One of my favorite types of dogs are Corgi Golden Retriever mix. Growing up I had a lot of dogs. When I moved out on my own I adopted a pup, and currently I work as a veterinary assistant at a veterinary clinic. In an average day I treat a dozen dogs, and talk to a dozen dog owners. Every day after work I go home and I continue to learn more about the different animals and dog breeds. I have my friends and colleagues to thank for teaching me so much along the way.
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get a Golden Retriever Corgi Puppy
Golden Retriever crossed with Corgi puppies have an increased possibility of a high amount of shedding. This characteristic is due to the noted amount of shedding for both parent breeds. This situation could discourage some potential owners due to the effort required in cleaning after and grooming these pups.
Corgi Golden Retriever Mix puppies can have a bossy streak and big-dog ego, which they could inherit from the Corgi breed. This trait will imply that you need to be extra wary when they play with kids younger than eight years old.
Golden Retriever crossed with Corgi puppies have a moderate to high exercise needs. They will require an above average physical and mental stimulation. For people with a hectic schedule, their moderate to high exercise needs may be inconvenient.
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3 Reasons Why You Should Get a Golden Retriever Corgi Mix
Golden Retriever Crossed with Corgi puppies have a high level of intelligence. This characteristic will make the training easier compared to other breeds. You should get your treats ready for them because they will more willingly grant your requests.
If you are looking for a pet which is loving to the family members, the Corgi Golden Retriever mix could be the one for your family. This trait encompasses loyalty and friendliness to all the members of the family.
Despite the risk of its parent breed Corgi in acquiring various diseases, this designer breed has a decreased risk of developing fatal illnesses. With the mixed gene pool from the purebred dogs, the chances of having health problems become significantly lower.
Appearance, Personality, and Traits of a Golden Retriever Corgi
|Weight||30 lbs to 70 lbs|
|Height||10 inches to 1 foot and 6 inches tall at the shoulders|
|Coat Type||Short and straight, medium-length, often thick, wavy|
|Coat Color||combination of different shades of brown and red, black, white|
|Amount of Shedding||Moderate to heavy shedding|
|Temperament||Intelligent, playful, high-energy, affectionate to family|
Because this puppy is a result of cross-breeding, the appearance may result in different features. The puppy’s appearance may take after the following:
- Corgi side of the parent breeds
- Golden Retriever side of the parent breed mixture
- A mixture of the features from both parent breeds
To have a clearer picture of the possible outcome regarding this mixed breed’s appearance, I will discuss the appearance of the parent breeds.
There are two kinds of Corgi, namely the Cardigan Welsh and Pembroke Welsh. Between the two types of Corgi, there is no significant difference in their sizes. Cardigan Welsh Corgi pups’ height falls between 10.5 inches to 12.5 inches, and Pembroke Welsh Corgi pups’ height falls between 10 inches to 12 inches.
Regarding the weight of Cardigans and Pembrokes, the males of the two kinds are often heavier than the females. The weight of male Corgi dogs ranges from 30 pounds to 38 pounds, while the weight of female Corgi dogs ranges from 25 pounds to 34 pounds. Additionally, Cardigans have a broader chest and more powerful body than the Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Other differentiating features between the two types of Corgi are the tail and overall shape of the bodies. Pembrokes have docked tails, while Cardigans possess a wide and low-set tail. The body of Pembroke is less elongated than Cardigans and curvier. Cardigans have a distinct waistline and elegant back of its trunk. They also have strong front legs, quite bent outward for supporting its heavy chest.
Cardigans and Pembrokes also differ in the face structure and facial expression. The head of Pembrokes exhibits a fox-like appearance. This variety has a more compact and very mobile ear compared to Cardigans’ ears. Cardigans can have a hint of blue in their eyes, which is not present in Pembrokes. The ears of Cardigans are more massive and more rounded than Pembrokes’.
Corgi dogs have a similar characteristic coat. They have medium-length fur and thick, weather-resistant double coat. The different color combination of their coat is also similar to one another, such as red, tan, fawn, and white. Their body coat often lies flat.
The females weigh from 55 pounds to 65 pounds, and the males of this breed weigh from 65 pounds to 75 pounds. The height of this breed is 21 inches to 24 inches.
Golden Retrievers have a thick double coat that adds to its bulky appearance of this breed. The distinct color of its coat may be yellow, golden, or blond. Its coat is often dense, but some may have a straight or wavy coat.
For the Golden Retriever’s facial appearance, its ears are usually floppy and down-turned. It has a characteristic long snout. Its eyes can evoke sweet emotions and it has a smile that brings warmth to people.
The Golden Retriever Corgi mix puppies will be a combination of these aforementioned features. They weigh 30 pounds to 70 pounds. Their height may range from 10 inches to 1 foot and 6 inches.
