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The Corgi German Shepherd Mix, (also sometimes called Corman Shepherd), is one of the cutest-looking dogs around. She’s a cross between two intelligent and strong-minded breeds: the German Shepherd and the Corgi.
As such, your adorable pooch can be a handful unless trained properly! She is, however, a loyal, loving, and delightful family animal when she has a strong leader to look up to.
Read on to find out more about the Corgi German Shepherd Mix and see why she can be the perfect pet.
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1. She’s loyal, loving, and sweet … but can be very stubborn!
A hybrid of two popular dog breeds and commonly referred to as a designer dog, nobody knows when the first German Shepherd Corgi cross came into existence. This beautiful dog is bred deliberately today, with many people falling in love at first sight.
To understand what kind of companion a Corman Shepherd will be, it’s handy to know a little bit about her ancestors.
German Shepherd Overview
German Shepherds are one of my favorite dog breeds, and I’m not alone … it’s one of the most popular dogs around the world. She is intelligent, easy to train, obedient, and sociable with those she knows and trusts.
The German Shepherd’s characteristics are usually positive, but she can be defensive of her people and her patch around strangers. Traditionally a herding dog, she is often trained to work in various capacities.
That doesn’t mean that they’re not loveable and manageable, though; given the right motivation (which often involves lots of treats and praise!) A natural herder and usually quite happy, she can be put to work or kept as a loyal pet.
So, with two intelligent parents that commonly make good pets, your Corman Shepherd is sure to become a dear member of your family that you can rely on. She’ll turn your frown upside down with her personality, and you won’t get bored having her around.
And, speaking of personality …
With both the German Shepherd and Corgi temperament coming into play, your Corgi Shepherd Mix is often spirited! Sweet and loving by nature, your pup can get bored easily if you don’t give her the attention she thinks she deserves.
She gets lonely quickly too so you should always make special time for her; think of it almost like date nights with your dog!
It won’t always be a walk in the park with her as she can be very stubborn if she doesn’t get her own way. She also has tons of mental and physical energy that needs to be released.
Her frustrations can come out as destructiveness, and she may even try to herd the family.
Investing in doggie chews and toys can be a great way to keep her occupied for a while hopefully saving your shoes and sofa.
Treat her well, and you’ll be rewarded with a dog that is smart and sassy, and that brings lots of joy to your household; there’s rarely a dull moment with this one!
As seen in this video, the Corman Shepherd knows her own mind and has heaps of attitude!
2. Corman Shepherd is a real cutie in the looks department
Bigger in size than the average Corgi but smaller than a regular German Shepherd, Shepherd Corgi Mixes can stand anywhere between 12 and 15 inches (30.5 and 38 cm) tall. With short legs, inherited from the Corgi, your medium-to-large dog can appear smaller than she actually is.
The weight of the Corman Shepherd can vary immensely, ranging from 20 to 70 pounds (9 to 23 kg).
She’s strong and sturdy, and it’s probably little surprise that she has a fairly pointed nose and long erect pointed ears; she takes after both of her parents!
Her eyes are often more like those of a German Shepherd than a Corgi, with a more almond than round shape. She still knows how to give you the classic puppy-eyed look to melt your heart, though.
I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s her short and beautiful coat that really makes her a stunner. She has the colors and markings of a German Shepherd, with deep browns, golden shades, and tan hues combined with yellowish tones, black, and white.
While most Corgi German Shepherd Mixes have a blend of colors, it’s not uncommon for there to be one color that really stands out.
3. You’ll need to put in some effort to keep her looking her best
Although she’s a natural beauty, you need to play your part in keeping her looking adorable; neglect her, and she’ll quickly look shabby.
You’re going to need to make grooming your Shepherd Corgi Mix part of your everyday routine, with between five- and ten-minute pooch-pampering sessions to keep her fur shiny, healthy, and tangle free.
