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Often called a Golden Corgi, a Corgi Golden Retriever mix is a “designer dog” and the product of breeding between a Corgi and a Golden Retriever. This spirited little dog has a boatload of character and is cute as a button!
Both the Corgi and the Golden Retriever are trendy dogs, and for a good reason! Both breeds are loving and active. They are also very good with kids and other pets, making them an excellent addition to any family.
Golden, black, brown, tan, fawn
Companionship, families with children, therapy, apartments, active households
Gentle, loyal, loving, playful, stubborn, active
The Golden Corgi inherits some of the best traits from both breeds of its parents. The gentle and loving nature of the Golden Retriever mixed with the playful and brave personality of a Corgi combined to create a fun little dog that befriends every other soul it encounters.
Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Characteristics
Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Puppies
Since this mixed breed is not recognized yet by the AKC (American Kennel Club), few breeders specialize in Golden Corgis. Because of this, the price of a puppy will vary greatly.
Generally, finding a Golden Corgi will prove to be challenging. It always pays to visit your local dog shelters often as they may crop up for adoption on occasion. Due to their popular parents, they will likely be nabbed quickly. If searching for a puppy from a breeder, you may have to look outside your area and put yourself on breeders waiting lists.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix
The Corgi Golden Retriever Mix is a lovely mix. Owners of this unique mix will tell you that their dogs benefit from all the great traits that both breeds from the cross have! The fun, playful nature of a Corgi with the loyal and gentle streak of a Golden Retriever.
Both breeds have been used for working purposes. Corgis were originally bred to be herding dogs in wales, so they have a strong work ethic and high instinct and intelligence. Golden Retrievers are commonly used for many service purposes. From seeing-eye dogs, medic alert dogs, or even emotional support dogs, Golden Retrievers have a high level of mental and emotional intelligence. They are extremely in tune with their environment.
A Corgi Golden Retriever seems to take this all on board to be an intelligent and intuitive dog. While they are devoted to their service, they don’t take themselves too seriously are just as goofy and fun.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪
Short answer – yes! In fact, this mix does exceptionally well with families and children. The Golden Retriever side is primarily known for being one of the best possible breeds to have in a family. They are gentle, patient and will be just as devoted to the small humans in their family as they will be the adults.
Corgis are also known for getting along well with kids. They are affectionate and playful. They will be drawn to the fun and energy that children exert. The only thing to note with the Corgi genetics is that they may try to herd up rambunctious children, which may result in nipping at heels. This can be easily trained out of a Golden Corgi.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?
A Golden Corgi gets along well with pretty much all other dogs and pets. They are naturally social and relaxed so will be friendly towards other animals. Every other pet they see is just another potential playmate for them!
This may cause issues if they approach more nervous or aggressive pets with too much enthusiasm. This may result in aggression toward them from less social dogs or a cat showing them who is boss. Regardless, they will accept this rejection and move on quickly.
The Corgi genetic will add a little extra to these dynamics. It may show up as a little extra dominance in social interactions, but it is rarely taken seriously due to their small stature and general happy-go-lucky nature.
Things to Know When Owning a Corgi Golden Retriever Mix:
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
A Corgi Golden Retriever mix should be fed a diet designed for medium to large dogs despite their smaller sizes. This will provide the correct levels of energy from proteins and fats to support their high-energy lifestyle.
You need to pay close attention to how much they are fed and how often you feed them. They tend to be gluttonous, so they are prone to becoming overweight if the diet is not managed closely.
Since this mix is a cross between two different established breeds, each puppy will be different. For this reason, it is hard to make recommendations for diet requirements. For extra support, you should contact your veterinarian for feeding advice that is specific for your dog.
This mixed breed is active and will require a decent amount of exercise to remain physically and mentally healthy. This does not have to be anything extreme – long daily walks and plenty of playtimes will suffice.
Burning energy can easily be done in your backyard or in the home with endless games of fetch. You will surely tire of these games before your Golden Corgi does, so a large family is an excellent place for these active dogs to have plenty of activity with each member of the family.
Due to the intelligence and histories of service of the Golden Corgis parent breeds, they tend to train basic manners and command easily. They will love to please you by doing as you ask and enjoy the mental challenge provided (not to mention the treats!).
Corgi genetics may cause some streaks of stubbornness in your Golden Corgi and become a barrier in training. This can be worked around if you remain patient and consistent. Provide lots of positive reinforcement for good behaviors and keep training sessions fun and varied to retain your learning puppy’s interest.
The Corgi Golden Retriever mix has a heavy coat that will require some work with grooming. They will regularly shed, so brushing is often needed – at least a couple of times a week.
They have a double-layered coat that will shed twice a year heavily – before and after the summer season. At this time, they should be brushed daily to keep their fur knot-free and your home clean.
This shedding does mean they are not suitable for homes with allergies. You may wish to invest in cleaning equipment such as a vacuum specializing in pet hair to keep things under control.
Health and Conditions 🏥
The Golden Corgi benefits from “hybrid vigor,” in which their mixed genetics make them less prone to genetic diseases, and they possess higher immune systems. In saying this, they are still prone to some specific health concerns relating to their breeding.
Most of this will stem from their Corgi genetics. The odd body shape of a Corgi puts their body under strain, leading to spinal issues as they age. They are also more prone to injury from impactful activities such as jumping or running. You may consider restricting their jumping on and off furniture and in and out of cars by opting to carry them or provide them with steps.
The other main concern to keep in your mind is their ability to become overweight quickly. Obesity can cause ongoing health issues, so keeping your dog in a healthy weight range is of vital importance. Exercise can, of course, keep the pounds off, but it will also build muscle, so they are more resilient to physical injuries.
Male vs. Female
Since this crossbreed is new on the scene, there are no significant distinctions noted between genders. For their parents, the Corgi and the Golden Retriever, there are some mild differences.
Broadly, males tend to require more attention. They are also more playful and affectionate but may show more stubborn independence (especially in adolescence). Females are more relaxed and confident and won’t feel the need to follow you like a shadow.
Take these differences with a grain of salt! They will have little bearing on the personality of your new dog in comparison to their genetics and their upbringing. Each Golden Corgi will show off their own unique personality despite their gender, and any traits you find problems can be managed with good training.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix
Both contributing breeds to the Golden Corgi are active and social. Their resulting cross has proven to be the same! Many owners of this breed say their dog makes friends with every passing human, dog, and critter.
2. They might try to round you up
Corgis were originally bred as a dog to work with stock. They have an instinct to herd other animals and bring them to you. Combined with a Golden Retrievers honest work ethic, you may find your Golden Corgi may try to round up other dogs, children, and pets when running around playing!
3. They tend to be stubborn
Golden Corgis do inherit the Golden Retrievers prized personality trait of being easy-going and compliant. But they do sometimes get attributes from their Corgi parent also. Notably, so is the tendency to be stubborn and dominant! This may pose a challenge for inexperienced owners during training as this independent little dog may have other ideas.
It’s no wonder that when you breed two very popular and attractive dog breeds that you get something this fun and adorable. They make loyal and affectionate companions to families of all lifestyles.
They are, however, very active, so they may be more demanding than busy individuals can manage. They will do best with lots of attention, play, and adventure. In return, they will be endlessly devoted to you!
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