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What Is a Cowboy Corgi? Is It a Breed?

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

cute cowboy corgi

Corgis are one of the most popular, peppy, and quickly recognized dogs on the planet. They have classic appearances—perky ears, happy faces, long bodies, and stubby legs. We all have to love the cheerful breed for what it is.

If you know a lot about Corgis, there are two main breeds—the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. On the other hand, a Cowboy Corgi is a designer dog breed growing in popularity.

Despite the name, Cowboy Corgis are a mixture between the Australian Cattle Dog and Pembroke Welsh Corgi—let’s learn all about their temperament and appearance!

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Cowboy Corgi: All You Can Expect

When you look at a Cowboy Corgi, you are probably overtaken by their interesting dapple coats and possibly blue eyes. They are gorgeous to behold but maybe a little misunderstood.

The problem with “designer dogs” is that they are essentially mutts—and it doesn’t always work out in the dog’s favor. However, with responsible breeding, dogs likely have a good temperament and health.

Later in the article, we will touch on the dangers of backyard breeding and marketing for designer dogs so you can decide if you are considering buying.

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The exact origin of the Cowboy Corgi is unknown. It’s still a relatively new dog breed without a lot of regulation. As the demand rises for designer dog breeds, many people try their hand to create new breeds that they think might make an excellent match.

There are plenty of concerns with new designer dogs on the market—the primary one being genetic unpredictability. Both of these dogs have pretty different body structures and personalities, making it hard to pin down a hard answer on what to expect when you own one.


Cowboy Corgis are still a very rare breed of dog, considering they are brand new, unregulated, and obscure. However, if the demand for the Cowboy Corgi rises, so will the numbers.

Temperament and appearance usually make a designer dog take off in popularity. If people enjoy these dogs due to their award-winning personalities and attractive aesthetics, they are much more willing to buy, increasing the demand.

However, because it is a mixed breed, you have to take the breeder’s word at face value—but are you getting what they advertise? Or are they just trying to turn a quick buck? Use your intuition.

If you want a Cowboy Corgi, you can look locally, but the reality is that it very well may require travel.


The Cowboy Corgi is a bit of a gamble. While the two parent breeds share certain characteristics—like facial shape—they are two very different sizes. It’s not a guarantee how the genetics will pair up or which parent the pups will take after more.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a long-bodied, short-legged dog that weighs roughly 22-31 pounds. Australian Cattle Dogs are larger with standard body types, weighing approximately 30-35 pounds.

So, you might get a longer-legged dog with Corgi markings or a Corgi-shaped dog with the classic dusty coat of the cattle dog. It will depend greatly on how the genetics are combined. If the breed sticks around long enough, it will eventually create its own standard—but this takes years!

close up cowboy dog sitting on a camper chair
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From our research, many folks seem very happy with the temperament of their Cowboy Corgi, describing them as loyal, amiable, and on-the-go. But they can take on the traits of either parent, so here is a breakdown of both.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a cheerful, spunky dog with an amicable nature and a love for life. They are generally suitable for all ages and lifestyles because they are gentle and personable.

The Australian Cattle Dog is a fiercely loyal breed with deep herding roots. They might have extra powerful love for the outdoors and can sometimes be picky with playmates. These dogs work best for people who love the outdoors.

One negative to this combination is that people are very used to Corgis being well-rounded and generally sweet dogs. You can typically approach a Corgi and you are met with excitement and love.

While Australian Cattle Dogs can be loving with most people, some can be aloof. Also, because of their natural herding instinct, they can be a little bossy with young kids—trying to keep them in line by biting their heels.

So, when you combine these two breeds, you should be prepared for any uncertain personality quirks potentially pulled from either parent.


The Cowboy Corgi can be healthy—or have major health problems. It depends greatly on a few primary factors—breeding practices, parental temperament, and living conditions.

If improper breeding and testing is taking place, these dogs are somewhat unpredictable. Breeders might not be aware of problems in the bloodline, creating a series of potential health issues to crop up.

As with any dog, you should make sure your pup receives proper vet care. Routinely, you can take your Cowboy Corgi to the vet early to monitor growth, receive appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter before sexual maturity, and microchip.

The best way to prepare for oncoming health issues is to monitor any changes so they can be tested accordingly. Since the Cowboy Corgi is a designer dog, the following are health issues the breed can take on from either parent:

  • Deafness
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Luxating patella
  • Hypothyroidism

As you can see, there isn’t a laundry list of problems – as both parents are generally healthy. But it’s still worth noting.

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Is This Designer Dog Combo Worth the Negatives?

The biggest concern with designer dog breeds is unpredictable health and personality. Often, breeding is irresponsible and poorly executed. You might see people trying to profit from these dogs rather than providing the proper conditions for them.

A lack of vet care and proper testing during the mother’s pregnancy can lead to complications later down the line. Also, if they are in dirty, unsanitary, or unfavorable living conditions, it can impact the puppies both mentally and physically.

It’s best to use your discernment when you’re purchasing a puppy. It is very possible to find someone who breeds ethically, but because this breed is not regulated in any way, you are taking a gamble. It would be best if you always looked for a clean bill of health and proper care measures.

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Final Thoughts

So what do you think about this designer dog? Do you think it will keep ever growing in popularity until it becomes a primary mixed breed? We believe it definitely has some notable qualities that make it a potentially fantastic selection.

Just be mindful of backyard breeding practices or otherwise poor living conditions. Because this breed is not regulated, finding authenticity might be a little bit challenging. Always use your best judgment and do your research before purchasing.

Featured Image Credit: cctm, Shuterstock

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