Golden Retriever Corgi Mix: 6 Must Know Facts

The Golden Retriever Corgi mix is a very rare breed.

They have an unusual but adorable appearance and are a very happy puppy.

When you combine the best of both the Corgi and the Golden Retriever you end up with one of the most lovable dogs that you will ever meet.

Although they will steal your heart in no time, taking one in is a very big decision to make as this mix can be a lot to handle.

If you are considering this breed then make sure to keep reading to learn how to tame one of these rare gems…

A Corgi And Golden Retriever

What is a Golden Retriever Corgi Mix? (Overview)


A Golden Retriever Corgi Mix is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

They are also known as a Golden Corgi and are classified as a hybrid.

Whilst both parent breeds are dedicated working dogs, this hybrid was not bred to be a hunter or a herder. They were bred to make the perfect companion.

These pups are extremely friendly and playful and will melt your heart with their cuddly lap dog tendencies. However just remember as they come from working dogs these dogs are high maintenance and demanding at times.

Their typical appearance is a short, long bodied Golden Retriever. Others may be taller and built more like a Golden, but still have the foxy face of a Corgi.

This is a very rare dog.

  • Overview: Hybrid (Golden Retriever/Welsh Corgi).
  • Purpose: Companion.
  • Weight: 30-70 pounds.
  • Size: 10-18 inches.
  • Temperament: Playful, sociable and determined.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Incredibly friendly and loyal.
  • Highly intelligent and amusing.
  • Very easy to socialize.
  • Fun fitness partner.
  • Gets along with everybody.

Cons:

  • Very hard to find breeder.
  • High energy and high maintenance.
  • Does poorly in hot weather.
  • Need lots of exercise so not suitable for everyone.

Golden Retriever Corgi Mix Appearance

Golden Retriever Corgi Mix

The breed is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Pembroke or Cardigan Welsh Corgi – any combination of traits from either breed is acceptable.

Your mix may have the short body and elongated back of a Corgi, with the floppy ears and big black nose of a Golden Retriever.

In other cases, you may have a dog with a Retriever’s build and a Corgi’s pointy ears and broad muzzle.

Either way they will have muscular legs and will be good runners. They can have light or dark eyes but will always carry a big built in smile.

Height and Weight

Since their parents are so different in size this mixes height and weight range is very broad.

A Golden Retriever Corgi mix will stand anywhere between 10 and 18 inches and weigh between 30 and 70 pounds. There is no major size difference between males and females, but a female will be slightly smaller than a male.

Breed Colors and Coat

Gold is the most common and desirable color for this mix. This golden color can appear in many shades from light yellow to deep ginger.

Other colors include: fawn, tan, white and red. The colors can be solid or contrast against a white background.

Rusty red is a bit more rare but very beautiful.

They will have a thick double coat that can be long or medium length and wavy or silky.

Expect them to shed. How much will depend on the length and thickness of their coat.

6 Fun Facts About The Golden Corgi

  1. Nobody really knows the origin of the Golden Retriever Corgi mix. It is possible that it came about by accident before intentional breeding began.
  2. Both parent breeds are born outdoor dogs and this mix is no different.
  3. The Golden Retriever is a very common parent breed for hybrids – the Golden Lab and Goldendoodle are two of the most well-known.
  4. Retrievers love to go swimming and your hybrid may inherit this ability. Swimming is one of their favorite ways to cool off on a summer day.
  5. The Corgi and Golden are often employed as service dogs, but the hybrid is a bit too high strung for this job. It is better as an emotional support animal or a therapy dog.
  6. If you live on a farm then your dog has the perfect outlet for its herding instinct.

Golden Retriever Corgi Mix Personality and Temperament

Corgi And Golden Retriever Playing

A Golden Retriever Corgi mix is one of the friendliest dogs that you will ever meet.

They are a spirited and playful companion that will be eager to get along with you and your family.

Just remember as a working dog they will need a daily outlet for their energy.

Goldens are known for their hyperactivity and their tendency to be a bit headstrong. So when you adopt a Golden Corgi be prepared for a dog that will keep you on your toes.

These pups just love to run and jump – fetch is one of their favorite games. They can learn all kinds of new tricks and will need a lot of space to amuse themselves.

Just remember that one of their parents is a herding dog so they might see other people and animals as livestock that need to be herded. Young puppies are known for heel nipping and ankle biting. In addition to that, an excited pup may not be able to contain their happy yapping. Noisy puppies will need careful, patient guidance to learn how and when to be quiet.

Just remember this is not done out of malice or aggression.

Socialization and house training will help to ease these problems.

Making new friends comes easy to them but they will be shy if not socialized from an early age.

Is The Golden Retriever Corgi Mix A Good Family Dog?

They make a great family dog and energetic kids will become their very favorite playmates.

With all of their boundless energy, they will get everybody in your family off of the couch for some good fun.

