Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a dog breed originating in Wels, or more accurately in Pembrokshire. These dogs are either descendant of Vallhunds, cattle dogs that were brought on the island by the Vikings, or dogs brought to Wels by Flemish weavers. Today, Corgis are among the top 50 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. Particularly popular and rare are the fluffy Corgies. Fluffy Corgi is just a Corgi with a longhaired coat. However, fluffy Corgi puppies aren’t bred intentionally, rather the long coat is the result of recessive genetic mutation. Basically, a fluffy Corgi is exactly the same dog as a standard Corgi. In fact, both can be born in the same litter. Because the long coat is rare, the price of fluffy Corgi puppies can be really high.
What You Need To Know Before Buying Fluffy Corgi Puppies?
There are several questions you need to ask yourself before buying a puppy.
- Do you have enough financial stability to properly care for the dog?
- Do you have enough time to fulfill the dog’s needs (exercise, walks, playtime)?
- Is your apartment or house big enough to accommodate a dog?
- Are the dog’s temperament and personality compatible with yours?
In the text below, you will find the most important information about the Corgis’ health, lifespan, temperament, grooming needs, etc.
Average Pembroke Welsh Corgi will stand between 10 and 12 inches tall at the withers and weigh up to 30 pounds.
Personality & Temperament
Corgies are great family dogs. They are intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and happy. These are also good watchdogs, always alert and suspicious of strangers.
Corgies are heavy shedders, they shed constantly throughout the year, especially during the shedding season in spring and autumn. This issue will be even more emphasized if you want to own a fluffy Corgi. Therefore, be prepared for daily brushing and lots of hair everywhere. Some owners claim that regular bathing also helps decrease shedding.
You should brush your Corgi’s teeth at least three times a week to prevent bad breath and gum disease. However, if you have the time to brush their teeth daily, that’s even better.
Make sure to check your dog’s ears every week for signs of infection or inflammation. Bad odor, redness, or discharge are tell-tale signs that something is wrong with ears. Also, always clean the dog’s ears with a damp cotton ball to prevent infections. Remember, just clean the outer ear, don’t touch the ear canal.
Corgis are intelligent dogs and quick learners. Therefore, they are fairly easy dogs to train. However, they can also be strong-willed and stubborn in some situations.
Corgies were originally bred to herd cattle. Therefore, they are energetic dogs that need plenty of exercises and physical activity every day. Average Corgi needs at least an hour of exercise a day and one or two shorter playing sessions.
Like all breeds, Corgies are prone to certain health issues. The most common include:
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Cutaneous Asthenia
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disk Disease
- Retinal Dysplasia
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus
The average lifespan of Pembroke Welsh Corgi is between 11 and 13 years.
Costs of owning a fluffy Corgi puppy?
An average cost of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi is about $1500. However, if you want to buy fluffy Corgi puppies, be ready to pay up to $2500 for a puppy. First-year expenses are around $3710, and $1135 every year after that. Owning a Corgie, throughout the dog’s lifetime will cost you $17330 on average.
Goldens Club Guide: What To Look For When Buying A Puppy?
When buying a puppy, never give your money before meeting the breeder in person and visiting the facility. A good, reputable breeder will ask you questions to see if you are fit to care for the puppies. Also, a good breeder will be happy to talk about the puppies, their parents and answer all your questions.
Make sure to ask for the health clearances of both parents and ask to see them if possible to check their demeanor and behavior.
Even if you receive all the necessary health clearances and guarantees, you still need to check the puppies, interact with them and choose the best one. This is what you need to do:
Check the coat
Check the puppy’s coats for dry scaly flakes, bumps on the skin, dandruff, or open sores. The puppy’s coat should be clean, without excess oil, dried skin, or bald patches.
Look at the eyes
Puppy’s eyes should be bright, clear, and shiny, whites of the eyes should be white with no traces of other colors. Also, look for the traces of discharge as they are a signal something is wrong with the puppy.
Check the ears
Pick the puppy and look inside the ear canal, check for the signs of black specks, drainage, or wax buildup. Also, there shouldn’t be any bad smell coming from the ears.
Look at the nose
Contrary to popular belief, a warm and dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog is ill. On the other hand, a discharge is never a good sign, especially a green mucous discharge that is a sign of fungus or bacterial infection.
Take a look at the puppy’s mouth
Open the puppy’s mouth and check the teeth and gums. Teeth should be white, gums pink and there should be no bad breath.
Also, make sure to check the puppy’s bite. A Maltipoo puppy should have a scissors bite, which means that the top and bottom teeth should fit together evenly and smoothly.
Listen to the breathing
Pick up the puppy and listen to its breathing. If you hear the wheezing and rasping sounds, it’s not good.
Observe how the puppy walks
A healthy puppy will walk without any visible problems. However, dizzy, wobbly gait, limping, or signs of pain are big warning signs.
Check puppy’s responsiveness and alertness
A healthy puppy should be active, alert, and responsive to you. Avoid puppies that seem lethargic and weak.
Check if the puppies in the litter have been socialized
The best way to check if the puppies have been raised with attention and love is to drop something that will make noise. If the puppies startle but very quickly recover, it’s a good litter. On the other hand, if the puppies seem terrified and run away, it’s a good sign they have been neglected and raised in isolation.
Observe puppy’s interaction with other puppies
Stand back and observe how puppies play with each other. Mark the puppies who appear dominant and headstrong and those that are withdrawn, these are not puppies for you. Dominant puppies tend to develop into dogs that have behavioral issues, while withdrawn and skittish puppies are most likely ill.
Choose the puppy whose behavior sits in the middle of the range, one that is neither dominant nor shy.
Interact with puppies
Now it’s time to interact with puppies. As soon as you enter the puppy pen, they should jump on you and swarm you. However, if they are afraid or run away from you, this is not the litter for you.
Pick up puppies you find most interesting
Pick up and interact with the few puppies you find most interesting. Turn the puppy on his back gently and place your hand on his chest. If the puppy squirms and tries to get away, but it’s not aggressive and doesn’t try to bite you, things are looking good. Otherwise, don’t buy any of the pups.
Always ask for health guarantees
Always ask for health clearances of both parents and health guarantees for the puppy. All breeders should offer at least a basic health guarantee. You will probably need to sign a contract that obligates you to see the vet within 48 to 72 after purchase for a full health examination. If the puppy doesn’t pass the health test, you can then exchange it for another puppy.