Corgi Boxer Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 12/30/22 •  12 min read

The Corgi Boxer mix is a short, stout dog with a small frame but a powerful body. Created by breeding the Pembroke Welsh Corgi with the Boxer, a Bulldog-type dog from Germany. A match made in Europe, the Corgi Boxer mix is a powerful dog best-suited for a family with a yard to allow it to exercise.

Corgi Boxer Mix
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While not very old, this mixed-breed dog is popular across the United States. To find out if the Corgi Boxer mix is the right dog for you, we’ll take you through the history, temperaments, and current popularity of both parent breeds to give you a better idea of what you can expect from this lovable medium-sized tank of a dog.  

Corgi Boxer Mix – At a Glance

Weight:30 – 65 pounds
Height:11 – 24 inches
Lifespan:10 – 14 years
Coat Colors:Fawn, red, sable, brindle, or black and tan
Temperament:Protective, fearless, energetic, caring, curious, playful
Most Suitable For:Families with or without children, single individuals, not suitable for the elderly

What Does a Corgi Boxer Mix Look Like?

Corgi Boxer Mix
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Like every designer dog, the Corgi Boxer mix will inherit parts of its physical appearance from both parent breeds. The body of the Boxer Corgi will likely resemble the Boxer’s sturdy frame, muscular chest, and powerful hindquarters. It will be a medium-sized dog but likely have a longer body, like the Corgi.

You can expect your Boxer Corgi mix to inherit the facial features of the Corgi – upright ears are common among this mix, including a smaller, wedge-shaped face (as opposed to the Boxer’s rounded face). They will likely inherit the coat colors of the Boxer. However, this coloration can vary greatly.

Your Corgi Boxer mix may inherit either a single, shiny coat of the Boxer, or the double coat of the Corgi. Regular brushing and washing will help keep the coat shiny and well-oiled. 

Like most mixed-breed dogs, there isn’t a science behind their physical appearances, it is simply down to whatever dog has the dominant gene, but most are a weird mix of the two sets of genes.

The History of the Corgi Boxer Mix

The Boxer Corgi mix is a relatively new breed of dog whose exact origins are a mystery. However, we suspect that it came about in the 1990s or early 2000s, when a crossbreeding craze swept the United States – by this time, both the Welsh Corgi and Boxer were well-established breeds. The Boxer Corgi mix could also have been a result of accidental breeding.

The History of the Boxer

The History of the Boxer

The Boxer was bred in Germany in the 19th century. Descended from the now-extinct Bullenbeiser (bull-baiting) breeds, crossed with a variety of Mastiffs, Bulldogs, and Terriers, the Boxer was originally bred to be a bull-baiting dog. 

Bull-baiting was a blood sport in Germany in the 19th century, where bulldogs, mastiffs, and other small, muscular dogs would be set loose in a field with an angry bull – watched by the public, it was considered ‘entertainment’ at the time. These dogs would then run until either they were killed or the bull collapsed from exhaustion.

When the practice was outlawed in Europe in the mid-19th century, Boxers became herding dogs – helping butchers herd cattle in their shops. 

Boxers are powerful animals and have been used as war dogs, police dogs, as well as in dog sporting events – some still are today. Those that aren’t are popular companion pets.

How Popular Are Boxers in the United States?

Boxers first arrived in the United States after the First World War and quickly gained popularity. Shortly after 1940, they were the most popular dog in the United States. Boxers were used during wartime as messenger dogs and were one of the first to be employed in the country as police dogs.

Today, many Boxers are still police dogs or disability-assistance animals. 

Boxers remain hugely popular. In 2021, they were the 14th most popular dog in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club.

Who Are Boxers a Good Dog For?

Boxers are strong, powerful animals that require a steady hand when being walked and a strong voice when being trained. They don’t necessarily have an aggressive nature but are protective and loyal to their owners, making them fantastic guard dogs.

