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Rottweiler Corgi Mix: Appearance, Size, Personality and Care

The Corgi Rottweiler mix is a cross between a Corgi and a Rottweiler. They are intelligent, loving, playful, and wise dogs with small builds. They are vocal animals and need monthly grooming. If you live in an apartment, this mix needs proper training to thrive.

The parent breeds of this mix (Rottweilers and Corgis) have opposing physical appearances. One is large while the other is short. Given their parents’ opposing appearances, the Rottweiler and Corgi mix is an adorable and remarkable breed. They have a look that resembles both parent breeds.

Their unique look gets people’s attention wherever it is; however, future owners need to know that Rottweiler Corgis have certain needs, especially when it comes to their health.

In this article, we will talk about their characteristics, common health problems, lifespan, grooming needs, exercising needs, food requirements, and more.

Rottweiler Corgi Mix Characteristics

The American Kennel Club depicts Rottweilers and Corgis as working dogs who are intelligent, loving, and playful. Rottweiler Corgi mixes inherit their parents’ personalities through genetics.

The key difference between the parent breeds is their physical appearances and personalities. Rottweilers are quiet and protective dogs who have short double-coated coats, while Corgis are vocal and friendly dogs with short-medium double-coated coats.

Corgi Rottweiler mixes have a remarkable appearance and personality. They have a look that resembles both parents, while their character can come from either parent breed.

Appearance

Height

10–27 Inches

Weight

28–135 lbs

Lifespan

10–14 years

Dog Breed Group

Mixed Breed

Coat Type

Double

Coat length

Short–Medium

Coat color

Black, Tan, White, Cream, Brown

Eyes

Dark Brown

Nose

Black

Ears

Stiff–Floppy

Hypoallergenic

No

Shedding

4 stars

Grooming Difficulty

4 stars

Adaptability

Apartment living

3 stars

Good for beginners

4 stars

Can be alone

3 stars

Cold weather tolerance

4 stars

Hot weather tolerance

3 stars

Friendliness & Temper

Temperament

5 stars

Affectionate

4 stars

Kid-Friendly

5 stars

Dog-Friendly

4 stars

Friendly to Strangers

4 stars

Playfulness

4 stars

Trainability & Needs

Easy to train

5 stars

Intelligence

5 stars

Hunting Instinct

4 stars

Barking

5 stars

Energy Level

4 stars

3 Reasons To Get A Rottweiler Corgi Mix

Rottweiler Corgi mixes are intelligent and affectionate dogs with a unique look.

1. Rottweiler Corgi Mixes Have A Unique Look 

Corgis are one of the most popular dogs due to their remarkable appearance[1]. Their fox-like or docked tail, short physique, and pointed ears give them their iconic look. 

The Rottweiler Corgi mix inherits some, if not most, of the Corgi’s appearance. Most dogs of this Rottweiler mix have a small physique, pointed ears, or a fox-like/docked tail. 

Their unique look catches the attention of people wherever they go. Future owners will love their unique yet adorable look.

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2. They Are Intelligent Dogs

Rottweilers and Corgis served farmers as working dogs. The parent breeds have the mental capacity to perform various complex tasks such as: 

  • Hunting small critters
  • Guarding crops against wild animals 
  • Herding livestock

The Rottweiler and Corgi mix inherits its parents’ wise nature which makes them easy to train. They can easily understand complicated tricks and commands. They are also sensitive to stimuli, making them great herding/working dogs like their parents.

3. Corgi Rottweiler Mixes Are Affectionate Dogs

They are affectionate animals. Corgi Rottweiler mixes easily get attached to humans. They prefer to be with their owners and will often follow you wherever you go. Corgi Rottweiler mixes are eager to please their owners, which drives them to learn commands. 

Their sweet and playful personality makes them great pets when you have kids. They are also protective yet friendly. They have tolerance toward other people and animals. 

3 Reasons Not To Get A Rottweiler Corgi Mix

A Rottweiler and Corgi mix is a heavy shedding dog who frequently barks and is prone to hip dysplasia.

1. They Are Heavy Shredders

Rottweiler Corgi mixes regularly shed to get rid of old and damaged hair. Their shedding causes hair to spread everywhere whenever they move around. 

This is especially the case when the Rottweiler and Corgi mix takes after its Corgi parent. 

