With a healthy diet, regular exercise, and proper care and maintenance, your Corgi Pug can live for up to 15 years. That being said, this breed is prone to several health problems. Ironically, the features that make a Porgi so cute are the same ones that predispose it to serious health issues.
Let’s start with its short, stubby legs. The Corgi Pug is heavyset with a low-hanging barrel belly, which combined with its short legs, can put too much pressure on the hip or elbow joints and lead to a condition known as dysplasia.
Dysplasia happens when the elbow or hip’s ball and socket rub against each other instead of gliding smoothly. This condition can be a source of great pain for your canine friend and often leads to the early onset of arthritis and eventual loss of joint function.
Dwarfism and IVDD
Pug Corgis are susceptible to dwarfism, which can result in other conditions such as intervertebral disk disease (IVDD).
In simple terms, this disease affects the spinal cord leading to severe pain and loss of limb functions.
The Porgi’s flat face can also be a source of problems. Dogs with this kind of facial structure are known as brachycephalic and are prone to brachycephalic syndrome. This is a condition where the flattened facial bone structure presses against the dog’s nasal cavity, causing breathing difficulties.
If your dog does not receive immediate medical attention for brachycephalic syndrome, its health can deteriorate quickly, possibly leading to death.
Other health concerns
Other minor conditions that Pug Corgis are prone to include eye infections such as cataracts, glaucoma, bladder stones, patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee cap), and bladder stones.