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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

The Shorgi is a medium sized mixed dog the result of breeding a Shih Tzu with either a Pembroke Welsh Corgi or a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. She has a life span of 12 to 15 years and is a dog that can be quite strong willed but is very affectionate and needs a lot of affection in return.

The Shorgi has an independent nature sometimes but she is very affectionate and loyal. She will be quite needy when it comes to attention and she will also need a certain level of activity so may not be best suited to less active seniors for example.

Here is the Shorgi at a Glance
Average height Up to 13 inches
Average weight 20 to 50 pounds
Coat type Medium to long, straight, silky
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Low to good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Good to very good
Good Family Pet? Very good
Good with Children? Good with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good to excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good to excellent
Trainability Easy
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Quite high
Major Health Concerns Intervertebral disk disease, Eye problems, Skin problems, bladder and kidney problems, liver problems, Epilepsy, DM, PDA
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, allergies, ear infections, dental problems, snuffles, reverse sneezing
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price unknown
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $375 to $875

Where does the Shorgi come from?

Over the last 20 years or more there has been a growing trend to use two different purebreds in breeding and create what is now called a designer dog. A lot of these dogs are given a name that puts together parts of the parent’s names. The Corgi is a popular purebred to use in this kind of breeding as people like the unusual look of them. It is important when looking at designer dogs to check the breeders you are considering buying from. Because this is a trend that has attracted a lot of people it has also attracted the wrong kind of breeders such as those who run puppy mills. They create and breed designer dogs with no care about conditions or health or happiness of their animals and you need to make sure you are not funding them to continue their terrible practices. Buy from respectable breeders who clearly have a love for their work.

The Corgi

There are now two varieties of Welsh Corgis, the Pembroke and the Cardigan but up until about 80 years ago they were seen as one breed because of many similarities. But the Cardigan tends to be a little bigger and heavier and has a long tail. The Cardigan is actually older too, it is believed he has been in Wales for over 3000 years where he was used to drive cattle and bred to be affectionate, sensible, fun loving, great with children and active. He is more territorial and less social though and while intelligent and trainable he can be independent.

The Pembroke Corgi was also bred to be a working dog on farms. 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 to you. They are prone to obesity because of their love of food.

The Shih Tzu

The Shih-Tzu is thought to be in the top 14 oldest breeds around, coming from either Tibet or China. They were treasured as companion dogs and can be found in paintings and documents across Tibetan and Chinese history. They were referred to as little lion dogs and were docile, intelligent and happy. The first breeding pair to leave China and come to England happened in 1928.In 1969 he was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.

The Shih-Tzu today is still very much a companion dog. He wants to please and be with you, he is very affectionate and loves to receive it too. He will spend as much time as he can in your lap and is a happy little dog when he has lots of attention. He can be lively and likes to play and is friendly too.


The Shorgi is a lively, sometimes willful but affectionate dog. She can be needy as she is a big cuddler and often will be wanting attention and affection at times when you are otherwise engaged! She is intelligent and can be protective. As well as being very loving she can be very charming which she can use to her advantage! She wants to be around people and where ever the action is. As she can be territorial she is less than welcoming to strangers and can be aggressive if she feels she needs to protect her home or owners. That aggressive side with her wilfulness makes training an important step with her. She does not like being alone for long periods of time.

What does the Shorgi look like

This is a medium sized dog weighing 20 to 50 pounds and standing up to 13 inches tall. She has the short Corgi legs with a long body and her head is more often like the Shih Tzu’s. Her ears can be up or hanging down, or one of each! Her coat can be like either parent or a mix of them, medium to long, thick, straight, silky, shiny, smooth. Common colors are red, brown, apricot and tan.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Shorgi need to be?

She is a fairly active dog so while her size makes her suitable for apartment living she will need a certain amount of outdoor time in top of her indoor play. She would love to visit the dog park now and then and run free and play doggy games. She also needs a couple of medium to long walks a day. She does not need access to a yard but if there is one that is a bonus.

Does she train quickly?

The Shorgi is quite easy to train as she tends to be obedient and learns quickly. However her willful side means there may be occasional bumps in the training road. Make sure you set yourself as the clear leader and be firm and consistent. Be positive using treats and praise. Reward her successes. Early training and socialization are important to help her aggressive and territorial nature and to curb her stubbornness.

Living with a Shorgi

How much grooming is needed?

Shorgis have moderate needs when it comes to maintenance and grooming. She is a moderate shedding dog, if her coat is long it will need daily brushing, but can be a little less often if it is shorter. You will have to vacuum up after her and have to deal with loose hair on clothing and such. Give her a bath when she needs one using a dog shampoo and check and wipe her ears once a week. She should have her teeth brushed two to three times a week and her nails will need clipping when they get too long.

What is she like with children and other animals?

Although both parents seem to okay with children at the least, the Shorgi can need some help with early socialization, training and even being raised with them. She can get jealous of them and exhibit some aggressiveness without it. This also goes for other dogs and pets.

General information

She is not a problem when it comes to frequent barking and should be fed 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of good quality dry dog food a day, split into two meals. She will act to protect herself and you should an intruder or someone else pose a threat.

Health Concerns

The Shorgi could be prone to certain health issues that her parents are more at risk of such as Intervertebral disk disease, Eye problems, Skin problems, bladder and kidney problems, liver problems, Epilepsy, DM, PDA, Von Willebrands, Patellar Luxation, umbilical hernias, Hip dysplasia, allergies, ear infections, dental problems, snuffles and reverse sneezing. To have more of a chance at avoiding these problems ask the breeder for health clearances for the parents. Visiting the puppy at the breeders is also a great idea to see the conditions it is kept in.

Costs involved in owning a Shorgi

The Shorgi puppy is hard to price right now as there are not many to be found to get a clear price range. Other costs though will come to between $455 to $500 for things like collar and leash, create, carrier, spaying, micro chipping, blood tests, deworming and shots. Other yearly costs for basic medical needs like check ups, flea prevention, pet insurance and vaccinations come to between $460 to $560. Non-medical annual essentials like treats, toys, license, training, grooming and food come to between $375 to $875.


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Featured Image Credit: Left: Shih Tzu, Angel LeBlanc, Shutterstock | Right: Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Welshea, Shutterstock

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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