If you are looking for a loving, loyal, and protective dog, then you have come to the right place. Corgilab is a Labrador Retriever and Corgi mix that has all the best traits of both breeds. The origin of this designer breed is still pretty unknown even though it is believed that they are bred for herding the cattle. This small bundle of fun, love, and joy is one of the best choices for families, and that is why I have decided to write about them. Today you will learn all there is to know about this dog breed and why it could be the perfect choice for you as well as your family.
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Temperament and Characteristics
While every dog is different and unique in his own way, there are some personal and distinctive traits that can apply to the whole breed. Even though we are talking about the Corgi and Labrador mix, Corgilab inherits various traits from purebred Corgis. As I have already said, it is believed that Corgilab was specially bred to herd cattle. What that means is that they have strong herding tendencies. They are known to herd other dogs and children. If your Corgilab has a lot of Corgi traits, you can expect him to nip at your feet in order to herd you. But don’t worry, he won’t bite you or anything like that, he just loves herding! Corgilabs are known to hang out with other dogs, but they love their humans the most. If you are thinking about adding a Corgilab to your home, be prepared to spend time with him because they don’t like to be alone. They are loyal, loving, and you won’t have much problem training them. So, all of this makes Corgilab a great family dog. Keep in mind, if you have small children, they might be overwhelmed by Corgilab’s herding instincts.
When it comes to training, Corgilab shines. Since they were bred for herding, you can expect them to be obedient. Well, obedience comes through practice, and you will be glad to know that you won’t have too many problems training your Corgilab. If you ask experts, you will find out that Corgilab is moderately easy to train. Don’t expect them to show results overnight. The speed of learning of this breed is average so you can pace yourself for gradual results. The most important thing is that you are patient and that your training regime is constant. This way you will achieve the best results and your Corgilab will be obedient and well trained. If your approach is harsh and filled with punishment and scolding, you won’t achieve anything. You have to use positive reinforcement techniques. That means that your Corgilab will learn much faster if you praise and reward him with treats for doing a good job.
Health Issues To Look Out For
It is a well-known fact that hybrid dog breeds tend to inherit some of the health problems from their parents. On the other hand, it is also known that cross breeds are often more resilient and healthier than pure breed dogs. This doesn’t mean that your Corgilab will be riddled with inherited diseases or that he will be healthy throughout his life. The best thing you can do is to inform yourself about all the potential health problems that might affect your pup and learn how to look for early symptoms. This way you will be able to contact your veterinarian on time. Another thing you should keep in mind is that it is much safer to get a Corgilab from a breeder that can present you papers of both parents. This way you will know about all the health problems the parents might have, and since most of those problems are inheritable, you will know what to expect from your Corgilab.
Some of the most common health problems:
- Ear infection
- Back problems
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Joint Dysplasia
- Eye ailments
- Skin issues
- Osteochondritis dissecans
If you are worried about cleaning hair off of your furniture, you might be in for some trouble. Corgilabs usually have medium to short length coats, and that means that you won’t have a hard time grooming your very own Corgilab! All you will have to do is to brush your pup at least once a week to keep his fur healthy, smooth, clean, and to control the shedding. Oh, about the shedding, get ready to clean your car and your home regularly.
This breed is highly active and full of energy, and that means that you will have to spend more of your time with your Corgilab. They can play for hours, and they are known to enjoy swimming and retrieving toys if they have inherited more traits from their Labrador Retriever parent. Be ready to keep your Corgilab active and entertained so that he can spend all that excess energy. Best thing you can do, is to put him through playful physical activities such as playing and running without a leash. Just make sure you are in a safe enclosed area before releasing him. You will have to walk him daily, and you can even take him on longer runs or even a hike. Besides physical activities, make sure that you give your Corgilab a bunch of toys that will keep him entertained and mentally stimulated when he is inside the house.
Corgilab is a great dog breed for families with big backyards or for people who don’t mind spending at least an hour a day playing with their pup. This dog will obey you, play with you, protect you and love you to death. You just need to have patience while training them, provide them with the care they deserve and watch out for any sign of health problems. If you wish to have a dog with all the best traits of a Labrador Retriever and a Corgi, then Corgilab might be the perfect addition to your family.