Your Complete Guide on the Adorable Corgi German Shepherd Mix

Last Updated on April 25, 2023

Isn’t the Corgi and German Shepherd mix one of the cutest crossbreeds you’ve seen? Also known as the Corman Shepherd, this hybrid is sure to take your breath away.

But this designer dog is more than just adorable. He inherited the Corgi’s enthusiasm and playfulness and the German Shepherd’s hardworking nature.

Let’s find out more about this fun little dog.

Corgi German Shepherd Mix lying on a blanket in the middle of grass
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Meet the Corman Shepherd’s parents

One of the best ways to get to know a crossbreed is to learn more about its parents. By studying the parent breeds, we’ll get an idea of what to expect in terms of the Corgi-German Shepherd mix’s appearance, temperament, and behavior.

Let’s take a quick look at this hybrid’s parents.

The German Shepherd

With its great agility and working skills, the German Shepherd (GSD) stands as one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

They are known for their loyalty and courage; in fact, they’re probably the first thing to pop into your head when you think of police dogs or K9 units.

adorable german shepherd lying on the grass
German Shepherd

Most owners enjoy training this dog because of its outstanding intelligence and obedience. Did you know that this dog is the third smartest breed in the world?

GSDs have a signature look, too, with their upright, alert ears, black-and-tan coat, and muscular body.

The Welsh Corgi

No one can resist the charm of this wonderful breed – even royalty! There are 2 known varieties of the Welsh Corgi: the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.

Though both varieties are from England, they each have distinct looks. The Cardigan has a longer body with rounded ears, while the Pembroke is relatively stockier with pointy ears. Both dogs are famous for their ‘shortness’ and for their stubby legs.

corgi lying on the sand
Pembroke Welsh Corgi

These cute canines are also known for their friendliness, but they can have a stubborn, independent streak due to their herding instincts.

Another thing Corgis are famous is their association with England’s royalty. These little dogs have been the Queen’s favorite pet for decades.

The Corman Shepherd is clearly a mix of its parent breeds.

Both the Corgi and the German Shepherd have strong physical features that they pass down to their crossbreeds. The Corman Shepherd is a great example of that.

Corgi and German Shepherd mixes will be pretty easy to spot. Usually they’ll have the face and coat color of the GSD and the height and build of the Welsh Corgi.

Most Corman Shepherds are medium-sized dogs with an average height of 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 cm), weighing anywhere from 20 to 70 pounds (9 to 23 kg).

A German Shepherd’s almond-shaped, brown eyes will be more dominant in this hybrid, and many of them will have upright ears and long muzzles.

These crossbreeds will also inherit their parents’ thick double coats, usually in shades of white, black, brown, or gold.

Corman Shepherd walking on the beach
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What is the personality of the Corgi German Shepherd mix?

The Corman Shepherd’s parents have such strong personalities, as well, so this crossbreed will inherit some traits from both sides of its family.

Here are just some traits that you’ll love in the Corgi and German Shepherd mix:

They’re loving and are the ultimate family dogs.

The Corgi and German Shepherd cross is an affectionate, sweet dog that loves spending time with his family.

These hybrids will love cuddling up to you on the couch, and their small stature makes it easy for them to park their butt in your lap for some snuggles.

Their playfulness also makes these dogs the best canine companions for your children. They can definitely match the energy levels of growing kids.

Plus, Corman Shepherds are a little sturdier than other dogs their size, so you don’t have to worry about them getting injured during playtime.

They’ve got loads of energy and they love to work.

Corgi German Shepherd Mix lying in the grass with its paws out
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With the German Shepherd’s athleticism and the Corgi’s energetic nature at play, this crossbreed will have plenty of energy to spare.

Walking, running, jumping, roughhousing with your kids – whatever it is, the Corman Shepherd will be up for it.

The Corgi German Shepherd mix is no couch potato, so don’t expect this dog to just chill inside the house for most of the day.

They’ll also love to work, thanks to parents that were bred to herd, but don’t worry if you won’t have cows or sheep for them to round up.

You can give your GSD-Corgi mix simple chores around the house to satisfy his need to work.

They can be possessive and stubborn.

These crossbreeds are not all fun and sunshine – they also have some behavioral problems that you’ll have to deal with.

