PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI
Originating in Pembrokshire, Wales this stumpy dog packs a big punch. The Corgi was built to zip in-and-out of
the legs of livestock as it herded them across the foggy fields of the Welsh countryside. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi possess a voluminous bark, high stamina, a thick double coat, upright ears, long backs, short legs, and nubby tails. Today, the Corgi is still used for herding, but has also become an increasingly popular house dog.
They have a life expectancy of 12-20 years. Corgis are incredibly intelligent, social, affectionate, and loyal. Also a part of the Corgi family is the Cardigan Corgi, known for its larger size and long tail.
Known as a “big dog in a small package,” corgis have a lot of personality and a great desire to please those they love. As a herding breed, corgis have a tendency to be vocal, making them excellent alarm dogs. They are playful and enjoy spending quality time with their families. It is common for corgis to be shy or cautious with strangers and other dogs, leading to protective and territorial behavior. Early socialization is a necessity for maintaining an even tempered, confident corgi. Corgis are typically good with children, but due to their herding behavior, may nip at their heels during play. The Corgi can be stubborn due to their high intelligence, but with proper training they can be an extremely obedient dog with a large range of commands and tricks at their disposal.
COMMON HEALTH PROBLEMS
Canine Hip Dysplasia
Canine Degenerative Myelopathy
Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Intervertebral Disc Disease
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The Corgi mind is highly intelligent and requires engaging activities such as agility, playtime, obedience training, and exercise in order to prevent boredom and ill-behavior. Training is an essential part of corgi ownership. It takes patience and time to teach a corgi, but the rewards far outweigh the effort. Consistent obedience training will ensure a happy, healthy relationship between you and your corgi.
Expect fur! The double-coat of the Corgi sheds year round. With weekly grooming shedding can be greatly reduced.
Many corgis are food motivated and have a tendency to become overweight and obese if you are not careful. Exercise and a proper diet are necessary in order to maintain a healthy weight that will not add stress to their elongated backs.
Finally, always remember that when bringing a new dog into your family, always make sure to spay or neuter. Not only does spaying and neutering make a happier and healthier dog, it stops the cycle of unnecessary births which ultimately contribute to increased shelter numbers and euthanasia, and in many counties it is the law.