Due to the double-coat feature of both parent breeds, this mixed puppy has a predictable double coat as well. They may have coats that are short and straight, medium-length, or wavy. With the notable coat shedding of the parent breeds, this mixed breed has a moderate to heavy shedding. The colors of their coat can be a combination of white, black, and different shades of brown and red. Corgi Golden Retriever mix puppies can tolerate moderately to excellently varying temperatures.
For the Corgi variations, they may have a varying temperament. Below are some of the differences in their temperament.
- Cardigans are more wary of strangers, making them better watchdogs.
- Pembrokes view a new person as a potential playmate.
- Cardigans are more cautious before acting on a situation.
- Pembrokes are often more open and out-going.
Corgi dogs are part of the herding group. Dogs in this category have an innate to mobilize and control the movement of other animals, and sometimes they can gently herd family members, particularly the children. They usually respond well to training exercises, and they make wonderful companions.
On the other hand, Golden Retrievers are truly affectionate to people. They have a calm nature and a drive to please their owners. They keep their loyalty to their owners for a long time. They get along well with children.
Golden Retriever dogs are part of the sporting group. Dogs in this category are enjoyable, well-rounded companions. They are alert and naturally active. They have superior instincts in woods and water.
Mixing these two purebred dogs, the temperament of the offspring can be a combination of these traits. Both of the parent breeds are intelligent, making the training process easier. They catch onto things, such as commands, easier than some dog breeds.
When interacting with people, Corgi mixed with Golden Retriever puppies are affectionate and loving. They long for adequate interaction and play. They cuddle the family members as a sign of their affection. Also, they have an innate loyalty for their owners.
Golden Retriever Corgi Puppies For Sale
There are four ways to acquire a Golden Retriever Corgi mix puppy.
- Pet Stores
- Backyard Breeders
- Professional Breeders
- Rescue Shelters
Among the four options, my colleagues and I highly advise buying from professional breeders. These people take good care of the dogs by providing high-quality food and conducive living environment, and they prevent inbreeding to guarantee minimal health problems. Reliable breeders can provide you with results of health clearances and genetic testing for the parent dogs and offspring, as well as records of vaccination and other pertinent documents.
The pet store is probably the most accessible place to purchase a puppy. However, you should consider that most puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. The puppy mill, a breeding site, is a place where they keep dogs in miserable conditions. In this place, the puppy mill owners force the dogs to breed and give birth.
The monetary value of the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix puppies usually ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. The coat color and type, size of the pup, the location of the breeding site, and the breeder’s reliability affect the price of selling these puppies.
However, before buying from professional breeders, you can also consider visiting your local shelters to check if there is an available Golden Retriever mixed with Corgi puppy and if you are qualified to adopt it. There are also rescue-centers that are breed-specific and non-profit. You can find more information about such institutions on the Internet and consult with veterinarians.
Grooming Your Corgi And Golden Retriever Mix
As moderate to heavy shedders and having a double-coat, your Corgi Golden Retriever mix puppy will benefit from a regular grooming regimen. Aside from the aesthetic purpose of grooming, you should know that there are a lot more reasons to groom your puppy.
- Developing a more intimate relationship
- Bringing out the natural oil on the coat
- Avoid issues like bug infestations
- Maintaining the cleanliness and physical health
- Checking anomalies and possible health problems
Here is a list of the tools and equipment you will need for grooming this pup:
- Metal, Medium-toothed and Fine-toothed Comb
- Slicker Brush
- Cotton Ball
- Nail Clipper
The grooming process starts with combing. First, you will use a metal and medium-toothed comb to go over the coat, one section at a time. Then, you will comb the coat with a fine-toothed comb to eliminate ticks and fleas. You should take extra time to comb in spots where tangles occur frequently, such as the base of the ears.
While combing your dog, you should note irritation, redness, and bald spots on the pup’s coat. If your dog has a collar, remove it when brushing the coat, and do not leave out the neck area unkempt.
The use of a slicker brush over a pin brush is advisable due to its purpose of untangling mats or knots in the fur. Also, it helps in removing debris and loose hair. It can run through the thick layers of the double coat and facilitate effective grooming. Another advantage of this brush is its massaging quality since it has long pins. Massaging the skin of your pup will stimulate the production of essential oils for moisturizing the coat. Also, this will increase the blood circulation and promote health for the dog.
Daily grooming starts when the coat of puppy starts to blow or when the puppy starts to shed the undercoat. Before brushing, you may opt to spray lightly the pup’s coat with water, to prevent the loose hairs from spreading all over the area.
The next step is bathing your pup, especially when it is smelly and dirty. Some people proceed to trim the coat of the puppy before bathing it. It is your discretion if you will follow the steps to the dot. After lathering with shampoo and then rinsing the coat, you can opt to blow-dry the coat.
The frequency of bathing will also depend on your decision, based on the smell and sanitary condition of the Corgi Golden Retriever mix puppy. In bathing your dog, it is important to use a shampoo formulation made for dogs because human shampoo may irritate the puppy’s skin.