Caring for a Golden Retriever Corgi Mix

Corgi Golden Retriever Mix

These pups can be great fun but also a lot of work. The combination of two high energy dogs makes for a high maintenance handful.

A Golden Retriever Corgi mix are endearing little friends to have around.

Owners will need to be as active as their dog and will need to find ways to keep their pooch entertained each day.

Grooming can also be a chore (especially in the summer and during shed season).

The decision to adopt a Golden Corgi is not one to make lightly, but your pup will certainly show their appreciation for your efforts.

Exercise Requirements

This high energy pooch needs at least an hour of exercise every day, but most will prefer even more.

These dogs are far too rambunctious to be cooped up inside – they will need their own space to play outdoors and run and jump until their heart is content.

Fetch is one of their favorite games but they will also enjoy a game of tag or a race around the yard.

If you do own livestock you will also get to see their herding instinct in action.

Your dog should be kept on leash whilst outside due to their high prey instinct.

  • Number of Walks Per Day: 1-2.
  • Total Exercise Needed Per Day: 60+ Minutes.

Grooming and Shedding

Their grooming requirements will depend on their specific coat type.

Medium length coats will only shed moderately, whereas a long coat will create a hairy mess. Either way you should brush them at least twice a week.

During the spring and fall your dog will have a blow out and you will need to brush them every day during this time.

Trim nails once or twice a month and make sure to keep up with dental hygiene. Both Corgi and Golden breeds need their teeth brushed at least twice a week.

Golden Corgi

Feeding and Diet

A Golden Retriever Corgi mix has a lot of energy and they will need to eat more than other dogs of the same size. Protein is the most important nutrient for maintaining a healthy build and muscle composition. Carbs and fats come next, and should be derived from natural sources.

Raw treats can provide a dose of healthy fat to fuel your dog’s day. However they should be given sparingly and never used as rewards.

Do not allow a Corgi Golden Retriever mix to access food outside of scheduled meal times as they are prone to obesity.

Smaller mixes between 10 and 14 inches should maintain a weight between 30 and 45 pounds. Larger mixes over 15 inches can range between 50 and 70 pounds.

Calories Per Day: Cups of Kibble Per Day:
800 2

Known Health Problems

Unfortunately, the lovable Golden Retriever and its related breeds are more susceptible to cancer than other dogs.

So this can be a problem with this mix.

Early detection is the key to successful treatment and recovery. It is important to keep up with your dog’s annual physical exams so that anything abnormal can be spotted right away.

Another common problem is heatstroke. This can occur because of their heavy coats and inability to regulate their body temperature in the heat.

If your dog is panting more than usual it is a sign that they are getting too hot.

Heatstroke is always a veterinary emergency.

How Long Does A Golden Retriever Corgi Mix Live?

The lifespan of a Golden Retriever Corgi Mix is 10-14 years.

How Much Does A Golden Retriever Corgi Mix Cost?

Since this breed is so hard to find, the price can vary a lot.

Expect to pay from $600 to $1000 depending on the breeder.

How to Train a Golden Corgi

Corgi And Golden Retriever

This dogs big brain makes them very trainable.

The real challenge is reigning in their naturally rambunctious and playful personality during training.

Life is a game to these playful pups so training should be done through play. Fun training games and backyard courses will motivate even the most reluctant pooch.

Golden Retriever Corgi mixes will be having so much fun they will not even realize they are learning.

Working dogs require a lot of mental stimulation and if this pooch is bored they will quickly make a mess of your home.

Practicing new tricks and playing games will keep them amused.

The best training game is fetch. To cater for their need for stimulation, use toys that light up or make sound rather than simple balls and sticks.

You can even get toys that look, sound, and feel like wild game animals. This taps into your dog’s natural hunting instinct and provides hours of fun for the both of you.

As mentioned above, nipping and biting can be a problem with this breed. The best thing to do is ignore it. Problem behaviors will stop when your dog realizes they are not getting the reaction that they want.

One of the very best things about this breed is their innate desire to get along.

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size: 10-18 inches.
Weight: 30-70lb.
Lifespan: 10-14 years.
Coat: Long or medium double coat.
Color: Gold, red, tan, white and fawn.
Do They Shed: Yes.
Temperament: Playful, social, rambunctious, alert and friendly.
Intelligence: High.
Socialization: Has a natural desire to socialize with others.
Destructive Behavior: Destructive when bored and may nip at heels.
People Skills: Gets along very well with other people.
Good with Children: Yes.
Activity Levels: High.

Summary

If you are looking for an active and engaging new addition to your home, it is worth considering a Golden Retriever Corgi Mix.

This energetic friend will love an owner as active as they are.

They will be eager and willing to take part in all of your favorite games and will want you to take part in theirs.

The days are never dull with a Golden Corgi around.

Having one means long days spent running around the yard and long nights curled up at one-another’s side.

If you are ready to let one in you will certainly never regret it. Let us know in the comments section below…

Thomas Woods Face Portrait
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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