Corgi-Boxer Mix: Corgis and Boxers are two of the nation’s favorite dogs, so it’s no wonder that these two beloved breeds have been paired to create the lovable Corgi-Boxer mix.
Here’s the rundown on everything you need to know about this cute combination!
Breeders aim to combine the winning qualities of the purebred parent breeds in the Corgi-Boxer mix. The puppies inherit features from both parents. As a result there is some variation in appearance and characteristics.
Selectively breeding two different purebred dogs to create a new mix is a relatively recent practice. Combining breeds to create ‘designer dogs’ is not without controversy.
Why are ‘designer dogs’ controversial?
Pure breed advocates claim that purebred dogs are more predictable in terms of physical appearance, temperament, and general health. In addition, they also argue that responsible selective breeding can reduce genetic problems associated with the breed.
However, research suggests purebred dogs still face a greater risk of hereditary conditions than mixed-breed animals due to irresponsible breeding practices and limited gene-pools.
Mixed-breed proponents suggest that ‘hybrid’ animals actually have a reduced risk of developing breed-specific inherited disorders. There is some evidence to support this claim.
Where Does the Corgi Boxer Mix Come From?
Corgis first originated in Medieval Britain.
In 1107, Henry I recruited weavers from Flanders (modern day Belgium). Flemish weavers were reputed to be the finest in Europe. The King wanted beautiful tapestries to show off his wealth and status.
The weavers settled in south-west Wales and established farms. The small dogs they brought to herd cattle were the ancestors of today’s Corgi.
By the 1800s, there were two distinct Corgi lines: the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Today, the Pembroke is the most popular and recognizable.
Boxers descend from hunting dogs popular in Europe since Medieval times.
These dogs, named Bullenbeiser (bull-baiters) were much larger than the modern Boxer.
Bullenbeiser were bred for big-game hunting, which was popular among Europe’s noble families.
By the 1800s, big-game hunting was in decline, and by the 1860s, it was virtually non-existent. Prudent breeders crossed the Bullenbaiser with smaller, mastiff-type dogs from England, producing the Boxer we recognize today.
Fun Facts About the Corgi Boxer Mix
Perhaps the most well-known Corgi enthusiast is HRH Queen Elizabeth II, who was given her first pup in 1933 and until recently bred Corgis herself.
Boxers were the first dogs utilized by the Police Force in Germany.
Boxers have performed many different jobs, including cattle herding, watchdogs, guide dogs for the blind, and war dogs in both World Wars.
What Does the Corgi-Boxer Look Like?
Corgi-Boxers will inherit physical characteristics from both parents. While their appearance can vary, looking at the parent breeds can give us an idea about how features might combine in the Corgi-Boxer.
Corgis stand 10-12 inches tall, with a long, stout body. Their short legs keep them low to the ground. Pembroke Corgis have pointed ears, and Cardigan Corgis rounded ones.
Corgis weigh up to 30 lbs. Corgi coats can be red, fawn, sable or black and tan, with or without white markings.
Boxers are medium-sized, standing anywhere between 21 and 25 inches tall. Males weigh up to 80 lbs whereas females weight approximately 10lbs less.
The Boxer has a broad, blunt muzzle, and an undershot bite. A Boxer’s coat is brindle or fawn, with white markings.
Combining the Two
The height of a Corgi-Boxer will vary depending on which parent it more closely resembles. It is likely in either case to share the strong, muscular build common to both breeds.
A Corgi-Boxer’s coat will be somewhere in between the thick, coarse fur of the Corgi and the smooth, close coat of the Boxer, with a similar range of coloring and markings.
The good news is both types of coat are easy to care for, requiring minimal grooming to maintain condition.
Corgis and Boxers share a similar average lifespan. A healthy Corgi-Boxer, therefore, can expect to live anywhere between 10 and 13 years.
What is the Temperament of the Corgi-Boxer?
Do They Make Good Family Pets?
Boxers and Corgis are both known for guard dog loyalty. Both are friendly, inquisitive breeds. The Corgi in particular is often described as ‘fearless’: for a little dog, he is confident and possesses a ‘big dog bark’- a throwback from his ancestry herding cattle.
As such, Corgi-Boxers are likely to be energetic, outgoing dogs who enjoy interaction with people, giving them the potential to be great family dogs.
Your Corgi-Boxer will need regular exercise, and the opportunity to play and interact. However, it’s important to ensure they are not left alone for long periods to avoid boredom and acting out.
Providing a range of toys to stimulate your pup will help to keep them occupied when you’re away.
There have been some reports of Corgis displaying higher levels of aggression than Boxers.
However, behavior is strongly influenced by training, socialization, supervision, diet, and exercise. These factors, researchers say, are generally better indicators of temperament than breed or group alone.
As with any pet introduced into the household, it’s a good idea to properly supervise your dog around youngsters. With proper training and care, the Corgi-Boxer can make a great addition to your family.
Training Your Corgi Boxer Mix
Both Corgis and Boxers respond well to training, so if your Corgi-Boxer is a chip off the old block, training should be relatively straightforward and enjoyable!
Training should start early. Rewards-based training has been shown to be highly effective. Just make sure food is not your only reward, to prevent your pet becoming overweight.
When potty-training, remember if your Corgi-Boxer is on the smaller side, he will need to use the bathroom more frequently on account of his size and metabolism.
You’ll also need to help your pup become accustomed to using a crate, if applicable.
With any type of training, consistency is key!
Check out our detailed guides for more tips and information:
What Health Issues Can I Expect in a Corgi-Boxer?
