Perhaps no other breed of dog has been bred with as many other breeds to create such a vast amount of adorableness. A simple Google search will show you such results as “Corgi Mixes That Will Melt Your Heart” and “The 34 Best Corgi Mixes.” Given the highly adaptable breed mixing capability of the Corgi, you might think it would be hard to pick a top choice. You would be right, but we may have just found a contender for the top spot.
The Samoyed Corgi Mix is a poofy, adorable canine companion. Given that this dog is a blend of two completely different breeds (the Samoyed hailing from the frigid tundra of Siberia and the Corgi enjoying the royal treatment as the Queen of England’s dog of choice) it can be a bit surprising that the Samoyed Corgi mix turned out so darn cute. But to get a better understanding of this poof pooch, we need to examine the characteristics of its Samoyed and Corgi ancestors.
If you are considering purchasing a Samoyed Corgi Mix or are simply curious about this breed, read on to learn more. We will be covering everything about this dog, from its adorable look to the care it needs and from its personality and compatibility with others to how much they should eat.
Physical Characteristics (Size and Physical Look)
The look of the Samoyed Corgi mix is both distinctly Samoyed and unmistakably Corgi at the same time. Let’s explain this a bit more.
The Samoyed is a fluffy, white dog with a thick coat of fur as insulation against its original homeland of Siberia. The Corgi is a short, stubby-legged dog with a long body and perky ears. All of these traits are present in the Samoyed Corgi mix.
This breed looks like a Corgi’s body covered in the Samoyed’s thick, white fur. The body shape and ears of the Corgi are preserved while adding on the fluffiness of the Samoyed. Needless to say, this makes for one heck of a cute dog.
Stats-wise, the Samoyed Corgi mix measures about ten to twelve inches in height and around ten to twelve kilograms in weight. Keeping the Corgi size makes this mix among the smaller to medium sized breeds.
The lifespan of the Samoyed Corgi mix can range anywhere from twelve to fifteen years. Both the Samoyed and the Corgi, as separate breeds, have a lifespan around twelve to fifteen years, gifting their shared mix breed this longevity.
As with any pet, the Samoyed Corgi mix’s lifespan depends on their health background, their care, and any potential injuries and illnesses. The best way to ensure your pet the longest and happiest life possible is to care for it properly and take them in for regular checkups. Consulting your vet is also a great way to get a clear picture of your pet’s health background and potential problems.
Seeing as the Samoyed Corgi mix inherits the thick, fluffy fur of its Samoyed ancestors, they do need a bit more grooming than does their Corgi ancestors.
Weekly brushings are effective ways prevent any knots or tangles forming in your dog’s coat. Be sure to use a brush that is long enough to comb through all of your pooch’s fur. You do not want to neglect the under layers of their coat.
Bathing once or twice a month or whenever they get too smelly or dirty, as dogs tend to do, is a great way to keep the hygiene of your pet up to par. Be sure to use a high quality dog shampoo free of chemicals and preservatives that can dry out your dog’s skin or damage its fur.
If your Samoyed Corgi’s coat or nails seems to be getting too long, it is a good idea to take them in for a trim and a clip. It is important to know, though, that shaving their coat off, except in rare cases, is never a good idea. This can lead to skin irritation and exposure and takes away one of their natural layers insulation and defense from the environment.
To get a good sense of the Samoyed Corgi mix’s temperament, we must look at the temperament of both of its halves.
The Samoyed is seen as a lively and playful dog who loves to socialize with anyone and everyone it meets. It can also be stubborn at time, which can be taken care of with proper training, but is alert most of the time which makes for a good guard dog.
The Corgi is a friendly dog who also loves to play with those they meet. They tend to have bold and tenacious personalities they inherit from their cow and sheep herding past. Like the Samoyed, the Corgi is also often alert and protective of those they love, making them good guard dogs.
Comparing these qualities from the mix’s ancestors we can discern the temperament of the Samoyed Corgi:
As we can see from the above diagram, your Samoyed Corgi mix is likely to be a friendly and playful dog who will also serve well as an alert and protective guard dog.
Both the Samoyed and Corgi have histories of physically demanding jobs. Corgis were bred originally to herd cattle and sheep. Samoyeds were originally used by the Samoyedic people of Siberia to heard reindeer.
