Are you interested in getting a German shepherd corgi mix dog as your next pet?
The German shepherd and corgi are both very popular dogs, so it’s no wonder that this cute crossbreed is so appealing.
But is a corgi German shepherd mix the right dog for your family and lifestyle?
We’ll take an in-depth look at both parent breeds, as well as the breed mix, so you can decide if a “Corman shepherd” will be your new best friend!
Corgi and German Shepherd Mix
What is a mixed breed dog, and how does it differ from a purebred dog or a mutt?
A purebred dog comes from parents of the same breed that have a known ancestry (or pedigree).
A mutt descends from two or more breeds of unknown pedigree.
So-called designer mixed breed dogs, like the German shepherd corgi mix, are born to purebred parents of two different breeds.
Fans of designer mixed breeds say that these dogs are healthier than purebred dogs. Is this true?
Some purebred dogs suffer from genetic health conditions caused by inbreeding.
Hybrid vigor is a term used to describe the robust health that comes from outbreeding to different genetic lines.
The overall health of a mixed breed dog depends on the health of its parents.
This is why it’s important to find a reputable breeder for your German shepherd corgi mix.
If your Corman’s German shepherd parent suffers from hip dysplasia, for example, your dog may inherit this health problem.
A responsible breeder will test both parent breeds for genetic health conditions.
We’ll talk more about this in the section on finding a puppy. But first, let’s look at the German shepherd, the corgi and the Corman shepherd.
German Shepherd Mixed with Corgi
The German shepherd dog (also called the GSD) is a popular and beloved dog breed.
This handsome, noble and loyal dog got its start when a breeder named Captain Max von Stephanitz developed the GSD from a mixture of several German herding dogs in the late 1800s.
Herding dogs like the German shepherd are famous for their work ethic, intelligence and trainability. Today’s GSD is more likely to be a family pet or military or police K-9 than a herder, mixing that intelligence with steadfast courage.
We’ll focus on the more popular Pembroke because that is the corgi most commonly used in the German shepherd corgi mix.
As the name implies, the Pembroke Welsh corgi breed originated in Wales.
It is descended from short-legged herding dogs brought to Wales by Flemish weavers way back in the 1100s.
The cute and popular corgi is well-known as Queen Elizabeth’s favorite breed, but you don’t have to be a royal to appreciate the corgi’s happy and affectionate personality.
What about the German shepherd corgi mix? Does the Corman combine the best of both breeds?
With those stubby Corgi legs and GSD markings, the Corman shepherd is definitely one cute pup.
While there have been chance matings between GSDs and corgis over the years, the planned breeding of the two to create a designer crossbreed is a relatively recent development.
Designer mixed breeds like the German shepherd corgi mix have become popular in the past couple of decades. The goal is to create a dog that is an appealing combination of the looks and temperaments of both breeds.
Let’s start with the physical appearance of the Corman shepherd.
Corgi German Shepherd Mix Description
The German shepherd is a large, athletic dog with an alert, strong and confident bearing.
Males weigh between 65 and 90 pounds; females weigh between 50 and 70 pounds. Height at the shoulder for males is 24-26 inches, and females are 22-24 inches tall.
The breed standard allows any coat color except white, although most people associate the GSD with those distinctive black and tan markings.
The GSD has a dense double coat that requires regular brushing, especially during shedding season.
The Pembroke Welsh corgi is much smaller than the German shepherd. There is little size variation between males and females. Both should appear strong and sturdy, with an alert and intelligent expression.
Males can weigh 27-30 pounds and females 25-28 pounds. Both sexes stand between 10-12 inches tall at the shoulder.
The coat comes in shades of red, sable, fawn, black and tan—with or without white markings on area such as the face, chest and legs.
The corgi has a thick double coat that is prone to shedding year-round, and especially in the warm months. Regular grooming is a must, and daily grooming may be needed to keep the shedding under control.
What does the German shepherd corgi mix look like? As with any mixed breed, it’s important to remember that your dog can inherit the characteristics of either parent breed, in any combination.
Generally, Corman shepherds are relatively short at 12-15 inches in height at the shoulder. The weight range is broad, usually between 25 and 65 pounds.
Like both parent breeds, expect your Corman to have a dense double coat that sheds a fair amount and requires regular brushing.
Colors and markings can be inherited from either parent, and are usually a combination of brown, black and white.
The shape of the head, ears and face can favor either the shepherd or the corgi. The overall expression should be alert and intelligent.
Corgi German Shepherd Mix Temperament
That alert and intelligent look is a good indicator of what your Corman shepherd’s personality will be.
The German shepherd is famously loyal, intelligent, brave and watchful. The Pembroke Welsh corgi has a charming personality—friendly, outgoing and playful.
Expect your German shepherd corgi mix to be intelligent, lively and devoted. Your dog may have personality traits that favor one parent breed over the other.
The best way to ensure that your corgi German shepherd puppy grows into the kind of adult dog you want is through proper training and socialization.
Herding breeds like the GSD and the corgi are smart and very trainable. Start training and socializing your dog from puppyhood. Consider enrolling in obedience classes if you are a novice dog owner.
The Corman shepherd is an active and energetic dog, so daily exercise and play sessions are a must.
