Corgi Basset Hound Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 12/30/22 •  12 min read

The Corgi Basset Hound mix is a medium-sized mixed-breed dog created by combining the Pembroke Welsh Corgi with the Basset Hound. A dog with parent breeds born in Britain, the Corgi Basset is known for its energetic nature, keen sense of smell, and loving, laid-back personality.

Corgi Basset Hound Mix
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This dog requires a high level of physical exercise and likes being kept to a daily schedule of walks. If you’ve been looking for an active companion pet for your family with a short coat of medium size, then the Corgi Basset Hound mix is worth considering!

Corgi Basset Hound Mix – At a Glance

Weight:40 – 65 pounds
Height:13 – 20 inches
Lifespan:12 – 15 years
Coat Colors:Black, brown, white, blue, red
Temperament:Active, loving, affectionate, cheerful, curious, playful
Most Suitable For:Families with or without children, single individuals, not suitable for the elderly

What Does a Corgi Basset Hound Mix Look Like?

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The Corgi Basset, like most designer breeds, will borrow parts of its physical appearance from both parent breeds. Expect your Corgi Basset Hound to be a medium-sized dog with short legs and a long tail. Corgi Bassets will have upright, pointy, rounded ears like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi or long, floppy ears like the Basset Hound – the latter is more likely.

You can expect the Pembroke Welsh Corgi to be most present in the Corgi Basset’s face, though its mouth may be slightly wider and snout somewhat larger than the traditional Pembroke Welsh.

The coat of the Corgi Basset could be short and dense or medium-length and rough to the touch. Your Corgi Basset does shed, but not heavily, so expect a moderate level of coat maintenance. Either way, your Corgi Basset Hound mix will be a beautiful, devoted, affectionate companion.

The History of the Corgi Basset Hound Mix

As with most designer breeds, the Corgi Basset Hound mix is a bit of a mystery. They likely came to be sometime in the last twenty or thirty years due to accidental breeding.

What we don’t know about the Corgi Basset Hound can likely be uncovered by reading about their parent breeds. We’re going to explore the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Basset Hound in detail – their breed history, current popularity, who they’re good dogs for – and more! This information will allow us to paint you a picture of the Corgi Basset and why it might be your next dog! 

The History of the Basset Hound

The History of the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound was first described in France in 1585 in an illustrated hunting guide, “La Venerie,” by Jacques de Foullioux. However, the Basset Hound is descended from St. Hubert of Belgium – a Church saint who kept “St. Hubert Hounds” as his hunting dogs.

Basset Hounds have long been used as hunting dogs, becoming favored by French nobility throughout the centuries and eventually winding up as the favorite of Napoleon III, Emperor of France, from 1852 to 1870. Ten years after Napoleon’s abdication, the International Dog Show held in Paris would be where the Basset Hounds would draw international attention.

Short-haired Basset Hounds were bred in France continuously from 1870 onwards, and other breeding practices of Basset Hounds produced a straight-legged type known as the Basset Artésien Normand.

The Basset Artésien Normand was then transported to the UK and used to breed with bloodhounds to create the modern British version of the Basset Hound.

How Popular Are Basset Hounds in the United States?

Basset Hounds are moderately popular in the United States and primarily well-liked for their laissez-faire approach to life and relaxed, calm temperament.

Basset Hounds were first brought to the United States in the early 19th century, where they were used as hunting dogs for small game, such as rabbits. They are still employed as hunting dogs in some parts of the United States today, although they’re more commonly companion pets.

In 2021, Basset Hounds ranked as the 34th most popular dog in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club.

Unfortunately, the American Kennel Club doesn’t recognize the Basset Artésien Normand.

Who Are Basset Hounds a Good Dog For?

Basset Hounds generally make fantastic family dogs. They’re typically too big for apartment living and thus require a house & yard setup to be optimally happy. Basset Hounds are gentle pets and good with other pets and children, making them a good choice for those with kids.

Though they look cumbersome, Basset Hounds are a moderate energy breed, meaning that they’ll still require at least once a day, but they won’t run you to oblivion. 

