Corgi Golden Retriever Mix: The Ultimate Guide

Published: 01/02/23 •  11 min read

The Corgi Golden Retriever is a medium-sized mixed breed dog that is one of the most adorable crosses you’re likely to come across. Combining the everlasting love of the Golden Retriever with the friendly nature of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, you get a fun-loving, silly, active breed with a spring in its step and boundless love for its owners.

Corgi Golden Retriever Mix
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Corgi Golden Retriever Mix – At a Glance

Weight:30 – 70 pounds
Height:10 – 18 inches
Lifespan:10 – 14 years
Coat Colors:Shades of brown & red, black and white
Temperament:Playful, energetic, entertaining, bold, intelligent, affectionate
Most Suitable For:Families with children, single individuals or couples, unsuitable for the elderly

What Does a Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Look Like?

Corgi Golden Retriever Mix
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The Retriever Corgi is likely to be one of the most adorable dogs you’ll ever see. It will likely inherit the thick, wavy coat of a Golden Retriever, alongside the floppy ears and classic golden coat color – though they can be a variety of colors.

It will likely have short legs, like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and a shorter tail – fluffy and flared, like the Golden! The Corgi Golden Retriever may also have a slightly broader chest and a double coat.

You can expect this to be a medium-to-large breed with many different color combinations.  

The History of the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix

Unfortunately, the Corgi Golden Retriever mix is a designer dog breed that doesn’t have much of a written history. Designer breeders likely created this dog for its excellent combination of traits of the Golden Retriever and Welsh Corgi – two of the most popular family dogs in the world. 

The History of the Golden Retriever

The History of the Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever began life in the 19th century as a creation of Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, an English baron and dog breeder that first bred Golden Retrievers from his estate in Scotland. Unfortunately for Marjoribanks, the Golden Retriever was not as popular as he’d hoped. The golden coloration was hardly fashionable during the pomp and circumstance of 19th-century Britain.

Thus, the Golden Retriever had to wait for its chance to shine in the spotlight. It was brought to America and began life in Texas with Dudley’s son, Archie – who would also bring a female Golden – named Lady – into Canada before returning to Britain with Lady in tow. At the same time, the male Golden Retriever died in the United States.

But not before siring at least a few litters and beginning the popularity of the Golden Retriever, which would soon find itself among the most popular dogs in the United States.

How Popular Are Golden Retrievers in the United States?

The Golden Retriever is, without a doubt, one of the most wonderful companions one could hope for in a pet. Its gentle disposition makes it a fantastic family pet.

And indeed, many American families have realized this too. Last year, the Golden Retriever ranked as the third most popular dog in the United States. 

Who Are Golden Retrievers a Good Dog For?

Given their size, strength, and activity levels, unfortunately, the Golden Retriever is not for everyone! Although they certainly get along with everyone, Goldens are active companion pets requiring daily exercise.

If you live in an apartment, then a Golden Retriever isn’t the dog for you. Likewise, if you’re an elderly person looking for a companion – unfortunately, Golden Retrievers require regular exercise and a good run now and then.

However, the Golden Retriever makes a wonderful pet for the family, couple, or home-owning single individual. Even if you live in a colder climate, Golden Retrievers have double coats that allow them to withstand cold weather.

How Did Golden Retrievers Come About?

The Golden Retriever was first bred by Sir Dudley Marjoribanks, an English politician and dog breeder, in the mid-19th century. Marjoribanks was looking for a companion pet that could also be trained as a hunting dog.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Golden Retriever?

The Golden Retriever was likely crossbred many times throughout its history – and it is a desirable dog. However, there is little-written history to glean from.

We know that Golden Retrievers became wildly popular dogs throughout the years and are very popular crossbreeds with various types of dogs, from big dogs like Siberian Huskies and Great Danes to smaller dogs, like Corgis or even Chihuahuas.  

The History of the Corgi

The History of the Corgi

When Flemish weavers settled in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1107 A.D, they brought with them their small herding dogs. These became the predecessors to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These dogs were short-legged and initially known as a herding breed.

You may also have heard of the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. This is a different type of Corgi to the Pembroke Welsh, from a separate area in Wales – Cardigan. However, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the most popular of Corgi breeds.

Known for their affectionate nature and calm temperament, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an ancient breed – one of the oldest in the British Isles. Modern-day Corgis have been popularized by shows like “The Crown” and are known for being the favorite dogs of her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi first appeared on American shores in the early 1930s, and the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1936.

How Popular Are Corgis in the United States?

Despite only being a recognized breed in the United States since the late 1930s, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are routinely ranking highly among registered dogs in the American Kennel Club’s popularity rankings.

In 2021, Pembroke Welsh Corgis were the 11th most popular dog in the country, while their cousin, the Cardigan Welsh, ranked 67th. There is also an “American Corgi,” which is unrecognized by the AKC and is the result of breeding the Pembroke Welsh and Cardigan Welsh together.

Who Are Corgis a Good Dog For?

