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Corman (German Shepherd Corgi Mix): Info, Pictures, Characteristics & Facts

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By Nicole Cosgrove

German shepherd and welsh corgi pembroke

Height: 12-15 inches
Weight: 20-70 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Black, brown, liver, sable, tan, fawn, blue, white
Suitable for: Active families looking for a loyal and affectionate dog
Temperament: Intelligent, friendly, playful, courageous, alert

When you first spot a Corman Shepherd mix, you might do a double-take, especially if he is short. This pup is a recent hybrid between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the German Shepherd. Both are popular breeds, with the former ranking tenth and the latter second, on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) rankings. While they may seem miles apart, the two dogs share some desirable traits.

Both parent breeds come from Europe. The Corgi’s history goes back to medieval days where he worked as a herding dog for livestock, particularly cattle. That explains their fearless nature when you consider his size. It also helps that he has a magical quality about him that we’ll delve into later. The Shepherd began life with a purpose refined by selective breeding in the late 1800s.

The Corman Shepherd combines the friendliness of the Corgi with the intelligence of the German Shepherd. Both pups have a stocky build and a dense coat. They also have their distinctive pointed ears that seem to fit the Shepherd better than the Corgi. Both parent breeds are energetic with a keen sense of playfulness.

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Because the Corman Shepherd is a newer hybrid, you’ll see a lot of variability in puppies. The significant difference between the sizes of the parent breeds explains the wide ranges in height and weight. It’s all a matter of which is the dominant one. The Corgi and Shepherd are alike in some ways, but there are glaring differences, too.

The German Shepherd and Corgi are both athletic and active. That means you have to ensure that your pup gets enough exercise every day. They are intelligent, too, which means that mental stimulation is equally as important. It’s a vital consideration because a bored dog is often destructive. If your Corman Shepherd approaches the size of the larger parent breed, that could end up being costly.

This pup has a relatively high tendency toward nippiness and barking. You must correct these undesirable behaviors as a puppy to avoid problems as an adult.  The same thing applies to his prey drive. Fortunately, he has a low wanderlust potential. He isn’t likely to bolt, but we suggest keeping him on-leash, nevertheless.

3 Little-Known Facts About the Corman Shepherd Mix

1. The German Shepherd epitomizes intelligence to the nth degree.

The German Shepherd Dog is undoubtedly intelligent. You only have to look at the jobs this pup fills to understand that fact. Captain Max von Stephanitz is the pioneer of the breed who fine-tuned the pup to a point where you set him on a task, and he would understand what he needed to do.

2. The German Shepherd is famous for his on-screen roles.

Everyone knows about Lassie. However, the German Shepherd led the charge with memorable on-screen characters like Strongheart and Rin-Tin-Tin.

3. The history of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a fairy tale.

The story of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi includes all the necessary elements for a fairy tale. There are fairy warriors and fairy coaches with the mark of his exploits, the telltale fairy saddle.

The parent breeds of Corman
The parent breeds of Corman: Left – German Shepherd (Anna Dudkova, Unsplash) | Right – Corgi (lucioliu, Pixabay)

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Temperament & Intelligence of the German Shepherd Corgi Mix 🧠

Even though the German Shepherd Corgi Mix is intelligent, he is not the best choice for the first-time pet owner. He needs someone who can channel his abilities correctly. A smart dog is likely to challenge a novice who can’t harness his energy or build trust. Sure, he’s easy to train, but he’s also probably going to cause mischief if you don’t stay alert to his antics.

This pup has a relatively high propensity toward sensitivity and separation anxiety. That means using positive reinforcement instead of harsh commands to keep his behavior in check. This pooch wants to please you and will cower from learning otherwise. He’ll do best if he has companionship throughout most of his day.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡

The Corman Shepherd is an excellent choice for a family pet for several reasons. He’s affectionate and kid-friendly, especially if you teach your children to play nice with him. He’s active enough to keep up with them, too. The herding instinct is strong in the Corgi. You may find that he’ll manage the children like sheep!

