1. There are two kinds of Corgis
There are two breeds of corgis: Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi. If you are trying to tell the breeds apart, the most notable difference is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi will have an intact tail, while the Pembroke Welsh Corgi will have their tails docks. Cardigans also tend to have more rounded ears than their Pembroke counterpart.
Both Pembrokes and Cardigans can have longhaired coats
2. Corgi literally translates to “Dwarf Dog”
Or at least it might. This one is up for debate, so I will let you decide. Some say it combines the Welsh word “cor,” which means to watch over or gather, with “gi,” a form of the Welsh word for dog. Others have the interpretation that the word “cor” means dwarf, and combine that with “gi,” leading to dwarf dog.
3. Corgis are bred to be herding dogs
Don’t let their short legs and goofy dispositions fool you; these are working dogs. Although many corgis have found homes in suburbs and cities, they still tote many of those herding breed tendencies. They aren’t the best dog to have around young children as they are known to nip the heels of running kids (much like they would while herding livestock).
4. Corgis shed a lot
Corgis are double coated dogs, which means they shed a ton of fur year round. A Corgi’s double coat consists of the inner short insulated coat and the longer outer coat. Back in their herding days, a Corgi’s double-layer coat was ideal for keeping him warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Depending on where you live, this coat might still come in handy. Their coats are constantly changing with the seasons. (Hence all the dog hair)
5. Corgi puppies are the cutest puppies
Their over sized ears, small legs, stout bodies, and fluffy butts make corgi puppies, arguably, some of the cutest puppies out there. But then again, I might be a little biased on this one.
6. Corgis are highly food motivated
Corgis are incredibly food motivated. This can be both a good and a bad thing. They will do just about anything for a treat, which means they are easy to train, but watch your plates. One minute your dinner may be sitting on the coffee table, the next minute, it will be gone.
7. They have the biggest ears, but they can be the worst listeners
That is my clever way of saying that they are stubborn and bossy little dogs. They like to be in control at all times (that’s the herding genetics in them). They will bark, whine, and howl until they get their way. It takes a lot of patience and a strong will to keep their larger-than-life attitudes at bay.
8. They are surprisingly fast
Do not underestimate their little stumps, these puppies can MOVE. They are super fast, and if you aren’t careful, they can definitely take you out at the ankles. (I’ve certainly been taken down a time or two).
9. Most corgis are born with full-sized tails
Yes, almost all corgis, both Pembrokes and Cardigans, are born with full sized tails (but there are some ‘natural nub’ genetics floating around). The breed standard for Pembroke Welsh Corgis calls for them to be docked. The reason their tails are docked is so they don’t get stepped on when they are herding livestock.
10. Corgis can have some common health problems
Corgis are prone to back, hip, and elbow problems due to their long, short-bodied conformation. These issues can usually be curbed by keeping your corgi at a healthy weight and making sure they stay fit and strong. Buying your corgi from a reputable breeder will also eliminate a lot of the breed specific problems in corgis, such as DM.
11. They are super smart and easy to train
Yup, these little guys fall right along-side border collies as being super smart and easy to train. When you give them a command, they will definitely know what you want from them. Whether or not they listen is a different story.
12. They are incredibly loyal
Both of my corgis are laying on either side of my on the couch right now. They are always attached to my hip, which is nice because I never have to go to the bathroom alone. From day 1, they have always wanted to be near me. Corgis are definitely “Velcro dogs”.
13. They bark (a lot)
Yes, all corgis bark. Plus, their bark is a lot bigger than their bodies, so be prepared for that. Some have even described it as an “ear-piercing bark”. Needless to say, they certainly don’t have any problems verbalizing themselves and getting your attention if they want it.
14. The Queen has owned more than 30 Corgis
“isn’t that the Queen’s dog.” Why yes, yes it is. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen of England, has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime. Although she doesn’t own corgis anymore, she has certainly helped make a name for these little guys.
(Fun fact, the Queen’s staff were never allowed to reprimand her corgis. They would simply run around her castle and do whatever they wanted to do )