Experts recommend at least two long walks per day and plenty of opportunities for stimulating activities like games of fetch and trips to the dog park.
German Shepherd Corgi Mix Health
As we’ve mentioned, purebred dogs can be prone to certain genetic health conditions, and the corgi and German shepherd are no exceptions.
What kinds of health problems do the parent breeds have, and will your Corman shepherd inherit them? Let’s take a look.
As a large breed dog, the German shepherd can be prone to certain health conditions common to many big dogs such as hip and elbow dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and bloat.
Researchers have also identified several genetic health conditions common to the GSD.
They include pituitary dwarfism (stunted growth), degenerative myelopathy (a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to paralysis), congenital megaesophagus (dilation of the esophagus leading to regurgitation and malnutrition) and pancreatic acinar atrophy (an autoimmune disease affecting digestion).
Responsible GSD breeders will test for many genetic health conditions, including degenerative myelopathy and hip and elbow dysplasia.
The Pembroke Welsh corgi is a true dwarf breed. Dwarfism (chondrodysplasia) in dogs can lead to certain health issues, especially in the limbs and spine. Intervertebral disc disease is a painful spinal problem common in short-legged dogs such as the corgi and dachshund.
The corgi also shares some of the same health problems as the German shepherd, including hip and elbow dysplasia and degenerative myelopathy.
The corgi can also suffer from von Willebrand disease, which is an inherited bleeding disorder caused by a lack of the blood clotting protein called von Willebrand Factor.
Corgis are also prone to certain eye diseases, including cataracts, persistent pupillary membrane (remnants of a fetal membrane over the eye) and progressive retinal atrophy (a degenerative disease of the retina).
As with the German shepherd, reputable corgi breeders will test their dogs for many genetic health conditions.
Now that we’ve looked at the parent breeds, what about the German shepherd corgi mix?
The GSD and corgi share some of the same health issues, particularly hip and elbow dysplasia and degenerative myelopathy.
Your corgi x German shepherd can inherit these (and other) health problems from one or both parent breeds.
The corgi’s dwarfism can also cause spinal problems in your Corman shepherd.
How can you ensure that your dog will be healthy? Here are some tips on how to pick a healthy Corman shepherd puppy from a breeder.
Corgi German Shepherd Mix Puppies
How can you tell whether your German shepherd corgi mix breeder is reputable?
Don’t buy your puppy from a pet store or an online advertisement.
Puppies acquired from these sources can come from large scale breeding operations known as puppy mills.
Puppy mills often specialize in trendy mixed breed dogs, and health may be less of a priority for them than profit.
Choose a local, small scale breeder who welcomes visitors into their home and kennel facilities.
You should be able to observe the living conditions and meet your puppy’s parents and litter mates.
Most importantly, your breeder should test their breeding stock for genetic health conditions and share all test results with clients.
For the German shepherd corgi mix, there are several genetic tests available for both parent breeds.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals certifies and grades veterinary X-rays for both hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs. They also certify veterinary eye exams and maintain a registry for many common eye diseases.
Genetic tests for other conditions, including degenerative myelopathy and von Willebrand Disease, are also available.
Your puppy’s breeder should test for inherited health conditions and not breed affected animals. Besides asking for health test results, be sure to carefully review any contracts and refund/return policies before signing.
Corgi German Shepherd Mix Rescue
Can you find a Corman shepherd dog at an animal shelter or rescue organization? It is possible to adopt a German shepherd corgi mix, especially if you are interested in an adult dog.
Contact breed specific rescue groups for both the German shepherd and the Pembroke Welsh corgi, and let them know that you are interested in a mixed breed dog.
You can also find mixed breed dogs at animal shelters by doing a breed targeted search on pet adoption search websites like Petfinder.
Remember that in some cases dogs surrendered to shelters may have behavioral problems. Ask the shelter if they perform temperament tests and if the dog requires any special training or socialization.
Is a German Shepherd Corgi Mix the Right Dog for Me?
You’ve fallen in love with the cute looks of the Corman shepherd, but is this pup the perfect dog for you?
Keep in mind that your puppy can grow up to look and behave more like one breed than the other, so it’s important to be open to an unpredictable outcome.
The Corman shepherd is a medium-sized dog that will shed and require regular grooming. While not as large as a purebred GSD, your Corman will still require plenty of room to exercise.
The lively and intelligent personality of this mixed breed makes it a good choice for families with children as well as active adults.
Provide your dog with good training and socialization from puppyhood. Keep your pup active and stimulated with regular play and exercise sessions.
Already have a German shepherd corgi mix? We’d love to hear about your dog in the comments below.
References and Further Reading:
Beuchat, C., 2014, “The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs…Is a Myth,” The Institute of Canine Biology
“German Shepherd Dog,” American Kennel Club
“Intervertebral Disc Disease,” American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Mellersh, C.S., 2014, “The Genetics of Eye Disorders in the Dog,” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
“Pembroke Welsh Corgi,” American Kennel Club
Tsai, K.L., Rooksana, E.N., Starr-Moss, A.N., et al., 2011, “Genome-Wide Association Studies for Multiple Diseases of the German Shepherd Dog,” Mammalian Genome
“Von Willebrand Disease,” University of California Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory