The dream of any animal lover is to have their two favorite breeds mixed into one fluffy faithful companion. The beautiful Corgi Shepherd Mix is known for its intuitive and intelligent nature, however as with any breed and mix, there are certain things which you need to consider.
And because I know you want to be a responsible owner, this article will outline the most important characteristics to consider when deciding if you should be the proud owner of one.
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History of the Mix
When talking about this breed, needless to say that you need to consider the individuality of both pets, and that includes their behavioral patterns, training abilities, feeding needs, and many other factors.
When it comes to the Corman, history tends to repeat itself: by that I mean that if the parents of your little pup are known for their good temperament and loyalty, then more likely than not their offspring will have the exact same tendencies. However, because of the herd mentality of one of the breeds, the \ hybrid can try to herd its owners, meaning that it will take advantage of any opportunity to dominate you.
If this is the first time you’ve heard about the breed, you may be wondering what you can expect. The hybrid has a gracefully elongated body but a short tail, whilst the eyes tend to be big and dark. When it comes to size, the breed varies in accordance to the traits it inherited from its parents. Reaching sizes ranging from 12 to 15 inches and weighing between 25 and 65 pounds, this is an even more adorable version of the German Shepherd.
If you’re planning to keep your Corman as an indoor dog, you may be easily surprised by their coat, which is very dense and needs frequent grooming. Compared to the Welsh Corgi, the coat will be easier to maintain, but it is still thick, thus be prepared for that. Colours vary, however the most common are brown, gold, black and white. Either way, this dog is a beauty!
Life can be long for a Corman, as they can stay healthy up until 14 years of age, making the hybrid a great companion for both children and adults.
The mix is well known for its displays of intelligence and even brilliance, and so it should come as no surprise that the Corman will try to dominate the owner. Although you may want to be lenient with your adorable pup, this behavior can develop into aggressiveness towards other dogs, people or other animals. Therefore, if you wish to adopt any other pets in the future, make sure that you discourage these herding behaviors that the Corman can display.
Another thing you should know is that the hybrid loves attention, and will not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time. When this happens, your once innocent-looking pup can start destructive behaviors, thus training is highly important.
Training and Exercise
Speaking of training, this breed has a lot of energy which needs to be released through regular exercise. If you are the proud owner of a garden, take advantage of any opportunity to be outdoors, in addition to the needed two long walks per day. Otherwise, bad misdemeanors may occur at home, due to the fact that he’s not getting enough play time to burn off his energy.
Because the hybrid contains the German Shepherd gene, it should be fairly straight-forward to impose rules and routines. Surely the breed has the intelligence to comprehend commands, and when stubbornness occurs you need to hold your ground. Like with children, you need to start early, and then boundaries will follow.
Earlier, I mentioned that the hybrid’s coat is thick, and that will require frequent grooming. By that I mean that you will have your work cut out for you every single day. In addition to the brushing, you will have more vacuuming to do, and you will need to invest in a lint roller.
Moreover, you can try to have a regular bathing routine, which will help with shedding, and once a week you can do your dog’s manicure and pedicure. Although, my best advice is to leave all that to a professional!
Although this may surprise you, the most common health problem that Cormans have is with their weight. Like in humans, obesity can lead to an array of other health problems, including cancer, back and joint pains. Again, similar to humans, the best course of action is daily exercise. A rigid routine which includes walks, runs, play time will efficiently decrease that possibility, and will make your home a peaceful haven.
In terms of other health concerns, bloating comes from the Corgi’s side of the family. This can lead to horrifying pains, because the stomach twists on the inside. In addition, Corgis are notorious for cataracts, which in time lead to blindness of the eyes.
Environmental changes can also affect the Corgi Shepherd, and symptoms are similar to what we humans experience. It can be hard to pinpoint these problems, however if you’re even concerned, consult a veterinarian.
If you’ve ever bought a puppy before, you are aware that the price can be quite steep. Ranging between $250 and $650, the real costs are the vet bills, health checks, micro chipping, deworming, vaccinations, and neutering. In addition, you will need to consider the cost of the leash, collar, any crazy toys you may want to buy your Corman’s love with, and other dog accessories. In total, these will be at least another $200, and this is an ongoing commitment.
All in all, the Corman is an intelligent and impressive breed, one whose life will be filled with smiles and joys. The hybrid will help you make long-lasting memories, however you need to remember that you will be responsible for the life and happiness of your pet, and there are no take-backs.