2. Rottweiler Corgi Mixes Are Prone To Hip Dysplasia

Due to their bone structure, both Rottweilers and Corgis are prone to hip injuries, especially hip dysplasia. The parent breeds suffer from a bone deformity inherited from their parents either through a dominant or recessive gene[2]

Corgi Rottweiler mixes also carry the hip dysplasia-causing gene. They only show signs of hip dysplasia if the trait is dominant. Other factors, such as diet and activities, can cause the Rottweiler Corgi mix to experience hip dysplasia and other hip injuries. 

3. Corgi Rottweiler Mixes Bark A Lot

Although Rottweilers are quiet dogs, most Corgi Rottweilers are vocal dogs. They bark to express themselves whenever something piques their attention. 

  • They will bark to show something they feel and see, such as: 
  • Seeing moving objects 
  • Seeing their owner/s
  • Feeling hungry
  • Feeling threatened
  • Seeing small animals
  • Seeing other dogs
  • Getting attention

Origins Of The Rottweiler Corgi Mix

There is no information about where the Rottweiler Corgi mix originated; however, they likely came from the Welsh region because Corgis originated in Wales, while Romans, the people who used the ancestors of Rottweilers, occupied the place from 48 AD to 383 AD.

There are two Corgis, each with its place of origin. Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis originated in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Their ancestors came from Northern Belgium. Henry I of Britain, the monarch, asked weavers to move to Southwestern Wales under his rule. The weavers brought everything they needed, including herding dogs, which eventually became the Pembroke Welsh Corgi[3].

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi came from Cardiganshire or Ceredigion. Celts brought the breed’s ancestors from Central Europe to Welsh around 1200 BC. They selectively bred these dogs because of their herding trait. They chose shorter dogs to serve as herders and protectors in their farms. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi appeared in the area some 1000 years ago due to selective breeding[4].

Rottweilers came from Rottweil, Germany. Their breed can be traced back to Rottweil during the Middle ages and the Romans during the 2nd Century CE[5]. They came from Asian Mastiffs and worked as herders and guardians.

The Rottweiler Corgi mix may have originated in the Welsh region because Romans occupied the area at some point.

Corgi Rottweiler Mix Appearance

A typical Corgi Rottweiler mix has a physique that resembles Corgis. They have slightly stiff ears, dark brown eyes, a black coat with either brown, cream, tan, or white patches in their limbs and belly. Their tails vary according to what type of Corgi mixes with the Rottweiler. 

Cardigan Welsh Corgi Rottweiler Mix

Cardigan Welsh Corgis have fox-like tails. A Cardigan Welsh Corgi Rottweiler Mix has a tail similar to Cardigan Welsh Corgis. The only difference is their tail appears thinner than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi’s tail.

Mixes between rottweilers and this corgi have coarse and short coats. If it takes after the Rottweiler parent, it will have a black coat with dark brown, white, or black patches in its leg and belly. Its physique may be larger than an average Corgi.

If it takes after the Cardigan Welsh Corgi parent, then it will have a white coat with either black, dark brown, or light brown patches all over its body. 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rottweiler Mix

A Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rottweiler mix has either short or docked tails. In most cases, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rottweiler mix will have a short tail because Rottweilers also have this trait.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi Rottweiler mix’s coat is coarse and medium-haired. If it takes after its Rottweiler parent, it will have a black coat with dark brown, white, or black patches in its legs. It will also be taller than a typical Corgi.

Rottweiler Corgi Mix Grooming & Care

A Rottweiler Corgi Mix needs monthly grooming and weekly brushing to maintain their coat and avoid skin problems. Groomers use bristle brushes to remove old and damaged hair in their coats. 

Corgis are low-maintenance dogs. They are groomed monthly but brushed regularly due to their heavy-shedding nature. They have thick hair follicles and coarse hair strands that repel water and dirt.  

Rottweilers are moderate shedders with short coats. They are low maintenance and only need monthly grooming and weekly brushing.

Given the parent breeds’ traits, Rottweiler Corgi mixes are low-maintenance dogs that only need monthly grooming and regular brushing. Brushing them daily helps lessen skin problems and removes damaged hairs in their coats.

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Products you can use in grooming your Rottweiler Corgi mix

Here are some products that you can use: 

  • Double-sided bristle and slick brush
  • Shampoo with Aloe vera
  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Oatmeal shampoo
  • Antibacterial soap (Sulfate-free)
  • Antifungal soap (Sulfate-free)

Rottweiler Corgi Mix Food Requirements

Corgi and Rottweiler mixes need to eat 2%–3% of their body weight per day, depending on their daily activities. 

Future owners need to focus on feeding their Rottweiler Corgi mix with high-protein food for a shinier coat, stronger immune system, and better skin health[6].