To assess the potential for health issues, let’s take a look at the parent breeds.
Corgi Health: Intervertebral Disc Disease
The Corgi’s long, low build is actually the result of disproportionate dwarfism.
This shortening of the limbs has a correlation with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD).
IVDD causes cushioning between spinal vertebrae to harden, resulting in pain and paralysis.
Breeding specifically to obtain longer, lower dogs puts animals at greater risk of IVDD, as does being overweight.
Corgi Health: Von Willebrand’s disease
Corgis can be prone to von Willebrand’s disease. This is a bleeding disorder common in purebred dogs.
Corgi Health: Dysplasia
Corgis commonly suffer from canine hip dysplasia (CHD), a condition which can cause lameness and severe arthritis.
Boxer Health: Dysplasia
Similar to the Corgi, Boxers may also suffer from CHD and/or canine elbow dysplasia. This is common in larger breeds.
Boxer Health: Heart Problems
Boxers commonly experience heart issues such as aortic stenosis (usually identified by heart murmurs) and cardiomyopathy.
Cardiomyopathy is a serious condition which can cause sudden-onset problems such as heart attack.
Blood tests can reveal the risk of cardiomyopathy.
Boxer Health: Cancers
Boxers can be at risk of developing certain cancers. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to predict the chances of developing cancer. Early detection is key.
Health Issues Common to Both Breeds
This is a serious disease which causes gradual paralysis.
Unfortunately, most dogs diagnosed with DM will need to be euthanized within a year.
Reducing the Risk
Research shows that consulting pedigree health databases can reduce the risk of inherited disorders in dogs. Responsible breeders will do this when selecting breeding pairs.
Corgi-Boxer puppies should be screened for issues affecting the parent breeds.
The official breed club recommends Corgis be assessed for:
- hip dysplasia
- eye disorders
- cardiac issues
- degenerative myelopathy (DM)
- von Willebrand’s disease (an inherited bleeding disorder).
For Boxers, the official breed club recommends evaluation of:
- thyroid function
- AS/SAS cardio function
- aortic valve disease
- boxer cardiomyopathy
- ARVC DNA
- degenerative myelopathy (DM)
Caring for Your Corgi-Boxer
Corgi-Boxers are low-maintenance when it comes to grooming: a once weekly brushing is generally enough to keep their coat in great condition. Make sure to check your pup’s eyes and ears as part of this weekly routine.
Corgi-Boxers benefit from daily teeth-cleaning to maintain their oral health. You’ll also want to set time aside every few weeks to trim their nails.
It’s important to choose high-quality dog food appropriate for your dog’s age and activity level. Be careful: overfeeding or an excess of treats can lead to your pet becoming overweight and experiencing health problems.
Finding a Corgi Boxer Mix Puppy
Any search for a puppy should start with a reputable breeder.
Responsible breeders will be happy to provide proof of parentage and health screening.
In addition, breeders worth their salt will be happy to answer your questions and to allow you to observe puppies with their mom.
If you feel concerned or pressured, remember that you are under no obligation to a particular breeder.
Don’t be afraid to walk away and look elsewhere. Be patient: finding a breeder you trust can take time, but it’ll be worth the wait to have a happy, healthy dog.
Pet stores are not good places to buy a puppy. Unfortunately, many pups in pet stores come from less responsible breeders and puppy mills.
Puppy mills aim to make as much profit as possible. Breeding practices and standards of care may be poor as a result. Moreover, it can also be more difficult to obtain information about a dog’s parentage and health history from a puppy mill.
Corgi Boxer Mix Rescues
There are many fantastic dogs awaiting rescue.
If you’re interested in rescue, the following organizations are a great place to start your search:
The Kennel Club (Corgis)
The Kennel Club (Boxers)
Currently, the Australian National Kennel Council does not have an approved rescue list, however you can find further information about the organization and breed here.
Do you know of a great rescue organization? Join the list by commenting at the bottom of the article!
Similar Breed Mixes and Breeds
If you’re smitten with Corgi crosses, you might also want to consider:
Pros and Cons of Getting A Corgi Boxer Mix
Corgi-Boxers can inherit certain serious health issues. It’s important to consider whether you can reasonably invest in pet insurance to cover any problems that may arise.
You will need to train your Corgi-Boxer. Training takes time and requires patience. Therefore, you should be prepared to commit to training before taking on a puppy.
Corgi-Boxers are energetic and need regular exercise, interaction, and play. If you’ll be away from the home a great deal, or have limited time and/or space to exercise your dog, you might want to re-consider whether this is the right breed for you.
As they can be lively, Corgi-Boxers may require supervision around children.
Corgi-Boxers are loyal, friendly and inquisitive dogs who love to spend time with their owners. As such, they have the potential to be fantastic family dogs.
Beyond that, one brushing a week can keep your Corgi-Boxer’s in great condition. That it to say, this breed doesn’t require much grooming.
On the whole, your Corgi-boxer mix shouldn’t be too difficult to train. It’s important to point out however, that effective training is a commitment that requires lots of time and patience.
Is A Corgi Boxer Right For Me?
By now we’ve learned a lot about this popular mix! Our verdict?
Are you looking for a friendly, lively and loyal companion?
Can you invest in pet insurance in the event of health issues?
Can you devote time to training, frequent exercise and play?
If yes- a Corgi-Boxer mix could be your perfect pooch!
Corgi-Boxer owners: what do you love about this special mix? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!
References and Resources
American Boxer Association
American Kennel Club
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