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Introduction to 10 Corgi Facts That Make Them The Best Pets
Corgis are a beloved breed of dog, known for their short stature and big fluffy ears.
As one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, its little wonder that corgis are among the most popular pets.
Corgis are dutiful, happy, and playful dogs, and they grow to have a moderate amount of energy.
They have been bred for over 1,000 years, and the adorable corgi you see today is the result of many generations of selective breeding.
They are probably the most popular breed of dog today (at least in the United Kingdom, where they originated).
So, what makes them so popular?
Although it would be difficult to pick only ten characteristics, here are ten fun facts about the Corgi breed that may give you a better idea of whether this is the right breed for you.
Corgis are a loyal and affectionate breed of dog.
They are also one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and have been used as police dogs, herding dogs, and even riding dogs.
They are strong, alert, and protective.
Known for their adorable ears and short legs, corgis have been popular for years and continue to be widely loved pets today.
From winning over the internet to being the preferred breed of royalty, corgis have a lot going for them.
This article is your go-to guide for all things corgi-related.
It’s time to learn why this dog breed is so loved by so many.
Corgis Have Busy Brains
Those who live with corgis know that they’re more than just a cute face.
Like most of the herding breeds, they’re smart and easy to train.
In fact, they’re rated as the 11th smartest breed in Stanley Coren’s book The Intelligence of Dogs.
Corgis have great logistical and trouble-shooting skills, since it takes a fair amount of analytical work to herd sheep.
The challenge this presents is that they always need something to work on or some sort of task to accomplish, otherwise they’re liable to get bored and act out.
Luckily, there are plenty of dog puzzles out there to occupy brilliant canines and it’s a lot of fun having a smart dog!
They are able to learn commands in 5-10 repetitions and 85% of the time they obey the command the first time.
Corgis Are The Ultimate Fluffers
In Japan, those fluffy corgi butts are often called momo because of their resemblance to peaches (momo is the Japanese word for peach).
And speaking of fluffy, a long-coated corgi is referred to as a “fluffy” by breeders and enthusiasts.
While the long coat is considered a fault according to the AKC breed standard, it can occur naturally in a litter of normally-coated corgi puppies.
Of course, fluffies are just as lovable and smart and make equally great companions.
Corgis Have A Touch Of Magic
According to Welsh lore, Pembroke Welsh Corgis were a favorite steed of elves and fairy warriors.
Legend says you can still see remnants of the “fairy saddle” on their backs, just behind their shoulders.
Plus, the word corgi comes from the Welsh for the dwarf dog.
Corgis Are Born To Herd
Corgis were traditionally used to herd cattle, nipping at the feet and legs of cows to move them along.
This instinct lives on.
While corgis can be good with children and get along well with other dogs in the house, they often herd their human and canine companions including nipping them so early training is important.
Don’t let their size fool you, these dogs have been herding for decades! From the beginning, the Welsh used Pembroke Welsh Corgis as herding dogs, family companions, and guardians of the farm.
Even today, these dogs are still expert herders.
Many Pembrokes even compete in AKC Herding competitions.
Famous People Love Corgis
There Are Two Separate Types Of Corgi Dogs
Yes, corgis evolved into two distinct breeds, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, which weren’t recognized as separate breeds until the 1930s.
The Pembroke tends to be the more popular corgi breed.
Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis are of the Pembroke variety.
There are two types of corgis: the Pembroke Welsh and the Cardigan.
While they’re both short-legged little herders with big personalities, they’re actually different breeds with different ancestors.
Cardigans are typically bigger, with rounded ears and long tails, whereas Pembrokes have pointy ears and no tail to speak of.
Corgis Are Cute
Corgis are one of those breeds that make people smile, just by being themselves.
They have personality plus and are adorable with their appealing foxy face, big ears, and irresistible grins.
Beauty, and cuteness, are in the eye of the beholder.
Corgis have adorable faces with pointy ears, long, but not too long noses, long bodies, short little legs, fluffy butts, the sweetest personalities, all combine to create an adorable package of ultimate cuteness!
Plus, they’re downright squeezable. Why? Two words: fluffy butt.
Both Corgi Breeds Have Tails
Some Pembroke Welsh Corgis are born with super-short tails, and the ones that don’t generally have them docked between two and five days old due to historical tradition.
The Cardigan Welsh Corgis, on the other hand, have lush, long tails that make them look even more like foxes.
They also tend to be more reserved.
A common joke among corgi handlers is that if there were a party, Cardigans would be the ones opening the door and Pembrokes would be the ones having a pool party out in the back.
Corgis Have A Lifespan Of 12 to 15 Years
On average, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
They are relatively healthy dogs, and many of the issues the breed has a history of developing are non-life-threatening.
They live relatively healthy lives with most of their terminal illnesses being related primarily to age.
However, there are a number of health issues from as early as puppy years that affect the quality of life and may even shave years off a corgi’s expected to span.
In the sections below, we shall take an in-depth look at health issues in corgis and how to minimize their risks through adequate care.
But first, let us compare the two types of corgis to see whether they both have the same life expectancy.
Corgis Are Vigilant Watch Dogs
One of the major downsides of corgis is that this breed tends to bark a lot.
On the upside, however, that along with the fact that they are very attentive and protective and never leave your side means they make the best bodyguards.
And no thief will dare enter your house as the corgi will hear him coming and scare him off with his ferocious big-dog bark.