5-22 lbs
United States
Welsh Corgi

The Cortese an adorable mix between the Maltese Terrier and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Since both of these breeds are small, your Cortese will also be small. Their coat is long with a thick and silky texture and can come in any color. Some of the most common colors include white, black, brown, red, tan, and blue. This breed is very affectionate, happy, playful, and intelligent. Since they are so friendly, they do not make great guard dogs but are excellent family pets. The Cortese enjoys kids and other pets and they are relatively easy to train but can be a bit stubborn at times.

purpose Purpose
Family pet
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Welsh Corgi and Maltese

Cortese Health

Average Size
Male Cortese size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 8-28 lbs
Female Cortese size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 5-22 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor Concerns
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Tests

Cortese Breed History

The Maltese is thought to have been around since ancient times and was picked up from the Island of Malta in 1500 BC by sailors. This breed was mentioned in the earliest writing and appeared in ancient Greek art. The breed was named from the island they came from and they are believed to have Poodle and Miniature Spaniel blood in them. The Maltese is well known for their pure white coat but they used to come in many colors. They were popular among the wealthy women who carried the little dogs in their sleeves, brought to them by the Crusaders returning from the Mediterranean. When it first came to England, it was called the Maltese Terrier, even though it did not look like a Terrier and was not related. Upon reaching the United States, it was called the Maltese Lion Dog because of its lion-like coat style. The Maltese was officially recognized and registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888 and is the 33rd most popular breed of dog in the United States. The Welsh Corgi has two varieties, which are the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is the most common and is the one bred with the Maltese to create the Cortese. This breed descends from the Schipperke, Spitz, Pomeranian, Swedish Vallhund, and Keeshond. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi originated in the 1100s in Pembrokeshire, Wales, which is how they got their name. Not much is known about their history but they are thought to have been used to herd cattle, ponies, and sheep. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I both had Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They became registered with the AKC in 1934 and are the 18th most popular dog breed in the United States.

Cortese Breed Appearance

Your Cortese will be a small dog with a long coat, fluffy tail that curves up over the body, very short and stubby legs, and a long torso. They are usually about 9 to 12 inches high and can weigh anywhere from 5 to 27 pounds. Their coat is usually brown, tan, or red with white markings but can come in just about any color. Their large, furry ears can be upright or pendulous, depending on the parentage. They are always alert and have a friendly and open expression. Their eyes are dark with black rims and have a fox-like appearance.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cortese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cortese nose
brown Cortese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Cortese coat
brown Cortese coat
red Cortese coat
white Cortese coat
blue Cortese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Cortese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cortese Breed Maintenance

You have to brush your Cortese at least three or four times a week with a stiff bristle brush and metal comb to prevent tangles and excess shedding. You can bathe them when needed but not too often because it can dry out their skin. Some owners have their Cortese professionally groomed a few times a year to make brushing easier. Brushing their teeth several times a week to prevent dental problems and trimming their nails when needed is recommended. Also, you should clean their ears once a week with a soft cloth or cotton balls and watch for ear mites, wax buildup, and redness.

Brushes for Cortese
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Cortese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cortese Temperament

The Cortese is an excellent family dog because they love to be with people. They do enjoy other pets but it is best if they are socialized when young. They are eager to learn and easy to train although they may have a bit of a stubborn streak. However, if you use positive reinforcement, training your Cortese should be a breeze. They love kids but you should watch them with small children under five. The Cortese is a loving and cuddly pet that loves to sit in your lap or at your feet while you watch television and sleep with you at night.

Cortese Activity Requirements

Although your Cortese would be perfectly happy laying around the house all day, they need vigorous exercise for at least 60 to 90 minutes a day to prevent obesity. These dogs tend to become overweight if they do not get enough exercise. Some of their favorite activities include agility training, discipline training, herding, swimming, and running. They also enjoy going for walks, hiking, and a trip to the dog park. Another reason to make sure your Cortese gets enough exercise is to keep them from getting bored. Behavior problems such as chewing, barking, and digging are common in dogs who do not get enough exercise.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Cortese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $60.00
food bag monthly cost

Cortese Owner Experiences

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Question - New pet

We have located a cortese online for 675, are we being scammed?

A breeder can charge what they wish. Price may fluctuate depending on demand as well as on things like the pedigree and health status of the parents. It is advisable to visit the mother of the litter and see them together before making any purchases.
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