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Corman Shepherd

Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021

corman shepherd

Corman Shepherds are the result of a breeding between a German Shepherd and a Corgi. They are also sometimes referred to as German Shepherd Corgi Mix or Corgi/German Shepherd Hybrid dogs. He is a very intelligent dog as you would expect when you breed two intelligent dogs together and is also very much a herder. If not trained his nature will lead him to try and herd you sometimes! He makes a good family dog and will live for 12 to 15 years.

Here is the Corman Shepherd at a Glance
Average height 12 to 15 inches
Average weight 20 – 70 pounds
Coat type Dense, short to medium
Hypoallergenic? No
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Moderate to high
Brushing Brush once a day
Touchiness No
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Low
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to good
Tolerance to Cold Very good
Good Family Pet? Excellent
Good with Children? Very good – better with socialization
Good with other Dogs? Moderate – socialization helps
Good with other Pets? Good
A roamer or Wanderer? Low
A Good Apartment Dweller? At his smaller end he could adapt but would need a lot of exercise opportunities
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate
Trainability Very easy to train
Exercise Needs Moderate high to high
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns Bloat
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, eye problems, back problems, allergies
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 – $750
Average Annual Medical Expense $475 – $600
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $450 – $575

Where does the Corman Shepherd come from?

The Corman Shepherd is a mixed breed dog also called a hybrid or designer dog. Designer dogs are very popular right now, and have grown so for the last ten to twenty years. Mixed dogs are not a new thing. Indeed many if not most of the pure breeds we know today were mixed with other dogs to create. But for whatever reason the opinion on today’s mixed dogs are mixed with some being firmly opposed to it. Most hybrids therefore do not have a history and even tracing the first deliberate creation is hard to do, and this is true for Corman Shepherd also. To understand him and what kind of dog he might be it helps to know something of the Corgi and the German Shepherd.

The German Shepherd

The German Shepherd can be traced back to his creation in 1899 by a German cavalry officer who was hoping to create the best herding dog. The German Shepherd became a popular working dog but the need for herding dogs was on the decline. In World War I though he showed his brilliance at police and military work where he worked as a rescuer, messenger, sentry, Red Cross dog, supply carrier and guard. The dog was also recognized by the Allies and American servicemen took some home with them where they were noted for their bravery and intelligence and worked for both the military and police there. There are famous German Shepherds like Rin Tin Tin and over the years German breeders and American breeders bred quite differently creating two very different dogs. The German Shepherd still has a great intelligence, drive to work, energy and incredible loyalty. He can be aloof or reserved unless he knows you, but when he has accepted you he is affectionate and friendly. He does not like ot be left alone though. He is one of the easiest breeds to train too, the drive to achieve, to work, combined with his smarts and eagerness to please.

The Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is from Pembrokeshire in Wales. According to folklore there the Corgi comes from elf and fairies who use them to pull carriages and ride them into battle. The story reveals that two children were looking after their family’s cattle when they found two puppies. They took them home and the parents told them they were gifts from the fairies who lived in the fields. Away from the folklore the actual origins of the dog say they are either descended from Swedish cattle dogs in the 9th century or brought to Wales in the 12ths century by Flemish weavers. Today they are loved by many including the Queen of England and are both a working a dog and a family dog. They are happy and clever dogs that can be loving but can be stubborn and have an independent nature at times. While they are usually easy to train they never act subservient! They like to please but if they need extra motivation they also love their food so a treat will get their attention. They can be prone to obesity though.


Both parents of the Corman Shepherd are known for having intelligence and a good temperament and this is true of their offspring too. He is bold and enjoys being very active. When not trained or properly socialized though he will probably try to herd his family now and then. He does not like being left along for long periods and can have destructive behavior if this occurs. He loves attention and is a sweet dog, incredibly loyal and dedicated.

What does a Corman Shepherd look like

The Corman Shepherd is 12 to 15 inches tall and weighs anything between 20 to 70 pounds. This means he can be a medium sized dog or a large. He is low set though with short legs like a Corgi. He is very sturdy looking but has a frame that is well balanced. He is a strong dog with a slightly flat head, almond shaped black eyes, and long erect ears. His coat is usually like the German Shepherd’s being dense and short to medium and easy to brush. Colors include black and white, golden, and browns.

Training and Exercise Needs

Is the Corman Shepherd very active?

He does have a lot of energy so has fairly high exercise needs and will need more than average opportunities to get out. At least two long walks a day plus some play time, some yard time and perhaps some trips to the local dog park. If he does not get the chance to burn off his energy or get enough mental stimulation he will have poor behavior in the home.

Is he hard to train?

Usually the Corman Shepherd is very easy to train as he has the intelligence and nature from his parents to excel at it. Sometimes there can be a streak of stubbornness in them but you just need to be firm and make sure you are always clear as the pack leader. If you stay dominant they will always respect that and listen to your commands and training. As smart as they are they still need training early and socialization to bring out their best and to control their herding tendencies. It is also important in how they get on with other people, children, dogs and pets.

Living with a Corman Shepherd

What grooming needs does he have?

His coat is easy to brush but he is going to need brushing every day as he is a moderate to high shedder. This also means you will need to do more vacuuming to remove the hair from your furniture and clothes. Daily brushing will help control the hairs somewhat and give his coat a healthy look. Bathe him when he needs it though regular bathing can also help if shedding is particularly bad.

Other grooming will be clipping his nails, cleaning his ears and teeth and giving him a check over on a weekly basis to check his health. Ear cleaning is just wiping with a damp cloth, teeth cleaning should be done at least three times a week with a doggy toothpaste. Nail clipping is a more tricky task for people who are inexperienced with doing it. Dogs have blood vessels in the lower part of his nails. If you cut too low and go through them it will cause a fair bit of bleeding and hurt your dog. Make sure you learn how to do it properly or consider using a professional groomer.

How is he with children and other animals?

He is pretty good with children and makes a great family dog. How well he interacts though can be improved if he is socialized and if he grows up with them. Corman Shepherds maybe less accepting of other dogs but can learn to be better. He is also accepting of other pets though cats may be an issue.

Other information

Depending on his size he will need 11/1 cups to 3 cups a day of high quality dry food divided into two meals. They tend to have big appetites though and will overeat if allowed to so watch their weight. He is a good watch and guard dog and react very quickly and appropriately when danger is near.

Health Concerns

He tends to be a healthy chap but there is always a chance of a puppy getting health issues or tendencies from his parents. For the Corman Shepherd these issues include the serious and life threatening Bloat, joint dysplasia, back problems, allergies and eye problems. There is also a possibility of obesity already mentioned.

Costs involved in owning a Corman Shepherd

In terms of finding a puppy this is a fairly common cross and prices can range greatly but in general fall between $250 – $650. There are initial costs to keep in mind when you decide to get a dog, health checks, micro chip, deworming, vaccinations, neutering, collar and leash, crate to name the basic ones. These will be around $450 – $550. Then there are ongoing costs of being a responsible owner such as paying for regular vet check ups, keeping vaccinations up to date, flea prevention, having a license, training, pet insurance, food, treats, toys. These come to between $900 and $1000 a year.


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This is a lovely family dog with brains as well as brawn! He will need active owners though to ensure he is kept physically and mentally stimulated which will prevent destructive behavior. He will be devoted and loyal to his family but needs an owner who knows how to be a firm and consistent leader. With his shedding he also needs a family who have no allergies and do not mind the clean up and brushing needs.

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Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.