Do Corgis and Australian Shepherds Get Along? What You Need to Know

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Written By Dane Michael

I am a passionate dog owner for 10+ years. MyFavCorgi is a community of 500,000+ corgi fans with advice to buy, raise and care for your corgi.

If you’re a dog lover, chances are you’ve heard of the iconic corgi and the energetic Australian Shepherd. But have you ever wondered if these two popular breeds get along?

Both breeds are highly energeticintelligent, and loyal, making them great companions for individuals and families. However, there are some differences between corgis and Australian Shepherds that may affect their ability to be friends. 

As a long-time dog owner, I’ll deep dive into the complex relationship between these two breeds and give my insights into what to expect when they interact with each other.

​I’ll also cover the factors that affect their compatibility. Plus, you’ll get tips to help you train your dogs and introduce them to each other.

​Do corgis and Australian Shepherds get along?

Yes, corgis and Australian Shepherds can get along. These are two breeds that can have a wonderful relationship with each other when introduced and socialised correctly.

These breeds are both known for their playful and energetic personalities, which makes them excellent playmates.

From my own experience, it’s beautiful to watch them playing with each other at the dog park.

Corgis and Australian Shepherds share a herding instinct, which means they might try to herd each other. You should be aware of this natural behavior and provide guidance to prevent any potential negative behaviors.

Because both breeds are highly intelligent and trainable, with the right guidance, they can learn to get along well. As a result, Corgis and Australian Shepherds can become excellent companions for each other, fostering a rewarding and long-lasting relationship.

​Can corgis and Australian Shepherds play together?

Yes, corgis and Australian Shepherds can play together. You just have to train and socialise them. You also need to be aware that they have a lot of energy, so play sessions can get a bit uncontrolled if not managed.

Corgis have high energy levels and strong herding instincts, much like the Australian Shepherd. You can train both breeds to be friendly and obedient, making them great playmates.

My corgi and my friend’s Australian Shepherd love to play together. They often have a great time running around and chasing each other.

With proper introductions, corgis and Australian Shepherds can form strong bonds and enjoy each other’s company.  Whether they are playing fetch, going for a walk, or simply cuddling up together, these two breeds can have a lot of fun together.

​Are corgis and Australian Shepherds compatible?

Corgis and Australian Shepherds have a high level of compatibility as pets, due to their similar history as herding dogs.

While both breeds have their own unique characteristics and traits, they are most definitely compatible.
Corgis have energetic and playful personalities, while Australian Shepherds are known for their intelligence and herding instincts.

To ensure compatibility between the two breeds, it is important to provide them with plenty of exercise. This is so they are not over-stimulated when they meet each other.

When I first introduced my corgi to my friend’s Aussie, he was a bit hesitant and standoffish at first. However, after some initial sniffing and cautious interaction, they quickly warmed up to each other.

With the right care and attention, corgis and Australian Shepherds can make excellent companions and form strong bonds.

​How can I help my corgi and Australian Shepherds to get along?

Corgis and Australian Shepherds are both energetic and intelligent breeds. They usually get along well, but they can sometimes have trouble getting along if they are under a lot of stress. A slow and calm introduction can help these two breeds get alone.

The key to helping these two breeds coexist is to provide each of them with individual attention and exercise.

Start by setting aside time each day to play with and train each dog separately. Then gradually introduce them to each other in a controlled environment.

Encourage positive interactions between the two dogs by rewarding them with treats or praise when they display good behaviour.

It’s also important to supervise their interactions and intervene if necessary to prevent any aggressive behaviour. With patience and persistence, your corgi and Australian Shepherd can learn to get along and become the best of friends.

​What is the temperament of corgis and Australian Shepherds?

Corgis and Australian Shepherds are have similar temperaments. They are intelligent, active and loyal breeds that make great family pets.

Corgis are very playful and affectionate dogs. They love hanging out with families and kids, They are also energetic and love to play, especially with their owners. My corgi is certainly a little bundle of joy.

