The Corgi Frise, or the Corgi Bichon, is a delightful Bichon Frise Corgi mix.
The Corgi Bichon is a fairly new Bichon Frise mix, with the mix popping up only in the last 20 years or so as a new preferred designer dog.
The Corgi Bichon Temperament and Personality
The following three traits sum up the Corgi Bichon temperament and personality in a nutshell. She is:
Energetic and Active
The Corgi Frise temperament is, in a word, wondrous. And boy does she have energy!
She can remain active for hours, playing fetch until she wears out.
This dog will give you a run for your money, that's for sure!
She does not like to sit still. If you’re an active person, then this is the dog for you – especially if you like to spend a lot of time outside.
People, animals, whoever – she loves to make new friends because that's all the more playtime and attention lavished upon her! This is a dog who loves the spotlight and will steal it back if someone else has the audacity to grab your attention.
She is always up for whenever, wherever, whatever. If you think it's a good idea, then she does, too! She loves meeting new people, doing new things, and learning new tricks (though she can be a bit stubborn on that last part).
She may assert her dominance from time to time when you're training her, but otherwise, the Corgi Bichon is a very obedient dog. You typically don't have to repeat yourself more than twice to get her to listen.
Because the Corgi Bichon is a small dog, she is easy to bring pretty much anywhere and is always up for anything.
The beach? Sure! The dog park? Absolutely! A friend's house? Why not!
The Corgi Bichon differs from other Bichon mixes in that apartment living is not suited for this dog. She has way too much energy to keep her cooped up all day.
If she could talk, the Corgi Bichon would probably say something along the lines of:
“Take me out! I want to go out!
Out, out out! Are we outside yet?
What are we waiting for?
Let's go out!”
Influence of the Parents' Temperament
What's interesting about the Corgi Frise is that her parents are so different that one Corgi Frise may be wildly different from the next.
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For instance, if she takes after her Bichon Frise parent, she will love getting attention and being in the spotlight.
If, however, she's more like her Corgi parent, she may get more enjoyment out of herding animals smaller than her.
This may, hilariously, extend to children.
Grooming a Corgi Frise
A Corgi Frise is one of those rare breeds in that she does not have a set standard with regard to her body type.
While her body type may differ, depending on which parent she takes after, the Corgi Frise tends to have a body more like a Corgi: long and short.
She may also take after her Corgi parent with regard to her facial features.
Her coat, however, is more like that of her Bichon parent. It tends to be curly and of medium length, and it is typically tan or white.
Depending on the coat she inherits, the Corgi Frise's brushing needs may vary.
If she is more like her Bichon parent, then you will need to brush her daily to prevent tangles, mats, and skin problems.
She will also need to visit the groomer every month to two months for regular maintenance.
You should trim her nails every two or three weeks, and you should brush her teeth weekly to avoid a buildup of tartar.
You should also clean her ears weekly and pluck them once a month.
It is also worth noting that if you are looking for a hypoallergenic dog, you will never find one. This is because such a dog does not actually exist.
Sorry to say, but the only way to tell if you’re truly allergic to a Corgi Bichon is to cozy up next to her and see if you have a reaction.
Granted, some dogs’ coats cause people to have less of a reaction, but this does not mean the dog herself is hypoallergenic.
Corgi Frise Health and Physical Characteristics
All in, the Corgi Frise is a pretty healthy dog, especially for a mixed breed.
Most mixed breeds come with a host of health concerns to watch out for, but with the Corgi Frise, the only thing you really have to worry about is hip dysplasia – not bad!
The life expectancy for a healthy Corgi Frise is 12 to 15 years, and her weight can range anywhere from 10 to 30 lbs.
She's tiny, coming up to only between 9 and 12 inches tall.
Training and Exercising Your Corgi Bichon
The Corgi Bichon has a devilish streak to her, and so she enjoys looking for trouble whenever possible.
This makes her prone to barking and chewing – two destructive behaviors that you can curb if you train her early.
If you're a more active person, then this is the dog for you. Swimming, jogging, playing at the park with a ball or Frisbee – she loves it all.
She may not, however, be all that interested in getting to know other animals and/or children.
If you know you will be putting her into an environment where she will run into either a child or another animal, then you may need to start slow. Socialize her in baby steps to get her used to the idea.
In fact, I recommend you take her to the dog park at least twice a day, both to socialize her and for playing purposes. Plus, why not get a little fresh air for yourself?