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽

Both parent breeds grew up in contact with other dogs. Nevertheless, early socialization is vital to refine his social skills to make sure he gets along with everyone. Enrolling him in puppy playtime or taking him to the doggie park is an excellent way to reinforce these lessons. It’s another reason that we emphasize getting an older puppy that has learned these things from his mother and littermates.

Divider 4Things to Know When Owning a German Shepherd Corgi Mix

Researching a breed or hybrid is a smart way to avoid any nasty surprises. All dogs have something that you’ll need to correct. For example, the nippiness comes from a Corgi’s habit of biting at the feet of cattle to get them to move. One of the best ways to control these unwanted behaviors is to socialize your pup and keep him active. Let’s delve into the other things you must know about the Corman Shepherd.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

The type of food you feed your dog depends on his life stage and breed size. Viewing the mother before you bring your pup home can help with the latter. Puppies need a diet that supports their growth and development. Hence, they typically have more nutrients and calories than an adult food. It’s a vital consideration, given the Corman Shepherd’s tendency to gain weight.

The best way to keep him fit is to monitor his body condition. You should be able to feel his ribs even through his thick coat. You’ll find that it’s easier to prevent him from putting on those extra pounds than trying to get rid of them. We recommend using treats as training aids only. Make sure that they don’t make up more than 10% of his caloric intake, too.

Exercise 🐕

Regular exercise is essential for your German Shepherd Corgi. His friendly nature gives you plenty of options. We recommend that interaction with other dogs and people is part of the mix. It’s vital when you have a pup as smart as this guy. He needs mental stimulation as much as physical activity. Walk him in a new neighborhood or on a different trail occasionally.

Training 🦮

The Corman Shepherd’s intelligence will make training easy for you. However, he is not necessarily the best choice for a novice pet owner for the same reason. He may challenge you or get bored. Positive reinforcement is the best approach with this pup. He is relatively sensitive to stern reprimands. Make sure his lessons are consistent. He’s eager to please if he knows what you expect of him.

Grooming ✂️

Both the German Shepherd and the Corgi has a thick double coat. It’s in the cards that your Corman will, too. We recommend daily brushing to get rid of the dead hair and keep it off your furniture. Make checking his nails and ears also a part of the routine. Look out for any weepiness or signs of eye infections because of the pup’s propensity for these conditions.

Health and Conditions ❤️

Luckily, the Corman Shepherd is a relatively healthy pup. A reputable seller will catch many of these issues with pre-breeding health screenings. The major ones are shared with many breeds. The German Shepherd in your pup has a higher propensity for a potentially life-threatening condition called bloat or gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV). It isn’t a disease, per se, but a risk.

It occurs if your pup’s stomach expands too rapidly after gorging on food or water. The pressure in his abdomen can slow blood circulation with serious consequences. Symptoms include apparent signs of pain and distress. He may try to vomit. It is a medical emergency requiring immediate veterinary care. One way to prevent it is to feed your pet twice a day so that he’s less likely to gulp down his food.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Eye conditions
Serious Conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Heart issues
  • Degenerative myelopathy

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Size isn’t a major factor between male and female Corman Shepherds. The dominant breed is the main concern. Both sexes will make delightful pets. If you choose not to breed your dog, we suggest discussing neutering or spaying with your vet. Unfortunately, German Shepherds are at a heightened risk of joint problems if it’s done too early. Your veterinarian can help you make an informed decision about timing.

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While the Corman Shepherd isn’t a common dog, he undoubtedly will make an impression the first time you see one. His sweet and affectionate nature is sure to win your heart. The mix of the two parent breeds is a splendid combination that brings together the qualities that have made the German Shepherd and Pembroke Welsh Corgi such popular dogs. It won’t take long for you to see why.

Featured image credit: Maria Ivanushkina, Shutterstock

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