Given this penchant for physical activity, the Samoyed Corgi mix will require a lot of activity and exercise from you. To keep them healthy, you should give your pet at least thirty minutes of physical activity per day. Whether that is a walk outside, a run around the park, or a game of fetch is up to you.
Both Samoyeds and Corgis are very social dogs. This translates into them often needing attention from you. Playing games, petting them, or just spending time with them as you read or watch TV is a great way to scratch their social itch.
The Samoyed Corgi mix inherits the health risks from both sides of their genetics.
The Corgi, given its unique stubby-legged and long body shape, is at risk for illnesses such as hip dysplasia, intervertebral disk disease, and slipped or herniated disks.
The Samoyed’s health risks share hip dysplasia in common with the Corgi. Other illnesses Samoyeds are prone to include progressive retinal atrophy, hearth problems, diabetes, and hypothyroidism.
The big risk to look out for in your Samoyed Corgi mix is hip dysplasia. The best way to prevent this disease in your dog is to start feeding them a healthy diet young. This ensures bone and joint health and avoids the excessive growth that often leads to this disease in dogs.
The diet of the Samoyed and Corgi, historically speaking, are relatively similar. As they roamed the Welsh farms herding sheep and cattle, Corgis grew accustomed to a diet of beef, rabbit, fish, and other meats available in the region.
Samoyeds, as they rounded up reindeer in the Siberian cold, grew accustomed to the diet the landscape offered, namely the meat and fatty proteins they could catch.
Nowadays, your Samoyed Corgi mix, though retaining an appetite for animal meat at times, will be happy eating dry dog food. As long as the food you feed them provide the necessary nutrients and proteins, your Samoyed Corgi mix will grow up happy and healthy.
Let’s go into more details. Your Samoyed Corgi mix will most likely be the size of an average Corgi, maybe a bit bigger. A half cup (or more depending on your dog’s size) will suffice to quench their appetite. You can break this amount into two, three, or even as many as six meals spaced throughout the day. To get an idea of what routine is best for your Samoyed Corgi, consult your vet.
Are Samoyed Corgi Mixes Protective?
Both Samoyeds and Corgis are alert and protective breeds. These traits are passed down to their mixed descendants. Living in your home, your Samoyed Corgi mix will have a keen sense for anything out of the ordinary. They will quickly alert you to any potential danger.
How Much Does a Samoyed Corgi Mix Cost?
Samoyeds and Corgis tend to be a pricier breed to buy. Their initial cost ranges from $600 USD to as high as $1500 USD. The Samoyed Corgi mix, being a rarer blend, will probably fall within the high reaches of that range.
This is not even factoring in the ongoing cost of caring for them and treating any injuries and illnesses. Owning a Samoyed Corgi mix is not a cheap decision.
Is a Samoyed Corgi Mix Right for Me?
If you are willing to spend the money and invest the time and attention owning this mix requires, you will be rewarded with a playful, friendly companion who will always have your back.
If you are concerned about ethics, you should pay attention to the “designer dog” debate. Many mixed breeds have come under fire from different interest groups for different reasons. Not to say that owning a Samoyed Corgi mix makes you a bad person. But being aware of all the information surrounding your decision can only help you make the best choice.
Best Climate for a Samoyed Corgi Mix
The thick fur that this mix inherits from its Samoyed predecessors makes it more acclimatized to colder climates. However, this thick fur can also brave hotter weather and even offer them benefits. Just as their coat insulates the Samoyed Corgi mix from the cold, it can also provide a protective layer against the heat and rays from the sun.
The Attention a Samoyed Corgi Mix Needs
The Samoyed Corgi mix is a social dog. They inherit this trait from both sides of their lineage. They are friendly, sociable creatures who thrive on play and attention. This means that your pet will require more attention from you. This can take the form of outdoor games, simple indoor activities, or even just pets and attention while relaxing on the sofa.
Compatibility with Kids
The Samoyed Corgi mix, in addition to being friendly and protective, is also a caring and gentle dog. They get along great with children and make a great addition to any family. Your child will thank you for their new companion.
Compatibility with Other Animals
Your Samoyed Corgi mix, if properly socialized, can be a dream with most other pets. Their herding and hunting instinct may keep them from being friendly with smaller animals such as pet rabbits or hamsters, but this can be socialized into them with proper training.