Her coat may be short, but she sheds a fair amount, a trait inherited from both parents. Luckily, she doesn’t shed anywhere near as much as a Corgi, but you’ll still need to get the vacuum cleaner out regularly.
You’ll probably also want to buy a strong lint roller designed to remove pet fur from your clothes, or you’ll look shabby too!
Bathing can also help with excessive shedding. Don’t worry too much, though, if the thought of getting your strong-willed pet into the bathtub fills you with dread; Corman Shepherds don’t generally need to be bathed more than every couple of months. Keep her away from muddy patches, brush her, and she’ll take care of the rest.
As with any pet dog, you’ll also need to clean her teeth and ears regularly and trim her nails when needed.
4. She’s sure to keep you active and on your toes
Corgi German Shepherd Mixes have heaps of energy, and you’ll need to be lively to keep up with your pup.
You’ll need to walk her at least twice a day … and the walks should be long. She may have little legs, but she sure knows how to use them!
On the plus side, she’ll keep you fit and healthy. There’s no being a couch potato if it’s cold or wet outside; keep her cooped up, and you’ll both end up miserable.
To keep her happy you should also plan activities that stimulate her agile brain while helping her to get lots of exercises; think outdoor ball games and squeaky toys are thrown around the living room.
If you don’t have a yard or garden, it can be difficult to give your Corman Shepherd the exercise that she needs.
5. You’ll need to be the pack leader to train Shepherd & Corgi mix!
As already mentioned, she has two smart and quick-to-learn parents. You’ll find it quite easy, therefore, to train your Corgi German Shepherd Mix. Her natural herding nature means she will want to be the boss, though.
You will need to be firm and fair, establishing yourself as the pack leader and Alpha from the start. Don’t show any chinks in your armor: she will quickly spot any weaknesses and use them to her advantage!
Work through her stubbornness and remind her who’s in charge and she will quickly respect you and follow your commands.
While a poorly trained Corman Shepherd can be a bit of a nightmare, train her well as a puppy, and she’ll always show you her best side.
6. She can be a great guard dog to watch over your home
Her strong character and fearless streak are huge assets if you want your pet to also keep your home safe and sound. She can assess situations quickly and react appropriately. You will never have to question her loyalty.
Her deep, gruff bark is another plus point when it comes to alerting you to danger and scaring off intruders. She can make an excellent guard dog, and you’ll probably come to rely on your Corgi Shepherd Mix as an extra layer of home defense.
7. She’s an awesome family pet but doesn’t much care for other pooches
One thing I really love about this breed is how well it can be integrated into family life. Introduce Corgi Shepherd puppies to children and they will grow up well socialized and happy to have little people to play with.
As with most breeds, though, an older dog who isn’t used to children will take a long time to adjust so dive right in and get her used to being around kids from an early age.
When it comes to other animals, she’s really a bit of a loner. While she can learn to love, or at least tolerate, another doggie playmate if introduced at a young age, she really doesn’t like living with cats.
If you do have other pets, make sure you always lavish attention on your Corman Shepherd, so she doesn’t feel jealous and left out. If she doesn’t like another animal, she can be pretty nasty.
Keep this in mind when walking her too; don’t let her off her lead if there are other animals in the area, and definitely, don’t let her run freely in a dog park.
8. She has a huge appetite and can be greedy
You’ll need to harden your heart a little when it comes to feeding your Corman Shepherd. She really loves her food and isn’t ashamed to beg for seconds … or thirds! She’ll suck up for treats, but she’ll then push as far as she can to get more and more.
I’d go as far as to say that she’s a pretty greedy dog.
You need to be careful with her portion control and feed her good quality food at set times throughout the day. Having a feeding schedule helps to manage her hunger and expectations.
Your Shepherd Corgi cross puppy needs around one and a half cups of dry dog food each day. Split this in half and feed her ¾ of a cup in the morning and ¾ of a cup in the late afternoon.