Boxers make great family pets and are usually gentle around children and smaller pets. They need to lead an active lifestyle to avoid health issues that come from inactivity. To give your Boxer the best life possible, make sure you can walk them confidently every day, give them land to run in, or have easy access to a nearby off-leash dog park.

Given their size and strength, Boxers aren’t suitable for the elderly or those living in apartments.

How Did Boxers Come About?

Boxers were first bred in Germany in the 19th century and are descendants of the now-extinct “Bullenbeiser.” They were created by crossbreeding various Bulldogs, Mastiffs, and Terriers.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Boxer?

Generally, the Boxer was originally kept as a purebred, most likely until the 1990s or early 2000s, when crossbreeding became popular throughout the United States.

Since then, Boxers have been crossbred with a variety of dogs. These include:

The History of the Corgi

The History of the Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was originally brought to Wales by Flemish weavers, who left their homeland of what is now Belgium in the early 12th century to start a new life in Wales.

The Flemish weavers brought the Welsh Corgi with them as a companion pet and herding dog. They settled in Pembrokeshire, Wales – hence the name “Pembroke Welsh Corgi.” 

Corgis continued to be a herding dog for many centuries, though another Welsh Corgi breed was developed in Carmarthenshire in the Cardigan region of Wales. This breed became known as the Cardigan Welsh Corgi but wouldn’t be recognized as separate from their Pembroke Welsh cousins until 1925.

When Queen Elizabeth II took the throne in 1952, she brought her beloved Pembroke Welsh Corgis with her, and they became part of the Royal Household. Her Majesty had more than thirty Corgis during her 70 years on the throne.

Outside Buckingham Palace, Corgis became firm favorites as family dogs and were known for their calm temperament, easygoing nature, and loyalty to their owners.

How Popular Are Corgis in the United States?

The Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh Corgis were first imported to the United States in the 1930s, with the Pembroke Corgi becoming significantly more popular than their Cardigan cousins.

In 2021, the Cardigan Corgi ranked as the 67th most popular dog in the country. Meanwhile, the Pembroke Corgi ranked much higher – in 11th place, according to AKC standings.

Who Are Corgis a Good Dog For?

Corgis are known for having a mix of features that make them very attractive as family dogs. Their easygoing, outgoing personalities and size and shape make them adorable and attractive for families seeking a smaller pet.

It is worth noting that if you have children, Corgis tend to ‘herd’ smaller children, so be aware of this and correct it immediately, as it could be a tripping hazard for your kids.

Corgis are a wonderful choice for families with a house and yard and can provide daily exercise. Corgis are also favored among the elderly for their size and demeanor.

However, a Cardigan or Pembroke Corgi might not be your ideal dog if you live in an apartment space.

How Did Corgis Come About?

The Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh Corgis are ancient breeds brought to Wales during the 12th century by Flemish weavers who relocated to Medieval Britain from modern-day Belgium.

Corgis were originally herding dogs but were eventually replaced by larger dogs over the centuries and instead became companion pets. 

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Corgi?

Given their immense popularity, both Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Corgis have been popular crossbreeds for a long time. Post World War II, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was crossbred with the Jack Russell Terrier to mitigate the Jack Russell’s hyper-energetic nature.

Corgis are widely thought to be the perfect partner for those seeking to create hybrid canines. Popular Corgi crosses include:

How Important Is a Dog’s Temperament to Your Family?

One of the most important parts of the journey to owning a dog is the research you’ll need to do. Before you get a dog, you’ll want to learn as much as possible about its temperament. This is even more important in the case of mixed-breed dogs and very important for new pet owners to do.

A dog’s temperament comprises various parts. Some are genetic, and others are a reflection of their lived experiences. For example, Pitbulls are renowned for their aggressive nature – but this is as much a result of their lived experience as it is a societal mandate.

You’ll want to learn if your dog will be an active breed – and how active they’re likely to be. Are they more likely to be social animals or more reserved? Could they suffer from separation anxiety and need your near-constant presence? 

