What do you get when you cross a Pembroke Welsh corgi with an Australian cattle dog?
A cowboy corgi! This crossbreed is gaining popularity, and these little dogs pack an energetic punch.
Not recognized by the AKC due to being a crossbreed, cowboy corgis are the perfect adventure buddy for those that like high energy in a smaller package.
Read on to learn more about these pint-size powerhouses.
They stay small (but mighty)
Australian cattle dogs are usually between 35 and 50 pounds, while Pembroke Welsh corgis range between 24 – 26 pounds, making anyone wonder: how big do cowboy corgis get?
Cowboy corgis tend to take after their corgi parent, usually staying under 30 pounds. They also inherit the standard short stature and long body corgis are known for.
They’re into cardio
Cute and affectionate, these dogs need exercise. Lots of exercise. (Think of your friend that never skips the gym.)
Corgis and Australian cattle dogs are herding dogs, with a long history of working outside with livestock, so it makes sense that cowboy corgis, with a double dose of herding instinct and a need for open spaces, need an active lifestyle.
Keeping your cowboy corgi busy means focused playtime every day, long walks through the neighborhood, and enrichment activities when you can’t be hands-on, such as puzzle toys or snuffle mats. They could also benefit from daily activities such as doggie daycare or a midday walk.
They are super smart
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a dog that’s smarter than you? With a cowboy corgi, you may come close. Gifted with high-level intelligence from both parents, cowboy corgis are known as having some super-powered smarts.
With those smarts, however, comes the need for focused training. Corgis and Australian cattle dogs are known for a certain stubbornness that can make obedience training both easy and hard.
Teaching the commands may go quickly, but the trouble comes with convincing your dog to actually act on them. With a little extra work and persistence, however, your cowboy corgi can be trained to be the polite genius you know they can be.
They can shed a lot
Both corgis and Australian cattle dogs have double coats, great for staying warm during colder weather, but hard on your home. Both breeds shed regularly, which sometimes results in little dog hair tumbleweeds against the baseboards. (As a corgi mama myself, I can definitely attest to this!)
They also go through yearly shedding seasons, once or twice a year, where the undercoat sheds more fully. Consistent bathing and brushing can help to minimize the fur around your house.
They’re always up for an adventure
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From going on a nice hike to running after balls in the back yard to enjoying the local off-leash dog park, cowboy corgis are up for just about anything. Athletic from their herding background, they enjoy exploring new places and getting in plenty of activity.
Their size makes them great for a smaller house or apartment, but don’t be fooled— these dogs need frequent outings to avoid weight gain and be happy.
They also enjoy sports such as nose work, herding trials, and agility work. Corgis are especially known for being competitive, enjoying the satisfying work the right sport can provide.
No matter what you decide to do with your cowboy corgi, they’ll be along for the fun.
Cowboy corgis are generally a great addition to any active family, big or small. From running around the yard with the kids to exploring the great outdoors with their “pack”, they have the stamina to keep up.
It’s good to note, however, that teaching your children the appropriate way to play with the family dog is a must. As is following safety guidelines when it comes to children and dogs (especially when young children are involved).
That said, cowboy corgis can be great, family-friendly dogs that do well with children. They can also thrive in a smaller, all adult household. As long as they can get out for fresh air with their favorite people, a cowboy corgi is a happy dog.
Herding is second nature
Both corgis and Australian cattle dogs are members of the herding group, so naturally, cowboy corgis have some intense herding instincts. You likely don’t have cattle in your home, so don’t be surprised if your dog starts finding things to herd.
Children, cats, slow-moving adults, your cowboy corgi may be nipping at everyone’s heels if not given something else to do. Training can also help curb the need to herd, but likely won’t completely erase the temptation.
In addition, a strong herding instinct can translate into an almost irresistible chase drive. It’s a good idea to be aware that your normally good dog may forget everything they’ve learned about recall once a squirrel runs past their nose.
Loyalty is their middle name
Australian cattle dogs, as well as corgis, are known as loyal companions. Cowboy corgis have the potential to receive a double dose of that instinctual trait.
While intense loyalty is usually a desirable thing in a dog, it can also lead to wariness around strangers as well as owner protectiveness. This can lead to a dog that acts aggressive or antisocial when exposed to people or dogs they don’t know.
The best way to combat this is to make a point of socializing your cowboy corgi and being aware that they may need a little space or time when it comes to new relationships.
Want a cowboy corgi?
If you are now wondering where you can find a cowboy corgi, there are plenty of options.
It’s possible that you can find a cowboy corgi at a rescue. As they are a mixed breed, and strongly resemble corgis, it’s most likely you’ll find a cowboy corgi to adopt at a corgi rescue. You may also have luck looking at local shelters.
If you choose to get a cowboy corgi puppy from a breeder, be sure to do your research. As they are a dog that’s growing in popularity, the danger of unknowingly buying from a puppy mill is heightened.
Do your due diligence and research any prospective breeders thoroughly. Look carefully at their website, talk to previous customers, and if possible, visit the breeder and meet the parents of your prospective puppy. Taking these steps also helps avoid online puppy scams.
Without a doubt, a cowboy corgi can be a great addition to your home. However you bring one into your family, they’re sure to give you a lot of love, a lot of fun, and a great companion on all of life’s adventures.
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