As she gets bigger, you’ll need to increase the amount you feed her. A fully-grown Corman Shepherd needs between two and three cups of dry food each day split between two servings.
Limit the number of treats you feed your dog and choose healthy snacks and tidbits for those times when you really want to reward your doggie friend.
She will definitely let you know when she wants anything, treats and food included!
9. She’s normally a healthy pup, although there are some potential health concerns
She’s usually healthy, but that’s not to say there will never be any health problems. Here are some of the more common German Shepherd & Corgi health issues:
One of the more common Corgi health problems, the risk of bloat is unfortunately passed on to the Corman Shepherd. The stomach twists, and it is a very painful condition that can be fatal (you might want to do a search for ‘the best veterinarian near me‘ just so you’re ready).
Take your pooch to the vet if she’s unwell and always feed her correctly.
Another health problem with a food connection, obesity is often a result of the Corman Shepherd’s love of food. It doesn’t just make your dog fat; it can lead to a raft of other health problems, including aches and pains and cancer. You’ll need to be cruel to be kind at times and ignore her when she begs.
Joint dysplasia is painful, and it makes walking difficult. It is where the elbow slips in and out of the joint and it is inherited from the German Shepherd’s side.
You know what it’s like when a person has a slipped disc? It’s very similar for a dog. Such back problems are painful and usually significantly affect mobility. If left untreated, the condition will worsen.
Cataracts and other eye problems
If your dog starts bumping into things regularly or showing other signs of vision problems, take her to the vet. While there are some sight problems that will sadly stay with your dog, it is possible to correct others if caught early.
The average lifespan of a Corgi German Shepherd Mix is 12 to 15 years; she’ll please you for many years! She gets her longevity from her Corgi heritage, with the average Corgi lifespan being around 12 to 14 years as compared with a German Shepherd’s average lifespan of 9 to 13 years.
10. Owning her isn’t cheap, but it won’t break the bank
You should expect to pay between 250 and 750 USD for your Corgi & German Shepherd Mix puppy. Make sure you buy your puppy from a reputable breeder.
Alternatively, look at local dog shelters and give a home to a dog in need.
On top of the purchase price, you’ll need to factor in vaccinations, a training crate, a dog carrier, training, and other ongoing costs, such as health checks, food, toys, insurance, a quality collar and lead, and so on.
You should plan to spend around 1,000 USD on your dog each year.
11. She has many doggie cousins, big and small
Both the Corgi and the German Shepherd are popular dogs to crossbreed with other dog types. The Corman Shepherd has many relatives of all sizes, most of which look and act nothing like her.
I would strongly recommend doing your homework before buying any dog and comparing the different breeds and crossbreeds to make sure that you fit the perfect dog for you.
For example, the German Shepherd Pomeranian Mix is much fluffier (and rarer) than the Corman Shepherd and the (also rare) German Shepherd Dachshund Mix has a similar stubborn character but can be much more into hunting than herding.
The Corgi Australian Shepherd Mix is, as you may expect, fairly similar in size and personality to the Corgi German Shepherd Mix. Intelligent, curious, and friendly, the Australian Shepherd Corgi Mix (sometimes incorrectly spelled as a Shephard Mix) is a bit better if you have other animals in the house.
When it comes to personality, the German Shepherd Husky Mix’s temperament is very similar to the Corman Shepherd’s, with loyalty, friendliness, and intelligence shining through.
Is a Corgi German Shepherd Mix Right for You?
If you’ll be out at work all day, this isn’t the best dog for you (she’ll get lonely!), and if you live in an apartment (she needs space to run and play) you should also consider a different breed. Additionally, I wouldn’t recommend this cross for people with allergies because of her shedding.
With brains as well as energy, you need the time to exercise and play, as well as the time to groom her and vacuum.
If you are active, a natural leader, and can be firm with your dog, a Corgi German Shepherd cross could be the dog you’re looking for.