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Corgi: What You Need To Know

Corgi: What You Need To Know
Corgi

The Corgi breed recently gained back their popularity, with the internet definitely playing a huge part in that. However, Corgis are much more than Instagram-worthy pets. They have been around for a very long time, and there is a reason why they are Queen Elizabeth’s favorite breed. If you want to learn more about this breed, keep on reading!

Personality

Corgis are all around very happy and friendly dogs. They love to spend their time in nature, and be around their humans. They thrive on attention and want to follow you around no matter what you are doing. Corgis were originally bred for herding cattle, therefore they are active and working dogs by nature. While loving to be the center of your attention, Corgis are still very independent and strong-willed dogs. In some cases, they can even come off as bossy. Especially to their other animal siblings.

Types of Corgis

There are two different types of corgis: The Cardigan Welsh Corgi and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Cardigan Welsh Corgis date back as far as 1200 B.C. They helped farmers herd and drive cattle. Pembroke Welsh Corgis originated in France in 1107. The Pembroke has a heavier build and smaller ears. However, their personalities are very similar.

Training

While being highly intelligent and extremely capable of learning new things, Corgis need training. They have very strong personalities that, if not trained, can be a bit demanding. Because of their strong-willingness, training them can feel a bit frustrating. But the good old treat and praise technique can do wonders. Corgis should be taught from an early age that their bad behaviors and bossy demeanor isn’t welcomed. Good exercise and consistent training will help them to not fall back into their destructive behaviors.

Health issues

Corgis are the favorite breed of Queen Elizabeth. And one thing connecting them is that most Corgis will live a very long and healthy life — just like the Queen. However, there are certain possible health issues. Corgis are very prone to developing hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy and progressive retinal atrophy. All of these conditions can be prevented with regular exercise and a healthy diet. Make sure that your senior Corgis don’t jump too much, as their short legs won’t take it as easy as when they were young.

Grooming

Another great thing about Corgis is that grooming won’t be difficult at all! Their coat is naturally short and fluffy. Even frequent washing won’t be too necessary. Unless your dog gets dirty outside, of course. However, Corgis to shed a lot! Especially in the spring, when they start shedding their undercoat. Brushing their coat daily will help prevent shedding.