Cowboy Corgi | A complete guide


Cowboy corgi is a relatively new designer cross breed of Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Queensland Heeler aka Australian Cattle dog. They are highly energetic, loyal and intelligent dogs that have the traits of herding as both the parent breeds are shepherd dogs. Being a cross breed, they are not recognized by any major kennel club including AKC.

Appearance of Cowboy Corgi

Cowboy Corgi are in between the size of Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Queensland Heeler. They would look similar to corgi in body and size albeit a little bigger. They have a long body and are short in height. The coat would more often be similar to Queensland Heeler. When fully grown, they weigh less than 30 pounds.

Cowboy Corgi have upright ears. They have a short double coat which is mostly between fawn and white. They shed regularly on average but will shed heavily once or couple of times a year when their inner coat blows out. Weekly once brushing should be enough for most part of the year.

The average lifespan of Cowboy corgi is expected to be around 12 to 15 years.

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Personality of Cowboy Corgi

Cowboy corgis are very energetic as like any other herding dogs. They need lots of exercise and playtime for both physical and mental simulation else they may get destructive and think of some thing by themselves which could be destructive.

These dogs might get adjusted in apartment with their small size but it is not recommended. If you do stay in apartment, ensure you are giving cowboy corgi enough opportunities to play and run outside.

They are up for any challenges related to physical activity. So if you want to go for a hike, do jogging or want to play in a park, you would find a perfect partner in cowboy corgi.

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Cowboy Corgis are quite intelligent though with their independent thinking, they can be obstinate at times. They would easily learn the training commands with their intelligence but making them to follow would be difficult. Firm and consistent training will help here.

They are highly loyal dogs as well. They can act aggressive if they perceive them as threat. Early socialization is good to keep this in check.

Australian Cattle dog corgi mix are quite loyal and protective dogs who would bark and alarm when they get threatened on seeing a stranger.

Cowboy Corgis are a good family companion dog for active families. They will gel well with children but early socialization and training would be required. Specially young children should be told to respect the dog.

Their herding instinct remains which means they will try to chase smaller animals like squirrel. They may also nip the smaller children to drive them. Training may help them to control this behavior but if a squirrel runs near them, they will most likely chase as their recall is high.

Care required


Recommended diet would be to have high quality dog food but should be light in calorie as they might get over weight. Take the advise of the vet who can advise based on the age, size and build of the dog.


As both Corgi and Australian Queensland heeler have double coat and shed heavily, Cowboy corgi would also shed heavily. He is not the dog for the the folks who are allergic to dogs. Daily brushing is recommended for them. You can use a brush glove for the same. This would also help to increase the bonding between you and him.

Weekly once vacuum is also recommended to ensure you don’t see his fur lying here and there and keep your home clean.

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He comes from the pedigree of herding dogs and hence he is very active dog. He would require couple of walks of walks every day. They are not for folks who love to be idle at the couch. If he is not given enough mental and physical stimulation, he may find his own creative ways which could be destructive. Lesser than recommended exercise may also result in him being obese.


Cowboy Corgi are quite intelligent dogs who would learn training commands quickly but they are independent dogs as well and it is not easy for making him to follow them. They would also have herding traits to drive or chase. Early firm and consistent would be required.


Cowboy Corgi are generally healthy dogs but may become prone to the health issues of Corgi and the Queensland Heeler. Keep a watch for below.

  1. Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). This may cause the dog to become first night blind and slowly this leads to day blindness.
  2. Hip Dysplasia. This is a genetic disease in which hip and thigh bone doesn’t fit properly.
  3. Deafness. This is a genetic disease prone to Queensland Heeler and Cowboy corgi may be prone to it if Queesland Heeler genes are more dominant.
  4. Slipped disc. Corgis are dogs with long bodies and this is passed to cowboy corgi as well. This makes them prone to rupture in spinal disc.

Where to find a cowboy corgi?

As this is a cross breed, it would be difficult to find a reputable breeder. Instead you can look at the rescue centers. They quite resemble a corgi so you can first start with a corgi rescuer.

If you do get your heart out for a cowboy corgi at a breeder, do check the puppies lineage. Check the area for cleanliness and lightning where puppies are kept. Talk to past owners who have got puppies form the breeder. Also look for the medical records to reduce any defects of genetic defects or disease.

Parent Breeds

Let us also look at the parent shepherd dog breeds of this designer dog so you have more information on what can be expected.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a shepherd dog originally bred in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They have short height and long body. They are known for their energy, intelligence and being obstinate at times. Corgis were originally bred to herd cattle, sheep and horses.

Pembroke Corgis have a double coat which can be red, sable, black, tri-colored, or fawn, usually with white markings. They shed a lot two times a year when their inner coat blows out. Corgis are prone to overeating.

They can grow to a height of 10 and 12 inches and weigh approximately 28 pounds. The average lifespan of Pembroke Welsh Corgi is 12 to 15 years.

Queensland Heeler

Queensland heeler

Queensland heeler is a herding dog bred in Australia known for its intelligence, loyalty and energy. They used to drove the cattle by nipping at the heels while being athletic enough to be safe.

Queensland heeler or Australian cattle dog are short coated medium sized dogs. They are highly loyal and would always tend to stay with you closely. This is why they are also known as Velcro dogs. They are born in white color which later changes to blue-gray or red color.

Queensland heeler have a double coat and can grow to a height of 18 to 20 inches and weigh approximately 30 to 50 pounds. Their average life span is around 12 to 15 years.

Pros and Cons of Cowboy Corgi

Quite IntelligentSheds a lot
Highly loyalRequire lot of exercise

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