Not just for the royals, Cardigan Welsh Corgis are big dogs in a small package. Their unique physicality (long body resting on short legs) means that keeping them active and at a healthy weight is important to prevent joint problems. Take care of your little Corgi and you’ll be repaid with loyalty, devotion…and wet kisses.
This breed requires a fair amount of activity. They’re happiest when running around an open field, though walking at least twice a day (for a total of an hour) will suffice. Corgis also need mental stimulation (think: games and toys) to keep their minds active.
This breed sheds minimally during most of the year, but in periods of heavy shedding (spring and fall) you’ll need to put your vacuum cleaner on high alert.
Barking and Volume:
Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to be loud, yappy dogs. This trait can be curbed with good training.
This breed is highly intelligent, obedient and eager to please. Cardigan Welsh Corgis tend to enjoy the training process thanks to the attention it gets them. Patient and consistent training will make these dogs wonderful family companions. A puppy class is recommended.
Health Factors: Cardigan Welsh Corgis are prone to all sorts of health problems because of the size and shape of their body. Glaucoma, back problems, hip dysplasia and diabetes (brought on from weight gain) are not uncommon. Their health problems are usually genetic. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is adequate.
Training: Basic training at home will do, but a puppy class couldn’t hurt.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis will benefit from weekly brushing. You may need to amp this up during periods of heavy shedding. This breed’s waterproof coat protects their skin from dirt and germs, so bathing is only necessary if they get really grimy or start to develop an odor.
Cardigan Welsh Corgis can be good with children if socialized with them at an early age. However, because of their predisposition to herding, they may nip at the heels of young children and may fight back if taunted. Early training is key.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
It’s best to keep a watchful eye on Corgis with dogs that they are unfamiliar with. If they suspect another dog is aggressive, they may become agitated or violent. The same is true for other animals. Unless they are raised together, Corgis may not get along with other pets.
Friendliness: Towards People
Corgis love to be around people and are very affectionate. Introduce your dog to new people and surroundings often when he’s a puppy.
BE PREPARED FOR: A dog that requires a lot of activity and mental stimulation, who will be happy to curl up with you when the day is done.