Corman Shepherds might be great with kids, but they may not get along well with other dogs in the house. These hybrids love attention so much that they want it all to themselves!

They tend to be aloof with other dogs or may display jealous tendencies. This is why socialization is crucial with this crossbreed. Make sure you take the time to introduce your pets to each other when you first take home a Corman Shepherd.

As we’ve mentioned before, the Corgi-GSD mix may also be a little stubborn. This may stem from their parent breeds’ tendency to be independent, as farmers trusted them to handle flocks on their own.

Another potentially problematic behavior you’ll observe in this crossbreed is that they’ll be bossy and try to herd other members of the household, especially if they feel that order is needed.

These dogs may try to nip at the heels to try to get everyone going in the same direction. Fortunately, this is something that you can train out of your German Shepherd-Welsh Corgi hybrid.

Why get a Corman Shepherd?

Owning a dog is no walk in the park, but with a fluffy, adorable, and ever-loyal Corman Shepherd, all the hassle might be worth it.

Here are some of the most important reasons to consider welcoming a GSD-Welsh Corgi cross into your home.

They’re absolutely head-turners!

“Whoa, that’s a lovely dog!”

“What breed is that?”

“She looks awesome!”

“Can I take a picture?”

These are just some of the things you’ll get used to hearing when you’re out walking this dog.

Corgi-German Shepherd mixes definitely demand attention, and they’ll love getting it. Your little canine companion will be friendly with everyone he comes across, and he’ll enjoy getting all those pats and scratches.

They’ll help you be physically fit.

As we’ve said before, Corman Shepherds will have plenty of energy to keep themselves and their owners active. They’re playful and they’ll enjoy spending some time outside daily.

Like the GSD and the Corgi, this hybrid will have a moderate to high energy level. He’ll need at least an hour of exercise every day.

Whether it’s a visit to the dog park, a long walk around the neighborhood or 2 brisk half-hour walks around the block, make sure you take your dog out to get some sunshine and fresh air.

A regular exercise routine is important in keeping the Corgi-GSD mix from getting bored or anxious. You might just need some new shoes if this dog doesn’t release its pent-up energy.

If you can’t take your dog outside for some playtime, you can spend some time playing indoor games with him. Fetch, treasure hunts, and puzzle toys are all great ways to keep your Corman Shepherd’s mind sharp.

They will make you feel like royalty.

Black and tan Corman Shepherd lying in grass and looking to the side
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Strutting around the neighborhood with this stunner of a crossbreed is enough to make you feel like royalty, but there’s more to owning a Corman Shepherd than that.

These happy dogs are loyal and instinctively protective of their owners – this is something they inherit from the German Shepherd.

Expect to feel well-protected by a Corgi-GSD mix because they will never let anyone harm their owner or anyone in their family, for that matter.

They might be little but they are fierce and will defend you from threats if needed.

Caring for your Corman Shepherd

Corgi and German Shepherd mixes may need a little bit of extra care, but you won’t mind giving a bit more attention to these adorable little dogs.

Here’s everything you need to know to take proper care of a Corgi-GSD mix.

Don’t spoil them with food.

Their love for food is your best bet to getting a Corman Shepherd to do what you want. But be careful because giving them too much food will result in obesity. This crossbreed easily puts on weight because of its size.

If your Corman Shepherd is on the smaller side, 1 ½ cups of dry kibble a day will be enough. For bigger Cormans, you can give them up to 3 cups of high quality dry kibble daily.

These amounts should be equally divided into 2 meals a day. Outside of training sessions, resist the urge to give your Corgi-German Shepherd cross treats or scraps from the table.

Brush their coat every day.

The Corgi German Shepherd mix is a moderate to heavy shedder, so daily brushing is necessary. Spend 5 to 10 minutes going over your Corman Shepherd’s coat with a brush or comb with loosely spaced teeth. This helps remove tangles and mats.

Bathing can help with the shedding, but these dogs won’t need baths more than once every 2 months or so. This is probably just as well because, despite its size, the Corgi-GSD hybrid won’t be easily coaxed into a bathtub.

Daily brushing will usually be enough to keep their coats clean and shiny. If you feel like your dog’s getting too dirty between baths, you can wipe him down with a damp washcloth.

