Do you know Fairies used to ride on Corgi?
Yeap! Legend has it that Corgis are used by Fairies to pull them in coaches. The Corgis will then play in the vast hills in Wales. But of course, that is a myth without anything to prove, so you shouldn’t read much into it.
What you should know is that the Corgi, or otherwise known as the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, are often chosen as pets by the royalty.
Do you know, that Queen Elizabeth is a champion for Corgis? She has more than 20 Corgis in her stable and she is constantly on the lookout for more!
Ok, enough about royalty and lore. Let us look into more information regarding the breed itself.
Like the name suggest, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi originates from Wales. Originally bred as a cattle herding dog, they are now being preferred as a domesticated pet. There are actually two different Corgi breeds, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is the younger of the two breeds.
The Corgi is small in size, and is actually one of the smallest dog breeds in the herding category of dogs. Corgis are very much preferred as pets by the British royalty group but in recent years its popularity is mainly in certain U.S. states.
Corgis have erect ears that firm and medium in size. The top of the ear is tapered and rounded, leading back to a pointy tip. They are usually in a brown shade, but it is possible to see black variants of the Corgi too. Corgis sometimes do resemble a fox due to its snout and ears though. As for the tail, it is usually short or missing.
In terms of the shape of the body, they have a rather long body with shorter legs. This gives them a stubby outlook which adds to its clumsiness. Indeed, their goofy and cute appearance makes it a popular dog breed in U.S.
As for the dog’s size, you can expect them to weight about 30 pounds while growing up to 12 inches tall when measuring from the bottom of their paws to their shoulders.
Corgis do have a double coat. The top coat is longer while the undercoat can be thicker. This makes grooming the Corgi a tricky situation. On top of that, the Corgi dog breed do shed quite a bit.
If you intend to get a Corgi as a pet, you should be expecting yourself to find their hair all over the house and you might need to do daily and frequent housekeeping. They will shed their entire coat off at least twice a year, so you will probably need to do frequent maintenance of the coat to ensure that the amount of fur that they shed can be kept to a minimal.
Daily combing of their hair is recommended too so that you can remove as much hair as possible. Another way to cope with the shedding is by bathing them on a regular basis.
4. Personality and Temperament
Though Corgis are being kept as working dogs in the past, they are well-known to be extremely suitable to be family pets these days. Corgis are happy dogs, and their high intelligence level does make it easy to train them. They can be stubborn too, so it might take additional patience in order to train them up effectively.
Though they are loving in nature, the dog can be quite noisy in the sense that they do bark a lot, especially towards strangers. Hence, they do make good guard dogs, though their small stature makes them less intimidating as compared to larger dog breeds.
5. Social skills
The Corgi can be quite a social dog. They are comfortable with both humans and with other dog breeds. To ensure that the dog grows up healthy and have a holistic lifestyle, you should start the socialization process early. Try to expose them to experiences, sights, and with other dogs and humans from a young age as it will be extremely beneficial when they are older.
As per all dog breeds, Corgis are susceptible to some health problems. Generally speaking, not all of the following health issues will affect the Corgi, but it is still good to be in the know in case the condition strikes and you are caught unaware.
- Cataracts: Corgis are prone to getting Cataracts. This condition affects the dog’s vision as it clouds the eye. Not to worry as this condition usually affects only the aged dog.
- Degenerative Myelopathy: This disease generally affects the support system of the spinal cord around the lower back of the dog. As the Corgi’s body is long, they are susceptible to this problem. If you notice that your dog is experiencing weakness in their legs, you might need to bring the dog to the vet for immediate attention.
- Intervertebral Disk Disease: This problem again affects dogs who have a longer body, and unfortunately the Corgi falls into this category. This disease rupture the dog’s spinal disk. The symptoms are pretty much similar to the Degenerative Myelopathy.
Since Corgis are being bred as working dogs, they are particularly known to be active. While some owners might simply leave the dogs alone at home, we will generally advise Corgi owners to bring their dogs out for daily walks so that you can burn off their excess energy. Corgis can be agile too, and that is why they excel at dog agility trials.
8. Other information
Since it is easy to train up the Corgi, this dog breed is good enough for owners who are new into the whole dog owning business. They adapt well to living with humans, and they can be left alone for long periods of time without suffering from separation anxiety. Since they are affectionate towards humans, they can be the perfect pet for your home.