There are so many different factors that go into a dog’s temperament that can affect how they fit into your family unit. You will want to ensure that the dog is a temperamental match for your family. 

Temperamental mismatches are common and can sometimes result in the dog needing to be re-homed, leading to more trauma for yourself, your family, and the dog.

What is the Temperament of the Corgi Boxer Mix?

Luckily for most owners, you’ll find that the Corgi Boxer mix will make a wonderful family pet. The Corgi Boxer mix will inherit most of its temperament from both parent breeds, leading to a loving, sociable, and affectionate family dog with a protective streak.

They will be energetic and outgoing, and despite their relatively small size, will possess a ‘big dog’ bark, like their Corgi parent. When left alone, they’ll require mental stimulation – a good chew toy should be sufficient.

Is The Corgi Boxer Mix Friendly?

Yes! You can expect the Corgi Boxer mix to be a very friendly dog. Expect them to be affectionate towards strangers and friends alike.

Is The Corgi Boxer Mix Easy to Train?

Despite the Corgi’s independent nature, the Boxer is used to following commands. It’s likely that with the Boxer’s genetic makeup, your Corgi Boxer mix will be very easy to train.

How Much Can A Corgi Boxer Mix Weigh?

The average weight of a Corgi Boxer mix is between 30 and 65 pounds.

How Tall Can A Corgi Boxer Mix Get?

The average height of a Corgi Boxer mix is between 11 and 24 inches tall.

Similar Sized Breeds

There are a few similar-sized breeds to the Corgi Boxer mix. These include:

Does the Corgi Boxer Mix Shed?

The Corgi Boxer mix is a low-maintenance dog regarding their coat. Though they do shed, you can expect them to shed lightly throughout the year, though that might increase during the fall and spring months. 

How Much Exercise Does A Corgi Boxer Mix Require?

Like their parent breeds, the Corgi Boxer mix is a very active dog. They require at least 45 minutes of daily exercise.

How Long Can a Corgi Boxer Mix Live?

The average lifespan of a Corgi Boxer mix is between 10 and 14 years.

What Health Conditions Could the Corgi Boxer Mix Have?

How Can You Find a Corgi Boxer Mix Puppy For Sale?

Before you start searching for a Corgi Boxer mix to buy, we recommend that you begin by trying to adopt a Corgi Boxer mix.

Thousands of dogs, including mixed breeds like the Corgi Boxer mix, find themselves languishing in animal shelters, vet offices, and kennels across the country, waiting for their forever home to find them.

If you’re unsuccessful in animal shelters or at the vet’s, you can check to see if a Corgi Boxer mix is available for adoption in your local area.

How Much Does a Corgi Boxer Mix Puppy Cost?

The average cost of a Corgi Boxer mix is between $600 and $800! This alone is another reason to consider adoption first.

However, should you wish to purchase a Corgi Boxer mix, we highly recommend that you read our article on ensuring that you purchase from a reputable breeder. Our article will help you learn the signs of a good dog breeder and how to avoid puppy mills!

Is the Corgi Boxer Mix the Right Breed For You?

The Corgi Boxer mix is a fantastic family pet. Relatively healthy thanks to hybrid vigor, requiring minimal grooming, and positive and affectionate in their interaction with people, we would recommend the Corgi Boxer mix to anyone looking to add a furry friend to their family unit.

If, however, after reading this, you’re confident that the Boxer Corgi mix isn’t the right breed for you – we have plenty of other breed guides to choose from! Like this guide, we break down the parent breeds’ tendencies, histories, and health. 

Nick Meagher

I'm Nick Meagher, a lifelong dog enthusiast and the voice behind this blog. Having grown up with dogs, I've developed a deep understanding and an unbreakable bond with these amazing companions. Through MyK9Life, I aim to share insights, tips, and heartwarming stories, celebrating the joy and journey of life with our four-legged friends.

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