Brush your dog’s teeth at least twice a week to ensure proper dental hygiene and to keep your Corman Shepherd’s breath fresh.

Consider seeking help from a professional groomer if you’re nervous about trimming your German Shepherd and Corgi hybrid’s nails.

If your dog is one of the few GSD-Welsh Corgi mixes with floppy ears, make sure to check and clean his ears at least once a week. Watch out for any foul odors or redness, which may be signs of an ear infection.

Corgi German Shepherd Mix with floppy ears lying on the floor
Source: @memoirs.of.a.corgi / IG

Don’t leave them alone for too long.

This dog loves being the center of attention. He may even follow you around all day when you’re at home.

Your Corgi-GSD mix may get anxious or frustrated if you leave it alone for too long. Separation anxiety is a serious issue with this crossbreed, so you may need to do some additional training to help keep your dog calm if you have to leave the house.

You can also leave your dog with his favorite chew toys and treats so he can keep himself occupied while you’re away.

Potential health issues of the Corgi and German Shepherd mix

The Corman Shepherd is usually a healthy pup, but there are health conditions that he can inherit from his parents.

Due to its parentage, a Corgi German Shepherd mix can be susceptible to these conditions:

Joint dysplasia

This is a genetic condition where the dog’s joints are not fully developed. This will later on result in arthritis, which makes walking difficult and painful.


Because of its size, the Corman Shepherd is more prone to obesity compared to other dogs. This is especially important since food is a big motivator for this crossbreed.

They love getting treats and they’re known for their habit of begging for food from their owners.

Obesity may not be fatal, but it can lead to other serious diseases like cancer and stomach issues. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.


Corgi German Shepherd Mix looking up at a slow feeder bowl
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Corman Shepherds love playtime just as much as food, which makes them vulnerable to bloat.

Also known as gastric dilatation and volvulus, bloat occurs when the dog’s stomach twists and fills with gas.

Bloat may happen if your pet eats too quickly or engages in vigorous physical activity immediately after meals.

This condition can be fatal if not acted upon immediately.

You can reduce the risk of bloat by keeping your Corman Shepherd from intense physical activity after eating. You can also use a slow feeder bowl so your dog doesn’t just gulp down its food.


This is an eye disease typical in old dogs. Cataracts can be genetic or can occur if your Corman Shepherd gets diabetes. There is no known method to treat this other than surgery.


A number of things may cause your Corgi German Shepherd mix to develop certain allergies. Dust, pollen, and even your perfume are just some potential triggers for allergies and skin conditions.

With proper care and regular checkups by a vet, a Corgi and German Shepherd mix will enjoy a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

How to train a bossy Corman Shepherd

These crossbreeds are smart, but they can have a stubborn streak, which will make training an interesting experience for you and your pup.

One way to handle this hybrid’s stubbornness is to establish yourself as their alpha. This is especially useful when your Corman Shepherd is still young. Let them know you’re in charge so they’ll reliably follow your commands when needed.

Positive reinforcement is the most effective way to teach your dog proper behavior. Like we said before, food is a great way to motivate this hybrid. Be generous with treats and praise during training sessions to get good behavior to stick.

With the proper training, your dog will surprise you with his agility, obedience, and herding skills. These hybrids may even excel on the agility course like their German Shepherd parent.

Their nipping tendencies must also be discouraged while they’re still young so they won’t accidentally hurt you or your kids.

Crate training can also be helpful for the Corgi and German Shepherd mix. A crate can be a useful tool in house-training your pup and will also help you deal with the separation anxiety common in this crossbreed.

Corgi German Shepherd Mix sitting among leaves and looking up
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Are you the perfect match for a Corman Shepherd?

Every pet has a personality that may or may not match your lifestyle. It’s important to know what a dog’s traits will be before you take him home to avoid surprises.

The Corman Shepherd is the perfect pet for you if…

You (and your neighbors) won’t mind the noise

Like its Corgi parent, the Corman Shepherd is an expressive dog. They tend to be excitable and they like to bark at things they find interesting and at new things in their environment. They may even bark in response if you talk to them.

If his German Shepherd side is more dominant, though, he may be less inclined to making noise. In that case, expect to hear a deep bark from this tiny dog when there are strangers or intruders around your home.

