Cowboy Corgi: Small but Mighty Friend

Cowboy Corgi

What’s a cowboy corgi?

Cowboy Corgi is a crossbreed between the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Queensland Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog). That’s why they are also known as the Corgi Cattle Dog. Mostly they look a lot like their corgi parents. They inherit the size of their parents and grows only up to 10-15 inches. These little crossbreed is gaining popularity nowadays.

These little dogs have a big happy personality and are packed with high energy and a strong drive to work.

What does a cowboy corgi look like?

Corgis have a straight, short, and thick double coat, usually tricolor, having the colors roan, merle, and sable. Double coats are great for staying warm during colder weather, but hard on your home. They regularly shed on average but will shed heavily a couple of times a year thus requiring occasional brushing.

Cowboy Corgis inherit the standard short stature and long barrel-shaped body from their parents. They stay small, usually under 30 pounds but are mighty.

If the Queensland Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) breed is more prevalent then cowboy corgi will likely have a tail; otherwise, they have a docked tail like their other parent Pembroke Welsh Corgi. But all of them have an upright ear with a long barrel-shaped body. Eyes can be of blue or brown color.

Height: 13 – 20 inches

Weight: 26 to 38 pounds

Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years

Color: Tri-color, sable, roan, merle

Shedding: Corgis shed a lot and require occasional brushing

Coat: Medium length; short, thick, weather-resistant undercoat with a coarser, longer outer coat.

Temperament: Energetic dogs, rapid to bond with their family. Brave, Intelligent, and Self-confident. They are very watchful around strangers and may try to dominate each other.

How much does a cowboy corgi cost

Cowboy Corgi puppies usually cost $500-$1000. The price depends on gender and color. Generally, males can be more expensive than females. However, some corgis have been sold for as much as $2000.

Being a crossbreed, Cowboy Corgis are not officially recognized by major kennel clubs like the AKC (American Kennel Club).

Why Should You Get a Cowboy Corgi

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Cowboy corgis are adorable and delightful breed to own. You can get best the of both Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Queensland Heeler qualities. Here are some reasons why should you get a cowboy corgi for yourself:

1. Cowboy corgi puppies are super smart

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. Cowboy corgis are super smart and gifted with high-level intelligence from both parents.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Queensland Heeler dogs are intelligent but known for their stubbornness, making their obedience training hard. Cowboy Corgis also has these traits from both parents, so they need focused training.

Teaching basic commands is easy as corgis are super smart and understand quickly compared to others, but troubles come with convincing them to act on them. But here comes the trick, Cowboy corgis are food-obsessed dogs that make their training piece of cake. All you need is a bag of treats to potty train them or teaching some basic commands. Just make sure to use low-calorie treats as they are prone to obesity.

Furthermore, they’re more disciplined and can make good show dogs or to join games with.

2. They’re family-friendly

Cowboy corgis are an excellent addition to any active family, whether it is big or small. They are full of stamina and loves to play and run around in the yards with the kids. It’s better to teach children the appropriate way to play with family dogs or pets, especially when young children are involved.

They can live in small apartments but need daily walks and playtime to direct their high energy. A cowboy corgi is a happy dog as long as they get fresh air and enough playtime with its favourite people.

3. They Have a LOT Of Energy!

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Cowboy Corgis are affectionate towards their master. They love being scratched, pet, or cuddle! But don’t take them as lapdogs; they are incredibly energetic and squirmy.

They love to move around as much as they can, they enjoy their playtime and like to roam around freely. They are excellent companions for adventures and walks. However, make sure that they always have something to do to direct their high energy; otherwise, they may get bored and find his creative ways which could be destructive.

4. Loyalty is their Genes

Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Australian Cattle dogs are known for their loyalty. Therefore being a crossbreed of them, Cowboy corgis are super loyal companions.

Loyalty is a desirable character in dogs, but extreme loyalty leads to wariness around strangers and other pets. This can lead to aggressive or antisocial behavior in dogs, So make sure to train your furbaby accordingly. Give training on Socialization and give them a little space and time when it comes to new relationships.

5. They’re Great Watchdogs

Cowboy Corgis are small but are excellent watchdogs. As a herding breed, they are incredibly attentive, protective and loyal with family. They are affectionate towards their master and make sure to keep their master away from harm. This breed tends to be territorial, averse to strangers, and protect their property.

If they sense any danger, they start to make a lot of noise, nip, or chase.

Being a crossbreed of cattle dogs, Cowboy Corgis has natural herding instinct. So don’t be surprised when your furbaby finds things to herd.

How to Care For These Corgis

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This breed is highly prone to get overweight. So it’s best to take advice from the vet and follow a diet chart based on the age, size, and activity level of the dog. The recommended diet for corgis contain high-quality dog food but should be low in calories.

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2. Exercise:

These dogs need a lot of exercise to stay fit. Being a crossbreed of herding dogs, Cowboy corgi needs open spaces and an active lifestyle. This breed is prone to get overweight so lacking in proper routine exercise leads to obesity.

Cowboy Corgi needs a couple of walks daily, focused playtime every day and some enrichment activities to stay fit and healthy. They are not for folks who love to be idle at the couch.

3. Show Love and Affection

Cowboy Corgis are extremely affectionate and loving dogs. Whenever you get time, make sure to cuddle and scratch your furbaby as they love scratches and Love cuddles.

Always give your the dog love and attention he deserves and avoid hitting or neglecting your dog. They don’t understand this language and maybe grow to be fearful or stubborn. Learn the difference between showing your Alpha side versus showing your aggressive, dominant side.

Health Problems

Cowboy Corgi

They are generally healthy dogs with a lifespan of 12 to 15 years but may become prone to the health issues of Corgi or the Queensland Heeler.

  1. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). This, if not cured, results in blindness; in this, the dog first become night blind and slowly lead to day blindness.
  2. Hip Dysplasia. This is a genetic disease in which hip and thigh bone doesn’t fit properly.
  3. Deafness. Deafness is prone to Queensland Heeler and if Queensland Heeler genes are more dominant, than the corgi may be prone to this disease. This disease can’t be treated and to prevent it from spreading in the future breed, dogs with hereditary deafness should no longer be bred.
  4. Slipped disc. Corgis are dogs with long barrel-shaped bodies like their parent breeds. This makes them prone to rupture in the spinal disc.

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Today’s Quote –

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones


Cowboy corgis are a unique breed packed with high energy and lots of love. Without a doubt, they are a perfect member for your family and a great companion on all of life’s adventures. You just have to learn to take care of them well and give them all the affection they want and need.

I hope this article helped you in finding the right information about Cowboy Corgi.

If you have any experience with this amazing furbaby, then feel free to share it with us in the comment section.

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Written by Adrienne Farricelli, well versed CPDT-KA(1) certified dog trainer.
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