Part of the grooming process is checking for wax buildup in the ears and signs of an ear infection. You can clean their ears with a cotton ball and a dog-specific ear solution. You should never use a cotton swab for their ears.
If you do not have this much time in your hands, you should schedule appointments with reliable groomers around the city or your neighborhood. It is crucial to maintain the pup’s appearance and detect possible visual and internal deformities.
Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Health Problems
This designer breed has a lower chance of contracting and acquiring fatal diseases. Although, you should know that genetics typically have a random selection of inherited traits. Therefore, you should be aware of the possible health problems from each parent breed.
One acquired condition due to the environment is heat stroke. Since the Corgi Golden Retriever breed has a dense and double coat, they do not tolerate heat as much as they tolerate cold weather. You should protect your puppy from overexposure to the sun and keep it well hydrated.
One of the possible health problems is hip or elbow dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is an inheritable disease wherein the thighbone does not attach properly with the hip joint. Elbow dysplasia involves joint laxity due to different growth rates of the bones of the elbow.
Cataract is another health condition that may affect your puppy. This condition may impair your dog’s vision. In the pup’s visual field, the pup can see progressively growing cloudy spots.
You should be aware of Von Willebrand’s disease, a clotting disorder. Puppies with this condition could have prolonged bleeding during heat cycles, bleeding gums, and nosebleeds.
Vaccinations are weapons against fatal diseases. There is a generally accepted guideline of puppy vaccination. Some of the recommended vaccinations are measles, rabies, and DHPP which is the combination of vaccines for hepatitis, parainfluenza, distemper, adenovirus, and parvovirus. The average total cost will be around $75 to $100.
You can have a better grasp of your pup’s health and a healthier sense of peace by looking at the results of genetic testing and consulting a veterinarian frequently. By knowing the possible serious health issues of this mixed pup, you can be more watchful when your pup manifests some warning signs related to these possible conditions.
Half Corgi Half Golden Retriever Food Requirements
You will give a certain amount of food depending on the puppy’s age, size, metabolism, and level of activity. The Corgi origin of this mixed pup will incline your pup to eat and may influence it to over-eat. You must take precautions to prevent over-eating. I advise feeding your puppy high-quality dry food divided into two meals, instead of letting a massive amount of food sit out on the food bowl.
To check if your puppy is overweight, you may conduct the hands-on test and eye test. To do these test, you will stand next to the dog and look down at the dog, looking at the waist. You will place your hand on its back, with the thumbs along its spine and fingers placed downward. If the dog is overweight, you would not feel the ribs when you press down.
To help your Golden Corgi prevent bone disorders during peak growth of four to seven months, I suggest you give a low-calorie diet for the puppy. Aside from the food bits, you must remember to provide clean and fresh water for your Corgi Golden Retriever puppy.
If you are unsure about the dog’s diet or if you see signs of malnutrition, it is best to consult with a breeder or a veterinarian.
Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Exercise Requirements
Corgi Golden Retriever mix puppies are high-energy dogs. It is imperative that you provide them with lots of mental and physical stimulation.
Their parent breeds are fond of water. I recommend the following activities for your Corgi Crossed with Golden Retriever puppy:
- Fetching a Frisbee or tennis ball
The duration of physical activity should be at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. A well-exercised dog will cause fewer troubles at home.
For mental stimulation, you should give them food-dispensing toys. These toys will quench the pup’s playfulness and fend their boredom.
Golden Retriever Corgi Training
Golden Retriever mixed with Corgi puppies are intelligent and easy to train. When you engage the puppy in training classes, you also expose the puppy for socialization, and you allow it to learn the right and wrong habits.
During training, it is possible to encounter mischief and fluctuations in concentration. A way to prevent this situation is keeping the sessions short. Doing this technique, you will have the pup’s undivided attention for a certain amount of time.
To have efficient training sessions, you need to have consistency, positive reinforcement, and treat-based reward system. You need to refrain from giving harsh corrections to your Corgi Golden Retriever pup, because this mixed puppy tends to be highly sensitive.
Corgi Retriever And Families
Because they can be aggressive towards strangers, attributable to its Cardigan origin, you should initiate early socialization. This step will allow the puppy to be more accommodating to strangers or family friends.
Early socialization occurs during the 7th week to the 4th month of the puppy’s life. Aside from helping the pup to be familiar with having people around, early socialization allows the pup to get used to its surroundings and to avoid being overwhelmed by various sensory stimulation.
To start early socialization, you will introduce the puppy to new sounds, smells, and sights. This step is crucial in acclimatizing with the surroundings. When doing this step, I advise that you give an appropriate amount of treats.
Golden Retriever Corgi mix puppies are family-friendly and affectionate. You can count on their loyalty to your family. However, you should be aware of their herding instincts that may lead them to nip your child’s ankles or feet. There should be adult supervision when the dog interacts with a child.
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