How Did Basset Hounds Come About?

Basset Hounds were first illustrated in 1585 in a French hunting magazine by Jacques de Foullioux. Basset Hounds have long been used as hunting dogs throughout the centuries and were prized dogs of Napoleon III, the last emperor of France. 

In 1870, Basset Hounds were imported to England and bred with Bloodhounds to create the English Basset Hound.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Basset Hound?

Basset Hounds have been crossbred for centuries. The first famous instance of crossbreeding was likely when the Basset Artésien Normand was created.

Other popular crossbreeds of the Basset Hound have been the Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Basset Hound Labrador mix, the Basset Hound Beagle mix (also known as Bagel Hounds), and of course, our beloved Corgi Basset Mix.

The History of the Corgi

The History of the Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was first brought to English shores by Flemish weavers in 1107 A.D. The weavers were searching for a new home and settled in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Initially, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was used as a herding dog. Despite its small size, it would nip at the heels of the cattle and be used successfully.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis have a cousin – the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. It’s believed this breed was developed from the Welsh Corgis that came over with Flemish weavers who settled in Carmarthen, Wales. They have a slightly different physical appearance than the Pembroke Welsh.  The breeds were grouped together in 1925 when the Kennel Club in England recognized them. But lovers of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi eventually petitioned successfully for them to be shown, categorized, and recorded as separate breeds.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis have outgrown their Welsh Corgi cousin in popularity and were even the favorite dogs of Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. Beloved for their affectionate nature, the Queen owned more than thirty Corgis during her reign.

How Popular Are Corgis in the United States?

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi arrived on American shores in 1933 by a Corgi enthusiast. A year later, the American Kennel Club registered the Welsh Corgis (Pembroke & Cardigan) as a single breed. It would take an extra year for the AKC to correct the record.

Unfortunately for the Cardigan Welsh, the Pembroke Welsh far outstrips it in popularity terms. In 2021, the Cardigan Welsh was the 67th most popular dog breed in the United States. Meanwhile, the Pembroke Welsh ranked as the 11th most popular.

Who Are Corgis a Good Dog For?

Corgis are well-known for their likability and friendly personality. They have a moderate energy level and are an intelligent breed requiring mental stimulation during play – playing fetch – for example! 

Corgis are relatively small dogs, making them good options for the elderly and those who live in apartments. While not a barkless breed, your Corgi is unlikely to bark its head off at everything and anything. 

Corgis also make lovely family pets, fitting in well with other pets and children. However, those with smaller children (under the age of five) should be wary of the Pembroke Welsh’s herding instincts, which can cause them to ‘herd’ your children. This could become a tripping hazard, so keep an eye out for it and correct it immediately.

How Did Corgis Come About?

Corgis originally came about through migration – they migrated with their original Flemish owners in the early 12th century, when Flemish weavers originally left modern-day Belgium for Wales. They settled in both Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Corgis were initially used as herding dogs before becoming healthy companion pets, even going so far as to be the favorite dogs of Queen Elizabeth II.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Corgi?

The Corgi has a long history, so it’s almost impossible to narrow down when it was first crossbred. However, we know that the Corgi was likely crossbred many times throughout its history, most popularly with dogs of similar size and weight, although sometimes with smaller breeds.

The Dorgi, for example, is a cross between a Dachshund and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This cross was a creation of Queen Elizabeth II, who bred her Corgi with her sister, Princess Margaret’s Dachshund, to create the Dorgi.

Other crosses include the Corgi Pomeranian, Corgi German Shepherd, and Corgi Husky mix.

How Important Is a Dog’s Temperament to Your Family?

Before you get a dog, one of the most important things you can do is to understand what type of dog you’re looking for and why.

You don’t want to go out and get any old dog – if you’re going to put your time, money, effort, love, and care into a dog, you want to make sure it’s the right dog for you and your family. This means doing thorough research on the temperament of the dog you’re looking at adopting (or dogs, if it’s a mixed breed) and ensuring that the disposition they’re likely to have matches your family’s lifestyle and temperament.