Similarly, Australian Shepherds are trainable, versatile and protective dogs. Many owners use them as working dogs – as well as having them as family pets. They are energetic and love to play and explore, but also have a strong instinct to protect their owners and their territory.

A small corgi puppy reaching its head up towards an extend hand. It is outside. It is learning to heel.

Corgis have a lot of affection to give to both their owner and other animals.

​Are corgis and Australian Shepherds similar dogs?

Corgis are small, short-legged dogs that were originally bred for herding cattle, Australian Shepherds are medium-sized, athletic dogs that were bred for herding sheep.

Despite their differences, both breeds exhibit intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate personalities.

Corgis exhibit energetic, playful, and sometimes stubborn personalities, while Australian Shepherds are known for their trainability, obedience, and versatility.

​What is the difference between corgis and Australian Shepherds?

Corgis and Australian Shepherds are two distinct dog breeds. The corgi is a smaller dog with a short tail, while the Australian Shepherd is larger and has a longer tail.

Corgis possess a small and stocky build characterized by short legs and a long body. Their nature is recognized for its amiability and affection, coupled with intelligence and ease of training.

Conversely, Australian Shepherds, medium to large-sized dogs with a well-built physique and a long, fluffy tail, are known for their energy and activity. They find frequent employment as working dogs on farms and ranches.

Renowned for intelligence and trainability, Australian Shepherds can be relatively independent and reserved towards unfamiliar people.

​How to introduce my corgi to my Australian Shepherd?

Introducing a corgi to an Aussie be a challenging task at times. By following a few simple steps – a slow introduction, treats, and praise – you can ensure a smooth and successful introduction.

To begin, let your pets sniff each other from a safe distance, like through a closed door or gate. Gradually increase the time they spend together while keeping an eye on their behaviour.

Encourage positive interactions by offering treats and praise to both pets. It’s crucial to take things slowly and not rush the process as it can cause aggression or fear.

With patience and perseverance, your corgi and Australian Shepherd will soon form a strong bond.

​What is a corgi and Australian Shepherd cross breed?

A corgi and Australian Shepherd cross breed is known as a corgi-Aussie. It is a hybrid dog that is the result of breeding a Welsh corgi and an Australian Shepherd. They are also sometimes known as an Augie.

These dogs are smart, loyal, and love to play, making them a great fit for active families.

They usually have the corgi’s short legs and the Australian Shepherd’s cool coat colors, like black and white, black-tricolor, red-tricolor, red and white, red merle, or blue merle.

Because they come from herding dog backgrounds, your Aussie Corgi mix might want to herd things. You might notice them trying to organise toys, and playing around by nipping and chasing, especially when they’re young.

These dogs are super smart, so they catch on to commands quickly. They’re great at dog sports like agility, frisbee, and flyball. If you’re an active person, these dogs will love hanging out with you and joining in on the fun.

If your pup barks a lot, it’s important to address it early. Especially if you live in an apartment or city home. Training your new puppy early is crucial for a strong bond. Getting a professional trainer’s help can be really useful to make sure your dog learns good behavior.

Your Aussie Corgi mix is expected to live a healthy life for about 12 to 15 years. As they get older, they might have some hearing and eyesight issues. But they adapt well and can still be happy with your love and support.

These beautiful creatures are corgi-Aussies (or Augies). They are a corgi and Australian Shepherd mix.

​Final thoughts on corgis and Australian Shepherds?

Corgis and Australian Shepherds are very popular dogs. It’s no wonder you’d consider getting both of them.

Corgis have short legs, a bubbly demeanor, and innate herding skills. Australia Shepherds are smart, devoted and very adaptable dogs.

Both breeds make great companions for individuals and families alike, but choosing between them hinges on personal preferences and lifestyle.

For those seeking a small, energetic pal, a corgi could be the ideal match. If you’re after a bigger breed, I definitely recommend considering a Shepherd.

As a pet parent, you must remember that owning a dog entails a huge responsibility. Be prepared to give them proper care, training and lots of attention. You’ll have a delightful companion for years to come.

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