I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
When we ant to bring a dog into our home, it often stems from a desire to have something around the house that we can all love.
Dogs are a major part of the life that we lead, and when you own a dog they can be hard to ever forget about.
They become integral parts of the family.
Among the most precious dog breeds, though, is that of the German Shepherd Akita Corgi mix.
While they can be hard work at the best of times, many dog owners swear by them as the go-to breed of choice.
What Exactly is this Cross Breed?
The tri mix is a dog that is a happy mixture of a German Shepherd, an Akita, and a Corgi.
It’s very rare to find a three-way mix, so it is definitely a dog that stands out from others due to that genetic diversity.
To many people, they are often mistaken as being a little bear cub, such if their furry and chunky little state.
However, make no mistake – this is a dog.
And a very interesting dog at that.
That three-way cross has created what many believe could be the most interesting and exciting breed of dog in the world.
Is it the right one for you, though?
Given their unique and rare nature, there are not too many German Shepherd Akita Corgi mixes out there.
As such, part of the beauty of owning one is finding out what makes it tick!
Appearance - What Do They Look Like?
Take a single look at this mox dog, and you might think you are starting at an adorable little grizzly bear cub.
While they might appear to have the frame and power of a bear, though, you should never expect them to be anything like its woodland companion.
However, the thing that makes this unique breed so special is the fact that they look so different from what you might expect a dog with this three-way breed to look.
An Akita, for example, could be as big as 26-28”, while a German Shepherd could be 22-26”.
Meanwhile, the Corgi could be as big as 10-12”.
In terms of weight, the disparity is huge.
A Corgi could weigh as little as 30lb, while a German Shepherd could weigh as much as 95lbs.
The Akita, though, could be around 130lbs.
That explains why you could see three different German Shepherd Akita Corgi cross breeds, and have three totally different looks, sizes, heights, and weights!
There is absolutely no reason why these dogs will not just be precisely that - its own dog.
The unique nature of the dog ensures everything from coat colour to eye colour can be almost unique to the dog.
They do, though, tend to have that fluffy, tight, bear-like feel: they look very condensed.
Expect to be left with a dog that has a very rich and high level of grooming needs, though.
They tend to have no problem leaving fur all over the place, so get used to chasing after your little canine if you want to avoid the place turning into a hairy haven!
The cross breed, though, is a dog that does manage to make up for all of its quirks through sheer cuteness.
Personality, Traits & Temperament
Personality wise, you get a very interesting dog with one of these.
One thing to note, though, is that despite their cute and quizzical nature, the mix is among the smartest dogs out there.
It’s the kind of dog that has a lot of intellect and will thus be able to hold a good temperament.
That makes them a good choice to have around the kids, so don’t worry about the dogs being aggressive around children.
Few dog breeds can keep the same calmness and mentality as this cross dog.
The fact that it has two parents who are herding dogs does mean that it often has a pang for being outside and to keep moving around.
It might look like a lazy little ball of fluff, but few dogs want to keep moving and getting things done quite as much as this amazing little dog.
They are going to be quite needy dogs, though, so be prepared for that.
The outdoors is where they want to be, and when they don’t get what they want they can become more than a little destructive, so be sure to keep that in mind!
Another thing to note about them is that it tends to be a dog with a lot of affection coming back the other way.
If you show them love and care, and you give them to exercise (and food), you will have a dog who will do anything for you.
Love and loyalty are shared out in abundance with these mixes: it’s one of the main reasons that so many people want to have one of them in their life.
With something so cute, it’s personality just feels totally in-keeping with who this dog is!
Diet & Feeding
Like any other dog breed, the German Shepherd Akita Corgi mix needs just the right amount of food.
Too little and it will become hungry and destructive. Too much, though, and it will more or less never say no.
Dogs have no problem eating, so it should have no problem at all in eating away at the food you give it – and that is part of the issue.
Feeding it a raw food diet is a good idea, but look to increase its intake of fish oil as best you can.
This will produce a dog that is happy and healthy, and also a dog that you know has the right kind of protection from problems like joint dysplasia.
Get your dog taken to a vet when you can and have a dietary plan – both selection and quantity – worked out as soon as you can.
Your German Shepherd Akita Corgi cross will thank you for it!
Exercising & Fitness
Good luck keeping such a dog that is not going to be outdoors most of the time happy.
As mentioned above, they want many hours of exercise on a regular basis.
Having two herding mixes in the gene pool will create a dog that wants to spend a lot of time outdoors, exploring and seeing the world.
If you don’t give it the chance to do that, it will be hard to form the reputation that you would want.
Out of all the dogs that you could buy, these type of dogs are one of the most exercise dependent.
They have a lot of power to keep in shape to use, so make sure you give them a helping hand in making sure they can retain the physical power that they need through regular, strenuous exercise.
Get it outdoors and get it enjoying running around hills, treks, and various other locations that you can find.
On the weekends, treat it to a trip to a local hillwalking sight or similar; you will notice your mix breed gets very excited in such circumstances, so embrace that.
To form the best bond with a German Shepherd Akita Corgi mix, though, exercise is very important.
Potential Health Issues
Like many other dogs, a German Shepherd Akita Corgi mix can suffer from all manner of health issues.
The fact that this has three dogs making up its genetic make-up – three very different breeds – creates a dog that, really, is going to be prone to health conditions.
All of that disparity with the dog is going to create a canine that is likely to suffer from problems such as:
- Visual eyes. Renal failure and eyesight losing its effectiveness is very common in most dogs, but this mix can be a really common sufferer from problems with its eyesight.
- Joint dysplasia, meaning that many of the joints and bones can begin to weaken out and stop retaining the same health, energy, and strength as they once did.
- Back problems. Many dogs will suffer from back issues, but spinal weakness and erosion of the balance in the back are common in a dog like this.
- Bloating. A very serious condition – get your mix checked out ASAP, as bloating can be an immediate sign of life-threatening problems.
As you might imagine, these are all issues you should have checked out prior to purchasing the dog.
Always make sure you take this kind of thing seriously, as the cost of having the problems above dealt with in these mixed dogs can be very expensive indeed.
If you feel like you cannot afford the costs, then you should avoid investing in one.
Lastly, make sure you keep a close eye on what it eats.
Allergies are common in a dog, and you will need to keep an eye on any reactions that exist when your dog eats certain foods.
Do that, and you’ll be left with a dog you can easily care for.
There are of course a whole range of other mixes to consider too if you feel that you need one that is a bit more laid back - a bit more energetic.
For instance, the Husky Corgi Mix is a particularly family orientated dog that might be better suited to you and your family.
The point here is just to make sure you carry out your research into a range of different breeds and crossed breeds and that the dog you are getting is suited to your lifestyle.
As this will help with the best overall integration for both you and your new dog.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen