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One of the most well-rounded, intelligent, and trainable dogs on the planet is the Golden Retriever. This breed is calm under pressure, happy-go-lucky and great with the entire family. The Golden is often used as a service animal or seeing eye dog because he is so intelligent and calm under pressure.

The young Golden Retriever can be a true clown, sure to crack you up constantly and keep you laughing. AS he ages, he’ll turn into a calm, intelligent partner who is still capable of cracking you up but has better comedic timing than his younger self. 

Corgis are also the class clown but of a whole different style. The Corgi in this pairing is the Welsh Pembroke Corgi. He’s got no tail, looks like a teddy bear with large ears, and has vast amounts of energy because he is a herding dog, unlike the Golden Retriever that is a hunting retriever.


Herding dogs can sometimes be nippy as it’s a part of herding instincts. You’ll need to work with him as a youngster to not nip. Other than that, he may circle you and you attempt to guide you in the right direction. This can also be curtailed with some help from a dog trainer in his early formative years.


The intellectual abilities of the Corgi are also very high and they love to exercise and run. Despite having very short legs, he’s a medium-sized dog with a robust bone structure that can run incredibly fast. This makes him a champion herding dog.


What Happens when you Mix these two breeds of dogs? Let’s find out!


  1. This mix sheds – a lot. If you are looking for a dog that won’t shed, this isn’t it. Don’t let that be the deciding factor though. They make up for the shedding in a hundred other ways. Consider hiring a groomer.
  2. They can have a bit of an attitude problem sometimes. That’s the Corgi bossiness in them. You should train this dog early in his life and continue working with him so that he always knows his place in the pack.
  3. This mix has a pretty high need for exercise. Both parent breeds have a lot of stamina because they are bred to run long distances and be working dogs. They may not be the best choice for apartment living unless you spend a lot of time outdoors and running. If you aren’t an active person and you work out of the house all day, consider having a pet walker come in to keep your fluff-pup happy while you’re gone.
  4. They will likely have long fur and ears that could be upright or bent over. They will almost always be a reddish-blonde color because that is the coat color of the retriever and most Corgis, though they can be black-tri-colored as well.
  5. Usually, the Corgi-Golden Retriever mix will look more like the Golden Retriever on short legs. You’ll think that you’re looking at a retriever that has dwarfism but you aren’t, you’re looking at a Corgi/Golden Retriever mix.
  6. He won’t be a small dog. Your mix will be around 50 pounds, on average. If you don’t want a big dog in your lap, then you might want to disallow the mixed pup in your lap and teach him to lay at your feet instead. He will grow up to want to be in your lap, regardless of his size.
  7. Both breeds are very affectionate, so if you love snuggles, you’ve found the dog for you! They will sit next to you or lay at your feet all day long.
  8. Your mix, given the ages both parentage breeds live to, will likely live somewhere between 10 and 13 years of age. In human years, that’s 70 to 91 years, give or take.
  9. This mix makes an excellent family pet. For more information on family pets, Tin Dog has some ideas for breeds that are great with children. The Corgi/Golden will be a loving member of your family and is not typically ever an aggressive mix. Both parent breeds tend to be very good with children, though you must teach the Corgis not to herd.
  10. This is an active dog that needs a job to do. Without something important on his schedule, he could be destructive. This applies most especially to the younger lads and lasses. Give them a job of some sort to do and keep them busy so you have fewer issues with destructive behavior and your shoes will thank you.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Petsolino

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