I have received a number of comments and emails about people who would want to own a corgi desperately. This is what inspired me to write this, so once and for all, I will point everyone with the same question to this post.
I am not discouraging you from owning one, but rather, would prefer that you make an informed choice. I do not want any more corgis or any dog for that matter, to be abandoned for reasons such as “I did not expect it to be like this.” or “I did not realize how much time, money and effort is put into having a dog. And I do not and cannot deal with this right now.”
So before you decide to take the jump, bring out your wads of cash or credit card and head to the breeder / shelter, here are things you need to mull over:
Corgis are NOT hypoallergenic dogs. They shed A LOT. And I mean, A LOT. You will find their fur everywhere in your home – your car, your bed, your bathroom, your kitchen, your closets. If you’re unlucky, even in your food. I brush Obi everyday to help manage the shedding and perhaps keep it to a minimum and yet still he sheds. If you will end up scolding them about the shedding, forget about it. It is part of their nature and nothing you can do about it, but smile and pick out the stray fur off your shirt.
Corgis are HIGH ENERGY, working dogs, so they need to have activities to burn all that energy, unless you want it to be diverted into something unpleasant. I guess we were very, very lucky with Obi. He is an older, more “mature” dog, who does not demand to be played with. But we do give him enough exercise such as long walks, games of fetch and makeshift agility challenges inside our apartment. If cannot deal with playing with them, don’t even consider a corgi for your dog. You need the energy to keep up with your corgi.
In relation to corgis being working dogs, they are STRONG. Despite their dimunitive size, their strength is not.
Corgis are LOW RIDERS. Because of their stumpy, litol legs, most of the time, their tummies are not immune to the water from morning dew drops when walking through fields of grass, puddles of water from the rain, oh and mud. Ugh mud. If you’re not open to wiping them rubbish from their tummies, forget about it.
Corgis are not happy in the HEAT. We recently came back from a weekend trip in Louisiana and Obi was flat out exhausted from the heat and humidity. Oh, and we live in Texas, where the summers are awful, and yes, he is not happy in this weather, in this particular season. (Neither am I!) If you live in a place where the temperatures are sky high and if you cannot provide cooler living conditions for the dog or make sure that he has more than enough water, stays away from the sun and does not walk on paw burning concrete floors, forget about it. Your corgi is not built for such heat.
Corgis are a pretty hardy breed, except for some common breed sicknesses like spinal issues (because of their long bodies) and degenerative myelopathy (also known as DM), which is also spine related. This leads me to the fact that corgis are prone to being overweight. They LOVE FOOD. Like really love it, will do anything for it. So despite them being so cute when chasing after food, you’d have to tone it down to keep them from being overweight as this does affect their backs.
Corgis are HERDERS, so they like to put those not in line in their proper place. If not trained well, they can nip (gingerly bite) at rowdy children or children at heart. I myself, once experienced a nip from Obi, who was pretty riled up when we were playing chase around the apartment. It left a nice kiss shaped bruise on my calf. It went away after time, but it was there.
Corgis, like any other dog, need time. They are so dependent on people to do things – go take a wee or a poo, eat, take a bath, brush their teeth (Yep, if you want to keep them healthy!) and more. So do think if you have time or maybe have the money to pay someone else to give that time to devote to your corgi.
Don’t forget to do your homework people!!!!
And BTW, if you live in another country, not in the USA, I have no clue on where – which breeders, pet shops or shelters – to find a corgi. Betcha Google would be your best bet.
If you live in the USA, you are lucky, there are a number of breeders and, more importantly, shelters and rescue organizations that have purebred corgis. They usually do not have puppies, but adult or senior corgis, who are in need of loving homes. Please adopt; don’t shop.
And don’t forget my notes about owning a pet in America right here
Hey, any other corgi owners out there who can give additional advice about the breed?
ADDENDUM from other corgi owners:
Shedding upkeep! Buy a roomba.(My baby is the best ever, but I had no clue I was adopting 10 dogs worth of fur. Lol) – Crystal
They do chew quite a bit when young! – Cindy
Tenacious barkers, propensity to gain weight, health issues, bossiness towards other dogs, especially with the females. – Sonya
I’ve had 4 corgis throughout my life (and) they were all very alpha-dog. (So) best to socialize them at an early age – Mandy.