Chigi – Owner’s Guide

Reviewed By Julie •  Updated: 06/15/22 •  6 min read
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We always love bringing you information about the different dog breeds we come across! Well, we have another one today called the Chigi!

Are you familiar with this dog breed? If not, then read on to learn more about these fur babies and if one of them would make a great companion for your family!

What is a Chigi?

The Chigi (also called the Chi-Corgi) is a hybrid mixed breed dog whose parents are a purebred Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a Chihuahua! Talk about a unique mixed breed dog! These are small, compact dogs that are loved by families and even single pet parents.

We don’t know much about the history of the Chigi; however, we can learn something about these dogs from their purebred parents.

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi comes from Wales, England. These dogs are famous for their bodies that are long and low to the ground, combined with short legs. They don’t look like Dachshunds, but they are still a unique dog breed. Cardis are alert, watchful, friendly dogs that were bred to herd cattle. They are still used for this work today, though many Corgis are now beloved family companions.

The dogs are intelligent but also stubborn. They can be challenging to train. In addition, they like to bark at everything and anything. The dogs also have a very strong herding instinct and will try to heard kids and other members of the family (including other pets)!

What’s more, Cardis also have a ton of energy. Remember, these dogs were bred to herd cattle in rugged country. They needed the energy, strength, and stamina to manage cattle all day long.

The Chigi’s other purebred parent is the Chihuahua! Chihuahuas are one of the smallest dogs in the world and are famous for their feisty personalities! They tend to have a large personality packed into their small bodies!

Chihuahuas love being with their families and usually choose one person to be close to. They will follow their favorite person almost everywhere. They also enjoy going along in tote bags (specially made for small dog breeds) to the store and other places so they can be close to their people.

Chis are known for also being loving, loyal little dogs that are h9ghly intelligent. They also learn pretty fast. While these dogs are small, they are able to compete in agility, obedience, and other dog competitions and do quite well!

These small dogs, while cute, are not good with young kids. That’s because the dogs are easily injured. So, they’re best for older kids and adults who understand to be careful when playing with these adorable little dogs.

With parents like this, how could you go wrong with a Chigi?

Chigis usually stand between 7 to 12 inches tall and weigh between 10 to 20 lbs. They have a life expectancy between 12 to 14 years.

Chigi Appearance

Chigis may resemble either their Corgi or Chihuahua parent, depending on the genes they’ve inherited. However, most Chigis have a mixed coat that’s a combination of both purebred parents. The Chigi’s coat may come in different colors, including fawn, black, white, and cream. However, the dogs can also have a solid coat. Even so, most Chigis have a combination of coat colors.

The Chigi’s coat is usually straight and short, with a thick undercoat. The good news is that these hybrid dogs are usually easy to groom. Be sure to brush your Chigi 2-3 times a week to keep his fur healthy and shiny.

What’s more, these dogs don’t do well in extremes of weather, either cold or hot. This may depend on which parent the Chigi most resembles. A Chigi that takes after their Corgi parent may have thicker, longer fur that keeps them warm in colder weather. However, this is not true of all Chigis.

Chigi Temperament

Chigis are affectionate, alert small dogs. And as you’d expect, they usually have lively personalities, much like their Chihuahua parents! These dogs are loyal and loving with their families and love to play!

However, it’s important to note that some Chigis may have strong herding tendencies. This character trait is inherited from their Corgi parent. For this reason, it’s best to ensure your Chigi has been properly trained and socialized from a young age. This can help to curb the herding tendency in these dogs.

Are Chigis Good for Companions for Families?

Chigis are usually great dogs for families that have kids. However, they may try to herd younger kids. Even so, the dogs are usually easy to train and socialize with, so it’s possible to curb this herding instinct in the dogs.

One more note, these dogs are pretty small and can be easily injured by young kids. So, the dogs are best suited to families that have older kids.

Do Chigis Get Along With Other Pets?

If the Chigi has been properly trained and socialized, they may get along with other dogs you have. They usually get along with other pets, too, if they’ve been raised together.

However, the Chigi may try to herd other pets, especially those that are smaller such as cats. However, it’s possible to curb this behavior with proper training and socialization.

Dietary Requirements

Chigis are small dogs and don’t eat too much every day. However, they need a dog food that’s formulated to meet the nutritional needs of small, active dog breeds.

Exercise Requirements

Chigis are small; however, they have a ton of energy packed in their little bodies! These small dogs need at least an hour of exercise every day. These dogs love to walk, play fetch, and visit the dog park. However, Chigis have shorter legs than larger dogs and are not able to walk as far. So, if you walk your fur baby with larger dogs, expect that you may need to carry your smaller canine companion back home at the end of the walk.


Chigis are highly intelligent and can be somewhat stubborn when it comes to training. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that your Chigi attend obedience training classes from a young age. They should also be socialized from puppyhood so they are well-behaved and well-rounded little dogs.

Summing It Up

So, there you have it! The Chigi is a hybrid mix between a purebred Cardigan Welsh Corgi and a purebred Chihuahua! What a combination! Chigis are highly intelligent dogs that can be somewhat stubborn. They’re usually good with kids and other pets, though they may have a tendency to herd (if they’re more like their Corgi parent). They make wonderful, loving, loyal family companions!

If you choose to adopt a Chigi, we’re pretty sure you’ll have a loving, loyal, highly energetic companion for years to come!

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Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she studied Animal science. Though contrary to the opinion of her parents she was meant to study pharmacy, but she was in love with animals especially cats. Julie currently works in an animal research institute (NGO) in California and loves spending quality time with her little cat. She has the passion for making research about animals, how they survive, their way of life among others and publishes it. Julie is also happily married with two kids.

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