

This dog’s smooth, silky double coat really shines when well groomed. Dense, thick fur allows for extra protection during the cold winter months. The tail is so fluffy that it almost appears to be made of plush, and there may be a mane of similar fluff around the neck and chest.

These dogs are constantly shedding their double coats and will need daily brushing. The good news is that the constant shedding means that they will never need a haircut.

6 Fun Facts About The Shiba Corgi

  1. This is a truly international dog with parent breeds coming from Wales and Japan.
  2. People began to first mix the Corgi and Shiba Inu in the early 2000s.
  3. Shibas and Corgis are known for their built in smile, making them appear to be happy all of the time.
  4. Corgis are herding dogs, while Shibas were built for mountainous terrain. So this mix makes for one of the greatest hiking pals around.
  5. This is one of many dog breeds meant to resemble a red fox. Other foxy breeds include the Akita and the Finnish Spitz.
  6. The Shiba Inu is often compared to a cat because of their aloof and independent personality. If your mix inherits these cat like personality traits, they will get along well with cats.

Corgi Shiba Inu Mix Personality and Temperament

Corgi Shiba Mix

High intelligence is the defining characteristic of these pleasant little pups. They are smart enough to learn just about any trick and are very in tune with their people’s feelings and attitudes.

They are happy and playful dogs with an endless love for their families.

Despite their small size, these dogs have a lot of energy. You will find them to be much more playful and active than most dogs their size.

They crave constant stimulation throughout the day and cannot tolerate boredom for long. A bored Corgi Inu will amuse themselves by chewing on your furniture and tearing up your house.

Your dog will embrace you and your family, but will be a bit suspicious of strangers.

The unfortunate downside of their intelligence is their tendency to test your limits.

They will act out to see how far they must go to get a reaction out of you. When your dog is acting out for attention you must show them that there are better ways to get it. Remember negative attention still validates bad behavior, so it is best to ignore them.

A Shiba Corgi could be very talkative or more on the quiet side. This will depend on which parent breed they most resemble (Corgis are quite vocal, whilst Shibas are laid back).

However the good news is that no dog’s personality is set in stone.

Careful and patient counter conditioning is the best way to manage it.

Is The Corgi Shiba Inu Mix A Good Family Dog?

Yes.

If you are looking for a new member of the family, you are in luck. This breed combines two of the greatest family dogs out there creating a lovable furry companion for everyone.

Caring for a Corgi Shiba Inu Mix

A Corgi

This mix is not a high maintenance dog.

Any owner will need to be very patient as they can have a stubborn attitude.

Fortunately though the Corgi’s nature tends to even out the more difficult Shiba Inu.

Their high energy and intensive grooming requirements can be a chore, however they are relatively easy to care for when compared to other mixed breed dogs.

The breed is best suited for active families with big backyards and plenty of outdoor space.

Exercise Requirements

The Shiba Corgi was built for mountain climbing and long walks across the farm. They will need at least an hour of physical activity a day.

Where possible find new routes to help engage them.

Just remember as one of their parents is a herding dog they could have a high prey drive, so keep them on leash while walking. Playtime should be mentally stimulating and keep their working brains busy. Games of tag, hide and seek and backyard mazes are all good ideas.

Hiking is their favorite form of exercise and they can go for long distances over difficult terrain.

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

Grooming and Shedding

Corgi Shiba Inu mixes shed a lot.

They will need brushing daily – keep a vacuum cleaner handy for cleaning up the excess hair.

Your pooch will need a bath every month, with a light shampoo and conditioner that is safe for dogs. Make sure not to overload their thick fur with too many products.

Keep your dog’s pointy ears free of dirt or excess wax, and trim their nails whenever they begin to curl.

Feeding and Diet

Feeding must be done on a strict schedule, with no access to food outside of meal times. They will want to eat whenever there is food around.

Even though this breed has a lot of energy, its small size means it will not need as much food as other active breeds.

They should be fed dry kibble only as wet and raw foods may contain too many extra calories.

This mix is known to be a little bit difficult because they can be fussy eaters. It will take plenty of trial and error to find healthy foods your dog will enjoy.

Above all make sure your pooch’s diet is high in protein to keep their muscles healthy and strong.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
600 1.5

Known Health Problems

These dogs are a fairly health mix but there are two main health issues with this breed.

  • Patellar luxation: This is caused by a deformity of the patella. For younger dogs surgery will be needed to treat the condition.
  • Degenerative myelopathy: It is a spinal cord degeneration that typically occurs when the dog is over 9 years old. The condition is fatal, and the early symptoms include loss of coordination and mobility.

How Long Does A Corgi Shiba Inu Mix Live?

A Corgi Shiba Inu mix can live from 12 to 14 years.

How Much Does a Corgi Shiba Inu Mix Cost?

You can get a puppy for around $700 on average.

How to Train a Corgi Shiba Mix

Corgi And Shiba Mix

Training a dog like this with such high intelligence is both a hindrance and a help.

Their intelligence means they learn very quickly, however it also means they get bored and distracted when training becomes repetitive or time consuming.

There will be some days when your dog decides they just are not in the mood.

You will need plenty of patience while your puppy tests your boundaries at every turn. They may even try to distract you from the training if they are not feeling up to it.

These pups are extremely motivated by treats so use them wisely.

Mindless chew and throw toys will not provide enough mental stimulation for this dog. It is better to use mechanical toys, brain teasers and toys that light up or make sound.

You could make a fun backyard maze to train them. Set up a maze in a small area of the yard, or take up the entire yard if you like. Throw in whatever twists, turns and obstacles you choose to keep your dog on their toes.

If you hide a few treats or toys at different checkpoints, your dog will be extra motivated to complete the maze.

The last part of training you need to consider is socialization.

Some puppies have a natural desire to socialize, while others may be more reluctant.

Regardless, you should start socialization as early as possible.

Find community events for dogs and frequently visit the trails and parks where other dogs meet.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 10-15 inches.
Weight: 17-25 lb.
Lifespan: 12-14 years.
Coat: Smooth double coat.
Color: Orange, red, white, black and brown.
Do They Shed: Yes.
Temperament: Happy, smart, alert, curious and spirited.
Intelligence: High.
Socialization: Needs to be socialized from a puppy to avoid natural shyness.
Destructive Behavior: Chewing, scratching and tearing when bored.
People Skills: Tends to stick towards their family.
Good with Children: Yes.
Activity Levels: Moderate to high.

Summary

A Corgi Shiba Inu mix is wonderful for any kind of family and will love anybody that is willing to love them right back.

This playful new pup is always looking for a new adventure. They will keep you on your feet and make wonderful traveling companions.

Just like people, these emotional dogs go through many phases.

Do not be encouraged by occasional moody behavior and just let your dog be who they are.

There are so many reasons to let one of these little friends into your life, but the love and devotion that you will receive for years is the very best reason of all.

If you have any questions about this beautifully balanced mix, then 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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