The mix of the corgi and dalmation is not only a unique looking dog, but also a very intelligent and focused breed who needs a job and loves to hover over his family. Let’s discuss both breeds and characteristics of each.
One of the most striking dogs in the entire world absolutely must be the Dalmatian. With the bright white and black spots that sets them apart from all other breeds, the Dalmatian has long been a favorite of dog lovers everywhere.
When the Disney film 101 Dalmatians became a hit around the world, so did the dalmatian, unfortunately. They quickly became overbred and the subject of many backyard breeder’s income opportunity ideas. Sadly, when things like this happen, the health and overall genetics of an entire breed can quickly regress.
Dalmatian breeders and keepers of the breed stepped in and began screening dogs for hip dysplasia, retinopathy, liver disease and other common ailments that were beginning to plague the breed.
Thanks to good work from reputable breeders, the dalmatian is again a relatively healthy breed, provided that you purchase yours from a very reputable breeder who is screening his or her dogs carefully for genetic faults before breeding them.
No dog should ever be bred before the age of two. This is because they are not only a puppy until that time, they also may not show the genetic issues with which they’ve inherited. The dalmatian, as a breed, still has problems with liver disease and need to be carefully screened to avoid passing this deadly issue.
They are a very noble breed, having been bred to run with carriages. They had no fear of running underneath the moving carriage, drawn by horses. This led them to be sought for protecting carriages that transported things of value by members of royalty as well as dukes, and earles.
They fell into favor as firehouse dogs in America as they would also run under the horse drawn fire wagons and kept the morale at the firehouses up for the firemen who often lived at the firehouse several days per week. They become a mascot for many firehouses around America to this day.
They thrive on action and are prone to being fearless, calm, and high-spirited. They require plenty of exercise and are a medium sized dog with a height at the withers of roughly 19-23 inches can weigh up to 65 pounds.
The Dalmatian is known for his submissive grin, a very breed specific way of showing his submissiveness. Other breeds can also display the behavior but it is highly characteristic of the dalmatian. It may look like a snarl but the lips are more pulled back straight in the front, tightly with the nose being uplifted to show a huge smile of the front teeth.
The dalmatian submissive grin is often photographed and people mistake it for smiling, when it is, in fact, the dog stating, “I’m fearful at the moment, please, don’t hurt me or mistake me for a threat to you, I am not.” Your camera in his face may be intimidating to him, therefore he shows submission.
The corgi is a short, long, thick-bodied herding dog that is as sturdy as he is cute. Fast on his feet, able to run quite fast for a dog with such short legs, the corgi is an excellent herding dog being unafraid of cattle, sheep, goats, or any animal in need of herding.
As a herding breed, he is quite used to exercise and enjoys running. This dog won’t do well in an environment where he cannot get out and run to his heart’s content at least twice per day.
There are two types of corgis, the Welsh Cardigan and the Pembroke. The Pembroke is the most common for mixing with other breeds. He has no tail and has a teddy bear look because of this. Adorable as a puppy, the Pembroke corgi will quickly show you that he’s smart and determined. It’s hard to keep them away from something if they want into it.
Corgis are very intelligent as most herding breeds need to be. They have to be able to think for themselves in some cases. They are charged with the care of a flock at times and have to understand the subtle nuances of moving an entire herd of animals in the same direction. Much comes to them instinctually, genetically, just like their intelligence.
The Corgi has been a favorite of Queen Elizabeth who owned and bred them for many years. In her advanced years, she’s stopped raising them but they still hold a high place of esteem and affection in her heart.
Corgis can be loud, barking when they are excited and it rings out as a joyous bark when they are running and working. They will let you know when an intruder is in your midst as well. The corgi is capable of being a very good watch dog if you live off the beaten path.
Weighing in at 28 to 30 pounds, with females being closer to 28, the Corgi stands approximately 10 to 12 inches tall with the male slightly taller than the female. There is not a great difference in the size of either sex. His coat is thick and of a medium length.
The Mix of Both Breeds
Typical Corgi Dalmatians will have the characteristic white with black spots of the dalmatian, while he favors the corgi in body size and composition. Most owners and breeders do not dock the tails, so they will generally have a long tail with feathering. The coat tends to be longer, like the corgi’s; however, it could also tend to have the shorter dalmatian coat.
The personality of the corgi dalmatian is one that is loyal, intelligent, playful, stoic at times when seriously contemplating a situation, fearless, and ready for anything. When you grab the leash, this dog will wake from a sound sleep and be ready for a walk in two seconds.
Corgi Dalmatians are striking in appearance with the colors and the stature. People will often stop you when you are out on a walk and ask what sort of dog you have there. He’ll be good with people if he is well-socialized from puppyhood and he will enjoy being the center of attention, that’s the corgi in him.
Children and corgi dalmatians typically get along fabulously but remember that you should never leave children and dogs or puppies unattended together. Accidents happen and puppy teeth are very sharp.
Children can get knocked down by an overzealous dog and the dog can also be hurt by a child that is being too rough with him. Parents should always supervise children and dogs. Absolutely never leave a baby alone or unattended with a dog of any type. It only takes one second for a horrible tragedy. Don’t let your child or your dog become a statistic.
Be sure to feed your new dog a nutritious food that has the right amount of vitamins and minerals. If you are unsure of the best food, consult your veterinarian and ask if there are any special supplements that you should be considering as well. You want your new family member to live a long and healthy life.
Daily brushings will be apropos if your dog has the corgi coat. If your mix has the shorter dalmatian coat, then a few times per week will suffice. Don’t overbathe and dry out his skin. Brushing helps the coat stay shiny and stimulates new hair growth while keeping the coat clean.
Enjoy your corgi dalmation, train him well, take good care of his health and you’ll have a wonderful friend and family member for as long as 13 years, sometimes up to 16 with good health.
Dawn Greer is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.