The Auggie is a mixed breed—the Australian Shepherd and Corgi coming together to create this baby! They tend to be small to medium-sized dogs, with the long back of the Corgi and may come in a variety of colors. It depends on the colors of the parents. For example, the Australian Shepherd comes in four varieties (red merle, blue merle, black tri, and red tri), and it may take the coat of either parent.
Both of these dogs are herding breeds, so you can expect your mix to be a herder too. That means they may nip at your ankles, so take care around kids and other animals. Although they can absolutely be trained to get along with small children, other dogs, and cats, the puppy stage is a little hard to get through as they can be particularly bitey! Make sure to supervise interactions and teach children in particular how to act with the dog and redirect them to a toy when they get bitey.
Due to them being herders, they have high-energy levels — even if they look short and stumpy due to the Corgi in them! Take care to make sure they get the outlet they need for that energy.
These breeds are both incredibly smart too, so they’ll need a lot of mental stimulation. Provide plenty of enrichment, such as puzzle toys. Training tricks is also an excellent way to wear your dog out and bond with them.
Auggie – Do Your Research Carefully
If you’re going to get an Auggie, you’ll likely have to look at breeders since this is a mix of two popular breeds. Make sure you do your due diligence, as mixed-dog breeders can be unethical and create dogs with health or socialization issues — or even dogs that aren’t a mix of the breeds the breeder claims they are. Avoid this by making sure your breeder has a good contract in place and health tests their parent dogs.