You need to monitor their Rottweiler Corgi’s diet because its parent breeds, Rottweilers[7] and Corgis[8], are prone to obesity. 

Feeding your dog a varied diet also helps your dog improve and maintain its health. 

Here are some healthy foods you can feed your Rottweiler Border Collie mix: 

  • Lamb
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Salmon with skin
  • Broccoli 
  • Quail egg
  • Carrots
  • Yams
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Sweet Potato
  • Green beans

Corgi Rottweiler Mix Exercise Requirements

Rottweiler Corgi mixes need at least 1 hour of exercise per day. They need physical and mental activities to maintain and improve their fitness.

Providing Corgi Rottweiler mixes with proper exercise benefits their health. A study mentions that lack of exercise and other activities can lead to aging and poorer quality of life in dogs[9]

Corgi Rottweilers also need exercise to lessen their obesity and hip dysplasia risk.

Corgi Rottweiler mixes need a way to spend their energy. Their parents, Rottweilers, and Corgis get this energetic trait, who served farmers as herders and protectors.

 

Here are some exercises and activities you can do with your dog: 

  • Short walk (15-minute walk)
  • Long walk (30+ minute walk)
  • Jogging
  • Playing fetch
  • Hide and Seek
  • Scent work
  • Toy stuffing
  • Tug of War 
  • Obstacle course 

A Corgi Rottweiler mix will exhibit destructive behaviors without exercise or any stimulating activity. 

Some of these destructive behaviors include:

  • Biting and scratching everything it sees
  • Digging on mattresses and sofa
  • Defecating and peeing on wrong areas
  • Barking persistently

Are Rottweiler Corgi Mixes Easy To Train? 

Yes. Rottweiler Corgi mixes are easy to train because they are intelligent dogs with a “Can-Do” attitude. 

Rottweiler Corgi mixes have the mental capacity to process complex problems, tricks, and commands, thanks to the intelligence they inherit from both Rottweilers and Corgis. Corgi and Rottweiler mixes are eager to please their owners which can serve as a drive to quickly learn new tricks and commands. 

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Common Rottweiler Corgi Mix Health Problems

Rottweiler Corgi mixes are prone to obesity, hip, heart, eyes, blood, and kidney problems. 

They carry health problem-causing genes in their body. Corgi and Rottweiler mixes are most prone to hip dysplasia and obesity. Without proper care, diet, and exercise, Rottweiler Corgi mixes will experience health issues similar to their parents. 

Based on the health conditions most Rottweilers[10] and Corgis face[11], a Rottweiler Corgi mix is at risk of the following health issues: 

  • Obesity
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Cataracts 
  • Bladder stones
  • Epilepsy
  • Hot Spots

Corgi Rottweiler Mix Lifespan

Rottweilers live for 8-10 years, while Corgis live for 12–15 years. Although Rottweilers have short lifespans, Corgis offset this trait in Rottweiler Corgi mixes. 

Given their parents’ life span, a Corgi Rottweiler mix lives for 8–12 years. Future owners can help Corgi Rottweiler mixes extend their lifespans through proper diet and exercise.

Are Rottweiler Corgi Mixes Hypoallergenic? 

Rottweiler Corgi mixes are not hypoallergenic. Allergens are found in their saliva and dead skin which spreads through shredded hair[12]

If you’re planning to buy or adopt a Rottweiler Corgi mix, you need to get their allergen levels checked to see if they’re compatible with your allergies. 

Where To Get Rottweiler Corgi Mix Puppies?

You can get Rottweiler Corgi mix puppies from breeders and animal shelters by contacting them through social media. 

People also put adoption/sale notices on Facebook and Instagram. Visiting a nearby animal shelter may help you get a Rottweiler and Corgi mix puppy if it’s available there. 

Remember, a trustworthy breeder or shelter owner does the following: 

  • Provide documentation of your dog’s pedigree
  • Show parent’s medical history
  • Show their facilities
  • Show the pup’s parents

Conclusion

Rottweiler Corgi mixes come from the union of Rottweilers and Corgis. They are intelligent, playful, and wise dogs that need their owner’s attention. They have a high tolerance toward other people and animals. They’re low maintenance and only need daily brushing to maintain their coat.

It is a great dog to have whether you live in a spacious house or in an apartment. They need proper training to control their barking behavior. They also need regular exercise to maintain their health and avoid health problems. 

About Dennis Stapleton

Dennis Stapleton has a passion for animals, especially dogs, and their relatives. He’s intrigued by their social structure and loves to write and teach about the world's most popular pet animal.