Corswiss

25-70 lbs
13-20"
United States
Welsh Corgi
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
Cardigan Corswiss

The Corswiss is a mix of two very different breeds, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. What makes this hybrid so different is the fact that the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog is so much larger than the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Therefore, the hybrid itself varies in size and appearance quite a bit. They can be anywhere from 13 to 15 inches tall and weigh from 25 to 75 pounds. Their coat may be short like the Mountain Dog or medium length like the Corgi but is likely to be thick and will definitely be double-coated. This breed is very friendly but should be supervised with children and other pets until they are well-acquainted. They are good watchdogs and easy to train but may be stubborn at times.

Purpose
Working dog, family pet
Date of Origin
2003
Ancestry
Cardigan Welsh Corgi and Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Corswiss Health

Average Size
Male Corswiss size stats
Height: 15-25 inches Weight: 35-75 lbs
Female Corswiss size stats
Height: 13-20 inches Weight: 25-70 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Bloat
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests

Corswiss Breed History

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi has been around since ancient times and was used for cattle driving. Some say the name Corgi came from the Celtic word for dog and others say it is from the Welsh word for tiny dog. Either way, the breed is believed to have originated in the British Isles and was brought to Cardiganshire, South Wales hundreds by Europeans. Another idea is that the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a descendent of Swedish Vallhunds brought to South Wales in the 800s by Vikings. One other theory claims that the breed was brought to Wales in 1200 BC by the Celts and was related to the Dachshund. Either way, the Corgi was used as a hunter and protector of the family until it was discovered how talented the dog was at driving cattle. The breed almost became extinct in the 1800s when there was no more need for drovers and many could not afford the luxury of a dog. In the early 1900s, the Corgi was mixed with a brindle herder to produce the Cardigan Corgi that we have today. Until 1935, it was common to interbreed the Cardigan and the Pembroke Corgi because they were considered one breed. Since that year, the breeds have been separately registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Cardigan is the 69th most popular breed in America. The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog has also been around since the ancient times and were likely related to the Mastiffs from Caesar’s invasion of Switzerland when they were used as guard dogs. This is the largest and oldest of the four Sennenhund breeds; the Bernese Mountain Dog, Entlebuch Cattle Dog, Appenzell Cattle Dog, and the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. This breed is also good at herding cattle and other livestock and was almost extinct by the 1900s when Dr. Albert Heim, a dog show judge, encouraged breeding programs to bring them back. The AKC acknowledged the breed in 1995 and they are the 78th most popular breed in America.

Corswiss Breed Appearance

The appearance of the Corswiss varies quite a bit due to the differences in the parent breeds. This breed can reach a height of 13 to 25 inches high and weigh between 25 and 75 pounds. The Corswiss has a double coat that is thick and may be short or medium length and can be soft or coarse. The color varies from tan, yellow, white, black, red, rust, brown, and any variation of these colors. The coat is usually tricolored although some may be bicolored or even solid, although that is rare. They tend to have short legs but a thick and long body, large head, pointy ears, and a furry tail.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Corswiss eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Corswiss nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Corswiss coat
Brown
black Corswiss coat
Black
white Corswiss coat
White
red Corswiss coat
Red
fawn Corswiss coat
Fawn
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Corswiss wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Corswiss Breed Maintenance

The maintenance requirements depend on the length and coarseness of the coat but it is usually recommended that you brush them at least three or four times a week. A firm bristle brush works well and a metal comb is usually used to get to the undercoat. Bathing is not necessary unless your dog gets extremely dirty because it dries out their skin. If you do have to bathe them, be sure to use a mild dog shampoo. Brushing their teeth with toothpaste made specially for dogs is recommended a few times a week. You should also clean their ears and trim their nails once a week or when needed.

Brushes for Corswiss
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Corswiss requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Corswiss Temperament

This breed may be temperamental with children and pets if they do not grow up together so they should be supervised. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi tends to be a bit snappish with young children and they are not recommended in households with children under five. They enjoy playing and they are very smart but may take a while to train due to their stubbornness. It is best to remain patient and consistent and practice positive reinforcement rather than aggressive punishment. They make good guard dogs and will bark when necessary or when they think they or their family are being threatened.

Corswiss Activity Requirements

The Corswiss has a lot of energy and loves to play and run all the time. Letting them play in the yard for a few hours a day is recommended if you have a fenced yard but you should also take your dog out on regular walks or outings at least a few times a week. They are good competition herders and enjoy agility training as well. Also, this breed enjoys to play fetch and Frisbee, which you can do in your own yard if you have the space. Dogs that do not get enough activity and attention tend to have behavioral problems like barking excessively and destroying property.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Corswiss Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$60.00 - $90.00

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