Everyone knows the Corgi breed: short, stumpy legs and a regular-sized head. The proportions are cute, albeit strange. What gets even stranger (and cuter, we might add) is the combination of a Corgi and a German Shepherd dog.
You may have a hard time imagining what this mix may look like but you might be pleasantly surprised when you see it!
Unlike pure dog breeds like the Golden Retriever, one thing the Corgi mix puppies do is create a breed that looks like a miniature version of the other half of the breed. The mix creates a dog that looks exactly like the other half of the breed but with smaller legs and torso!
This is definitely the case for the Corgi German Shepherd mix! The mixed breed has a striking resemblance to the German Shepherd in the head but with miniature features!
Before you introduce Corgi German Shepherd mix puppies into your home, let’s take a look at everything you need to know first! Bringing a new fur family member into your mix is one of the most important decisions you and your family can make!
Understanding the German Shepherd
To fully understand the Corgi German Shepherd mix, you must understand the German Shepherd breed.
The German Shepherd breed is probably one of the most well-known breeds in the world. Seen in movies and television shows as police dogs, German Shepherds are known for their poise and discipline.
Historians have traced the German Shepherd breed all the way back to the 1800s when a German officer sought out to find a herding dog that was superior to the rest. When he saw the qualities that the Shepherd had, he set out to make that particular breed the official German Shepherd dog by creating a society specifically for the breed.
Because of this German officer’s creation of the society, German Shepherds were entered into the purebred category among other purebreds.
Later, the German Shepherd made its way to the United States where the breed became wildly popular after World War I. Officers and soldiers used the German Shepherd as personal guard dogs to protect them against enemies. Because the dogs obeyed well and were highly loyal, they proved to be the perfect breed for protection.
When the war was over, the German Shepherd became a household pet that provided families with the safety and security they were looking for as well as the loyalty and love a dog should offer.
You can now find German Shepherds doubling as K9 dogs on the police force, military dogs, and service animals.
Understanding the Welsh Corgi
The Welsh Corgi is known for its small stature and the ability to create a mixed breed that resembles miniature versions of their counterparts.
Traditionally, the Welsh Corgi was used a herding dog for cattle located mostly in Europe. These dogs have amazing agility, which makes them perfect for avoiding the large hooves of cattle while they’re herding them to the destination.
In the 1920s, the Welsh Corgi Club was formed with a whopping 59 members. This created the prestige that the Welsh Corgi now has and recognized it as a purebred breed.
These dogs have always been known for being great herd dogs and for having loving, even temperaments.
What Is the Temperament of a Corgi German Shepherd Mix?
Before you bring a new dog into your home, it’s important to understand the temperament of the breed. This can save you a lot of time and heartache if the temperament doesn’t match your family’s needs, especially if you have children.
The Corgi German Shepherd mix is known for its intelligence. Sometimes, the intelligence of this mix can create a power struggle between the dog and the owner. However, you can break this habit if you are disciplined enough to discourage the dominant behavior from the get-go.
If you have other animals in the home, the Corgi German Shepherd mix may not be the best addition. Sometimes these dogs can display aggression towards cats and even other dogs, especially if the other animal is newer to the family.
On the flip side, if the Corgi German Shepherd mix is well trained from the start, they can get along with the other animals well.
When you look at the breeds separately, you will notice that they both display extreme loyalty to their families. That means that the Corgi German Shepherd mix is very loyal, as well.
One of the best characteristics and abilities a Corgi German Shepherd mix displays is its ability to interpret situations and read what is happening around them. Because of this, they can read and react to any danger that may be coming up in their immediate surroundings. This mix enjoys being the leader of the pack and displaying boldness and prefer to not be alone for long periods of time.
Therefore, if you have a job that requires you to be away from the home for many hours at a time, a Corgi German Shepherd mix may not be the dog for you. If they are left too long without interaction or the ability to play, destructive behavior could ensue.
What Are the Grooming Needs of Your New Corgi German Shepherd mix?
Grooming can be one of the most time consuming and costly aspects of owning a dog. However, if you know how to groom your Corgi German Shepherd correctly you won’t have too much to worry about.
This mix has a very dense coat that requires daily brushings. The Corgi German Shepherd mix is not considered a high shedder, but they do teeter on moderate to high in the shedding department. What does this mean for you?
Lots of vacuuming and sweeping. You will find yourself with a vacuum on your carpet, furniture, and hardwood floors more often with a Corgi German Shepherd mix in your home.
You will also need to ensure that their teeth, ears, and nails are taken care of on a regular basis. However, this is good practice for any type of dog, not just a Corgi German Shepherd mix.
What Kind of Health Problems Should You Expect?
Purebred dogs are more likely to have severe health problems compared to mixed breeds. The Corgi German Shepherd is most likely to from obesity more than any other health problem. Because of their small body stature, excessive weight can cause major issues.
Obesity can lead to many other health problems including cancer, joint pain, and even spinal pain. One way to keep obesity curbed is to make sure your dog gets enough exercise!
Welsh Corgis are known for having serious bloating issues, which means your Corgi German Shepherd mix could potentially suffer from the same bloat. They may also suffer from a condition called joint dysplasia that makes your dog’s elbow pop out of place frequently.
When it comes to your Corgi German Shepherd mix’s eyes, cataracts are a serious threat. Cataracts can start as early as birth and get worse as they age. Your dog could potentially become blind if the cataracts get too strong.
Dogs can suffer from allergies just like humans. When a Corgi German Shepherd experiences the seasonal changes or a move to another geographical location, they may experience allergies they never had before. You should look for itchy skin as the main symptom of allergies in dogs.
And, of course, a Corgi’s unusually small body stature can cause any Corgi mix to experience spinal issues. One such condition a Corgi German Shepherd mix may experience is Slipped Disc Syndrome. This syndrome makes the spinal cord pop in and out of place, which can cause severe pain in not only the back but also the legs.
How Much Should You Expect to Spend on Your Corgi German Shepherd mix?
The initial cost of getting a Corgi German Shepherd mix ranges anywhere from $250 to $650. You will also need to spend around another $450–$500 on things like the cost for a crate, food, leash, collar, vaccinations, microchipping and other health checks required. You should also expect to spend around $1000 each year on the upkeep of your pup including wellness visits, food, toys, and other necessities.