You don’t have cats in the house

Corgi and German Shepherd mixes, like their Corgi parents, can be aloof around other dogs and pets, especially cats. They’ll love spending time with your kids, but they usually won’t tolerate being in the same space as as your feline pets.

Make sure to pay plenty of attention to your Corman Shepherd, whenever you can. This way, he won’t get jealous of the other animals around her.

You can also make sure that he gets along with your other dogs through proper socialization. He’s more likely to get along with other pets if he grows up with them.

You’re comfortable with the outdoors

They are working dogs who are highly energetic, and they need to release this pent-up energy by running around and playing outside.

If you’re not really the outdoorsy type and are more likely to chill on the couch than go for a walk, you may have to consider getting another designer dog.

An active lifestyle is even more important because the Corman Shepherd is prone to obesity. Regular exercise will help keep these dogs at a healthy weight.

An exercise routine will also prevent your crossbreed from getting bored and being destructive.

You’re not a clean freak

This dog sheds an awful lot, thanks to parents that are both heavy shedders. You’ll find their hair literally all over the house, from the carpet, to the sofa, and even on your clothes.

Before you take home this dog, make sure to invest in a lint roller and a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner.

Of course, this charming face is worth all that extra vacuuming, right?

Corman Shepherd in a park lying next to a German Shepherd
Corman Shepherd on the left  – Source: @luci.and.kobe / IG

Just curious.. How exactly does a big GSD match up with a small Corgi?

Yes, we know you’re curious about exactly how the mating process between these two dissimilarly sized dogs goes. How do breeders make it possible?

Well, the answer to this million-dollar question is simple. Artificial insemination works wonders in breeding dogs that can’t mate through natural means, as is the case with the short Corgi and the large GSD.

The procedure is quite simple: breeders collect semen from the male and put it in the cervix of a female dog in heat. In this case, it’s usually much safer for the German Shepherd to carry the litter.

After 9 to 10 weeks, voila! A litter of adorable Corgi and German Shepherd mix puppies is born.

How much is a Corgi German Shepherd mix?

Can’t wait to cuddle your very own Corman Shepherd? Good news – this is a designer dog that is fairly priced. You can get a new Corgi German Shepherd mix puppy anywhere from $250 to $750 each.

But to get your money’s worth, you should get puppies only from high-quality, trustworthy breeders in your area.

Corman Shepherds aren’t as popular as other designer dogs like Cavapoos and Morkies, so you may find it difficult to locate breeders dedicated to producing these hybrids.

However, you may be able to find German Shepherd Corgi mix puppies for sale from these breeders of Corgis and GSDs.

  • Capriole Farm German Shepherds (Pennsylvania)
  • Von Waldberg Kennels (Washington)
  • Nistler’s Farm Corgis (Missouri)
  • Pepper Tree Pembrokes (California)

Rescuing and adopting Corman Shepherd dogs

There are a lot of Corman Shepherds out there who needs a loving home. If you’re more willing to adopt a Corgi and German Shepherd mix that’s been abandoned, you can get in touch with these rescue organizations for GSDs and Corgis:

  • Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
  • Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue
  • East Coast Corgi Rescue
  • Welcome to Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue

You may be able to rescue a Corgi German Shepherd cross for only $150 to $450. We have to warn you, though, it may be a little tricky to deal with an older dog, especially in terms of training.

You may face some problems with house-training an adult Corman Shepherd and correcting any bad habits he may have picked up, but all your efforts will definitely be worth it once you earn his love and trust.

An adorable and loving pup

The Corman Shepherd got the best of both worlds when it comes to its parents’ appearance and temperament.

This hybrid is not only pocket-sized, fluffy, and adorable but also intelligent and loyal.

Don’t underestimate their little legs, though, because the Corgi and German Shepherd mix definitely knows how to move.

They love to run and be active, and they won’t do well cooped up in the house all day.

These dogs will soak up any attention you give them, and they won’t be happy sharing your affection with other pets, especially cats. Proper socialization will ensure that your dog gets along with everyone in the household.

Train your Corman Shepherd as early as you can so he can overcome his jealous, antisocial tendencies.

Do you own a GSD-Corgi cross? Share your experiences in the comments!


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