She's an independent little spirit, that's for sure, so it may be difficult to train her, but keep at it. Consistency is everything.
Finding the Perfect Corgi Bichon
After reading up on the Corgi Bichon puppy, you may have decided that she would make the perfect addition to your family. That's great!
Now you're probably wondering how you can get one. You can find a Corgi Bichon for sale either from a breeder or through a rescue or adoption agency.
No matter which route you choose, though, it's important to be careful, do your research, and know what you're getting into. Don't just do the easy thing because, more often than not – and especially with dogs – the easy thing is the wrong or unethical thing to do.
Corgi Bichon Puppies for Sale
The average Corgi Bichon price varies, depending on where you get her from. Many factors can affect the price, including whether you buy her from a breeder or adopt her, and from which breeder you choose to buy her from.
Purebred Corgis tend to run between $600 and $1,000, so you can expect the price to be somewhere in that range when you buy from a breeder.
Adoptions are considerably less expensive, but keep in mind that is only the price of the dog. You still have to factor in other important and recurring costs, like vet visits and dog food.
Corgi Bichon Adoption and Rescue
Are you ready for the world of Corgi Bichon adoption? Just like anything else, you have to really know your stuff before you venture forth.
Mixed breeds are a mixed bag. When you adopt and even sometimes when you buy from a breeder, it is incredibly difficult to know what you're getting.
What I mean is, the dog could take after more of his Corgi parent, or his Bichon parent. So he could have their traits or traits all his own.
For this reason, it is important that you feel confident in knowing all you need to know about both breeds. This way you can be ready for any of the possible traits that could pop up in your mixed breed dog.
When you go to an adoption shelter or rescue organization, let the staff there know what kind of dog you're looking for. If they don't have one “in stock,” so to speak, they can put you on a list. This way, when the dog you're looking for comes in, you'll be the first to know!
And remember, most dogs who are up for adoption did not end up there through any fault of their own. Sometimes, people fall on hard times and they don't know what else to do, so they put the dog up for adoption, hoping she'll get a loving home. You can provide that loving home.
Adoption fees typically run anywhere from $75 to $200. The upside is that you get a dog who is fully neutered and vetted, so you don't have to worry about any undiagnosed health conditions.
However, something to be aware of is that you may not get a “First Generation” mixed breed.
What this means is that the Corgi Bichon you adopt may have other breeds in her mix. This significantly changes the game, and even the shelter may not be aware of the dog's prior history.
Corgi Bichon Breeders
You may also want to buy a Corgi Bichon from a breeder. However, you must be incredibly careful if you decide to pursue this option.
Remember before how I mentioned the “First Generation” mixed breed dogs? This goes for breeders, too.
Breeders may try to sell you what they say is a Corgi Bichon, but really, it’s a Corgi Bichon who they’ve mixed with other breeds. It might not even be a Corgi Bichon at all!
Get the documentation you need to prove the mixed breed is who the breeder says she is. Get documentation on the pup’s parents, and even spend time with them so you know what you’re getting into (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).
Research the breeder a bit online before you buy, too. Chances are good that if someone had a bad encounter with this breed, they’re going to take it to the internet to warn other potential buyers. If they’re putting the information out there, use it!
Also, you should never buy a dog from a pet store or an online broker. These dogs are almost always from puppy mills, and the people selling them don’t know a thing about them – nor do they care.
Therefore, your odds of getting a dog who is both sick and not the mixed breed the seller says she is are, unfortunately, very high. It may be hard to say goodbye to those beautiful eyes in the store, but trust me, it’s worth it in the end – both for your heart and your pocketbook.
When you do visit the breeder, make sure the dogs are not in cramped, dirty conditions. Also, keep an eye out to see if there are any temperament traits you do not like. This is a good clue into how much effort the breeder truly puts into her dogs.
A Final Word about the Corgi Frise
The Bichon Frise Corgi temperament is highly energetic, and her appearance can vary wildly, depending on which of her parents she takes more after.
Don't let her get bored – else you can kiss your carpets and your furniture goodbye! I recommend you keep her active for at least 45 to 60 minutes every day. This means taking her outside and doing whatever you can to help her run her batteries down.
As far as mixed breeds go, this one is unique in that she tends to be pretty healthy. There aren't too many major health concerns to worry about with the Corgi Frise.
She's also unique in that, despite being a small dog, she's not great at living in smaller living spaces. She gets cabin fever. So, if you need a dog who is more suited to apartment living, the Corgi Frise is not it.