Temperamental mismatches could lead to you spending time and money on extensive training, and if that is unsuccessful, you may be forced to re-home your Corgi Basset mix.

What is the Temperament of the Corgi Basset Hound Mix?

Luckily for most families, you couldn’t have picked a more easy-going crossbreed than the Corgi Basset mix. Both dogs have a friendly nature, are laid-back, and sometimes exhibit a sensitive personality.

The Corgi Basset mix may exhibit a high prey drive, so be aware of this possibility. But, in general, you can expect your Corgi Basset Hound mix to be in lock-step with you on a walk and come when called if off-leash. Your Corgi Basset will require plenty of exercise – make it a part of your daily schedule.

Is The Corgi Basset Hound Mix Friendly?

Like most mixes that the Pembroke Welsh influences, your Corgi Basset Hound mix will be an amiable dog. They’re gentle and kind and should be socialized regularly – whether that’s your friend’s or neighbor’s dog or down your local dog park.

Is The Corgi Basset Hound Mix Easy to Train?

The Basset Hound is used to following commands. You can expect this obedience to shine through in your Corgi Basset Hound mix, making them relatively easy to train. 

If you are unlucky, you may get a Basset Corgi with an exceptionally high prey drive, which can be corrected with positive reinforcement and positive obedience training. 

How Much Can A Corgi Basset Hound Mix Weigh?

The average weight of a Corgi Basset Hound is between 40 and 65 pounds.

How Tall Can A Corgi Basset Hound Mix Get?

The average height of a Corgi Basset Hound mix is between 13 and 20 inches tall.

Similar Sized Breeds

There are a few similar-sized breeds to the Corgi Basset Hound mix. These include the English Bulldog, the Chow Chow, and the Standard Poodle.

Does the Corgi Basset Hound Mix Shed?

The Corgi Basset Hound mix has a dense coat that will require weekly brushing. They’re moderate year-round shedders, but their dense coat hides a lot of fur – weekly brushing will keep it smooth and well-oiled.

How Much Exercise Does A Corgi Basset Hound Mix Require?

The Corgi Basset Hound mix isn’t one to shy away from exercise. They’ll require at least half an hour to forty-five minutes of walking each day, with a free-roaming run on the weekend.

How Long Can a Corgi Basset Hound Mix Live?

The average life expectancy of a Corgi Basset Hound mix is between 12 and 15 years.

What Health Conditions Could the Corgi Basset Hound Mix Have?

How Can You Find a Corgi Basset Hound Mix Puppy For Sale?

Before you decide to buy a Corgi Basset Hound mix puppy, we recommend that you begin by researching the adoption of this breed as a preference to buying one.

Reliably, thousands of dogs languish in shelters anywhere in the U.S., just waiting for a good home. You can search your local vet clinic or animal shelter to see if a Corgi Basset made its way there.

Alternatively, you can search online at

How Much Does a Corgi Basset Hound Mix Puppy Cost?

The average cost of a Corgi Basset Hound mix is between $500 and $1000

If you’re going to go the route of purchasing a Corgi Basset Hound mix, we highly recommend you search for a reputable breeder to do so. To learn more about reputable breeders – and how to stay away from puppy mills – read our article

Is the Corgi Basset Hound Mix the Right Breed For You?

The Corgi Basset Hound might be the right breed for you if you’ve been looking for a moderately energetic breed with a sweet personality and who is gentle, kind, and sensitive around younger humans and other pets.

Corgi Bassets require regular exercise and plenty of room to roam, so they are best suited to a house with a yard.

If you know by now that you won’t be getting a Corgi Basset Hound mix for Christmas but are still searching for your perfect mixed-breed companion – read our breed guides for more information on other mixed-breed dogs that may fit the bill!

Nick Meagher

I'm Nick Meagher, a lifelong dog enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. Having grown up with dogs, I've developed a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond with these amazing companions. Through MyK9Life, I aim to share insights, tips, and heartwarming stories, celebrating the joy and journey of life with our four-legged friends.

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