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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Chigi is a cross of the Corgi (either) and the Chihuahua. She is a small mixed dog also known as the Chi-Corgi, Chorgi or a Chihuahua/Corgi Mix. She can participate in herding and has a life span of 12 to 14 years. She is an eager, happy, alert and friendly small dog.
Here is the Chigi at a Glance
Average height 7 to 12 inches
Average weight 10 to 20 pounds
Coat type Short, medium or long and straight
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low to moderate
Brushing Two to three times a week
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low to good depending on whether she is more like the Chihuahua or the Corgi
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Low to very good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Moderate to good, needs socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Moderately easy to train
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Heart problems, Epilepsy, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Eye problems, Cystinuria, DM, IVDD, Von Willebrands, PDA, Cutaneous Asthenia,
Other Health Concerns Shivering, Hip dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $200 to $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $575 to $675

Where does the Chigi come from?

Over the last 50 years there has been a movement towards deliberately breeding mixed dogs. Most are created by breeding one purebred with another, that first generation mix being the result wanted. More recently owning a designer dog has become a popular trend amongst the public and the celebrities. As a result of the success and popularity of some of these mixes a growing number of mixes are being created. Some unfortunately are being bred by puppy mills and poor breeders who you really should avoid. There is little information about who bred the Chigi and why, if there was a reason other than for money. To learn more about them we have to look at the parents and their history.

The Chihuahua

The Chihuahua does not have origins as clear as some pure breeds. The Chihuahua as we know him can be found in the 1850s in Mexico in a state called Chihuahua hence his name. Americans visiting there brought him home and people fell in love with how small he was. He has grown in popularity and is the 11th top favorite dog out of 155 AKC recognized breeds. The longhaired version came about after he came to America when the original shorthaired version was bred with some long haired dogs.

Today he is a bold and confident dog, alert and suspicious and quite sensitive. He usually bonds more closely to one person and can be reserved around others. If not socialized he can be timid.

The Corgi

There are two varieties of Welsh Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Until 1934 they were actually registered as one breed as there are many similarities however the Cardigan tends to be a little bigger and heavier and have long tail. The Cardigan is actually older than the Pembroke too, it is believed he has been in Wales for over 3000 years used to drive cattle and bred to be affectionate, sensible, fun loving, great with children and active. Compared to the Pembroke Corgi he is more territorial and less social. He is intelligent and trainable but can be independent.

The Pembroke Corgi was also bred to be a working dog on the farms in Wales and it is thought his origins either come from the Vikings in the 9th to 10th centuries or the Flemish weavers in the 12th century. It is this Corgi that is popular with the Queen of England, Elizabeth II who has a pack of them. Though they are still used as working dogs by some today they are more often now a family pet. They are loving, intelligent, happy in nature but have a stubborn side to them. While they are fairly easy to train they will not be subservient. They are prone to obesity because of their love of food.


The Chigi is an affectionate and loving dog who can be a great pet and loves to play. She is friendly and can be gentle too. She enjoys being social and the center of family activity. She is intelligent and alert and bonds very closely with her owner, usually bonding more closely with one member than the others, though she will remain friendly to the others. She is eager to please and usually quiet. Some Chigi can have issues with small dog syndrome. She can be shy when around strangers so socialization is important to help with that.

What does the Chigi look like

This is a small dog weighing 10 to 20 pounds and measuring 7 to 11 inches tall. She can have a short to medium, or long length straight coat. Colors can be orange, copper, browns, silver, red, black, golden, cream and white. Ears can be erect, and she has a dark nose and eyes. She also has a long tail and a sturdy body looking like a smaller Corgi. Her legs are short.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Chigi need to be?

The Chigi is fairly active so will need a good couple of walks a day as well as some play time around the house or apartment. Her size means she can live in an apartment comfortably. Taking her to a dog park on a regular basis is a good way to give her play time, socializing time and off leash time. She does not need a yard but it is a bonus place to play in. Be warned she often inherits a strong herding instinct from the Corgi parent so she may try to herd you, the kids, and any other animals around!

Does she train quickly?

This is an easy to train dog usually, though from the Chihuahua she can inherit some willfulness so occasionally owners have some problems. She is smart so when she is inclined to listen she needs less repetition than many other dogs and can learn more quickly. Make sure she is trained and socialized from a young age so that she can be the best dog she can be.

Living with a Chigi

How much grooming is needed?

The Chigi has moderate needs in terms of maintenance and grooming. She does shed an average amount so there is loose hair in her coat that needs brushing out regularly and be prepared to clear up around the house too. Brush her at least a couple of times a week to keep the coat healthy. Give her a bath just when she gets dirty enough to need one. Bathing too often is not a good thing as it damages her natural oils which can lead to skin problems. Give her nails a clip if they get too long if you know how to do this carefully. If you do not you should take her to a groomers. You can also check her ears and wipe them clean and brush her teeth at least twice a week.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Chigis are good with children and friendly with other pets too. As mentioned she may try to herd them! Some Chigis can be small like the Chihuahua so some supervision may be needed around smaller children who are not as careful as they might need to be.

General information

This is not a good dog if you want a watchdog. She will bark occasionally and she needs to be fed ¾ to 1½ cups of good quality dry dog food a day split into two meals.

Health Concerns

There is a chance that is her parents have certain conditions they can be passed on to her. For this reason it is a very good idea to only buy from good breeders and ask them to show you parental health clearances. You can also visit the puppy to see the conditions it has been bred in and get a better feel for the breeders. Those parental health concerns for the Chigi include Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Heart problems, Epilepsy, Collapsed Trachea, Hydrocephalus, Open Fontanel, Eye problems, Cystinuria, DM, IVDD, Von Willebrands, PDA, Cutaneous Asthenia, Shivering and Hip dysplasia.

Costs involved in owning a Chigi

A Chigi puppy can cost between $200 to $750. Other costs will have to be covered for things like a crate, carrier, collar, leash, blood tests, deworming, shots, spaying and micro chipping. They come to between $385 to $430. Annual medical costs can be between $435 to $535 and that is just for the essentials like shots, pet insurance, check ups and flea prevention. Other annual costs for things like toys, grooming, food, treats, training and a license come to between $575 to $675.


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If you love both the Chihuahua and the Corgi then you will of course love the Chigi. She is a great companion well suited for couples or families, houses or apartments. She is an eager, happy and friendly little dog and you will fall in love with her even when she starts herding you!

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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