Corman Overview

Parent Breeds:
German Shepherd & Corgi
Breed Nickname:
Medium to large
12 to 15 inches
20 to 70 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 15 years
Coat Colors:
White, gold, brown, and black

Corman Characteristics

Good for First-Time Owners
Good with Children
Easy to Train
Exercise Requirements
Ease of Grooming
Amount of Shedding
Amount of Drooling
Tendency to Bark

About The Corman

What Is A Corgi German Shepherd Mix Called?

A mix between a German Shepherd and a Corgi is called a Corman. They are also known as Corman Shepherds, German Corgis, and Corgi German Shepherds.

These dogs are loud, loyal, and slightly stubborn, but they’ve inherited some of the best qualities from their parent breeds.

They’re goofy and excitable, making excellent family pets. But are they the right breed to complete your family? Let’s find out more about them.

Corman Breed History

  • First bred in the early 2000s.

  • Corgi’s popularity was a driving force behind this breed.

  • Demand grew instantly.

Cormans were first intentionally bred in the early 2000s in North America. The exact reason for this breed is unknown, but it is believed that the rising popularity of Corgis had something to do with it.

Breeders might have wanted to capitalize on the newfound attention Corgis were getting, as well as wanting to combine Corgi’s charm and German Shepherd’s protectiveness.

Their intuition was the right call, as the popularity of the Corman grew almost as quickly as they entered the market.

With so much demand, breeders had no choice but to increase their breeding efforts and meet the expectations.

Cormans are considered a designer breed, but many still end up in shelters due to their assertive temperament and stubborn streak.

If you’re considering welcoming a Corman into the family, consider looking in your local shelters first.

Corman Personality & Temperament

  • Love to utilize their herding instincts.

  • Can be protective of their owners.

  • Boundaries are essential for this dog.

Cormans are very similar to their parent breeds, with plenty of energy to burn and love to give their owners.

Both Corgis and German Shepherds were originally bred for herding animals, so don’t be surprised if your Corman tries to herd you and other family members!

They tend to have a stubborn streak, but this can be minimized through proper training and socialization from a young age.

Cormans get their protective nature from their German Shepherd parent. This makes them best suited for individual households who want a watchdog to alert them of any outside threats.

They make excellent alarm systems.

Establishing boundaries with your Corman is essential if you don’t want them becoming possessive.

Cormans are also incredibly intelligent dogs, meaning they’ll get bored quickly. They’ll need plenty of mental stimulation throughout the day, so keep some puzzle toys or treat cages around the house when you’re not with them.

Provided that your Corman is properly socialized, they can also be family pets with other dogs and children. They make excellent companions for small and large families.

Corman Health

  • They can inherit health issues from their parent breeds.

  • Joint issues, eye concerns, and diets are the most important things to keep an eye on.

As a mixed breed, Cormans are less likely to suffer from as many health conditions as their purebred parents. However, they are still predisposed to some illnesses due to their inherited genes.

Most Cormans are perfectly healthy, but there are a few health issues you should be aware of before owning a Corman. These are:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cataracts
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Back Pain and Issues

Some of these are down to how you care for your dog, such as bloating and obesity. However, others will be picked up during vet checkups, so you must keep on top of these appointments.

Routine checkups help diagnose issues early so that they can be treated as soon as possible.

Corman Training

  • Easy to train.

  • Very intelligent dogs that like to please their owners.

  • Use positive reinforcement.

Cormans are relatively easy to train – when you catch them on a good day. They’re very intelligent, so they learn new tricks easier than other breeds.

However, the stubbornness they can exhibit might make training more difficult.

Cormans do well with positive reinforcement, so offer plenty of head rubs and treats when they perform positive behavior.

These dogs tend to bond with one family member more than the others, so this person needs to be the one to do the training.

They’ll get the best results as the Corman’s stubbornness will be minimized with their preferred owner.

Corman Exercise Requirements

  • Easy to train.

  • Very intelligent dogs that like to please their owners.

  • Use positive reinforcement.

Cormans are prone to weight gain and obesity, and they have very high energy levels. So, you must make sure they get at least one 1.5-hour walk every day.

Depending on your Corman, they might also need smaller walks added throughout the day. Plenty of playtime is necessary, too.

Since Cormans are very smart dogs, they’ll also need plenty of mentally stimulating activities. If you hadn’t already guessed, these dogs do best with an owner who has a lot of free time!

Cormans like to think they can keep up with their owners during any exercise, but they have short legs and therefore should only be taken on walks, hikes, and slow jogs.

German Shepherds aren’t the biggest fans of water, so swimming isn’t the best idea, either.

Cormans can live without a yard, but they’ll need to be taken out more often. The best scenario is for them to have a secure yard where they can burn off some energy themselves without you having to walk them.

Corman Diet & Feeding

  • Ask your vet for help if you’re confused about how much food to give them.

  • Offer high-quality kibble.

  • Look for food formulated for high-energy dogs.

Corman diets need to be formulated for medium dogs with high amounts of energy. This food will be made up mostly of protein, although smaller amounts of healthy fats and carbohydrates are also needed for energy.

The food should also ideally be fortified with vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy and thriving.

Cormans are known for overeating and suffering from obesity. This can lead to doggy depression, especially in a working dog like the Corman. So, only feed them the correct amount of food based on their weight.

If you’re unsure of their weight or how to calculate the correct amount of food from it, consult your veterinarian. Plenty of other factors will alter the ideal amount of food for them, like their energy levels, health, and age.

So, it’s wise to consult your vet about food every once in a while, to make sure you’re not overfeeding them as they change.

Corman Cost

  • Costs $250 to $750.

  • Ongoing costs include food, insurance, toys, and exercise equipment.

Cormans tend to cost between $250 and $750, although the price might vary depending on various factors. For example, white German Shepherds are rare and therefore highly valuable.

If your Corman is bred from a white German Shepherd or is a white Corman, expect to pay more.

You should also consider ongoing costs when getting a dog. Cormans eat plenty of food, so you’ll need to pay more for high-quality kibble. You’ll also need plenty of study toys and mentally stimulating activities.

If you choose to use a professional groomer, these costs will also add up. It is imperative that you take your dog to the vet for its routine checkups, and you’ll need to pay for these, too.