Corgis are among the most popular breeds in the U.S. and worldwide because they fit in with almost anyone! From the elderly owner looking for a calm and easy-going companion to the family unit looking to add another dimension, Corgis are fantastic for all.

Corgis have modest energy levels and a playful nature but are equally affectionate companions.

How Did Corgis Come About?

Corgis were first brought to Wales by Flemish weavers, who migrated to Wales from Belgium in 1107 A.D. and were initially used as a herding breed.

When Did We First Cross-Breed The Corgi?

The Corgi’s initial crossbreeding is said to have taken place with the Cardigan Welsh Corgi to create the “American Corgi,” although no dates existed for when this occurred.

More recently, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has become popular among professional breeders for its temperament, size, and personality.

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

One of the most important things you can do before you acquire or adopt a new dog is to research its temperament. This is to understand better the type of dog you’re getting and their lifestyle requirements. This includes their exercise requirements, eating habits, general personality overview, and more.

Ideally, you want to find a dog that fits in with your family’s lifestyle and is compatible with the personalities within the family. So, an active breed, like a purebred Golden, will be much happier with a busy family unit than in a small apartment.

Similarly, a friendly dog that’s good with other pets and people will do much better in a family environment than with someone who leaves them alone all day, alone, in a house.

What is the Temperament of the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix?

For those seeking an energetic, loving, active family pet, the Golden Retriever Corgi mix is exactly what you’ve been searching for! As a mixed puppy, you can expect your Golden Corgi to be a bundle of energy and activity – this can be lessened with training and patience – harsh corrections aren’t necessary and won’t be well-received. Instead, try positive reinforcement when training your Golden Corgi.

The Corgi Golden Retriever is best described as ‘spunky’ and is a great potential playmate for other dogs.

Is The Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Friendly?

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi parent and Golden Retriever parent are amiable dogs – so you can expect your Corgi Golden Retriever mix to be equally as pleasant.

Is The Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Easy to Train?

While the Corgi is a little more serious – and the Golden a little more rambunctious – you can expect a little more stubbornness and playfulness from the Retriever Corgi mix. This rambunctiousness can make the Retriever Corgi mix a little more challenging to train. It will require patience and time.

How Much Can A Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Weigh?

The average weight of a Corgi Golden Retriever mix is between 30 and 70 pounds.

How Tall Can A Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Get?

The Retriever Corgi mix stands between 10 and 18 inches tall.

Similar Sized Breeds

There are a few similar-sized breeds to the Golden Retriever Corgi mix. These include the English Bulldog, the Cocker Spaniel, and the Basset Hound.

Does the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Shed?

Yes! Given that the Golden Retriever Corgi mix will have a double coat, you can expect them to shed highly throughout the year. They’re also likely to ‘blow’ their body coat twice a year, leaving you with more fur in the house than in a Canada Goose jacket. 

Periodic trips to a groomer may be necessary. Coat blowing and shedding, in general, can be mitigated by regular brushing. Coat grooming can also be done at home by washing the coat with water and soap. 

How Much Exercise Does A Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Require?

The Corgi Golden Retriever is quite an active companion pet – but its zest and zeal will fall somewhere between the energies of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Golden Retriever.

This means it’s happy to tag along on a hike and go for an evening walk for an hour but won’t require the exhaustive energy of, say, a Siberian Husky. 

How Long Can a Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Live?

The average lifespan of a Corgi Golden Retriever mix is between 10 and 14 years. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and regular vet checkups will help your Golden Retriever Corgi mix reach the upper end of that scale. 

What Health Conditions Could the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Have?

How Can You Find a Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Puppy For Sale?

Before you invest your hard-earned money into a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Golden Retriever mix, we highly recommend you consider adopting first. Frequently, mixed breeds like Golden Corgis find themselves in shelters and/or up for adoption online due to accidental mating.

Please check your local vet clinic and animal shelter before looking online. One online option is, where dogs that are up for adoption in your local area can be found.

How Much Does a Corgi Golden Retriever Mix Puppy Cost?

The average cost of a Corgi Retriever puppy is around $1000. This high purchase price alone makes a great case for adoption.

However, if you decide to buy a puppy from a breeder, we recommend that you read our article on how to find a reputable breeder. As you’re dealing with a designer breed, it can be easy to run into puppy mills, rather than reputable breeders that care for the dogs they’re producing. Learn the difference by reading our piece! 

Is the Corgi Golden Retriever Mix the Right Breed For You?

If you’ve been looking for an energetic companion pet that loves to be outdoors in good weather and indoors when it is raining, snuggled up to you on the couch. This active breed requires lots of exercise and doesn’t do well being left alone for long periods. 

If you live in an apartment, then the Corgi Retriever might not be your best bet for a dog – although they’re OK in apartment settings if they can be outside.

They’re much happier in a family home with plenty of land to run on and new friends to meet within their little doggy community!

If you don’t think the Corgi Golden Retriever mix is the right dog for you, read our articles on other breeds to see if you can find a more compatible dog

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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